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12:25 PM ET, April 11, 2013


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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Veterans poll: 91 percent back gun checks  —  The vast majority of veterans support universal background checks, a new poll shows.  —  According to a survey commissioned by the organization Vote Vets and the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, 91 percent of veterans support requiring …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Closing the Gun Show Loophole: Better Than Nothing?
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Week
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Senate in Deal on Gun Checks
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Senate poised to debate gun control measure
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Gun Shop Where Lanza's Mother Bought Bushmaster Shut Down For Selling To A Felon, Background Check Violations  —  EAST WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Connecticut gun shop that legally sold weapons used in the Newtown school shootings lost its federal firearms license …
Len Besthoff / WFSB-TV:
Documents detail why gun shop lost license
Discussion: The Raw Story
Washington Post:
Gun control, immigration and budget talks: Is there a thaw in Washington?  —  For the first time in a while, members of the two parties — at least some of them — appear to be talking about getting things done, even without the deadline of a manufactured crisis looming.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: White House dinner with GOP senators ‘constructive’
Brooklynbadboy / Daily Kos:
'We won't have the White House forever, folks!'
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Philadelphia abortion clinic horror: Column  —  We've forgotten what belongs on Page One.  —  Infant beheadings.  Severed baby feet in jars.  A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure.  Haven't heard about these sickening accusations?  —  It's not your fault.
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
90% Bull  —  Fig leaves wilting!  It looks like the requirement that the Border Patrol catch 90% of illegal crossers-reported by the WSJ and touted by both Marco Rubio's chief of staff and my colleague Matt Lewis as an example of the “ tough border enforcement measures” …
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: Strong majority backs citizenship for undocumented immigrants
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mark Zuckerberg / Washington Post:
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Immigration and the knowledge economy  —  Mark Zuckerberg is founder and chief executive of Facebook and co-founder of  —  Earlier this year I started teaching a class on entrepreneurship at an after-school program in my community.
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Facebook's Zuckerberg launches lobby group with push for immigration reform
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
Joseph Ryan / Chicago Tribune:
Daughter of former Obama pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright indicted … The daughter of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright — the controversial former pastor to President Barack Obama — was indicted today in an expanding federal probe of a state grant tied to a former suburban police chief.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
David Corn and Mother Jones find themselves with another audio scoop  —  David Corn says one good scoop may have led to another.  And might even lead to still others, too.  —  The Mother Jones magazine reporter and MSNBC pundit was busy Wednesday handling the fallout from, and some fawning over …
David Rogers / Politico:
Where's Mitch McConnell?
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Immigration, gun deals make Tea Party lawmakers restless  —  House conservatives are growing restless.  —  With bipartisan deals emerging on guns and immigration, Tea Party lawmakers in the lower chamber are warning their leaders to slow down.  —  Longtime immigration reform critic Rep. Steve King …
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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama prayer breakfast critic will not speak at commencement
George Eaton / New Statesman:
Exclusive: Blair warns Miliband: offer answers, not outrage  —  The former prime minister says Labour must be more than “fellow travellers in sympathy” and warns it not to “tack left on tax and spending”.  —  In his statement on Margaret Thatcher's death earlier this week …
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Jay-Z brags about Cuba trip in rap  —  Rapper Jay-Z released a new track Thursday in which he boasts about his recent trip to Cuba with superstar Beyoncé and says that President Barack Obama told him he'd get him “impeached.”  —  “I done turned Havana into Atlanta,” Jay-Z raps in “Open Letter,” which he released Thursday.
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Mark Pryor rakes in cash in first quarter  —  Endangered Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) raised nearly $2 million in the first quarter of this year, a financial show of strength his campaign hopes sends a message to state and national Republicans still looking for a candidate to take him on next year.
Aron Heller / Associated Press:
Israel Detains Five Women For Wearing Prayer Shawls At Western Wall  —  JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police on Thursday detained five women at a Jerusalem holy site for performing religious rituals there that ultra-Orthodox Jews say are reserved for men.  —  The detentions come …
Andrew Osborn / Reuters:
Britain snubs Argentina's Fernandez over Thatcher funeral  —  LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will not invite Argentine President Cristina Fernandez to Margaret Thatcher's funeral next week in a snub likely to deepen a long-running diplomatic dispute over the Falkland Islands.
Discussion: Power Line
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Top Republican Blasts Obama Budget As ‘Shocking Attack On Seniors’  —  Remember those warnings about how instead of welcoming President Obama's adoption of Chained CPI, Republicans would continue to deny him a budget deal and attack him for proposing to cut Social Security?
Peter H. Stone / The Huffington Post:
Haley Barbour Leaves American Crossroads Amid Concerns Over Conservative Victory Project  —  The powerful fundraising team that American Crossroads deployed in 2012 to pull in more than $300 million has lost ace fundraiser Haley Barbour, according to three GOP operatives close to the super PAC.
Discussion: Politico and Poynter
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Tony Blair talks Thatcher, the Mideast - and Twitter
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea Moves to Defuse Tensions With the North
Discussion: National Review
Susanne Craig / DealBook:
Seeking Relief, Banks Shift Risk to Murkier Corners
Discussion: naked capitalism
Ahmed Vahdat / Telegraph:
Iranian scientist claims to have invented ‘time machine’
State House / Malawi Nyasa Times:
Malawi State House responds to Madonna's outbursts: Full text
Discussion: FP Passport, Guardian, CNN and BBC
 Earlier Items: 
Ann Coulter /
Liberals Go Crazy For The Mentally Ill
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Democrats pressing federal regulators for documents related to shoddy foreclosures
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Martin O'Malley wants to be Mr. Fix-It
Discussion: AEIdeas and First Read
Obamacare funds much in doubt
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Ken Cuccinelli Loses Petition To Uphold Anti-Sodomy Law
Discussion: Mother Jones and AMERICAblog
Katie Dvorak / The Hill:
US expatriates plead for relief from IRS
Discussion: Politico
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Grassley Proposes Eliminating 3 Seats On Powerful Court To Keep Obama From Filling Them