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4:05 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.
CNN:
What Obama said on Syria, Boston, and more
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Aamer Madhani / USA Today:
Obama: We need to close Guantanamo Bay
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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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.”
Fred Backus / CBS News:
Poll: Americans against U.S. intervention in Syria, N. Korea  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Most Americans continue to say that the U.S. does not have a responsibility to intervene in Syria and think that North Korea is a threat that can be contained for now, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.
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Megan Thee-Brenan / New York Times:
In Poll, Public Opposes U.S. Action in Syria and North Korea
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and msnbc.com
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
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.
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Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Poll: 42 percent of Americans unsure if Obamacare is still law
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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.
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
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 …
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:
How Sarah Palin Is Right About Washington  —  We call it the “nerd prom,” hoping that a dose of irony will inoculate us.  But there's no use denying it: The White House Correspondents' Association's annual dinner is a deeply narcissistic event.  —  I realize I'm jumping on the bandwagon late here …
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Regrets Voting Against Same-Sex Adoption  —  WISCONSIN — Former GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told a Wisconsin town hall audience on Monday that he now supports the right of same-sex couples to adopt children, even though he still opposes marriage equality.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Congressman: Attorney General Holder Is On The Side Of The Boston Bombers  —  A Republican Congressman suggested on Tuesday that Attorney General Eric Holder permitted a federal judge to read Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights because the Obama cabinet official is biased towards terrorism.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Mediaite
 
 
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