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7:35 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 …
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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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:   Obama's Budget Includes $800 Billion Tax Hike, $7.3 Trillion in New Debt
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 …
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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 …
Ben White / Politico:
Bad jobs report a warning sign  —  NEW YORK - The economic recovery, which looked promising as the year began, appears ready to stall for the third year in a row.  And once more, Washington gets much of the blame.  —  Friday's disastrous employment report, which showed a gain of just 88,000 jobs …
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James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Heading backward: The miserable March jobs report
Discussion: Hot Air and protein wisdom
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Reuters:
North Korea asks embassies to consider moving diplomats out
Discussion: Reuters, The Week and KUOW
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 …
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.
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: msnbc.com, Taylor Marsh and The Dish
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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 …
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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 …
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
Judge Andrew P. Napolitano / Fox News:
FoxNews.com'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 …
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
CNN Looking To Revive ‘Crossfire’  —  CNN is looking to bring back “Crossfire,” TVNewser hears.  The long-running political debate show was canceled in 2005.  —  It isn't entirely clear what time the program would air, though we hear it would likely be a 30-minute format.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Henry Hitchings / Opinionator:
The Dark Side of Verbs-as-Nouns  —  In my previous essay, I wrote about nominalization — the deployment as nouns of words we mostly expect to encounter as verbs or adjectives.  Aware of many people's tendency to vilify this kind of usage, I speculated about the psychology behind it.
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 …
BBC:
Pope Francis calls for action on clerical sex abuse  —  The remarks were made in the new Pope's first public statement on the clerical sex abuse issue  —  Pope Francis has called for “decisive action” in the fight against sex abuse of minors by priests.  —  He told Bishop Gerhard Mueller …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and KUOW
 
 
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Alan Ohnsman / Bloomberg:
Fisker Automotive Firing as Much as 75% of Workforce
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Steve Eder / New York Times:
Athletic Director Is Out at Rutgers
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House planning gun control blitz
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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
Chris Hayes / msnbc.com:
Time for radical action on Guantanamo
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Hillary Clinton Keeps Up the Good Fight for Women Worldwide
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Dan Snyder should change his team's name
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Peter King to Marco Rubio: ‘Stay home’
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Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why Facebook Home bothers me: It destroys any notion of privacy
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Brian Hughes / Washington Examiner:
Democrats have doubts about Obamacare too
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Debbie Dingell tests support for Senate in Michigan
Michael Winter / USA Today:
Holmes' doctor warned police before Colo. theater attack