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12:15 AM ET, May 1, 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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Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Obama to announce nominee for FCC
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Book: Obama surrounds self with ‘idolizers,’ plots legacy with scholars
Discussion: Hot Air
Glenn Thrush / Politico:   President Obama: I'm still relevant
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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Jessica Luther / The Atlantic Online:
The WNBA Can Teach Male Athletes About Coming Out and Being Allies
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey takes Mass. Senate Democratic primary in rout  —  Massachusetts voters will see local businessman Gabriel Gomez (R) and Rep. Edward Markey (D) face off in the upcoming Senate special election, after both candidates took their respective parties' nominations in Tuesday's primary.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Boston Globe:
Gabriel E. Gomez wins GOP nod in special US Senate primary; Edward J. Markey to run for the Democrats  —  Will he be the next Scott Brown?  —  Gabriel E. Gomez, a 47-year-old son of immigrants who became a Navy pilot and SEAL before becoming a private equity investor, won the Republican nomination tonight …
Discussion: Hot Air
bigstory.ap.org:
Markey, Gomez win Mass. US Senate primaries
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Larry Flynt endorses Mark Sanford  —  Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) may not have the support of the national GOP — but Larry Flynt has his back.  —  The Hustler publisher endorsed Sanford's House campaign on Tuesday, calling him the “sex pioneer of our time.”
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democratss open wallets against Sanford in South Carolina House race
Discussion: Politico
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
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
Discussion: Associated Press
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.”
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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: BuzzFeed, Valley Fever and Politico
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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 …
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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Don't be a jerk, Sen. Cruz.
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.
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.
Larry Siems / Slate:
How the United States kept him silent for 12 years.  —  Mohamedou Ould Slahi began to tell his story in 2005.  Over the course of several months, the Guantánamo prisoner handwrote his memoir, recounting what he calls his “endless world tour” of detention and interrogation.
Discussion: TalkLeft, emptywheel and Booman Tribune
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Marco Rubio: Gang of Eight's immigration bill can't pass the House  —  Sen. Marco Rubio acknowledged Tuesday on a conservative radio talk show that the Gang of Eight's comprehensive immigration reform bill won't likely pass the Republican-led House.  —  The comments from Rubio …
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
Top general skeptical of Syria action  —  'We've been planning.  We've been developing options,' Dempsey says.  AP Photo  —  Close  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hit a cautionary note on Syria Tuesday, questioning just how effective U.S. military intervention might be in ending the two-year civil war there.
Discussion: CNN
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.
 
 
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The President's Guantanamo Comments
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Mayor Bloomberg Equates Civil Rights Group Fighting Stop-And-Frisk With Gun Lobby ‘Extremists’
William Otis / Forbes:
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