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6:35 PM ET, May 2, 2013


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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.
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 …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Where Are Syria's Chemical Weapons?  —  Multiple U.S. officials tell Eli Lake the scary truth: in many cases, we simply don't know.  Plus: irregular militias loyal to Assad have reportedly been training in how to use them.  —  As the White House mulls whether Syria has crossed President Obama's red line …
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 …
Michael F. Cannon / Cato Institute:
Oregon Study Throws a Stop Sign in Front of ObamaCare's Medicaid Expansion  —  Today, the nation's top health economists released a study that throws a huge “STOP” sign in front of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion.  —  The Oregon Health Insurance Experiment, or OHIE, may be the most important study ever conducted on health insurance.
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Study: Giving People Government Health Insurance May Not Make them Any Healthier  —  One of the most important health insurance studies ever done shows surprisingly little effect  —  Bombshell news out of Oregon today: a large-scale randomized controlled trial (RCT) of what happens to people …
Investor's Business Daily:
Just How Ignorant Is Obama About ObamaCare?
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
So Is Healthcare Worthwhile or Not?  —  Avik Roy tweets:
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 …
Official: Human trafficking probe at Saudi diplomat's home  —  Washington (CNN) — Federal authorities are investigating a potential case of human trafficking at the suburban Washington home of a Saudi diplomat, officials said Wednesday.  —  Authorities were called Tuesday afternoon …
James Rosen / Fox News:
State Department's Benghazi review panel under investigation, Fox News confirms
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.
Discussion: Ballot Box, Post Politics and Hit & Run
Michelle Homer / KHOU-TV:
HPD: Man fired shots, then shot himself at Bush Intercontinental Airport  —  HOUSTON—A man shot himselfatBush Intercontinental Airport in north Houston early Thursday afternoon, the Houston Police Department confirmed with KHOU 11 News.  —  The suspect walked into the ticket area inside …
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.
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 …
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.
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: National Review and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
CBO report: Principal reductions could save billions  —  A new report out Wednesday could give Democrats more muscle in their push for mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to reduce principal mortgage balances.  —  The Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) analysis shows …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
The Atlantic Online:
Terry McAuliffe Got Into an Argument About Socialized Medicine During His Son's Birth  —  When his daughter was being born, the Virginia Democrat's wife told him to attend a reporter's party.  Maybe this is why.  —  Despite the best efforts of Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch …
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 …
Laura Ly / CNN:
Woman missing 11 years turns up alive  —  (CNN) — A Pennsylvania woman who mysteriously disappeared 11 years ago has resurfaced in Florida, saying that she just walked out on her family, her life and her problems.  —  Brenda Heist, 54, turned herself into authorities in Key Largo …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Chicago Tribune:
Penny Pritzker to be nominated for Commerce secretary … Making official what many Democrats have expected for weeks, President Obama plans to nominate Chicago business executive Penny Pritzker, a longtime political supporter and heavyweight fundraiser, as his new Commerce secretary this morning.
Six Ways to Separate Lies From Statistics  —  The discovery of a spreadsheet error in an influential study by Harvard University economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff inevitably raises a troubling question: To what extent can we trust what any researcher claims to be true?
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: ‘There Should Be Two Senators from the State of D.C.’  —  Last night in Washington, Joe Biden stated that abused women fear getting “raped again by the system.”  He also made the push that Washington, D.C. should be its own state, with two U.S. senators.  —  Via the pool report:
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Obama group misleadingly cites a vote on a climate change bill  —  “Number of House members who voted in 2011 that climate change was a ‘hoax’: 240”  —  President Obama's new political group, Organizing for Action, last week released a new video that mocks Republican lawmakers for appearing …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Free Beacon
Ayotte's gun vote: ‘Disgusting’ political bullying  —  A senator's job is to study the issues that come before the Senate, to engage thoughtfully in debate and to cast a considered vote.  On the Senate's voluminous gun control legislation, Sen. Kelly Ayotte did that job incredibly well.
Discussion: Riehl World News, Mediaite and Politico
Jennifer Harper / Washington Times:
Feminism may be dead: 72 percent of Americans say they're not ‘feminists’  —  It is likely disappointing news for old school bra-burners and Gloria Steinham-inspired activists.  —  “Has feminist become a dirty word?"demands a new Economist/YouGov Poll released Wednesday.
Rolling Stone:
Too-Big-to-Fail Takes Another Body Blow  —  Minds are changing on Too Big to Fail.  A month ago, it was just something in the air.  Now, it looks like we're headed for a real legislative confrontation.  And man, is the finance sector freaking.  —  Last week, on April 24th …
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The euphemism imperative  —  President Barack Obama was proud to become the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood last Friday.  But not proud enough to utter the word “abortion.”  —  The right to abortion is the sneakiest, most shame-faced of all American rights.
Discussion: National Review
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Dan Morain / The Swarm:
Ami Bera dings Obama administration for rollout of Affordable Care Act
Discussion: National Review and Post Politics
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Belief in biblical end-times stifling climate change action in U.S.: study
Jessica Gresko / Associated Press:
Man Charged With Obama Assasination Attempt Was Furious Over Marijuana Laws
Associated Press:
Martin O'Malley signs Maryland death penalty repeal
Discussion: CNN
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Obamacare Gets New Court Challenge
Discussion: “The Lid”
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups: Balanced budget plan is price for debt hike
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“Fix the Debt” CEOs Enjoy Taxpayer-Subsidized Pay
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
RNC ad with Obama and Newtown mother infuriates DNC
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Kissinger jokes about Hillary Clinton 2016 run
Discussion: CNN
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Winning over Obama with ESPN
Joshua Roberts / Laramie Boomerang:
UW Police: Facebook post was a hoax — UPDATED
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Meat Processing Plant Ordered To Pay Mentally Disabled Workers $240 Million For Decades Of Abuse
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama prods liberals to give-and-take on Senate immigration bill
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
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