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6:20 PM ET, April 29, 2013


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Sports Illustrated:
“I'm a 34-year-old NBA center.  I'm black.  And I'm gay,” says Jason Collins.  —  I'm a 34-year-old NBA center.  I'm black.  And I'm gay.  —  I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport.  But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
ESPN Sportscaster Immediately Trashes First Out NBA Player: Jason Collins Is Not ‘A Christian’  —  An ESPN sportscaster went on the air on Monday to publicly gay-bash Jason Collins, the NBA player who came out Monday morning in an emotional op-ed, the first active male player of a major American sport to come out.
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Paul laying 2016 groundwork in South Carolina  —  (CNN) - To say Rand Paul is testing the 2016 waters would be an amusing understatement.  With trips to Iowa and New Hampshire lined up in May, the Kentucky senator is diving in head first.  —  Next up on his early state roadshow: South Carolina.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Ron Paul slams Boston ‘occupation’  —  Former Rep. Ron Paul said the police response to the Boston Marathon bombings was scarier than the bombing itself, which killed three and wounded more than 250.  —  “The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn …
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Gov. Jeb Bush /
Rare Exclusive: JEB BUSH: Conservatives are winning ... in the states  —  The conventional wisdom coming from the 2012 election was the Republican Party is in decline.  We lost on messaging, tone and policies that alienated growing minority communities.  What that narrative misses …
Washington Post:
Antiabortion group releases videos of clinic workers discussing live births  —  An antiabortion group that mounted a six-month undercover investigation has released videos this week that raise questions about what might happen to a baby as a result of an unsuccessful abortion.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
More Phony Outrage  —  Well, the transition among antichoicers from drawing attention to the illegal horrors of Dr. Gosnell's clinic in Philadelphia to a challenge to legal abortions generally is moving along at a pretty good pace, viz. this New York Post column by Kyle Smith: … Well, I don't know.
Washington Post:
Antiabortion group releases videos of clinic workers discussing live births
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
More backlash against Senators on gun vote  —  New PPP polls in Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, and Ohio find serious backlash against the 5 Senators who voted against background checks in those states.  Each of them has seen their approval numbers decline, and voters say they're less likely …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
After Her Poll Numbers Plummet, NRA Runs Ads Thanking Senator For Killing Background Checks Bill
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Weisman / The Caucus:
Cruz Breaks With Senate Tradition While Criticizing Colleagues  —  In his short time at the Capitol, Senator Ted Cruz, a freshman Republican from Texas, has shown little regard for long-standing rules of decorum.  But on Friday, he publicly discussed the closed-door dealings …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Ted Cruz slams Senate GOP ‘squishes’
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Sink / The Hill:
O'Connor worries Supreme Court was wrong to rule in Bush v. Gore  —  Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said in an interview published this weekend that she is no longer certain that the Supreme Court should have taken Bush v. Gore, the controversial case that ended …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
‘You Son Of A B*tch’: Furious Boston Man Confronts ‘A**hole’ Alex Jones Reporter Over ‘False Flag’ Allegations  —  An reporter found himself the subject of verbal scorn last week when he appeared in Boston with press badge and camera in tow.  An irate Boston resident confronted …
Fredric U. Dicker / New York Post:
If Hillary is running for prez, I'm out  —  Cuomo quietly ‘concedes’ 2016 race  —  Gov. Cuomo has quietly told associates that he is resigned to the fact that he can't run for president in 2016 if Hillary Rodham Clinton enters the race, as is widely expected, sources told The Post.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dem resolution warns climate change could push women to ‘transactional sex’  —  Several House Democrats are calling on Congress to recognize that climate change is hurting women more than men, and could even drive poor women to “transactional sex” for survival.
Kate Kelland / Reuters:
Austerity is hurting our health, say researchers  —  (Reuters) - Austerity is having a devastating effect on health in Europe and North America, driving suicide, depression and infectious diseases and reducing access to medicines and care, researchers said on Monday.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
How Austerity Is Literally Killing People
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
House Republicans Eyeing New Hostage Opportunity  —  If you don't submit, I will destroy your puny world with this HAMMER OF THOR.  —  The House Republicans are contemplating a new budget-hostage strategy, the the Washington Post reports in a story that is both highly useful and inadvertently Onion-esque.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama keeps the jokes coming in first post-dinner speech  —  President Obama, fresh off his performance Saturday night at the White House Correspondents Dinner, peppered his remarks Monday at the National Academy of Sciences with multiple jokes.  Obama noted that the academy was founded during the Civil War …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
After string of setbacks, more charm may be the last, best option for Obama
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Conservatives Try to Rewrite Civil Rights History (Again)  —  Rand Paul's unsuccessful speech at Howard University—where he tried, and failed, to paint the Republican Party as the true home for African American voters—didn't happen in a vacuum.  It drew from a heavily revisionist history …
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
The New York Times Book Review's retirement plan |  Michael Wolff  —  The Book Review was once American literary culture's holy of holies, but neither books nor criticism count for much any more  —  Not long ago, an old friend with whom I've lost touch, the writer Susan Braudy …
Wall Street Journal:
Female DNA Found on Bomb in Boston Attack  —  Investigators have found female DNA on at least one of the bombs used in the Boston Marathon attacks, though they haven't determined whose DNA it is or whether that means a woman helped the two suspects carry out the attacks, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe.
Reid Wilson /
Gary Peters To Announce Senate Bid  —  Rep. Gary Peters will announce this week that he's running to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin, sources tell The Hotline, giving Democrats another top recruit in a state critical to their hopes of keeping the Senate next year.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Student Loan Decisions To Include Gay Families
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post:
Meals On Wheels Sequestration Cuts Taking Effect
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Capitol Police clear suspicious substance in Rep. Meeks's office
Discussion: Politico
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Biden Needles Graham: ‘I Will Rip Your Skin Off’ #SCsen
Discussion: Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
McConnell jokes about his ‘soft side’ in response to Obama
Discussion: The Fix and ABCNEWS
Harry Bradford / The Huffington Post:
Disney World Fights Against Paid Sick Days For Florida Employees
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 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Panel seeks to fine tech companies for noncompliance with wiretap orders
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Branstad on Senate race: “The last thing we need is another congressman” (AUDIO)
Discussion: Roll Call and The Daily Caller
Jacob Darwin Hamblin / Salon:
We tried to weaponize the weather
Discussion: Hit & Run and Daily Kos
Christian Caryl / The New York Review of Books:
‘Misha’ Speaks: An Interview with the Alleged Boston Bomber's ‘Svengali’