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8:25 AM ET, May 1, 2013

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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 …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Markey takes Massachusetts Democratic Senate 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, Outside the Beltway and CNN
bigstory.ap.org:
Markey, Gomez win Mass. US Senate primaries
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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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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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).
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
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  —  WARREN, N.H. — Sen. Kelly Ayotte voted against a bill to to expand background checks for purchasers of firearms, and Erica Lafferty, the daughter of the slain principal from Sandy Hook Elementary School, wanted to know why.
Discussion: Daily Kos and 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.
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:   President Obama: I'm still relevant
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Book: Obama surrounds self with ‘idolizers,’ plots legacy with scholars
Discussion: Hot Air
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 …
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,” …
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.
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
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.
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
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Senate Democrats Eye Push For Gay Couples' Protections In Immigration Bill  —  “I hope it will receive a majority vote in the committee,” Judiciary Committee member Richard Blumenthal says of same-sex couples' immigration measure.  “My hope is that Republicans who may be talking about this provision …
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 …
BBC:
Six men admit plot to bomb EDL rally  —  Six men from Birmingham have pleaded guilty to planning a bomb attack on an English Defence League rally.  —  Omar Mohammed Khan, Mohammed Hasseen, Anzal Hussain, Mohammed Saud, Zohaib Ahmed and Jewel Uddin all admitted preparing an act of terrorism between 1 May and 4 July 2012.
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.
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Boston Harbors  —  Muslim extremists with ties to al Qaeda have been using Massachusetts and the city of Boston as a jihadi headquarters since at least 1993, according to a recent report by a top terrorism analyst.  —  At least 26 residents were found to have ties to al Qaeda, according to the report by the Henry Jackson Society.
 
 
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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
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The last, best hope for GOP hawks?
David Brooks / New York Times:
Engaged or Detached?  —  Let's say you are a young person beginning …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Benjamin Wittes / Lawfare:
The President's Guantanamo Comments
Discussion: Reuters and Hullabaloo
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: CNN
 Earlier Items: 
William Otis / Forbes:
The Boston Bomber Should Face The Possibility Of The Death Penalty
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Feds finds ricin traces at Miss. suspect's dojo
Discussion: Associated Press
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