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6:50 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).
Karen DeYoung / Washington Post:
Obama moving toward sending lethal arms to Syrian rebels, officials say  —  President Obama is preparing to send lethal weaponry to the Syrian opposition and has taken steps to assert more aggressive U.S. leadership among allies and partners seeking the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad, according to senior administration officials.
Ron Fournier /
Obama Channels Clinton's Worst Day in Office, Raises Doubts About Relevancy  —  Like Clinton in April 1995, Obama struggles against forces out of his control.  —  A president is in trouble when he's forced to defend his relevancy, as Bill Clinton did 18 years ago, or to quote Mark Twain, as Barack Obama did Tuesday.
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
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.”
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 and Valley Fever
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.
Daniel P. Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Daniel Kessler: The Coming ObamaCare Shock
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Betsy's Page
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Poll: 42 percent of Americans unsure if Obamacare is still law
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama to announce nominee for FCC  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama will announce Wednesday he's nominating Tom Wheeler, a top fundraiser for the president's re-election campaign, to head the Federal Communications Commission, according to a White House official.
Discussion: Politico
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
President Obama: I'm still relevant
Discussion: CNN
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
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Feds finds ricin traces at Miss. suspect's dojo
Discussion: CNN
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Chris Matthews Inks Long-Term Deal With MSNBC, But Ends ‘The Chris Matthews Show’  —  MSNBC has signed Chris Matthews to a new, long-term contract with the channel, TVNewser has learned.  —  As part of the new deal, however, he will be ending “The Chris Matthews Show,” …
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.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ted Cruz to speak at New York GOP dinner  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has made a national splash since getting elected late last year and is widely seen as harboring national ambitions, will be the headliner at the New York State GOP annual dinner next month, according to an invitation the group is circulating.
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.
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: and Mediaite
Kasie Hunt / First Read:
Gun vote stirs passion at Ayotte town hall meeting  —  WARREN, N.H. — The daughter of a Newtown victim confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte during her first town hall meeting since voting against expanding background checks on all commercial gun sales.  —  Nearly two weeks ago …
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.
Megan Thee-Brenan / New York Times:
In Poll, Public Opposes U.S. Action in Syria and North Korea
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.
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 …
Jessica Luther / The Atlantic Online:
The WNBA Can Teach Male Athletes About Coming Out and Being Allies  —  Perhaps it's easier for Brittney Griner to come out than it is for Jason Collins because her teammates view being an ally as the norm.  —  Yesterday morning, news broke that the cover of the May 6th issue of Sports Illustrated …
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 …
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Council may push Washington Redskins into ‘Washington Redtails’  —  A D.C. Council member is preparing to introduce a resolution calling on the Washington Redskins to change its name, perhaps to the Washington Redtails.  —  Council member David Grosso, an independent elected last year …
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 …
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Sen. Graham ‘Generated Some Headlines’ On Boston, Benghazi
Six men admit plot to bomb EDL rally
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Jihad Watch
Larry Siems / Slate:
How the United States kept him silent for 12 years.
Discussion: emptywheel and Booman Tribune
Lee Enterprises / Arizona Daily Star:
Bill signed preventing Tucson from destroying ‘buyback’ guns
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama to Seek Closing Amid Hunger Strike at Guantánamo
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Calder / The Independent:
The end of the free upgrade: the great airline business upgrade auction is ready for take-off
Discussion: AEIdeas, Daily Mail and ParaPundit
Pallab Ghosh / BBC:
Cern re-creating first web page to revere early ideals
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Are Gay Guys Checking You Out in the Locker Room?
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Judicial Nominees Blocked On All Sides By Senate Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos, ACS Blog and Washington Wire
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Jobless After Scandal, Weiner Triumphs in Corporate World
Discussion: Capital New York and Politicker
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Radioactive Water Imperils Fukushima Plant
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
Tsarnaev family received $100G in benefits