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3:15 PM ET, April 15, 2013

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Dallas Morning News:
Exclusive: As his presidential library debuts, George W. Bush prepares to return to public stage on his own terms … To post a comment, log into your chosen social network and then add your comment below.  Your comments are subject to our Terms of Service and the privacy policy and terms of service of your social network.
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Dallas Morning News:
Exclusive: See President George W. Bush's paintings: ‘People are surprised’  —  This painting, “Miss Beazley,” is a work that former President George W. Bush did of his Scottish terrier.  —  of  —  President.  Governor.  Artist?  —  More than four years after George W. Bush left the White House …
David Kopel / The Volokh Conspiracy:
The “Pro-Gun” Provisions of Manchin-Toomey are Actually a Bonanza of Gun Control  —  The Toomey-Manchin Amendment which may be offered as soon as Tuesday to Senator Reid's gun control bill are billed as a “compromise” which contain a variety of provisions for gun control, and other provisions to enhance gun rights.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gun lobbyist brags lawmakers ‘have stepped into our trap’ on background checks  —  The head of a national gun rights group said in an e-mail Sunday that he was supporting the Manchin-Toomey compromise on background checks and that his group's lobbyist had participated in the writing of the legislative language.
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Examiner and Politico
Washington Free Beacon:
Murphy: ‘It Took Me a While to Figure Out’ Opposition to Gun Control Is Based on Philosophy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Is media bias to blame for lack of Gosnell coverage?  Or something far more banal?  —  The trial of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell would seem to have all the elements of a spectacular news story: shocking allegations, horrifying visuals, sympathetic victims.
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Melinda Henneberger / She The People:
Why Kermit Gosnell hasn't been on Page One  —  News outlets have been struggling to explain why until now there's been so little coverage of the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of delivering live, screaming children and then beheading them.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
White House: Trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor ‘unsettling’
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Gitmo Is Killing Me  —  ONE man here weighs just 77 pounds.  Another, 98.  Last thing I knew, I weighed 132, but that was a month ago.  —  I've been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds.  I will not eat until they restore my dignity.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Fewer Americans Now View Their Income Taxes as Fair  —  The 55% who say their taxes are fair is lowest since 2001  —  PRINCETON, NJ — This Tax Day, 55% of Americans regard the income taxes they have to pay as fair, the lowest percentage Gallup has measured since 2001.
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Joseph E. Stiglitz / Opinionator:
A Tax System Stacked Against the 99 Percent
Discussion: naked capitalism and CNN
Joe Miller / Restoring Liberty:
Why I Am Considering a 2014 US Senate Run  —  Serious times call for bold measures.  With the re-election of Barack Obama, our very way of self-government is in peril.  The Constitution is under attack, the value of human life degraded, religious liberties are threatened …
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Joe Miller weighs Alaska Senate run
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court avoids gun rights dispute  —  The Supreme Court, following a pattern that is now quite well established, chose again on Monday to remain on the sidelines as the national debate over gun ownership heats up in the political realm.  Without comment, the Justices denied review of the latest attempt …
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Declines Gun Law Case
Discussion: The Raw Story
Noam Scheiber / New Republic:
Get Rich or Deny Trying  —  One of the stars of Barack Obama's 2012 State of the Union address was Jackie Bray, a single mother who was laid off in 2011 and struggled for months to find a good-paying job.  Bray's luck finally turned, the president explained, when German industrial giant Siemens hired …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
The Endless Vetting Of Marco Rubio  —  American Bridge's tome.  “I don't think there's been a knockout blow,” says his biographer.  —  Via: Drew Angerer / Getty Images  —  Senator Marco Rubio's straight line to the Republican presidential nomination seemed more certain than ever Sunday …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Rubio reports fundraising $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2013
Discussion: Politico
Jillian Keenan / Slate:
Legalize Polygamy!  —  No. I am not kidding.  —  Sister-wives Valerie, left, and Vicki serve breakfast to their children in their polygamous house in Herriman, Utah, in this file photo from May 30, 2007.  Polygamy, once hidden in the shadows of Utah and Arizona, is breaking into the open …
Reuters:
Tight win for Chavez's heir spells uncertainty for Venezuela  —  (Reuters) - Late socialist leader Hugo Chavez's chosen successor Nicolas Maduro won Venezuela's presidential election by a whisker but now faces opposition protests plus a host of economic and political challenges in the OPEC nation.
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Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren winning support for 2016 White House bid  —  By:  —  Just a few months into her first U.S. Senate term, Democrat Elizabeth Warren is generating increasing support among liberals as a White House contender — putting her on a potential collision course with presumed front-runner Hillary Clinton.
Bloomberg:
High Court Justices Seek Compromise in Gene-Patent Case  —  Several U.S. Supreme Court justices sought a compromise on the decades-old practice of granting patents on human genes, debating a case that could redefine rights throughout the biotechnology and agricultural industries.
Discussion: The Raw Story and SCOTUSblog
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Andrew Pollack / New York Times:
As Court Considers Gene Patents, Case May Overlook Relevant Issues
Discussion: AEIdeas and SCOTUSblog
John Kerry / CNN:
Kerry: Foreign students ‘scared’ of guns in U.S.  —  (CNN) - Students in other countries assessing where to study abroad are increasingly scared of coming to the United States because of gun violence, the nation's top diplomat said Monday.  —  Speaking with CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty …
Reuters:
President Obama, Republicans fight the class war  —  There was nothing especially subtle about the way Barack Obama played the politics of class resentment against Mitt Romney in 2012.  —  “My opponent,” Obama brayed in Virginia Beach last fall, “thinks that someone who makes $20 million a year …
 
 
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Democratic Rep. Rush wants to stop House use of term ‘illegal immigrants’
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Howard Dean: Obama Might Drive Me Out Of The Democratic Party
Discussion: Mediaite, Weasel Zippers and Naked DC
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
The Hell of American Day Care
Discussion: Wonkblog and Washington Monthly
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Wealth tax to pay for EU bail-outs
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Robinclane / Cooperative Catalyst:
Teach for America: A Terrific Model for Expansion!
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Chris Smith / New York Magazine:
The Albany Machiavelli  —  With unmatched political virtuosity …
Discussion: Capital Tonight
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Not so long ago, plenty of Republicans favored gun control.
Discussion: Politico