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4:40 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 …
McConnell campaign calls in FBI over secret recordings  —  (CNN) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election campaign is “working with the FBI” on how Mother Jones, a liberal magazine, obtained a recording of political aides meeting with McConnell and discussing opposition research on Ashley Judd …
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
In Connecticut, Obama Rails Against GOP Threats To Filibuster Gun Control  —  With Congress poised to address gun control as early as this week, President Obama returned to Connecticut on Monday to deliver an impassioned speech aimed at mobilizing public support for the cause …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars, Politico and The Hill
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Secret recording of Mitch McConnell strategy session about how to go after Ashley Judd.
Discussion: Instapundit
Caitlin Dewey / Post Politics:
McConnell campaign asks for FBI investigation over leaked Ashley Judd tapes
Politico:   Mitch McConnell seeks FBI investigation
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Secret tape: Mitch McConnell aides discuss Ashley Judd
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Harry Reid cites father's suicide in gun debate
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite, BuzzFeed and Weasel Zippers
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ayotte: 'I don't support a filibuster' for gun-control legislation
Discussion: Politico
Politico:   Harry Reid: Gun deal deadline today
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Michael Bloomberg group's gun-control scorecard will give lawmakers letter grades
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
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Vigorous Virtues  —  The 1990 Tory coup against Margaret Thatcher …
Tom Clark / Guardian:
Opinion on Margaret Thatcher remains divided after her death, poll finds
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 …
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 …
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.
Rachael Bade / Reuters:
New gun control strategy: Tax 'em
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 …
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.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama group loses domain dispute  —  Pro-Obama group Organizing for Action lost a bid to take over the domain name from a computer technician in Colorado, the LA Times reports.  —  The technician, Derek Bovard, registered the name in January and configured …
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Organizing for Action loses bid to control website domain
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Santorum: Supreme Court won't make mistake of allowing same-sex marriage rights  —  A “chastened” U.S. Supreme Court won't make the mistake of granting same-sex marriage rights, former presidential candidate Rick Santorum predicted in an interview today.  —  “I think you'll see, hopefully …
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 …
The Myth of the Falling Bridge  —  There's more than a touch of Chicken Little in common arguments for more infrastructure spending.  “The bridges are falling, the bridges are falling!”  —  Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers issues the U.S. an infrastructure “report card.”
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Obama back in NYC for cash  —  He won a second term, but Barack Obama isn't done fund-raising.  The president will appear at a cozy reception for fewer than 65 guests with tickets priced at $32,400 per couple at the Manhattan home of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his designer wife Georgina Chapman …
Elahe Izadi /
Rand Paul's Play to Win Over Black Voters at Howard University  —  How the libertarian-minded senator is received will indicate how well GOP is making inroads with minorities.  —  The GOP minority outreach efforts continue: This time, it's Sen. Rand Paul taking the message to a historically black university.
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Discussion: ThinkProgress
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