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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Daily Beast drops Howard Kurtz  —  The Daily Beast is dropping Howard Kurtz, the veteran media critic who made headlines this week for his erroneous report about NBA star Jason Collins.  —  “The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company,” Tina Brown, the site's editor in chief, said in a statement sent to POLITICO.
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The Daily Beast:
The Daily Beast Retracts Jason Collins Blog Post  —  The Daily Beast has retracted a May 2, 2013, blog post by Howard Kurtz titled “Jason Collins' Other Secret.”  The piece contained several errors, resulting in a misleading characterization of NBA player Collins and the story he co-wrote …
BuzzFeed:
Howard Kurtz Responds To Criticism Of His Disastrous Jason Collins Column [Updated]  —  And now he is no longer with The Daily Beast.  —  New York magazine's headline was “Howard Kurtz Wrote the World's Worst Column on Jason Collins.”  The Huffington Post's was “Howard Kurtz Indignantly …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz leaves Daily Beast following Jason Collins column mistake
Lincoln Chafee / New York Times:
Why I Am Signing Marriage Equality Into Law  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I.  —  ON Thursday, the Rhode Island House of Representatives is expected to approve legislation to extend the right to marry to all Rhode Islanders, regardless of sexual orientation.  I plan to sign the Marriage Equality Act …
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Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence:
Letter to Catholics on the Approval of “Same-Sex Marriage” in RI  — 05, 02, 2013 - / Category Uncategorized - / Posted By admin - / No Comments. … My dear Brothers and Sisters,  —  Since the legislative approval of “same-sex marriage” in Rhode Island, a number of people …
David Klepper / ABCNEWS:
RI to Become 10th State Allowing Gay Marriage
Gavin Aronsen / Mother Jones:
Friend Who Had “Fling” With Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the 3 Additional Suspects: “They All Idolized Jahar”  —  In an interview with Mother Jones, a woman who says she hooked up with Tsarnaev sheds light on him and his friends now in custody.  —  Azamat Tazhayakov, Dias Kadyrbayev, and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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Adam Housley / Fox News:
Special ops called for military backup during Libya attack, sources say  —  On the night of the Benghazi terror attack, special operations put out multiple calls for all available military and other assets to be moved into position to help — but the State Department and White House never gave …
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Fox News:
Hagel: US rethinking resistance to arming Syrian opposition  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that the Obama administration is re-thinking its opposition to arming the Syrian rebels, as officials weigh a range of options in the wake of findings that chemical weapons were likely used in the country's civil war.
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Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
The New Study that Republicans Who Reject Medicaid Must Read  —  A major new study on Medicaid just became public.  I know—nothing excites readers more than the phrase “major new study on Medicaid.”  Bear with me.  This study is already getting a lot of attention: Conservatives and libertarians …
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Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Study: Giving People Government Health Insurance May Not Make them Any Healthier
JohnE / Ace of Spades HQ:
Yet Again, Anarchists Highjack Peaceful Left Wing Protest  —  I am just sick to death of these peaceful socialist and communist gatherings being highjacked by politically unaffiliated anarchists who have no political affiliation and no relation at all to the organized American political left.
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Local NBC Reporter Hilariously Denies Soviet Flags Present At May Day Rally: ‘What Do They Represent?’  —  While covering a May Day rally in Manhattan's Union Square on Wednesday, NBC New York reporter Ida Siegal was cornered and asked if her network planned to show the communist imagery the protesters were displaying.
Michelle Homer / KHOU-TV:
HPD: Bush IAH gunman left suicide note saying he had ‘monster within’  —  HOUSTON — A gunman walked into Bush Intercontinental Airport with an AR-15 and a handgun Thursday and fired at least two shots before shooting himself.  It happened in the ticket area inside Terminal B around 1:35 p.m.
National Review:
The Rand Machine Ramps Up  —  Rand Paul's chief strategist is leaving his Senate post to run the Kentucky Republican's political shop.  —  Doug Stafford, who is widely seen as Paul's closest adviser, will soon resign as chief of staff to manage Paul's national political operation.
The Daily Currant:
Bloomberg Refused Second Slice of Pizza at Local Restaurant  —  New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was denied a second slice of pizza today at an Italian eatery in Brooklyn.  —  The owners of Collegno's Pizzeria say they refused to serve him more than one piece to protest Bloomberg's proposed soda ban …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
C-SPAN's ‘Road to the White House 2016’ starts tomorrow  —  For those who still think it's too soon to be talking about 2016 ... tough luck.  —  On Friday, C-SPAN will start branding events with likely presidential hopefuls as “Road to the White House 2016.”
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator: I Voted Against Equal Pay For Women Because We Have Enough Laws  —  WARREN, NH — Women in full-time year-round jobs earned 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man.  Yet, at a town hall earlier this week, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) claimed that Congress has done enough to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work.
Discussion: Addicting Info and Daily Kos
CNN:
Attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya  —  (CNN) — Several Yemeni men belonging to al Qaeda took part in the terrorist attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi last September, according to several sources who have spoken with CNN.  —  One senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN that …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
The Daily Nightly:
Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school  —  Orchard Gardens, a school in Roxbury, Mass., had been plagued by bad test scores and violence — but one principal's idea to fire the security guards and hire art teachers is helping turn it around.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Part-timers to lose pay amid health act's new math  —  Some workers are having their hours cut so employers won't have to cover them under Obamacare.  But many will benefit from the healthcare law's premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion.  —  “I understand there are costs to healthcare reform …
Ebindelglass / CBS New York:
FBI Adds Cop Killer Joanne Chesimard To Most Wanted Terrorist List  —  NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - The decades-old international case of a convicted cop killer is getting new attention in New Jersey.  —  It was 40 years ago today that New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster was shot …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
In Mexico, Obama says that now is the right time for immigration reform  —  Mexico's booming economy and its growing ties with the United States make this the right time to pass immigration reform, President Obama said Thursday during his fourth trip south of the border.
Discussion: Politico
Brenda Cronin / Real Time Economics:
Internet Strengthens Institution of Marriage  —  Does broadband lead to a wedding band?  —  New research that says thanks to the Internet, marriage rates among young people, which have been declining for years, are 15% to 30% higher than they would be without the Web.
Discussion: Wonkblog and Mother Jones
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
‘Smoking’ gun nets 60G fine  —  60G fine for cig lighter  —  The owner of a Midtown tourist shop is firing back at Mayor Bloomberg's crusade against toy guns, filing papers to block a $60,000 fine from the city for selling lighters shaped like small pistols.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ‘very comfortable’ with lowered age for ‘morning-after pill’  —  President Obama on Thursday said he is “very comfortable” with a new rule issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would allow women ages 15 and older to buy the emergency contraceptive known as Plan B without a prescription.
Discussion: Politico
Dr. Boyce Watkins / Your Black World:
Mountain Dew Releases Arguably the Most Racist Commercial in History Tweet  —  If you've never heard of Felicia the Goat, you'll know about her soon.  Felicia the Goat is the main character in a recent Mountain Dew commercial, created in part by Tyler the Creator.
 
 
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Amy Payne / The Heritage Foundation:
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Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.
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Kathryn Joyce / Mother Jones:
Mitt Romney's Advice to College Grads: Start Having Babies As Soon As Possible
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Business Insider
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Colorado Legislature Passes Major Voting Rights Expansion Bill
Shannon Travis / CNN:
Anti-abortion group releases new secretly recorded video
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The PJ Tatler
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie to headline event
Discussion: CNN
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Feminism may be dead: 72 percent of Americans say they're not ‘feminists’
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: ‘There Should Be Two Senators from the State of D.C.’
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
CBO report: Principal reductions could save billions
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Belief in biblical end-times stifling climate change action in U.S.: study
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Obamacare Gets New Court Challenge
Discussion: “The Lid”
Laura Ly / CNN:
Woman missing 11 years turns up alive
Discussion: The Other McCain and The Raw Story
Rolling Stone:
Too-Big-to-Fail Takes Another Body Blow