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10:45 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 …
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 …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:   A House in chaos  —  Less than two weeks ago, House Majority …
Carrie Budoff Brown / Reuters:
Gay rights push threatens immigration deal
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Eye Push For Gay Couples' Protections In Immigration Bill
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
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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.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama bristles, says he still has juice for second term
Discussion: NPR, TIME and Politico
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, CNN and Outside the Beltway
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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ThinkProgress:
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democratss open wallets against Sanford in South Carolina House race
Discussion: LarryFlynt.com and Politico
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.
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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Rush Limbaugh:
Suddenly, an NBA Player's Sex Life is the Only Thing That Matters in America?
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Politico:
President Obama holds press conference, talks Syria, sequestration (transcript)  —  As provided by the White House.  —  NEWS CONFERENCE BY THE PRESIDENT  —  James S. Brady Press Briefing Room  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good afternoon — or good morning, everybody.
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Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The President's Guantanamo Comments
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
Washington Post:
President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference (TRANSCRIPT)
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Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
FDA LOWERS AGE FOR BUYERS OF PLAN B PILL TO 15
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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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
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.
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 and PoliticusUSA
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.
Discussion: Business Insider
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
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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Roger Simon / Reuters:
The killers among us
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Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Prosecution of Boston bombing suspect
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Kevin James releases Wendy Greuel's texts after she attacks him
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Deanna Durbin, Plucky Movie Star of the Depression Era, Is Dead at 91
BBC:
Bangladesh building collapse: Death toll passes 400
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
BBC:
Venezuela MPs in punch-up over disputed election
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Banks Resist Strict Controls of Foreign Bets
James Adams / Globe and Mail:
Doc chronicles strange story of Green Beret John Hartley Robertson, MIA since 1968
Stephanie Gaskell / Politico:
Top general skeptical of Syria action
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CNN
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Council may push Washington Redskins into ‘Washington Redtails’