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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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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.
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
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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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
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: Reuters and Politico
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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
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,” …
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Jeff Flake  · 20,024 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 …
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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.”
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
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Mohamedou Ould Slahi / Slate:
The Guantánamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Discussion: News Desk and Hullabaloo
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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James Adams / Globe and Mail:
Doc chronicles strange story of Green Beret John Hartley Robertson, MIA since 1968
Alexander Burns / Politico:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
Engaged or Detached?  —  Let's say you are a young person beginning …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Mayor Bloomberg Equates Civil Rights Group Fighting Stop-And-Frisk With Gun Lobby ‘Extremists’
William Otis / Forbes:
The Boston Bomber Should Face The Possibility Of The Death Penalty
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: Sen. Graham ‘Generated Some Headlines’ On Boston, Benghazi
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Ted Cruz to speak at New York GOP dinner
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Tea Party Congressman: Attorney General Holder Is On The Side Of The Boston Bombers
Discussion: Mediaite and msnbc.com
Margaret Carlson / Bloomberg:
How Sarah Palin Is Right About Washington
Gabriel Arana / American Prospect:
Are Gay Guys Checking You Out in the Locker Room?