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3:00 PM ET, April 30, 2013

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Washington Post:
Q: OK.  Thank you.  I appreciate it.  —  PRESIDENT OBAMA: You may be mad at me.  (Laughter.)  —  Q: I'm not.  (Laughter.)  —  A couple questions on national security.  On Syria, you said that the red line was not just about chemical weapons being used but being spread, and it was a game changer, seemed cut and dry (sic).
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Washington Post:
President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference (TRANSCRIPT)  —  By Washington Post Staff, … PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody.  Hello.  —  Good afternoon — or good morning, everybody.  I am here to answer questions in honor of Ed Henry, as he wraps up his tenure as president of the White House Correspondents' Association.
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Obama: We need to close Guantanamo Bay
Discussion: The Raw Story
CNN:
What Obama said on Syria, Boston, and more
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama cautions against ‘rushing to judgment’ on Syria
Discussion: Politico
WCSC-TV:
Online dating, affairs service picks Sanford as poster boy  —  A website connecting users looking for casual, and often extramarital, affairs is making Mark Sanford the face of their new marketing campaign, and it could not come at a worse time for the former governor.
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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.
Gina Smith / The State:
Mark Sanford, Elizabeth Colbert Busch trade jabs in only debate
Facebook:
Jeff Flake  · 19,977 like this  —  Nothing like waking up to a poll saying you're the nation's least popular senator.  Given the public's dim view of Congress in general, that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum.  —  Now, notwithstanding the polling firm's leftist bent …
Discussion: Politico
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Joanna Allhands / Arizona Republic:
Defending Jeff Flake  —  U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake is now the least popular senator in America, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling.  The organization, which admittedly leans left, correlates the dip in his approval rating to his “no” vote on popular background-check legislation.
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Are Gay Guys Checking You Out in the Locker Room?  —  NBA player Jason Collins, left, in 2009.  Collins recently came out as gay in a Sports Illustrated op-ed, the first active player in a major-league sport to do so.  —  As the first active member of one of the major sports leagues to come out as gay …
Washington Post:
FBI looking into relationship between McDonnells, donor  —  FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor's daughter, according to four people familiar with the questioning.
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.
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Susan Davis / USA Today:   GOP presses its agenda on ‘mommy blog’ sites
kff.org:
April 2013 Tracking Poll  —  The April poll finds much of the public remains confused about the status of the law.  The April poll provides a rough baseline of public awareness of the ACA before more intensive consumer information and consumer assistance efforts begin.
Discussion: Firedoglake and msnbc.com
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Poll: 42 percent of Americans unsure if Obamacare is still law
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
Kathleen Miles / The Huffington Post:
If Koch Brothers Buy LA Times, Half of Staff May Quit  —  At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony last week, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room.  —  Speaking to the entire staff, he said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner's group.”
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Governor Explains Away Poor Jobs Numbers: Most Unemployed People Are On Drugs  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is facing an uphill fight for re-election as he battles negative job approval ratings and a slow economic recovery.  The state's unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9 percent …
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 …
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 …
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: ACS Blog and Washington Wire
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.
Simon Calder / The Independent:
The end of the free upgrade: the great airline business upgrade auction is ready for take-off  —  A free move into business class could become a thing of a past as the major airlines look to raise extra revenue online  —  The economy passenger's dream ticket - a free upgrade at the departure gate - now looks endangered.
Discussion: AEIdeas, Daily Mail and ParaPundit
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.
Associated Press:
Former ricin suspect's home is unlivable: lawyer  —  Christi McCoy, an attorney for Kevin Curtis said she had spoken with authorities about getting her client's property repaired or replaced.  —  Kevin Curtis speaks to reporters as his brother Jack Curtis looks on in Oxford …
Discussion: Instapundit
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: Capital New York and Politicker
 
 
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
President Obama Applauds Jason Collins: LGBT People Are ‘Part Of The American Family’
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Pascal Pavani / RT:
‘Missiles fired at’ Russian plane with 159 passengers flying over Syria
Discussion: National Review
Andrew Restuccia / Politico:
Zuckerberg group draws fire over pro-Keystone, oil ads
Discussion: Gawker, First Read, Reuters and CREDO Action
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
FEC Expired Terms Prompt Calls for Obama to Keep Promise
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Steven Rattner / Opinionator:
The Warnings Behind the Numbers
Discussion: The Dish, Calculated Risk and AEIdeas
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
American Jihadi In Somalia Is Still Alive
Discussion: Wired and The Jawa Report
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: msnbc.com and The Fix
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Former Senator at Odds With Protégé on Immigration
Newt Gingrich / TIME:
How Newt Gingrich Won 2012
Discussion: New Republic