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2:55 AM ET, April 10, 2013


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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
James Inhofe: Gun Debate Has Nothing To Do With Families Of Newtown Victims  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said Tuesday that the gun control debate doesn't have anything to do with the families of the Newtown, Conn., shooting victims, and that the only reason those families …
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
Manchin, Toomey Prepare to Unveil Gun Deal  —  A bipartisan group of Senate negotiators signaled Tuesday night that it has reached a deal in principle on expanding background checks to include more gun sales, in what was widely seen as the major sticking point on the biggest gun control legislation to reach the floor since 1994.
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
The gun control vote and Harry Reid's problem  —  A senior Senate Republican observed today on the anti-gun legislation, “It's hard to say what [Sen. Harry] Reid will even bring up.  He could opt for some watered-down nothing burger, I suppose.  Hard to say, [but] he's in a conundrum.”
Discussion: Roll Call and Power Line
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Senator To Newtown Families: The Gun Debate Has Nothing To Do With You  —  As the Senate prepares to take up a comprehensive gun safety bill on Thursday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) told reporters that the coming debate will have nothing to do with the families of the victims from Newtown, Connecticut.
Joe Manchin says on verge of gun deal
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 …
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.
FBI asked to probe secret recordings of McConnell meeting
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republican Threats To Filibuster Gun Bill Appear To Be Falling Apart  —  Numerous Republicans said Tuesday they won't vote to block gun control legislation from reaching the floor, making Senate Democrats increasingly optimistic that they'll have the necessary votes to begin debating their bill …
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Bernie Sanders: Obama Owns Chained CPI  —  WASHINGTON — If President Barack Obama keeps on signaling his willingness to cut Social Security benefits, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned Tuesday, people are going to start thinking he actually wants to cut them.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Sam Hananel / Associated Press:
Obama To Nominate Three Candidates To Labor Board
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Time to make some calls people
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Texas college locked down  —  (CNN) — The 20-year-old student accused in a stabbing rampage at a Texas college campus told investigators he had fantasies of killing people and had planned the attack, sheriff's officials said late Tuesday.  —  Dylan Quick, 20, was charged with three counts …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The Raw Story
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
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 …
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
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 …
Lydia Warren / Daily Mail:
‘House of horrors’ abortion clinic worker ‘was handed a screaming newborn with no eyes or mouth and asked to deal with it’  — Dr Kermit Gosnell, 72, is on trial for ‘murdering seven babies and a woman, 41’ at an abortion clinic in Philadelphia  — His former employee Sherry West testified …
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
New York City Councilman Proposes Crackdown On Costumed Characters  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. introduced legislation Tuesday that would either ban or introduce tight regulations on costumed characters in New York City.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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