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11:05 AM ET, May 3, 2013


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The Howard Kurtz saga  —  At the height of his influence, Howard Kurtz was widely regarded as the most influential media reporter and critic in the country.  But in recent years, erroneous reporting and careless errors reduced him to fodder for the media reporters and critics who followed in his footsteps.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Daily Beast drops Howard Kurtz
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz leaves Daily Beast following Jason Collins column mistake
New York Times:
Boston Plot Said to Initially Target July 4  —  WASHINGTON — The surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings told F.B.I. interrogators that he and his brother considered suicide attacks and striking on the Fourth of July as they plotted their deadly assault, according to two law enforcement officials.
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 …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
U.S. Adds 165,000 Jobs; Jobless Rate Falls to 7.5%  —  The United States economy created an estimated 165,000 jobs in April, averting fears of a sharp slowdown and pushing the unemployment rate to its lowest level since December 2008.  —  The latest jobs figures from the Department …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Joe Biden planning fresh gun control push  —  Vice President Joe Biden is planning a new gun control offensive - one he told a group of law enforcement officials he hasn't informed President Barack Obama about yet.  —  Biden, who will appear Friday night at a South Carolina Democratic dinner …
Discussion: Daily Kos and
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Biden ponders a 2016 bid, but a promotion to the top job seems to be a long shot
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
OFA's first foray falls short
Discussion: First Read
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Winning Hispanic vote would not be enough for GOP … After six months of mulling over November's election results, many Republicans remain convinced that the party's only path to future victory is to improve the GOP's appeal to Hispanic voters.  But how many Hispanic voters do Republicans need …
Gavin Lesnick /
Pelosi says she ‘prays’ Hillary Clinton will run for president  —  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she “prays” Hillary Rodham Clinton will run for president.  —  Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking in Little Rock about current affairs in American politics …
Marco Rubio / Wall Street Journal:
The Immigration Reform Opportunity  —  Several Senate colleagues and I drew up a reform bill, and now Americans' input will help us improve it.  —  Next week, the Senate will begin making changes to and, hopefully, improve the immigration-reform legislation I introduced with several colleagues last month.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Commerce Appointment Opens A New White House Rift  —  Room enough for Valerie Jarrett and Penny Pritzker both to reach out to business, the White House says.  But Jarrett tried to kill the appointment.  —  Via: Larry Downing / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — The nomination of billionaire Penny Pritzker …
The Lead with Jake Tapper:   Change you can believe in? Obama's bundlers get plum posts
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 …
Frank Phillips / The Boston Globe:
Michelle Obama to headline Markey fund-raiser  —  In the first sign that Democrats are preparing to pull out the party's big financial guns for US Senate nominee Edward J. Markey, Michelle Obama is scheduled to appear at a Boston fund-raiser for the Malden congressman later this month …
Discussion: Ballot Box, CNN, theGrio and Post Politics
Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Bulks Up ‘Bunker Buster’ Bomb to Combat Iran  —  U.S. Upgrades Weapon to Penetrate Key Nuclear Site; Push to Persuade Israelis … A 2009 satellite image shows a suspected nuclear facility being built in Iran.  —  WASHINGTON—The Pentagon has redesigned its biggest “bunker buster” …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Telegraph
Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr / CNSNews:
Poll: 29% of Registered Voters Believe Armed Revolution Might Be Necessary in Next Few Years  —  Twenty-nine percent of registered voters think that an armed revolution might be necessary in the next few years in order to protect liberties, according to a Public Mind poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
The Benghazi Talking Points  —  ADVANCE ARTICLE from the May 13, 2013 issue.  —  Even as the White House strove last week to move beyond questions about the Benghazi attacks of Tuesday, September 11, 2012, fresh evidence emerged that senior Obama administration officials knowingly misled …
Discussion: Power Line
JPMorgan Caught in Swirl of Regulatory Woes  —  Government investigators have found that JPMorgan Chase devised “manipulative schemes” that transformed “money-losing power plants into powerful profit centers,” and that one of its most senior executives gave “false and misleading statements” under oath.
Fox News:
Clarence Thomas: Obama ‘Approved By The Elites’ Because He Says What They ‘Expect From A Black Person’  —  Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas ripped the media and took a subtle dig at President Obama during an CSPAN interview dated from April 9th.  —  When asked about how he felt …
Adam Weinstein / Gawker:
The New NRA President Fantasizes About “Whipping” Anti-Gun Opponents  —  Just in time for its wingnut-filled annual meeting tomorrow, the National Rifle Association is set to install a new president: an Alabama lawyer who laments “the war of Northern Aggression,” calls Barack Obama …
Christopher Buckley / New York Times:
Rat Meat Sold as Lamb Highlights Food Fears in China  —  HONG KONG — Even for China's scandal-numbed diners, news that the lamb simmering in the pot may actually be rat took the country's endless outrages about food hazards into a new realm of disgust.  —  In an announcement intended to show …
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.
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Is Obama a Lame Duck Already?
Discussion: Wonkblog and Instapundit
Boston Herald:
Teen Methuen rapper held without bail for Facebook bomb threat
USA Today:
NRA gathering proves a big draw amid gun-control debate
Discussion: and Washington Times
Denver Post:
Colorado Senate OKs mail-ballot voting, as GOP maintains fraud concern
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Exclusive: New York City's newest VC firm
Discussion: TechCrunch and DealBook
The Daily Nightly:
Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school
Tara Parker-Pope / New York Times:
Suicide Rates Rise Sharply in U.S.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kathryn Joyce / Mother Jones:
Mitt Romney's Advice to College Grads: Start Having Babies As Soon As Possible
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator: I Voted Against Equal Pay For Women Because We Have Enough Laws
Discussion: Addicting Info and Daily Kos