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11:25 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 …
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 …
Ron Fournier /
Obama Channels Clinton's Worst Day in Office, Raises Doubts About Relevancy
Justin Sink / The Hill:
President Obama bristles, says he still has juice for second term
Discussion: NPR, TIME and Politico
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
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.) …
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 …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Eye Push For Gay Couples' Protections In Immigration Bill
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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 …
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.
Paul Davidson / USA Today:
ADP reports 119K private job gains in April  —  Businesses added 119,000 jobs in March, payroll processor ADP said Wednesday, below economists' expectations.  Job growth picked up from the prior month but remained mired in a spring slowdown.  —  Economists' consensus forecast was for private-sector gains of 150,000.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Discussion: Hot Air and Calculated Risk
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 …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey takes Massachusetts Democratic Senate primary in rout
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Outside the Beltway
Jon Cohen / Washington Post:
Most want death penalty for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev if he is convicted of Boston bombing  —  A large majority of Americans support the death penalty for the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing should he be convicted in federal court, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll: Prosecution of Boston bombing suspect
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, The Hill and Politico
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
Rush Limbaugh:
Suddenly, an NBA Player's Sex Life is the Only Thing That Matters in America?
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
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
Roger Simon / Reuters:
The killers among us  —  They blend in.  They don't make threats.  They carefully plan their attacks rather than “snap.”  They may be quite sane.  —  Their friends, acquaintances and relatives sometimes know they are planning to plant bombs or shoot their victims but say nothing to authorities in advance.
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Lauran Neergaard / Associated Press:
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.
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
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Battles A Threat To Gun Rights That Even The NRA Says Doesn't Exist  —  Republican lawmakers are pushing legislation aimed at combating a threat to gun rights that even the National Rifle Association has described as pure fiction.  —  A bill introduced late last week by Sen. James Inhofe …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Allbritton exploring sale of television stations  —  The following memo was just sent to POLITICO staff from Robert Allbritton, the chairman and CEO of Allbritton Communications, our parent company:
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story, SQUATLO RANT and Gawker
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
David Brooks and the Role of Opinion Journalism  —  Bizarro Ricin Suspect Trashed Ricin-Laced Evidence Near His Tae Kwon Do Dojo  —  The latest offensive, or counter-offensive, in the passive-aggressive Cold War between David Brooks and Paul Krugman has taken the form of an entire Brooks column …
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.
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Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Russ Bynum / Associated Press:
Kingston plans statewide events amid Senate talk
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Venezuela MPs in punch-up over disputed election
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Eric Lipton / New York Times:
Banks Resist Strict Controls of Foreign Bets
 Earlier Items: 
James Adams / Globe and Mail:
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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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CNN
Tim Craig / Washington Post:
D.C. Council may push Washington Redskins into ‘Washington Redtails’