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9:35 AM ET, April 26, 2013

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New York Times:
The Guantánamo Stain  —  All five living presidents gathered in Texas Thursday for a feel-good moment at the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is supposed to symbolize the legacy that Mr. Bush has been trying to polish.  President Obama called it a “special day for our democracy.”
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
The Presidential Wheel Turns  —  Disaffection for Bush gave us Obama.  That explains the new affection for Bush.  —  Barack Obama was elected president in 2008 because he was not George W. Bush.  In fact, he was elected because he was the farthest thing possible from Mr. Bush.
Discussion: ParaPundit
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Yes, George W. Bush Was a Terrible President, and No, He Wasn't Smart
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, First Quarter 2013 (advance estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.5 percent in the first quarter of 2013 …
Mark Landler / New York Times:
U.S. Says It Suspects Assad Used Chemical Weapons  —  WASHINGTON — The White House said on Thursday that American intelligence agencies now believed, with “varying degrees of confidence,” that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons, but it said it needed conclusive proof before President Obama would take action.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
McCain: White House looking for excuses not to intervene in Syria
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Hagel: Syria likely used chemical weapons
New York Times:
Debt, Growth and the Austerity Debate  —  IN May 2010, we published an academic paper, “Growth in a Time of Debt.”  Its main finding, drawing on data from 44 countries over 200 years, was that in both rich and developing countries, high levels of government debt — specifically …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The 1 Percent's Solution  —  Economic debates rarely end with a T.K.O. But the great policy debate of recent years between Keynesians, who advocate sustaining and, indeed, increasing government spending in a depression, and austerians, who demand immediate spending cuts, comes close — at least in the world of ideas.
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Week
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.
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U.S. News:
Senate votes unanimously to fix FAA furloughs  —  Travelers stand in line at Los Angeles International airport in Los Angeles Monday, April 22, 2013.  It was a tough start to the week for many air travelers as flight delays piled up when thousands of air traffic controllers were forced …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and New Republic
Eric Moskowitz / Boston Globe:
Carjack victim recounts his harrowing night  —  The 26-year-old Chinese entrepreneur had just pulled his new Mercedes to the curb on Brighton Avenue to answer a text when an old sedan swerved behind him, slamming on the brakes.  A man in dark clothes got out and approached the passenger window.
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Eric Moskowitz / The Boston Globe:
Carjacking victim describes harrowing night
Discussion: First Read
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senators Quietly Seeking New Path on Gun Control  —  WASHINGTON — Talks to revive gun control legislation are quietly under way on Capitol Hill as a bipartisan group of senators seeks a way to bridge the differences that led to last week's collapse of the most serious effort to overhaul the country's gun laws in 20 years.
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Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  April 26, 2013 - Pennsylvania Voters Say Run Pittsburgh Marathon, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Many Voters Angry At U.S. Senate Gun-Control Vote  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Run the Pittsburgh Marathon May 5 …
Leisa Zigman / KSDK-TV:
Former Congressman Todd Akin breaks silence: talks comeback, takes on Karl Rove  —  ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Could Todd Akin be the new comeback kid?  —  The 65-year-old former congressman says don't rule him out.  Nearly six months after losing the Senate race he continues to be attacked from all sides of the political spectrum.
Discussion: Politico and The Raw Story
CNN:
Whereabouts of Boston bombing suspects' father unclear  —  (CNN) — The father of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was to fly to the United States on Friday to cooperate in the investigation.  But his wife called an ambulance for him Thursday and CNN has had no contact with the family since.
Discussion: The Week
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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.”
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 …
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Fox guest Michelle Malkin links Grover Norquist to Boston Marathon bombing  —  During an appearance on Fox News on Wednesday night, conservative commentator Michelle Malkin alleged that influential anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist was indirectly linked to the Boston Marathon bombing.
BBC:
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.
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Wall Street Journal:
Europe's Unemployment Problems Worsen
Discussion: MoneyBeat
 
 
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Esther Zuckerman / The Atlantic Wire:
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
GOP at Cross Purposes on ‘Obamacare’
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Dem leaders won't seek ObamaCare exemption
Paul Krugman:
Academic Non-Obscurity  —  Robert Samuelson tries to minimize …
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Fox News Poll: Voters think media bias behind lack of Gosnell trial coverage
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