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12:45 PM ET, April 7, 2013


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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Malloy: NRA's LaPierre acts like a circus clown  —  (CNN) - Responding to criticism from the National Rifle Association over Connecticut's new gun laws, Gov. Dan Malloy argued the pro-gun group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, is simply blowing smoke.
Discussion: Politico
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Connecticut Governor Compares NRA Vice President To ‘Clown At The Circus’  —  Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy (D) tore into the National Rifle Association during an appearance on CNN's State Of The Union on Sunday.  The NRA this week introduced its legislative response to the massacre in Malloy's home state.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Can We Get Hillary Without the Foolery?  —  PLEASE don't ask me this anymore.  —  It's such a silly question.  Of course Hillary is running.  I've never met a man who was told he could be president who didn't want to be president.  So naturally, a woman who's told she can be the first commandress in chief wants to be.
Snejana Farberov / Daily Mail:
Revealed: New York City councilman in corruption plot is a tribal PRINCE in bizarre PAGAN sect where members dress in medieval garb, make sacrifice and have spear-throwing contests  —  New York City Councilman Dan Halloran may be a suspect in a bribery plot to fix the upcoming mayoral election …
Associated Press:
Rick Warren mourning for son  —  Popular evangelical Pastor Rick Warren asked members of his Southern California church for prayers as he and his family coped with the apparent suicide of his 27-year-old son.  —  The church said on Saturday that Matthew Warren took his own life at his Mission Viejo home.
Mark Mazzetti / New York Times:
Rise of the Predators: Origins of C.I.A.'s Not-So-Secret Drone War in Pakistan  —  Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed.  —  On a hot day in June 2004, the Pashtun tribesman was lounging inside a mud compound in South Waziristan, speaking by satellite phone to one of the many reporters …
Russell Myers / Daily Mail:
Is this foul-mouthed, self-obsessed Twitter teen really the future of British policing?  Youth crime tsar's sex and drug rants  —  Britain's first youth police commissioner was facing urgent calls to quit last night after she tweeted a torrent of foul-mouthed rants boasting about her sex life, drug taking and drinking binges.
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Detroit Free Press:
Guest commentary: Michigan can be testing ground for a refocused GOP  —  After losing the popular vote in five out of the last six presidential elections, the Republican Party has engaged in some needed soul searching.  GOP leaders know big changes are required.
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Reps. Gutierrez, Diaz-Balart: No ‘amnesty’ in House immigration plan  —  Two members of the bipartisan group of lawmakers crafting an immigration reform proposal in the House said that the bill they'll produce will not include “amnesty” for illegal immigrants already in the nation.
Discussion: CNN
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Democrats push problem solvers in House contests  —  Democratic Party officials believe that Kevin Strouse is exactly the kind of candidate who can help them retake the House next year.  —  He's a smart, young former Army Ranger — good qualities for any aspiring politician.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Prairie Weather
Sarah Oliver / Daily Mail:
Pictured on her first day at work: WPC who tripped on 999 call is now suing her own force for a prang in her Panda car  — WPC Kelly Jones's police car skidded off the road as it pursued another vehicle and she is now suing her police force  — She faced an extraordinary backlash …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Pfeiffer defends budget, says Obama won't ‘enact’ a Romney plan
Discussion: Politico and The Week
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Report: US delays missile test amid rising tensions with N. Korea
Discussion: Politico
Suburban Disequilibrium  —  A little pocket of Los Angeles …
Monica Lempert / ABC15 Arizona:
Arizona Rep. Bob Thorpe recommends tactical vests for lawmaker safety
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Keystone pipeline fight heats up as foes look to rally Democratic donors
 Earlier Items: 
David Feith / Wall Street Journal:
The Golf Shot Heard Round the Academic World
Associated Press:
6 Americans, doctor killed in Afghan attacks
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Nuclear Talks With Iran End Without Advances or Plans for Another Round
The Presidency:
Madiba discharged  —  Former President Nelson Mandela …
Discussion:, BBC and New York Times
AJ Delgado / Mediaite:
Mother Of Slain Benghazi Officer To Sean Hannity: ‘They Want Me To Shut Up’