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11:05 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.
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 …
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
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.
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
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
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 …
Joel Kotkin /
Class Warfare for Republicans
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.
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
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 …
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
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
McConnell responds to Obama joke with glass of wine
Discussion: The Fix and ABCNEWS
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 and theGrio
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Charlotte mayor nominated for transportation secretary
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O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Branstad on Senate race: “The last thing we need is another congressman” (AUDIO)
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