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9:25 PM ET, April 30, 2013

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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
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.
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Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The President's Guantanamo Comments
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
Glenn Thrush / Politico:   President Obama: I'm still relevant
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama to announce nominee for FCC
Discussion: Politico
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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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.
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.”
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 …
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Sandy Hook victim's daughter questions Kelly Ayotte on gun vote
Discussion: ThinkProgress
TMZ.com:
Jason Collins' Ex-Fiancee — I Had NO IDEA He Was Gay  —  JASON COLLINS' EX-FIANCEE  —  I Had NO IDEA He Was Gay  —  EXCLUSIVE DETAILS  —  The woman who was once engaged to NBA star Jason Collins tells TMZ, she had NO CLUE he was gay at the time of their relationship ... in fact …
Discussion: The Reliable Source
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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,” …
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
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Feds finds ricin traces at Miss. suspect's dojo  —  A dust mask allegedly discarded by the man accused of sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) tested positive for the poison, according to a court document made public on Tuesday.
Discussion: Associated Press
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: Mediaite and msnbc.com
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William Otis / Forbes:
The Boston Bomber Should Face The Possibility Of The Death Penalty
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: Valley Fever and Politico
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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.
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ted Cruz to speak at New York GOP dinner
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 …
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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: Advocate and Joe. My. God.
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
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 …
Daniel P. Kessler / Wall Street Journal:
Daniel Kessler: The Coming ObamaCare Shock  —  Millions of Americans will pay more for health insurance, lose their coverage, or have their hours of work cut back.  —  In recent weeks, there have been increasing expressions of concern from surprising quarters about the implementation of ObamaCare.
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 …
BBC:
Six men admit plot to bomb EDL rally  —  Six men from Birmingham have pleaded guilty to planning a bomb attack on an English Defence League rally.  —  Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Jewel Uddin all admitted preparing an act of terrorism between 1 May and 4 July 2012.
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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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Mayor Bloomberg Equates Civil Rights Group Fighting Stop-And-Frisk With Gun Lobby ‘Extremists’
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
Top general skeptical of Syria action
Discussion: CNN
Noah Shachtman / Wired:
Pentagon Paying China — Yes, China — To Carry Data
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Sen. Graham ‘Generated Some Headlines’ On Boston, Benghazi
Larry Siems / Slate:
How the United States kept him silent for 12 years.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and emptywheel
Lee Enterprises / Arizona Daily Star:
Bill signed preventing Tucson from destroying ‘buyback’ guns
 Earlier Items: 
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Obama to Seek Closing Amid Hunger Strike at Guantánamo
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
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: ACS Blog, Daily Kos and Washington Wire