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8:55 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Week, and New York Times
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
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 …
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.
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.
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)
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
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
More Phony Outrage  —  Well, the transition among antichoicers …
Washington Post:
Antiabortion group releases videos of clinic workers discussing live births
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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Josh Dawsey / Wall Street Journal:
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Robert VerBruggen / National Review:
Pigford Forever
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Student Loan Decisions To Include Gay Families
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Meals On Wheels Sequestration Cuts Taking Effect
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama keeps the jokes coming in first post-dinner speech
Discussion: Politico
Sean Sullivan / Post Politics:
McConnell responds to Obama joke with glass of wine
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