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3:20 AM ET, April 30, 2013


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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.
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.
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  —  Jason Collins has suited up for six teams in his NBA career, twice starting in the Finals.  —  The dining room table of Jason Collins' home features an interesting centerpiece.  A Celtics game ball balances atop a leather holder.
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.
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: CNN
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Ron Paul slams Boston ‘occupation’
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
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
Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Conservatives Try to Rewrite Civil Rights History (Again)
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Goldwater And His 1964 Allies  —  Via Jamelle Bouie …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Washington Post:
Antiabortion group releases videos of clinic workers discussing live births
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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: Politico and Capital New York
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
The New York Times Book Review's retirement plan | Michael Wolff
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
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
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 …
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.
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
After Dorner claim, other fired LAPD cops want cases reviewed  —  The 40 requests have come in the two months since Christopher Dorner sought revenge for his 2009 dismissal by targeting police officers and their families.  —  Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, right …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Jury to Consider Murder Charges in Trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell  —  PHILADELPHIA — They are known as Baby Boy A, Baby C, Baby D and Baby E, all of whom prosecutors call murdered children and the defense calls aborted fetuses — the very difference in language encapsulating why anti-abortion advocates …
Discussion: U.S. News and Althouse
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Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Pigford Forever
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
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Charlotte mayor nominated for transportation secretary
Discussion: Politico, and First Read
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama keeps the jokes coming in first post-dinner speech
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 responds to Obama joke with glass of wine
Discussion: ABCNEWS and The Fix
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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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
More backlash against Senators on gun vote