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9:55 AM ET, April 27, 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)
Guy Benson /
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 …
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
GOP: Administration wanted to inflict pain with flight delays  —  The Republican chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Saturday accused the Obama administration of purposefully wanting to inflict pain on the public through flight delays.
Discussion: CNN
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Lawmakers head for flights after voting to end airport delays  —  Lawmakers headed to catch flights at Washington, D.C. Ronald Reagan National Airport on Friday after passing a bill to end furloughs for air traffic controllers that caused flight delays across the country this week.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Fox News:
House passes bill to end FAA furloughs, now goes to Obama to sign
New York Post:
9/11 jet landing gear is found — behind Ground Zero mosque site  —  An apparent piece of landing gear from a passenger jet used in the Sept. 11 attacks was found behind the site of the controversial Ground Zero mosque, police said.  —  The piece of gear was discovered Wednesday …
Myfox New York /
9/11 plane landing gear found in Lower Manhattan  —  Part of landing gear apparently from one of the jetliners that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, has been found wedged between two buildings, one of them a mosque site, in Lower Manhattan, the NYPD said Friday.
Discussion: Mediaite
Ebindelglass / CBS New York:
NYPD: Landing Gear From 9/11 Plane Found Behind ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ Site  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Nearly 12 years after terrorists attacked New York City by flying two commercial airliners into the World Trade Center, the NYPD said Friday that a piece of the landing gear from one of those planes had been found.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Sarah Palin  · 3,538,798 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 …
David Jackson / USA Today:
Obama: Planned Parenthood ‘is not going anywhere’  —  President Obama told Planned Parenthood on Friday he will fight various efforts to restrict women's access to abortion, contraceptives and other services.  —  “When it comes to a women's health, no politician should get to decide what's best for you …
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Tom Brokaw slams LiLo for ruining Correspondents' dinner  —  Tom Brokaw declined his invitation to this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner because of Lindsay Lohan.  —  “Somewhere along the line, it began to freewheel out of control,” the renowned anchorman told Politico …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Conan takes the podium: 'I've got to get one of these'
Ashley Killough / CNN:
After the last two weeks, is it time for a laugh?
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Tom Brokaw says ‘no thanks’ to White House Correspondents' Dinner
Laura Italiano / New York Post:
Moroccan would-be synagogue bomber gets five years in prison  —  The Boston Marathon explosions were on the minds of officials in Manhattan today as a would-be city synagogue bomber was sentenced to five years prison.  —  Mohamed Mamdouh, 22, a naturalized citizen from Morocco …
A Voice for Men:
AVFM Radio Special Edition: RIP Earl Silverman  —  Tomorrow night, Saturday, April 26, we will be airing a special episode of AVFM Radio, commemorating the life and work of Earl Silverman, the man who founded and operated the only refuge for battered men in Canada.
Discussion: Dean's World
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 …
More Smartphones Were Shipped in Q1 2013 Than Feature Phones, An Industry First According to IDC  —  The worldwide mobile phone market grew 4% year over year in the seasonally slow first quarter of 2013 (1Q13) as smartphones outshipped feature phones for the first time.
Free Lance-Star:
Cuccinelli reveals more gifts from Star Scientific, others  —  It turns out that Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli received more gifts from Jonnie Williams than he had previously reported.  —  Today Cuccinelli revealed three trips and two vacations, spread over the past five years …
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: Joe. My. God. and Advocate
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.
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 …
Jon Pareles / New York Times:
George Jones |  1931-2013: George Jones, Country Music Star, Dies at 81  —  George Jones, the definitive country singer of the last half-century, whose songs about heartbreak and hard drinking echoed his own turbulent life, died on Friday in Nashville.  He was 81.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Gang of Eight loopholes put many illegal immigrants on fast track to citizenship
Discussion: Hot Air, and Twitchy
Daily Mail:
‘Wow, that is awesome’: Murderer goes out with sarcastic last words as lethal injection takes effect
Discussion: Riehl World News
Julie Cart / Los Angeles Times:
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list
Discussion: The Raw Story and E2-Wire
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
LivingSocial Hacked — More Than 50 Million Customer Names, Emails, Birthdates and Encrypted …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
The Woman In Chris Christie's Shadow
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Mark Zuckerberg's New Political Group Spending Big On Ads Supporting Keystone XL And Oil Drilling
Discussion: Hullabaloo and AllThingsD
U.S. Sen. Max Baucus / Great Falls Tribune:
'I'm happier than I've ever been'  —  Serving you is the greatest privilege of my life.
Discussion: and CNN
Democracy Now / The Huffington Post:
“Love Has No Color”: Georgia High School Students Set to Hold First Integrated Prom
Discussion: Colorlines
The Official White House Tumblr:
The White House, Tumbling Things
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Federal Helium Program: How temporary becomes forever
David Brooks / New York Times:
Health Chaos Ahead