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3:50 AM ET, April 11, 2013


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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: White House dinner with GOP senators ‘constructive’  —  President Obama “enjoyed a constructive and wide-ranging discussion” over dinner with Republican senators on Wednesday night, White House officials said.  —  During the dinner, which lasted two-and-half-hours …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
President Obama's risky ‘goodwill’ gambit  —  To Obama, curbing entitlement growth has never been a core priority — it's more a means to an end — and the liberal rage against the CPI plan is useful only up to a point:  —  It makes his CPI plan seem like a major concession instead of the minor baby step Republicans claim it is.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Grover Norquist: Chained CPI Violates Taxpayer Protection Pledge  —  WASHINGTON — Members of Congress who have pledged never to raise taxes will be breaking their promise if they support changing how the government measures inflation for Social Security and tax purposes.
Brooklynbadboy / Daily Kos:
'We won't have the White House forever, folks!'
Discussion: Eschaton
Erik Wasson / Ballot Box:
House GOP campaign chief: Obama budget is ‘shocking attack’ on seniors
Discussion: Politico
The Week:
5 things Republicans should like about Obama's new budget
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House to begin furloughs in May
Discussion: Politico
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Stumped: Can't Name A Single Area Of Compromise In His Budget
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
Obama to unveil $3.77 trillion spending plan
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
At Howard University, Rand Paul Falsely Claims He Never Opposed 1964 Civil Rights Act  —  Following an awkward, earnest speech to an audience at Howard University, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) insisted several times that he did not oppose the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Ducks Record On Race In Awkward Howard Speech
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul: GOP must reconnect with African Americans
Discussion: Politico
Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul: 'I've Never Been Against The Civil Rights Act. Ever.'
Washington Wire:   Rand Paul Delivers Speech at Howard University
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Howard Students Didn't Totally Hate Rand Paul
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   Paul: 'I've never wavered in my support for civil rights or the Civil Rights Act'
Pat Toomey:
The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act  —  Bottom Line: The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act would require states and the federal government to send all necessary records on criminals and the violently mentally ill to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Senate in Deal on Gun Checks  —  WASHINGTON—Senate lawmakers reached a bipartisan deal Wednesday to expand background checks for gun sales, bolstering support for one of President Barack Obama's top priorities following December's Newtown, Conn., school shooting.
Republican Congressman Cites Biblical Great Flood To Say Climate Change Isn't Man-Made  —  “If you believe in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change.  That certainly wasn't because man had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.”  —  View Video ›
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Michelle Obama: ‘Hadiya Pendleton was me, and I was her’  —  First lady Michelle Obama held back tears Wednesday as she took a rare step into political debate, urging action to combat violence among young people in her hometown of Chicago and going so far as to suggest that she could have lost her life in urban violence.
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
First lady chokes up during speech on gun violence in Chicago
Discussion: CNN
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Grassley Proposes Eliminating 3 Seats On Powerful Court To Keep Obama From Filling Them  —  As ThinkProgress has previously explained, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is the second most powerful court in the country.  It's also a bastion …
Andrea K. Walker / Baltimore Sun:
Ben Carson steps down as Hopkins commencement speaker … Neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson stepped down Wednesday as commencement speaker at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine after complaints from students about controversial comments concerning same-sex marriage.
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and Reuters
Tina Rosenberg / Opinionator:
The Power of Talking to Your Baby  —  By the time a poor child is 1 year old, she has most likely already fallen behind middle-class children in her ability to talk, understand and learn.  The gap between poor children and wealthier ones widens each year, and by high school it has become a chasm.
Jonathan Van Meter / New York Times:
Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin's Post-Scandal Playbook  —  One day in early February, I met Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin for breakfast at the Gramercy Park Hotel, one of their regular joints, just a few blocks from their apartment on Park Avenue South.  The first thing Weiner said when I sat …
New York Times:
Senators' Group Reaches Deal on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators has largely agreed on a broad immigration bill that would require tough border measures to be in place before illegal immigrants could take the first steps to become American citizens …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and JustOneMinute
David Rothkopf / Foreign Policy:
Mad Men  —  Who's more dangerous to Americans than Kim Jong Un?  —  America is rightly on edge.  When a man with the power to make life-or-death decisions affecting thousands of U.S. citizens recklessly shows contempt for decency and international norms of behavior, it is no wonder the American people would be both angry and fearful.
Discussion: Mediaite, Right Turn and New York Times
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate votes 87-11 to confirm Sally Jewell as secretary of the Interior  —  The Senate approved Sally Jewell to be the next Interior Secretary on Wednesday, placing her atop an agency at the center of intense political battles over energy throughout President Obama's tenure.
Discussion: Politico
Joel Connelly / Strange Bedfellows:
AG sues florist who refused flowers to gay wedding  —  State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Arlene's Flowers & Gifts, a Richland florist that refused to supply flowers to the same-sex marriage of a longtime customer.
Lornet Turnbull / The Seattle Times:
State sues florist over refusing service for gay wedding
Discussion: Advocate and Fox News
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