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5:15 PM ET, April 12, 2013


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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell's Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story  —  The dead babies.  The exploited women.  The racism.  The numerous governmental failures.  It just is insanely newsworthy.  —  A procedure room at the Women's Medical Society.  / Philadelphia District Attorney's Office
Mollie / GetReligion:
WPost reporter explains her personal Gosnell blackout  —  I've been writing about media coverage of abortion for many years.  And so have many others.  If you haven't read David Shaw's “Abortion Bias Seeps Into The News,” published in the Los Angeles Times back in 1990, you should.
Irin Carmon / Salon:
There is no Gosnell coverup  —  The horrors and underlying disparities exploited by Kermit Gosnell are not new — nor have they been ignored.  —  This week, the right wing has been working the refs, demanding to know why the press has been allegedly silent on the trial of Kermit Gosnell …
David Weigel / Slate:
Kermit Gosnell: The Alleged Mass-Murderer and the Bored Media  —  An anti-abortion protester rallies in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 22, 2007 in Washington DC. … A week ago, I joined a few reporters for a morning coffee klatsch with Newt Gingrich.
James Hohmann / Politico:
RNC's celeb plan falls flat in Hollywood  —  HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — The Republican National Committee is meeting this week in the most touristy part of Tinseltown, but it's apparent the “Celebrity Task Force” recommended by last month's “autopsy” report isn't going to happen.
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
Republican National Committee reaffirms opposition to gay marriage
Mark Murray / First Read:
NBC/WSJ poll: 53 percent support gay marriage
Discussion: Politico, Poliglot and Hullabaloo
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
President Obama's Weirdest New Taxes  —  President Obama has plenty of big taxes in his budget proposal.  —  To achieve $1.8 trillion in new revenue, the president suggested a few of the policies he's raised while battling Republicans over the past four years: taxing higher incomes …
White Blog:
President Obama and Vice President Biden's 2012 Tax Returns  —  Today, the President released his 2012 federal income tax returns.  He and the First Lady filed their income tax returns jointly and reported adjusted gross income of $608,611.  The Obamas paid $112,214 in total tax.
Discussion: Hawkings Here and BBC
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obamas' income, effective tax rate dropped last year, return shows
Discussion: CNN
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Family Research Council says 'don't send a dime' to GOP  —  Tony Perkins says religious conservatives should stop donating to the Republican Party until it clarifies its position on social issues.  —  The president of the Family Research Council, a top religious political group …
William Grimes / New York Times:
Jonathan Winters, Funny Man and Comedic Inspiration, Dies at 87  —  Jonathan Winters, the rubber-faced comedian whose unscripted flights of fancy inspired a generation of improvisational comics, and who kept television audiences in stitches with Main Street characters like Maude Frickert …
Todd Leopold / CNN:
Comedian Jonathan Winters dies at 87
Charlotte Meredith / Daily Express:
North Korea states ‘nuclear war is unavoidable’ as it declares first target will be Japan  —  NORTH KOREA has warned Japan that Tokyo would be the first target in the event of a war on the Korean Peninsula, as it increased threats of an attack.  —  Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force soldiers prepare its missile interceptor
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Carney: North Korea not capable of launching nuclear-armed missile
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Congressman Pretended to Be ‘Hot’ for Cyndi Lauper  —  Lawmaker who tweeted to long-lost daughter tried to fool the press—and it worked  —  Steve Cohen, a Tennessee congressman, called Cyndi Lauper “hot” in a tweet and then abruptly deleted it.  —  Which, it turns out, was part of his secret plan.
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Rep. Cohen: Lauper ‘hot’ tweet ‘a ruse’
David Brooks / New York Times:
Bold on Both Ends  —  It's time to entertain the possibility that President Obama is a right-wing extremist.  After all, look at where he's taking the country over his second term.  —  We're living in a country where 53 percent of children born to women under 30 are born out of wedlock, according to government data.
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
Here's The Democrats' Plan To Get Gun Control Through The Senate  —  Senior Hill aides describe Harry Reid's strategy.  —  It has been almost 20 years since Congress has taken up the topic of gun control legislation.  —  As the new debate over gun control heats up, senior Senate aides …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP shows little appetite for Senate gun control measure
Daily Mail:
Vatican is forced to admit Pope Emeritus Benedict's health has worsened following reports ‘he will not be with us much longer’  —  The health of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has deteriorated, the Vatican has revealed.  —  Senior church officials were forced to make their fears public …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
What Actually Happened To That Same-Sex Couple In The Missouri Hospital  —  There has been a lot of speculation as to what actually transpired when Roger Gorley was arrested away from his husband Allen's bedside in a Missouri hospital earlier this week.  Despite the fact Roger and Allen …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Marco Rubio goes all-in on immigration bill  —  Marco Rubio is preparing to go all in to support sweeping immigration legislation, offering himself up as the public face of a bill that will split the Republican Party — but that his allies hope will propel him to the front of the GOP presidential sweepstakes.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Obama's “Politics 101”: “You Don't Put Stuff On Your Head If You're President”  —  Obama declines an offer to wear a football helmet and doles out some political advice.  —  Via: Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP  —  WASHINGTON — When members of the US Naval Academy football team presented President Obama …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
GOP Congressman Warns Background Checks Will Lead To A Genocide Like In Rwanda  —  Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) took the fearmongering over gun reform to new levels in a Facebook post on Thursday that compared expanding background checks to the Rwandan genocide.  —  Gun advocates and Republican lawmakers …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rep. Steve Stockman: 'If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted'  —  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) on Friday tweeted out the slogan for what he said would be his new campaign bumper sticker, which combines two hot-button conservative issues into one controversial sound bite.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Group using apparent al Qaeda recruitment video to slam McConnell on guns  —  Americans United for Change, a liberal advocacy group, is launching an ad targeting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on gun control that professes to use an al Qaeda recruitment video to drive its message home.
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
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Va. board adopts strict abortion clinic rules
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
With Police in Schools, More Children in Court
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Gawker
Jason Lange / Reuters:
Retail sales point to flagging economic momentum
Discussion: Right Turn
Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Pregnancy: Health Spending Following the PPACA Adult-Dependent Mandate
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Sharyl Attkisson in talks to leave CBS
Discussion: Mediaite and Riehl World News
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Julia Louis-Dreyfus: I love Joe Biden!
Discussion: CNN and Yahoo! News
 Earlier Items: 
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Jenny Sanford Not Endorsing Anyone In South Carolina Special Election
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Roll Call
The Commentator:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Ex-lawmaker accuses aides of sabotage
Senator Christopher Murphy:
Press Release of Senator Murphy
Discussion: and The Hill
Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press:
Rick Warren: Son Used Unregistered Gun in Suicide
Discussion: Booman Tribune, ABCNEWS and Mediaite
Mood of the nation: Six-year high in optimism, CNN poll shows
Discussion: Politico