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9:55 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  —  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 …
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
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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 …
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
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 …
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CNN:
Where is the suspects' father?  —  (CNN) — The surviving suspect …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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
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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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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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
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 …
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 …
Tarini Parti / Politico:
The Tea Party Caucus returns  —  The Tea Party Caucus is back in action with a new strategy and a growing membership.  —  Roughly 20 House Republicans attended a closed-door meeting Thursday evening in the Rayburn House Office Building, along with staffers from nearly 40 congressional offices …
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.
 
 
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David Grant / Christian Science Monitor:
Immigration reform: How many new immigrants are we talking about?
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Esther Zuckerman / The Atlantic Wire:
Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover
Discussion: ThinkProgress
JoAnne Viviano / The Columbus Dispatch:
Fired teacher tells gay kids to take heart
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
GOP at Cross Purposes on ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: The Hill
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Dem leaders won't seek ObamaCare exemption
Paul Krugman:
Academic Non-Obscurity  —  Robert Samuelson tries to minimize …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters think media bias behind lack of Gosnell trial coverage
Donna Brazile / CNN:
Bush was great after Katrina
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
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Wall Street Journal:
Europe's Unemployment Problems Worsen
Discussion: MoneyBeat
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
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