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6:40 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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Bad News Friday
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama's Budget Includes $800 Billion Tax Hike, $7.3 Trillion in New Debt
Discussion: Business Insider
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Lawmakers, progressives blast Obama's expected proposal to cut entitlements
Discussion: The Plum Line, Reuters and Politico
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama budget would cut entitlements in exchange for tax increases
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 …
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ben Carson apologizes to Johns Hopkins  —  Maryland neurosurgeon Ben Carson, the nationally celebrated physician who has become a political lightning rod in recent weeks after his criticism of President Barack Obama and gay marriage, sent an apologetic email Friday to the Johns Hopkins …
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 …
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Heading backward: The miserable March jobs report
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Embassies face decisions as tensions rise in North Korea  —  South Korean soldiers stand guard at a sentry post at the border with North Korea in the Demilitarized Zone near Imjingak, South Korea, on April 5, , as tensions have mounted on the Korean Peninsula.  —  HIDE CAPTION
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
North Korea Sets Deadline For Diplomats To Leave: Next Wednesday
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Condom scientist hits Hannity comment  —  The lead scientist of a federally funded condom research study is firing back at Fox News commentator Sean Hannity and other conservatives after they charged that the $423,000 project was wasteful spending.  —  “I would tell Sean …
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
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Rand Paul: Defenders of DOMA are going to ‘lose that battle’  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that conservatives fighting to uphold the federal definition of marriage as between one man and one woman are going to “lose that battle.”  —  Paul suggested in an interview on the Christian Broadcasting Network …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hill staff rages as LegiStorm gets personal  —  LegiStorm editor Garrett Snedeker said on Thursday that the service has long compiled all kinds of data, including travel and finances, about staffers and members of Congress.  —  “Probably the biggest thing I'd like to stress is LegiStorm publishes …
Discussion: Firedoglake
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 …
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,” …
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 …
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.
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. ...
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Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
CNN Looking To Revive ‘Crossfire’
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Pope Francis calls for action on clerical sex abuse
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and KUOW
Henry Hitchings / Opinionator:
The Dark Side of Verbs-as-Nouns
Steve Eder / New York Times:
Athletic Director Is Out at Rutgers
Discussion: The Week
Ben White / Politico:
Bad jobs report a warning sign
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House planning gun control blitz
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Biden not giving back pay, at least for now
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and TIME
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Clearing the Field” Redux
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Chris Hayes /
Time for radical action on Guantanamo
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Zuckerberg group seeks its footing
Discussion: Yahoo! News, The Verge and TechCrunch
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Peter King to Marco Rubio: ‘Stay home’
Discussion: Mario Piperni dot Com
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