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11:05 AM ET, April 26, 2013

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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.
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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 …
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.”
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
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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 …
Sheldon Alberts / The Hill:
Senate passes measure to end airport delays
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 …
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
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
Discussion: americanthinker.com
CNN:
Where is the suspects' father?  —  (CNN) — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing has been moved from a Boston medical center to a federal Bureau of Prisons hospital about 40 miles away.  —  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been receiving treatment for a variety of wounds …
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Jammie Wearing Fools:
Surprise! Psycho Mother of Boston Bombers Also on Terror Watch List
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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
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 …
Esther Zuckerman / The Atlantic Wire:
Boston Magazine's Heart-Shaped Shoes: The Story Behind the Beautiful Cover  —  For their May cover, following the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Magazine has created an indelible image made from shoes worn by the marathon's runners.  The cover, while evoking the horror of the bombing, is primarily a forward looking message.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
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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 …
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 …
Lee Enterprises / Associated Press:
Rehberg considers another Senate run  —  HELENA — Former U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg said Thursday he isn't ruling out a run for the Senate seat being vacated by U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.  —  The Republican is coming off a bruising loss last year to Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.
Fox News:
Lawmakers demand ‘action’ in Syria after intel confirms chemical weapons use  —  Top-ranking lawmakers on both sides of the aisle declared Thursday that the “red line” in Syria has been crossed, calling for “strong” U.S. and international intervention after administration officials revealed …
Discussion: Booman Tribune, CNN and Mediaite
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David Grant / Christian Science Monitor:
Immigration reform: How many new immigrants are we talking about?
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JoAnne Viviano / The Columbus Dispatch:
Fired teacher tells gay kids to take heart
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Hit & Run
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, New York Times and Politico
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
 Earlier Items: 
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Matthews: ‘All We Do Is Kill Arabs On International Television,’ ‘That Might Have Something To Do With Jihad’
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Keyes: US May Be ‘Preparing our Military Forces to do Violence against Christian Denominations’ That Oppose Gay Rights
James Kirchick / The Daily Beast:
The Ron Paul Institute: Be Afraid, Very Afraid