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9:45 PM ET, April 26, 2013

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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
The Democrats have lost on sequestration.  —  That's the simple reality of Friday's vote to ease the pain for the Federal Aviation Administration.  By assenting to it, Democrats have agreed to sequestration for the foreseeable future.  —  (Elaine Thompson/AP)
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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 …
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
White House in Full Retreat as FAA Sequester Stunt Backfires  —  The Obama administration's second installment of sequester scare tactics is working about as well as its first go 'round.  Run away: … Of course it's an accounting gimmick.  The point is that Democrats are desperate …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
12 Programs Congress Refuses To Save From Automatic Spending Cuts  —  After thousands of flight delays across the country this week, the United States Senate voted Thursday night to give the Federal Aviation Administration the flexibility to keep the nation's airports running smoothly.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House passes bill to end FAA furloughs in victory for GOP
Discussion: Power Line and CNN
Keith Koffler / Reuters:
Obama's hubris problem  —  Tuesday morning, a peculiar announcement trickled out of the White House press office: President Barack Obama would be holding a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston bombings.  At the White House.  By himself.  No press or other intruders allowed.
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Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tom Brokaw says ‘no thanks’ to White House Correspondents' Dinner
The Official White House Tumblr:
The White House, Tumbling Things
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Sarah Palin  · 3,538,279 like this  —  There's no such thing as a coincidence.  Today I'm looking forward to speaking at a pro-life women's resource center in Nevada.  I intend again to remind women that we are strong enough and capable enough to choose life and work together to create …
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Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
OBAMA BACKS PLANNED PARENTHOOD IN POLITICAL FIGHT  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said are efforts by states to turn women's health back to the 1950s, before the Supreme Court legalized abortion nationwide …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
After the last two weeks, is it time for a laugh?  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama has had to give some tough speeches in the past couple of weeks.  From consoling Boston and West, Texas to scolding Congress for failing to pass gun control legislation, the president's messages have been heavy.
Discussion: Politico
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Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tom Brokaw says ‘no thanks’ to White House Correspondents' Dinner
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Conan takes the podium: 'I've got to get one of these'
Discussion: Deadline.com
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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New York Times:
Reinhart and Rogoff: Responding to Our Critics
Ebindelglass / CBS New York:
NYPD: Landing Gear From 9/11 Plane Found Behind ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Site  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Nearly 12 years after the attack on the World Trade Center by two commercial airliners, the NYPD said Friday that a piece of the landing gear from one of those planes had been found.
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Myfox New York / myfoxny.com:
9/11 plane landing gear found in Lower Manhattan
Discussion: protein wisdom and Mediaite
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
George Jones, Admired and Copied Country Singer, Dies at 81  —  George Jones, the definitive country singer of the last half-century, died Friday at a hospital in Nashville.  He was 81.  —  He was hospitalized on April 18 with fever and irregular blood pressure, the Web site of Webster & Associates …
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Brian Mansfield / USA Today:
George Jones, country superstar, has died at 81
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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Jammie Wearing Fools:
Surprise!  Psycho Mother of Boston Bombers Also on Terror Watch List  —  Anyone watching the performances of this media darling can only come to a couple of conclusions: She's been lying through her teeth that her “good kids” had nothing to do with the Boston terror attack and it's probably a safe bet she put the elder son up to it.
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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
Officials found guilty in Obama, Clinton ballot petition fraud  —  A jury in South Bend, Indiana has found that fraud put President Obama and Hillary Clinton on the presidential primary ballot in Indiana in the 2008 election.  Two Democratic political operatives were convicted Thursday night …
New York Post:
President's pick for French ambassador folded over ties to poker ring: sources  —  The Manhattan billionaire President Obama wanted to appoint ambassador to France turned down the prestigious position over ties to an alleged Russian mob-run poker ring that was laundered through a Carlyle hotel art gallery, sources told The Post.
Sacramento Bee:
Rick Perry ‘explosion’ cartoon published to make a point  —  Several readers wrote me this morning expressing varying levels of concern about the cartoon depicting Gov. Rick Perry's marketing of Texas' loose regulations, juxtaposed with the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Federal Helium Program: How temporary becomes forever  —  Video: In the 1930s the government created a giant helium reserve, in case we needed it for blimp warfare.  That never happened, but the goverment hasn't been able to get rid of the helium fast enough.  David Fahrenthold is on set to explain why.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Gohmert: Muslim Brotherhood Members In Obama Administration Are Influencing U.S. Decisions  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) went after the Obama administration's handling of the Boston Marathon bombing investigation in a radio interview Thursday — and along the way he claimed that Muslim Brotherhood members …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Health Chaos Ahead  —  It was always going to be difficult to implement Obamacare, but even fervent supporters of the law admit that things are going worse than expected.  —  Implementation got off to a bad start because the Obama administration didn't want to release unpopular rules before the election.
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.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
GOProud Leaders Stepping Aside For “Someone Else To Come In And Shake Things Up”  —  Gay conservatives Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron are stepping down from their day-to-day roles at GOProud.  Of his comments lambasting conservative lawyer Cleta Mitchell, Barron says, “I have one regret working here.
Discussion: Advocate
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Gang of Eight loopholes put many illegal immigrants on fast track to citizenship
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Daily Mail:
‘Wow, that is awesome’: Murderer goes out with sarcastic last words as lethal injection takes effect
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Julie Cart / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list
Discussion: Guardian and E2-Wire
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Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
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Democracy Now / The Huffington Post:
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Jason Silverstein / The Atlantic Online:
The Decline of Emergency Care
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Carol Kuruvilla / NY Daily News:
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Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
U.S. female sailor beats Dubai rapist bus driver into submission
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