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8:05 AM ET, April 26, 2013


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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
McCain: White House looking for excuses not to intervene in Syria  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ari.) on Thursday accused the Obama administration of being overly cautious in analyzing intelligence about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, saying he feared the White House was looking for excuses not to get involved.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Matthews: ‘All We Do Is Kill Arabs On International Television,’ ‘That Might Have Something To Do With Jihad’  —  MSNBC host Chris Matthews noted on Thursday that Syrian President Bashar al Assad, who has been accused by the White House of using chemical weapons, has few options available …
Some lawmakers told last week about Syria, sarin
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Hagel: Syria likely used chemical weapons
Wall Street Journal:
Judge Made Miranda-Rights Call in Boston Bombing Case  —  FBI Wanted to Question Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Further Under Public-Safety Exception  —  A federal judge made the call to advise the Boston bombing suspect of his Miranda rights, even though investigators apparently still wanted to question …
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
Feds Further Investigating Role of Bomber's Wife  —  Law enforcement officials are carefully reexamining any possible role that Katherine Russell Tsarnaeva, the wife of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, played in the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, according to three federal officials with knowledge of the investigation.
U.S. News:
Officials: Boston suspects discussed second attack in Times Square
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Yes, George W. Bush Was a Terrible President, and No, He Wasn't Smart  —  More than three years still remained in George W. Bush's presidency when it had already collapsed by the end of 2005.  The Bush revisionism industry has thus enjoyed an unusually long period of time in which to plan …
Donna Brazile / CNN:
Bush was great after Katrina
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
George W Bush needs more than a library to be popular again
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama uses Bush library dedication ceremony to push immigration reform
Discussion: CNN and The Reaction
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Senate passes measure to end airport delays  —  The Senate passed a bill on Thursday evening to end air traffic controller furloughs caused by the automatic spending cuts known as the sequester that have been blamed for mounting flight delays across the country.
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Wall Street Journal:
The FAA Strikes Again, the FAA Brags
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The FAA fiasco  —  The air traffic controller furloughs …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Times and Betsy's Page
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Conservative Infighting Kills Effort To “Fix” Obamacare  —  Eric Cantor and Ted Cruz at war.  “The message sucks.  We oppose Obamacare.  Period.  We will repeal it.  Period,” a top Cruz aide tells conservatives.  —  Via: Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Three years …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Freshmen Feel Left Out Of Failed Obamacare Repeal Rituals
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Schumer, McCain say gun control bills will return  —  The Senate will try again to pass recently defeated gun control legislation, and will be aided by increasing activism from previously neutral voters, Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted today at a press conference.
Jeff Poor / The Daily Caller:
A tale of two Scarboroughs: From rabid gun rights crusader to gun control advocate
Discussion: Riehl World News
Economic Policy Institute:
Guestworkers in the high-skill U.S. labor market: An analysis of supply, employment, and wage trends  —  Executive summary  —  This paper reviews and analyzes the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) labor market and workforce and the supply of high-skill temporary foreign workers, who serve as “guestworkers.”
Spain unemployment hits record high  —  Unemployment has risen once again in Spain to another new record.  —  The total number of unemployed people in Spain has now passed the six million figure, edging the jobless rate just past 27%, according to official data.
Wall Street Journal:
Europe's Unemployment Problems Worsen
Discussion: MoneyBeat
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
The Ron Paul Institute: Be Afraid, Very Afraid  —  The former presidential contender is back, this time as head of a new ‘institute’ for ‘peace’ comprised of anti-Semites, 9/11 truthers, and dictator lovers.  James Kirchick reports.  —  In December 2011, when Ron Paul was leading …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters think media bias behind lack of Gosnell trial coverage  —  The media are often criticized for spending too much time covering sensational crime stories.  But that's not so in the Philadelphia murder trial of an abortion doctor named Kermit Gosnell.  A just-released Fox News national poll asked why.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Keyes: US May Be ‘Preparing our Military Forces to do Violence against Christian Denominations’ That Oppose Gay Rights  —  Alan Keyes is out with a new column today arguing that Christians should not shy away from violence in the face of the “gruesome violence [that] is being done to Christians.”
Paul Krugman:
Academic Non-Obscurity  —  Robert Samuelson tries to minimize the significance of the Reinhart-Rogoff affair; and that, I realized, offers an interesting window into why, in fact, the affair matters so much.  —  Samuelson starts by excusing R-R on the grounds that the economic crisis predates their blooper:
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Everything is Rigged: The Biggest Financial Scandal Yet  —  The Illuminati were amateurs.  The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix  —  By  —  Conspiracy theorists of the world …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Mark Sanford Publishes Personal Phone Numbers Of Anyone Who Called His Campaign  —  Congressional candidates who are down in the polls often pull unexpected stunts to try to shake up the race — but even the most cunning strategist would have to question the wisdom of publicizing …
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Andrew Buncombe / The Independent:
Body found in river confirmed as Sunil Tripathi - missing student wrongly linked to Boston marathon bombing
Susan Davis / USA Today:
Boehner-led cost-cutting saving millions in the House
Discussion: ABCNEWS and National Review
Brittny Mejia / Arizona Daily Wildcat:
‘You Deserve Rape’ sign causes controversy on UA campus