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12:25 PM ET, April 26, 2013

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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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Brian Mansfield / USA Today:
George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81 … NASHVILLE, Tenn. — George Jones, whose supple Texas voice conveyed heartbreak so profound that he became perhaps the most imitated singer in country music, died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized …
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Andrew Dansby / Houston Chronicle:
Country legend George Jones dies  —  With a quicksilver warble that captured the devastation of bad love George Jones defined country music like no other singer in the 20th century.  Jones' voice was instantly identifiable, a fluid and expressive thing that famously prompted Frank Sinatra to call him …
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
George Jones, Admired and Copied Country Singer, Dies at 81
Discussion: alicublog
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.
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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 …
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
U.S. Economy Speeds Up, but Less Than Forecast
Wall Street Journal:
First-Quarter Growth, at 2.5%, Misses Expectations
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
First-quarter growth quickens, but misses forecasts
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
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: The Week and Prairie Weather
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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 …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
How To Lose The Sequestration Fight  —  Last night, the Senate proved it can fix big problems for real Americans — so long as they're rich, or relatively rich, or fly for business or what have you.  —  The short version is that late last night it took a break from its regular schedule …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tom Brokaw says ‘no thanks’ to White House Correspondents' Dinner  —  Tom Brokaw blames it all on Lindsay Lohan.  —  Last year, Brokaw became one of the biggest critics of the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner after he saw Washington buzzing around and about the troubled Hollywood actress …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Roger Simon / Reuters:
Hey, White House Correspondents' Dinner critics: Relax, enjoy
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABCNEWS
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 …
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Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Senate passes measure to end airport delays
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.
Politico:
‘This Town’: A Washington takedown  —  A year after signing a book contract to chronicle the incestuous ecology of insider Washington, New York Times writer Mark Leibovich was schmoozing his way through a going-away party for Joe Lockhart atop the Glover Park Group headquarters.
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: CNN, Politico, The Raw Story and Shakesville
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Plum Line and msnbc.com
Lila Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
Bill Aiming To Ban Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors To Be Introduced In New York  —  NEW YORK — The fight against a controversial therapy that purports to “cure” gay people of their gayness and make them straight has come to New York.  —  The therapy has been around for decades …
Sharon LaFraniere / New York Times:
Farm Loan Bias Claims, Often Unsupported, Cost U.S. Millions  —  In the winter of 2010, after a decade of defending the government against bias claims by Hispanic and female farmers, Justice Department lawyers seemed to have victory within their grasp.  —  Ever since the Clinton administration agreed …
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
How the L.A. Times can stop the Kochs
Suzanne Goldenberg / Guardian:
Obama campaign launches plan to shame climate sceptics in Congress
Discussion: Right Wing News, Twitchy and DeSmogBlog
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Democratic Senators Tell White House of Concerns About Health Care Law Rollout
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hit & Run
Rob Bluey / The Heritage Foundation:
Michelle Malkin Wins 2013 Breitbart Award for Excellence in Journalism
The Local:
Gunman kills three in ‘random’ shooting
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Jihad Watch
Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Rehberg considers another Senate run
Tarini Parti / Politico:
The Tea Party Caucus returns
Discussion: The Fix and The Maddow Blog
David Grant / Christian Science Monitor:
Immigration reform: How many new immigrants are we talking about?
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Moskowitz / The Boston Globe:
Carjacking victim describes harrowing night
Discussion: First Read
Esther Zuckerman / The Atlantic Wire:
Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover
Discussion: ThinkProgress
David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
GOP at Cross Purposes on ‘Obamacare’
Discussion: The Hill and The Plum Line
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Dem leaders won't seek ObamaCare exemption
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Donna Brazile / CNN:
Bush was great after Katrina
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and TheBlaze.com
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Matthews: ‘All We Do Is Kill Arabs On International Television,’ ‘That Might Have Something To Do With Jihad’
Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
Everything is Rigged: The Biggest Financial Scandal Yet