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9:35 AM ET, April 30, 2013


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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Colbert Busch holds her own against Sanford in debate  —  Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch held her own against former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) Monday night, avoiding any major stumbles as she sought to prove herself an acceptable alternative to voters in the House campaign's only debate.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Elizabeth Colbert Busch Goes There On Argentine Affair In Debate With Mark Sanford  —  In their first and only debate ahead of a May 7 special election for the House, Mark Sanford (R) and Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) sparred over budgets, guns, and — of course — the Republican candidate's personal life.
Gina Smith / The State:
Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Colbert Busch trade jabs in only debate  —  CHARLESTON, SC — Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch portrayed her Republican rival Mark Sanford as a dishonest job-killer who voted against the dredging of the Charleston port during a debate Monday, while Sanford characterized …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Elizabeth Colbert Busch attacks Mark Sanford in slugfest
Discussion: The Week, and New York Times
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.
Associated Press:
Obama calls Collins, offers support on coming out  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has reached out to Jason Collins to offer his support after the NBA veteran came out as gay.  —  Obama called Collins on Monday, hours after Collins became the first active male player …
Jon Wertheim / Sports Illustrated:
The story behind Jason Collins' story: The interview
James Rosen / Fox News:
Obama administration officials threatened whistle-blowers on Benghazi, lawyer says  —  At least four career officials at the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency have retained lawyers or are in the process of doing so, as they prepare to provide sensitive information …
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Tsarnaev family received $100G in benefits  —  By:  —  The Tsarnaev family, including the suspected terrorists and their parents, benefited from more than $100,000 in taxpayer-funded assistance — a bonanza ranging from cash and food stamps to Section 8 housing from 2002 to 2012, the Herald has learned.
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.
Joel Kotkin /
Class Warfare for Republicans  —  As a Truman-style Democrat left politically homeless, I am often asked about the future of the Republican Party.  Some Republicans want to push racial buttons on issues like immigration, or try to stop their political slide on gay marriage …
Discussion: Hot Air and Chicago Boyz
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Goldwater And His 1964 Allies  —  Via Jamelle Bouie …
Discussion: National Review
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Conservatives Try to Rewrite Civil Rights History (Again)
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Judicial Nominees Blocked On All Sides By Senate Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — It's bad enough that there are 82 vacant federal judge slots around the country, a level so high that many observers have deemed it a crisis situation.  —  But perhaps even more startling is the fact …
Discussion: Washington Wire
Jonathan Weisman / The Caucus:
Cruz Breaks With Senate Tradition While Criticizing Colleagues
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Power Constrains  —  Why “community organizer” tactics don't work for the president.  —  “The Democrats have lost on sequestration,” Journolist founder Ezra Klein declares flatly in his Washington Post blog.  “That's the simple reality of Friday's vote to ease the pain for the Federal Aviation Administration.
Discussion: American Thinker
Washington Post:
Antiabortion group releases videos of clinic workers discussing live births
Washington Post:
Antiabortion group releases videos of clinic workers discussing live births
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Republican Immigration Nightmare Could Recur  —  In 2007, Republicans waged culture war on undocumented immigrants — and they've been paying for it at the ballot box ever since.  Back in the bunker.  —  Minutemen demonstrate in Los Angeles in May 2007.  —  For the Republicans in Washington …
Discussion: The Plum Line
New York Times:
Publisher Is Backing Off a Book About Cuomo in Favor of One Written by Him  —  ALBANY — HarperCollins is backing away from plans to publish a biography of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo by one of New York's best-known political journalists, and instead has agreed to publish a memoir by the governor.
Discussion: Capital New York and Politico
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
The New York Times Book Review's retirement plan | Michael Wolff
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Radioactive Water Imperils Fukushima Plant  —  TOKYO — Two years after a triple meltdown that grew into the world's second worst nuclear disaster, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is faced with a new crisis: a flood of highly radioactive wastewater that workers are struggling to contain.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Obama's budget puts House Democrats in bind  —  Democrats have used a clear and potent attack against Republicans in recent elections: Don't vote for them because they'll cut your Social Security and Medicare.  —  But using that playbook next year, as Democrats had planned, just got a lot more complicated.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Modest Support for Military Force if Syria Used Chemical Weapons  —  Americans Express Little Interest in Syrian Conflict  —  OVERVIEW  —  By a 45% to 31% margin, more Americans favor than oppose the U.S. and its allies taking military action against Syria, if it is confirmed …
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico  —  Survey Report  —  On the eve of President Barack Obama's visit to Mexico, the United States is enjoying a resurgence of good will among the Mexican public, with a clear majority favorably inclined toward their northern neighbor and more now expressing confidence in Obama.
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Newt Gingrich / TIME:
How Newt Gingrich Won 2012  —  Newt is back.  His book business has been revitalized, he's throwing himself onto the speaking circuit, and he's a once and possibly future regular talking head on television.  —  Well into his fourth decade in American politics — and almost a year …
Discussion: New Republic
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jobless After Scandal, Weiner Triumphs in Corporate World  —  Anthony D. Weiner has demystified the details of the 906-page Affordable Care Act for an electronic medical records company.  —  He has counseled a biofuel firm about expansion into the emerging markets of Latin America and Africa.
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Former Senator at Odds With Protégé on Immigration
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Sam Sokol / Jerusalem Post:
Dershowitz presents plan to restart peace talks
Discussion: Right Turn and Israpundit
John Harwood / New York Times:
Next Big Challenge for Health Law: Carrying It Out
Washington Post:
FBI looking into relationship between McDonnells, donor
Elizabeth F. Ralph / Foreign Policy:
14 Hairless Cats That Look Like Vladimir Putin
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Josh Dawsey / Wall Street Journal:
Sandy Refugees Sue to Keep Hotel Rooms
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Jury to Consider Murder Charges in Trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell
Discussion: U.S. News and Althouse
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Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
After Dorner claim, other fired LAPD cops want cases reviewed
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
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos