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9:00 AM ET, April 5, 2013


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Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
In Obama Budget, Social Programs Face a Cutback  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects …
Mark Felsenthal / Reuters:
Obama budget to offer program cuts, seek deficit deal: official  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will offer cuts to Social Security and other entitlement programs in a budget proposal aimed at swaying Republicans to compromise on a deficit-reduction deal, a senior administration official said on Friday.
Discussion: CNN and KUOW
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama budget would cut entitlements in exchange for tax increases  —  President Obama will release a budget next week that proposes significant cuts to Medicare and Social Security and fewer tax hikes than in the past, a conciliatory approach that he hopes will convince Republicans to sign onto …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
White House: Obama ready to deal on entitlements in budget  —  President Obama will propose cuts next week to Social Security and other entitlements as part of a renewed effort to strike a long-term deficit-reduction deal with Republicans, the White House said Friday.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Neil Steinberg / Chicago Sun Times:
Roger Ebert dies at 70 after battle with cancer  —  Except for those he hated.  —  For a film with a daring director, a talented cast, a captivating plot or, ideally, all three, there could be no better advocate than Roger Ebert, who passionately celebrated and promoted excellence in film …
Jim Cheng / USA Today:
Famed movie critic Roger Ebert dies
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Alex Leary / Tampa Bay Times:
Bill Nelson reverses opposition to gay marriage  —  Sen. Bill Nelson has reversed his opposition to gay marriage, becoming the latest senator to do so.  Now, only six Democrats in the chamber are opposed to gay marriage.  —  In a statement to the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, he wrote:
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Obama Calls Californian Kamala Harris ‘Best Looking’ Attorney General  —  President Obama assessed the beauty of California's attorney general Kamala Harris, calling her “the best looking attorney general,” during remarks at a fundraiser in Atherton, California.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Majority Now Supports Legalizing Marijuana  —  OVERVIEW  —  For the first time in more than four decades of polling on the issue, a majority of Americans favor legalizing the use of marijuana.  A national survey finds that 52% say that the use of marijuana should be made legal while 45% say it should not.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pew poll first: Most say legalize marijuana
Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
Blair Scorned at Home Builds Business Empire Abroad  —  Blair Builds Business Empire, Embraces Philanthropy  —  On a snowy morning in the middle of February, Tony Blair, looking trim from his four- to five-times- a-week workout regime, is sipping coffee in his office in London's Mayfair district.
Discussion: Telegraph, Press Association and BBC
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Most don't want same-sex marriage decision left to states, poll finds  —  Half of the country supports same-sex marriage, and most people don't believe the issue should be left to the states, according to a new poll.  —  The latest Quinnipiac University survey comes just a week …
Discussion: CNN
Victoria Ward / Telegraph:
Jeremy Irons claims gay marriage laws could lead to a father marrying his son
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Daily Caller
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Cuccinelli Campaign Won't Say If He's Committed Any Crimes Against Nature  —  The campaign of Virginia state attorney general Ken Cuccinelli won't say if he's committed any crimes against nature.  —  Cuccinelli, who is running to be Virginia's next governor, recently petitioned a federal court …
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
McAuliffe Tight-Lipped on Child Sodomy Case
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Elizabeth Colbert Busch: Spring training over for rookie  —  For months, rookie South Carolina congressional candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch has had the luxury of kicking back and watching Republicans fight among themselves.  With a big hand from her famous brother, comedian Stephen Colbert …
Discussion: and CNN
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Newtown Shooter Gunned Down 20 Children With ‘Fully Automatic Weapon’  —  At a fundraiser last night in San Francisco, President Barack Obama said that the Newtown killer gunned down 20 children using a “fully automatic weapon.”  From the official transcript, provided by the White House:
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Did Obama tell a Democratic audience that a “fully automatic weapon” was used at Newtown?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The White House
Dimitri B. Papadimitriou / Los Angeles Times:
To create jobs, the U.S. must spend  —  The government can and should increase the deficit to return us to prosperity.  Without such outlays we can't get enough GDP growth to seriously attack unemployment.  —  Our economic models show that without increased government outlays we'll be unable …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
Scott Brown Won't Rule Out New Hampshire Senate Bid  —  ABC News' Arlette Saenz, Michael Falcone and Elizabeth Hartfield report:  —  Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown told reporters Thursday night that he is not ruling out a run for Senate in the neighboring state of New Hampshire in 2014.
The United States Department of Justice:
Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the 15th Annual National Action Network Convention  —  Thank you, Reverend Sharpton - and thank you all for such a warm welcome.  It's a privilege to be included, once again, in this important Annual Convention.  It's a pleasure - as always - to be back home in New York City.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
As Senate Prepares To Take Up Background Checks, NRA Warns Of Outright Gun Confiscation  —  As the U.S. Senate prepares to consider a package of gun violence prevention proposals next week, the National Rifle Association has moved into full campaign mode, fighting against reforms backed by 91 percent of the American public.
Facebook Newsroom:
Introducing Home  —  Today we're introducing Home - a new way to turn your Android phone into a great, living, social phone.  —  We all want to share and connect.  That's how we discover new information and build meaningful relationships.  But today, phones are built around tasks and apps.
Jason Beattie /
George Osborne parks in disabled bay: Tory Chancellor causes outrage by ignoring restrictions  —  He was branded selfish and arrogant after allowing his chauffeur to park his £50,000 Land Rover in a space reserved for the disabled  —  Dozy parker: Mr Osborne returns to his car
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Jake Miller / CBS News:
Michelle Obama mistakenly calls herself a “busy single mother”  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  First lady Michelle Obama mistakenly called herself a “busy single mother” in an interview on Thursday with Burlington, Vt. CBS affiliate WCAX, before quickly catching herself and identifying instead as “busy working mom.”
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Michael Walsh / National Review:
Low-Capacity Lawmaking  —  Via Power Line's John Hinderaker …
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Jim DeMint: ‘69.5 Million Americans’ Are Dependent On Government
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Judge Who Sent Racist, Anti-Obama Email Will Retire From Bench
Discussion: Associated Press
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Why 2012 Postmortems Overstate Republican Woes
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Obama Administration Seeks to Change International Food Aid
Thomas Erdbrink / New York Times:
Ahmadinejad of Iran Reshapes Image Ahead of June Vote
Discussion: Via Meadia and IHT Rendezvous
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Diane Clehane / FishbowlNY:
Matt Blank, Dennis Basso and the Story Behind Meghan McCain's Latest TV Project
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
Marist Poll:
4/4: Half of Voters Trust Obama More than Republicans to Deal with Budget...More Blame GOP for Gridlock
The Atlantic Online:
The Conservative Black Hope
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
PAC launches to support bearded political candidates
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Apple's iMessage encryption trips up feds' surveillance
Discussion: The Verge and TechCrunch