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9:55 AM 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 …
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Washington Post:   As FBI expands Boston investigation, Obama defends law enforcement efforts
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 …
Discussion: msnbc.com and TheBlaze.com
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama bristles, says he still has juice for second term  —  President Obama bristled during a press conference on Tuesday when asked whether his second-term agenda is failing after the first 100 days.  —  Coming off defeats on the issues of gun control and sequestration and facing …
Discussion: TIME
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Obama Channels Clinton's Worst Day in Office, Raises Doubts About Relevancy
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 …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey takes Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary in rout
Discussion: Politico, Outside the Beltway and CNN
bigstory.ap.org:
Markey, Gomez win Mass. US Senate primaries
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.
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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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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
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: LarryFlynt.com and Politico
Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
Kingston plans statewide events amid Senate talk  —  Sponsored Links  —  SAVANNAH, Ga. —  U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston has political events planned across Georgia this week after months of speculation about whether the Savannah Republican will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Todd Rehm / Georgia Pundit:
Jack Kingston preparing Kickoff May 3, 2013
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.
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 …
Discussion: Ballot Box
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 …
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,” …
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
WHOOPS: ADP JOBS REPORT MISSES EXPECTATIONS — JUST 119K NEW JOBS  —  The number is out and it's weak.  —  Analysts were looking for 150K new private sector jobs.  —  Instead the number just came in at just 119K.  —  Remember, ADP just captures the private sector side of Non-Farm payrolls …
Discussion: Hot Air and Calculated Risk
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: emptywheel, TalkLeft and Booman Tribune
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Mohamedou Ould Slahi / Slate:
The Guantánamo Memoirs of Mohamedou Ould Slahi
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 and Reuters
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Book: Obama surrounds self with ‘idolizers,’ plots legacy with scholars
Discussion: Hot Air
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Deanna Durbin, Plucky Movie Star of the Depression Era, Is Dead at 91  —  Deanna Durbin, who as a plucky child movie star with a sweet soprano voice charmed American audiences during the Depression and saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy before she vanished from public view 64 years ago, has died, a fan club announced on Tuesday.
CBS Boston:
NH Man Loses Life Savings On Carnival Game  —  Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings on a carnival game and all he got was this stuffed banana.  (CBS)  —  EPSOM, NH (CBS) - Henry Gribbohm says he lost his life savings, $2,600, on a carnival game and all he has to show for it is a stuffed banana with dreadlocks.
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Banks Resist Strict Controls of Foreign Bets  —  WASHINGTON — Wall Street bankers and some of the world's top finance ministers are waging a bitter international campaign to block Washington financial regulators from extending their policing powers far beyond the nation's shores.
Discussion: DealBook
 
 
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BBC:
Bangladesh building collapse: Death toll passes 400
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BBC:
Venezuela MPs in punch-up over disputed election
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Eye Push For Gay Couples' Protections In Immigration Bill
Washington Post:
President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference (TRANSCRIPT)
Discussion: emptywheel
James Adams / Globe and Mail:
Doc chronicles strange story of Green Beret John Hartley Robertson, MIA since 1968
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The President's Guantanamo Comments
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
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
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Council may push Washington Redskins into ‘Washington Redtails’
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Feds finds ricin traces at Miss. suspect's dojo
Discussion: Associated Press
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Regrets Voting Against Same-Sex Adoption