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10:20 PM ET, April 9, 2013


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David Corn / Mother Jones:
Secret Tape: McConnell and Aides Weighed Using Judd's Mental Health and Religion as Political Ammo  —  A recording of a private meeting between the Senate GOP leader and campaign aides reveals how far they were willing to go to defeat the actor/activist.  —  On February 2, Mitch McConnell …
Mother Jones:
Full Transcript and Audio of Mitch McConnell Campaign's Meeting on Ashley Judd  —  In a private meeting, the Senate GOP leader and campaign aides discussed using the actor/activist's mental health and religious views as political ammo.  —  On February 2, Sen. Mitch McConnell …
FBI asked to probe secret recordings of McConnell meeting  —  (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign is “working with the FBI” about how Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, obtained a recording of political aides meeting with McConnell and discussing opposition research …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Accuses ‘Political Left’ Of Bugging His Office  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) accused the “political left” of bugging his campaign headquarters after a secret tape emerged of a strategy session regarding Ashley Judd's potential candidacy and her mental health.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
In Connecticut, Obama Rails Against GOP Threats To Filibuster Gun Control
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Hot Air and CNN
Reid to force a vote Thursday on debating gun proposals  —  Washington (CNN) — The Senate's top Democrat said Tuesday that he will force a vote on Thursday on whether to open debate on tougher gun laws, increasing pressure on legislators from both parties negotiating a possible compromise …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Harry Reid cites father's suicide in gun debate  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid again took the Senate floor to make a very personal plea on Tuesday morning for a vote on gun control legislation.  —  The Nevada Democrat mentioned the suicide of his father, which happened in 1972.
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers, Mediaite and BuzzFeed
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
James Inhofe: Gun Debate Has Nothing To Do With Families Of Newtown Victims
Discussion: Daily Kos and ThinkProgress
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The gun control vote and Harry Reid's problem
Discussion: Power Line
Joe Manchin says on verge of gun deal
Discussion: CNN
Melissa Harris-Perry /
Why caring for children is not just a parent's job  —  My inbox began filling with hateful, personal attacks on Monday, apparently as a result of conservative reactions to a recent “Lean Forward” advertisement now airing on MSNBC, which you can view above.  What I thought was an uncontroversial comment …
Brian Alexander / NBC News:
Science proves women like men with bigger penises  —  “Penis size does affect attractiveness”  —  Below:  —  The human male possesses the Italian designer faucet of penises.  They're pretty big, the biggest of any primate's relative to body size.  And they're showy, too, right out there …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Former Tenn. Lawmaker Allegedly Drove 90 MPH While Masturbating Out Window  —  Three different women last week testified that a former Tennessee lawmaker exposed himself to them while driving at a breakneck speed, WJHL reported.  —  The accounts, each given independently last Thursday in a Kingsport …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate's Gang of Eight aiming to unveil immigration reform bill on Thursday  —  The Senate's Gang of Eight is aiming to release comprehensive immigration reform legislation on Thursday of this week, according to Senate sources.  —  A member of the group said the bill is virtually complete …
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Obama To Nominate Three Candidates To Labor Board  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is nominating three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Time to make some calls people
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Bernie Sanders: Obama Owns Chained CPI
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Stabbing injures several on Lone Star College Cy-Fair campus … HOUSTON (KTRK) — Multiple victims have been injured in a stabbing attack on the Lone Star College Cy-Fair campus, with one person taken into custody.  Authorities now believe there was only one attacker.
Discussion: Daily Mail and Hot Air
Paul Krugman:
Did Thatcher Turn Britain Around?  —  There will presumably be a lot of commentary about Margaret Thatcher over the next few days, although probably nothing like the “Reagasm” of 2004.  And there will in particular be many assertions that Thatcher turned around a moribund British economy.
The Century Foundation:
Margaret Thatcher: Right on HIV AIDS
Discussion: The Dish
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pacific commander: US ‘ready today’ to respond to any North Korean aggression  —  North Korea poses a “clear and direct threat” to the United States, the chief of the U.S. Pacific Command told a Senate panel Tuesday.  —  But Pacific commander Adm. Samuel Locklear said the U.S. would be …
Discussion: CNN
PoliceOne's Gun Control Survey: 11 key lessons from officers' perspectives … In March, PoliceOne conducted the most comprehensive survey ever of American law enforcement officers' opinions on the topic gripping the nation's attention in recent weeks: gun control.
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
Survey of More Than 15,000 Cops Finds Most of Them Oppose More Gun Control
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
The 10 Jobs With The Biggest Gender Wage Gap  —  Today is Equal Pay Day, the day of the year when the typical female worker finally catches up to the wages the average male worker made last year.  Women make 77 cents for every dollar earned by men, and though that gap has shrunk since President …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Organizing for Action loses bid to control website domain  —  WASHINGTON — Organizing for Action, President Obama's nonprofit advocacy organization, has sought to be nimble as it ramps up a national effort to back his agenda on gun control measures and immigration reform.
Donovan Slack / Politico:   Obama group loses domain dispute
David Adams / Reuters:
Exclusive: Beyonce, Jay-Z Cuba visit had U.S. Treasury Department OK - source  —  (Reuters) - A visit by American pop star Beyonce and rapper husband Jay-Z to Havana last week was a cultural trip that was fully licensed by the U.S. Treasury Department, a source familiar with the itinerary said on Monday.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Did Beyoncé, Jay-Z pull a Rodman?
Discussion: CNN, Yahoo! News and Reuters
17 Things That Should Make Republicans Feel Old  —  Grand OLD Party.  —  The Ten year anniversary of this is today.  —  April 9, 2003.  —  And the 10 year anniversary of this is next month.  —  May 1, 2003.  —  Image by Larry Downing / Reuters  —  Ann Coulter is 51 years old.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Jonathan S. Landay / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Obama's drone war kills ‘others,’ not just al Qaida leaders  —  WASHINGTON — Contrary to assurances it has deployed U.S. drones only against known senior leaders of al Qaida and allied groups, the Obama administration has targeted and killed hundreds of suspected lower-level Afghan …
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Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
The Supreme Court Nominee-in-Waiting
Administration Urges Europeans To Ease Austerity Measures
Discussion: Firedoglake and Guardian
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
Jim Gile, Kansas County Official, Apologizes For Racist Comment
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Raw Story
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Senate Judiciary panel to see legal justification for killing citizens
Discussion: emptywheel
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Inhofe: Donating pay over sequester ‘childish,’ public relations stunt
Discussion: Post Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: America ‘Asking for the Wrath of Almighty God’ By Pursuing Mideast Peace Plan
Discussion: Mediaite
George Borjas /
Immigration and the American Worker
Ethan Bronner / New York Times:
No Lawyer for Miles, So One Rural State Offers Pay
Discussion: Above the Law and Business Insider
The Myth of the Falling Bridge
Discussion: Hit & Run
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
School: Americans Don't Have Right to Bear Arms
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and BizPac Review