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3:40 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.
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 …
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.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Passes Bill to Ease Impact of Cuts on Air Traffic  —  WASHINGTON — The House gave quick and overwhelming approval Friday to legislation to give the secretary of transportation enough financial flexibility to bring the nation's air traffic control system back up to full strength and end …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:   House passes bill to end FAA furloughs in victory for GOP
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
The Official White House Tumblr:
The White House, Tumbling Things  —  We see some great things here at the White House every day, and sharing that stuff with you is one of the best parts of our jobs.  That's why we're launching a Tumblr.  We'll post things like the best quotes from President Obama, or video …
Keith Koffler / Reuters:
Obama's hubris problem
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 …
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
GDP Up 2.5%, But Underlying Weakness Evident
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 …
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
George Jones, Admired and Copied Country Singer, Dies at 81
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and alicublog
Andrew Dansby / Houston Chronicle:
Country legend George Jones dies
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: JustOneMinute
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 …
Carol Kuruvilla / NY Daily News:
Was this hottie deported from Saudi Arabia for being ‘too handsome’?  —  Religious police in the conservative country allegedly feared that three men from the United Arab Emirates were so handsome that ‘female visitors could fall for them.’ Whether or not Omar Borkan Al Gala is one of those three …
Discussion: Mediaite and
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 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.
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.
Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
U.S. female sailor beats Dubai rapist bus driver into submission  —  An off-duty U.S. navy sailor wrestled a Dubai bus driver to the ground and beat him into submission after he tried to rape her at knifepoint on Jan. 19, a courtroom heard Wednesday.  —  The woman, 28, was on 24-hour shore leave …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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Democracy Now / The Huffington Post:
“Love Has No Color”: Georgia High School Students Set to Hold First Integrated Prom
Discussion: Colorlines
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Federal Helium Program: How temporary becomes forever
Jason Silverstein / The Atlantic Online:
The Decline of Emergency Care
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pelosi: Time for ‘next step’ in Syria
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Plans ‘Rugged’ Version of Galaxy S 4 Phone
Discussion: Mashable and The Verge
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
Some Hospital Jobs Shrivel
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Ron Synovitz / Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Target Of Taliban Justice Tells Of Brutal Amputations
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Rob Bluey / The Heritage Foundation:
Michelle Malkin Wins 2013 Breitbart Award for Excellence in Journalism
‘This Town’: A Washington takedown
Tarini Parti / Politico:
The Tea Party Caucus returns
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senators Quietly Seeking New Path on Gun Control
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