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10:45 AM ET, April 30, 2013


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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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Elizabeth Colbert Busch attacks Mark Sanford in slugfest  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. - So much for the frontrunner playing it safe.  —  Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch took the fight to embattled Republican Mark Sanford in a raucous debate here Monday night, at one point tagging the former governor …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Colbert Busch holds her own against Sanford in debate
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
Gina Smith / The State:
Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Colbert Busch trade jabs in only debate
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and First Read
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.
Susan Davis / USA Today:
GOP presses its agenda on ‘mommy blog’ sites  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans are targeting popular “mommy blog” websites in a digital ad campaign beginning Tuesday as part of an ongoing effort to repair the GOP's image with certain voting blocs — in this case swing female voters …
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.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and The Plum Line
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Don't be a jerk, Sen. Cruz.  —  It is a shopworn technique of hard-line conservatives to declare themselves men and women of principle in contrast to those other Republicans — the ones, you know, who pass legislation and try to represent their constituents.
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
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
American Jihadi In Somalia Is Still Alive  —  After a tense standoff with his former allies on Monday, Omar Hammami is tweeting again.  A fatwa may have saved him.  —  Via: Farah Abdi Warsameh, File / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Omar Hammami, the Alabama-born jihadi in Somalia …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Wired
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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Former Senator at Odds With Protégé on Immigration  —  WASHINGTON — Jim DeMint helped make Marco Rubio a Senate star — and he could be forgiven for regretting it.  —  Mr. DeMint, a former Republican senator from South Carolina, endorsed Mr. Rubio early on in his 2010 Senate bid …
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.
Discussion: Politicker
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 …
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.
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Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Democrats lose sequester battle: Column
Jeffrey Sparshott / Wall Street Journal:
Treasury to Pay Down Debt For First Time in Six Years
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Joshua Miller / Boston Globe:
Galvin predicts lower Senate special election turnout than in 2009
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Shane Goldmacher /
Mitch McConnell Wants to Be the Republican Party's Chief Tech Innovator
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
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Power Constrains  —  Why “community organizer” tactics don't work for the president.
Discussion: American Thinker
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
FBI looking into relationship between McDonnells, donor
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABCNEWS
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
New York Times:
Publisher Is Backing Off a Book About Cuomo in Favor of One Written by Him
Discussion: Capital New York and Politico
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Jury to Consider Murder Charges in Trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell
Discussion: U.S. News and Althouse
Pew Global Attitudes Project:
U.S. Image Rebounds in Mexico
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
After Dorner claim, other fired LAPD cops want cases reviewed