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3:30 PM ET, May 1, 2013


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Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Saudi Arabia ‘warned the United States IN WRITING about Boston Bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2012’  — Saudis developed intelligence separately from Russia, which also warned the U.S. about the accused Boston bomber  — A letter to the Department of Homeland Security allegedly named Tsarnaev …
Boston Globe:
Three additional people arrested in Boston Marathon bombings  —  Three college students have been arrested by federal authorities in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, a law enforcement official familar with the case said this morning.  —  The Boston police Web page said that three additional …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
White House denies Saudis sent warning about Boston suspect  —  The Obama administration on Wednesday strongly denied reports that Saudi Arabia warned U.S. law enforcement officials last year that Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev posed a threat.  —  Saudi Arabia sent the Department …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Firedoglake
Miketoole / CBS Boston:
3 Friends Of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Arrested In Boston Marathon Bombings Case  —  Azamat Tazhayakov (left) and Dias Kadyrbayev (middle) with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square in 2012.  (Photo via  —  BOSTON (CBS/AP) - Three additional suspects were arrested Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombings investigation.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Three arrested for allegedly helping suspect after Boston bombings
Fox News:
3 more suspects taken into custody in Boston bombing case, police say
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Pat Toomey: Background Checks Died Because GOP Didn't Want To Help Obama  —  Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) revealed that some members of his party opposed expanding background checks for gun sales recently because they didn't want to “be seen helping the president.”
Manu Raju / Politico:
Kelly Ayotte on defense over gun vote  —  TILTON, N.H. — Sen. Kelly Ayotte's townhall meeting here ended with scant discussion on gun control, an issue that consumed Washington for much of the past month.  —  Pro-gun control activists, who attended the meeting, were incensed.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:   Ad Wars Escalate In Montana Over Max Baucus's Gun Vote
Evan Brandt / Main Line Media News:
Toomey doubts second Senate gun-control vote any time soon
Molly Powell / National Review:
Cruz 2016  —  Freshman senator Ted Cruz is considering a presidential run, according to his friends and confidants.  —  Cruz won't talk about it publicly, and even privately he's cagey about revealing too much of his thought process or intentions.  But his interest is undeniable.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Bottoms Up, Lame Duck  —  During the 2012 campaign, the president and his top advisers liked to make the argument that if he was re-elected, the “fever” would break.  Washington would no longer be the graveyard of progress, the crypt of consensus.  Once dystopian Republicans accepted …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
A House in chaos  —  Less than two weeks ago, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy walked upstairs to Majority Leader Eric Cantor's Capitol office to discuss a sensitive issue: Why did Cantor schedule a vote before McCarthy had the chance to survey Republican support?
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Washington Post:
Over-the-counter sales of Plan B morning-after pill approved for ages 15 and older  —  The Obama administration on Tuesday approved over-the-counter sales of the morning-after pill for age 15 and above, a move that contradicts a court order requiring the pill to be made available to women of all ages.
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:   FDA's Plan B on Plan B Is Still Not Good Enough
Food and Drug Administration:
FDA approves Plan B One-Step emergency contraceptive without a prescription for women 15 years of age and older
Carrie Budoff Brown / Reuters:
Gay rights push threatens immigration deal  —  The most serious threat to bipartisan immigration reform doesn't involve border security or guest workers or even the path to citizenship.  —  It's about gay rights.  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) …
Ken Klukowski / BREITBART.COM:
BREAKING: PENTAGON CONFIRMS MAY COURT MARTIAL SOLDIERS WHO SHARE CHRISTIAN FAITH  —  The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith: “Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
It's a 401(k) World and It Basically Sucks  —  I like the metaphor in Tom Friedman's latest column, arguing that we now live in a 401(k) world.  But I wish he'd spelled it out in greater detail, because the problem with living in a 401(k) world is that Planet 401(k) is a pretty sucky planet.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Leslie Mayes / News 14:
Redemption is the message as Broadwell attends YMCA prayer breakfast … CHARLOTTE - Paula Broadwell, the woman at the center of the scandal that led Gen. David Petraeus to resign as director of the CIA, was among 2,000 guests in Charlotte on Tuesday for the YMCA's annual prayer breakfast.
CNN:   Petraeus' mistress Broadwell: I'm looking forward
DIRTY TRICKS: Mysterious Conservative Group Sending Out Push Polls In South Carolina Special Election  —  HILTON HEAD, South Carolina — A mysterious conservative group has been placing highly-misleading phone calls to South Carolina voters, trying to dissuade them from voting for the Democrat …
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Spring Slowdown Paints Ugly Picture for Jobs: ADP  —  The gloomy news continued for jobs as ADP reported Wednesday that private companies created just 119,000 new positions in April.  —  That was well below expectations and confirmation that the labor market is slowing heading into late spring and early summer.
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
ADP reports 119K private job gains in April
Discussion: The Raw Story
Michael Catalini /
5 Things You Need to Know About Gabriel Gomez  —  The former Navy SEAL has a compelling biography, but no political experience.  —  It's time for the main event in Massachusetts.  —  Gabriel Gomez, the political newcomer with a biography one newspaper suggested makes him “the perfect candidate …
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
GOP Census Bill Would Eliminate America's Economic Indicators  —  WASHINGTON — A group of Republicans are cooking up legislation that could give President Barack Obama an unintentional assist with disagreeable unemployment numbers — by eliminating the key economic statistic altogether.
Karla Ward / Lexington Herald-Leader:
5-year-old boy accidentally shoots, kills 2-year-old sister in Cumberland County  —  A 5-year-old boy who was playing with a .22-caliber rifle accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old sister in Cumberland County on Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from the state police.
Kim Murphy / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Sarah Palin for Senate?  Some tea party activists want her to run  —  SEATTLE — Sarah Palin's last elective position in Alaska ended early when in 2009 she abandoned the governorship midway through her first term.  —  But tea party activists appear eager for a comeback …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Carney: ‘Benghazi Happened a Long Time Ago’
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Obama Said to Choose Watt to Lead Fannie Mae Regulator
Discussion: AEIdeas and Blog
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Uses Derogatory Term For Undocumented People To Argue For Immigration Reform
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Botched ObamaCare rollout tops Democratic fears for 2014 election
Jim Yardley / New York Times:
Bangladesh Garment Industry Reliant on Flimsy Oversight
Discussion: BBC, Gawker, IHT Rendezvous and Mother Jones
Wall Street Journal:
High-Speed Traders Exploit Loophole
Sam Adams / Slate:
The Great Netflix Purge
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Jason Dick / Roll Call:
Larry Flynt Endorses Mark Sanford — Because it Wasn't all Weird Enough
Ryan Hutchins / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie says N.J. will build dune system in Sandy's wake
Discussion: Mediaite
Roger Simon / Reuters:
The killers among us
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin James releases Wendy Greuel's texts after she attacks him
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Deanna Durbin, Plucky Movie Star of the Depression Era, Is Dead at 91