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4:50 PM 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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Left Furious With Obama For Backing Social Security Cuts  —  Liberals are mounting strong criticisms of President Obama amid news that his budget will include a Social Security benefit cut — an official endorsement of a policy compromise he's offered Republicans for years …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Bad News Friday
Boehner rejects Obama cuts-revenue proposal
Discussion: CNN, Firedoglake, First Read and CBS News
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama budget would cut entitlements in exchange for tax increases
Paul Krugman:
Desperately Seeking “Serious” Approval
Discussion: The Week
President Obama Proposes a Bigger Hit to Seniors Than to the Rich
Discussion: Firedoglake and
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Lawmakers, progressives blast Obama's expected proposal to cut entitlements
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
Why Obama's ‘Best-Looking Attorney General’ Comment Was a Gaffe  —  The system of beauty, the system of power, and Kamala Harris  —  President Obama's biggest gaffe yesterday when speaking of California Attorney General Kamala Harris was not in flirtatiously complimenting her as …
Irin Carmon / Salon:
How to talk about a woman's looks  —  The president of the United States fails the test — again  —  There were, perhaps, stupider things said recently than “How did it become so difficult to call a woman good-looking in public?” but I didn't happen to hear them.  So congratulations, Dylan Byers of Politico.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama apologizes to ‘best-looking’ attorney general, Kamala Harris  —  President Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris to apologize after referring to her as “the best-looking attorney general” during a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday.  —  “The president did speak …
Peter Baker / The Caucus:
Obama's Remarks About California's Attorney General Raise Eyebrows
Alan B. Krueger / White Blog:
The Employment Situation in March  —  While more work remains to be done, today's employment report provides further evidence that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression.  It is critical that we continue the policies that are helping …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
People Not In Labor Force Soar By 663,000 To 90 Million, Labor Force Participation Rate At 1979 Levels
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Heading backward: The miserable March jobs report
Discussion: protein wisdom and Hot Air
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Conservative Democrats Take Joint Plunge On Gay Marriage  —  North Dakota's Heitkamp and Indiana's Donnelly decided to support marriage equality together.  —  Image by Will Kincaid, File / AP  —  WASHINGTON — While America was talking about the latest unemployment numbers Friday …
Discussion:, Taylor Marsh and The Dish
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
North Korea Sets Deadline For Diplomats To Leave: Next Wednesday
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Pam Belluck / New York Times:
Judge Orders Morning-After Pill Available for All Ages  —  A federal judge has ruled that the Unites States government must make the most common morning-after pill available over the counter for all ages, instead of requiring a prescription for girls 16 and under.
Allen Reed / The Eagle:
Texas A&M student body president to veto ‘Religious Funding Exemption Bill’  —  Texas A&M student body president John Claybrook has vetoed legislation from the student senate aimed at letting students opt out of funding the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Resource Center …
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano / Fox News:'s Jana Winter should be praised, not threatened with jail time  —  While the press in Colorado is consumed with its coverage of the capital murder prosecution of James Holmes for the slaughter he perpetrated in a movie theater in the town of Aurora on July 20, 2012 …
Brian Hughes / Washington Examiner:
Democrats have doubts about Obamacare too … President Obama is eager to build public support for his health care overhaul in the few months remaining before its implementation, but waning enthusiasm from Democrats threatens his effort right out of the gate.
David Skolnick / Vindicator:
Worry about government secrecy, Woodward tells Youngstown crowd  —  After four decades of being one of the nation's best known and widely respected journalists, you'd think Bob Woodward has seen it all.  —  “But I wake up every morning haunted by what we don't know,” he said Thursday …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Urge to Purge  —  When the Great Depression struck, many influential people argued that the government shouldn't even try to limit the damage.  According to Herbert Hoover, Andrew Mellon, his Treasury secretary, urged him to “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmers. ...
Steven Nelson / US News:
The Associated Press Revises Another Politically Charged Term  —  Stylebook entry for ‘Islamist’ revised two days after ‘illegal immigrant’ dropped  —  Following on the heels of the Tuesday decision by The Associated Press to discontinue use of the term “illegal immigrant,” …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Peter King to Marco Rubio: ‘Stay home’  —  Three months after some of his fellow Republicans voted against aid for Hurricane Sandy victims, Rep. Peter King is still furious, saying Friday “nobody gave a damn” that there were “people close to dying in my district” and again calling out Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida by name.
Discussion: Mario Piperni dot Com
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Condom scientist hits Hannity comment
Discussion: The Raw Story and Weekly Standard
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ben Carson apologizes to Johns Hopkins
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Mediaite
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House planning gun control blitz
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden not giving back pay, at least for now
Discussion: TIME
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Clearing the Field” Redux
Chris Hayes /
Time for radical action on Guantanamo
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton Keeps Up the Good Fight for Women Worldwide
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Zuckerberg group seeks its footing
Discussion: TechCrunch, Yahoo! News and The Verge
Reed Hundt / Washington Post:
Dan Snyder should change his team's name
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Former Mass. US senator not ruling out run in NH
Discussion: Daily Kos, ABCNEWS and The Week
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy
Discussion: TechCrunch, Yahoo! News, The Verge and BBC
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Debbie Dingell tests support for Senate in Michigan
Michael Winter / USA Today:
Holmes' doctor warned police before Colo. theater attack
Stephanie Baker / Bloomberg:
Blair Scorned at Home Builds Business Empire Abroad
Discussion: Press Association, Telegraph and BBC