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4:20 PM ET, May 2, 2013


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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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Ross Douthat, Hullabaloo and Economix
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
Study: Giving People Government Health Insurance May Not Make them Any Healthier
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
So Is Healthcare Worthwhile or Not?  —  Avik Roy tweets:
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 …
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 …
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.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Kissinger jokes about Hillary Clinton 2016 run  —  Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger on Wednesday offered joking encouragement to Hillary Clinton's possible 2016 run, noting that the nation's top diplomats have a good record of winning presidential bids.
Discussion: CNN
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
2016 Poll: If Clinton doesn't run, then who?
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
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
Saudi diplomat investigated  —  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 to an upscale neighborhood in McLean …
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?
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 …
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: Mediaite, Riehl World News and Politico
Alexander Burns / Politico:
What Ted Cruz knows  —  Ted Cruz for president?  —  What you just heard was the sound of a thousand eyeballs rolling in Washington and Austin, where the freshman senator's transparent ambition and self-regard have earned him more than a few detractors during his first few months in office.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sees Arming Syria Rebels as Less Risky  —  Obama Administration Weighs Providing Weapons as Way to Punish Assad Without Drawing Military Into Civil War  —  WASHINGTON—The Obama administration has returned to the idea of arming moderate Syrian rebels, current and former officials said …
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
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 …
Discussion: Power Line, Right Turn and Althouse
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Obama prods liberals to give-and-take on Senate immigration bill  —  President Obama is warning liberal supporters that their push to make changes in a comprehensive immigration bill could jeopardize the strategy of Senate leaders, who are aiming to win up to 70 votes for the measure.
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Gov. Brown OKs funds to confiscate guns from criminals, mentally ill  —  California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks at a news conference in Sacramento last month.  (Renee.  C. Byer / Associated Press / April 24, 2013)  —  SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation aimed …
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.
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 …
Dan Morain / The Swarm:
Ami Bera dings Obama administration for rollout of Affordable Care Act  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius might want to carve out a few minutes to chat with Rep. Ami Bera, one of two Democratic members of Congress who happens to be a physician.
Discussion: Post Politics and National Review
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Conservative groups: Balanced budget plan is price for debt hike  —  Conservative groups are vowing to force lawmakers to adopt a balanced budget plan before passing any increase in the nation's debt ceiling.  —  The Club for Growth and Heritage Action said that establishing a path …
Discussion: AEIdeas
Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
DEAR WORKERS OF THE WORLD: These Three Charts Show How You're Getting Totally Shafted  —  It's May Day.  —  In America, to the extent anyone notices May Day, they notice the sunshine and spring weather.  —  Elsewhere in the world, however, May Day is all about celebrating the cause (and grievances) of the world's employees.
Louise Radnofsky / Washington Wire:
Obamacare Gets New Court Challenge  —  Opponents of the health-care overhaul have filed a new lawsuit Thursday against the federal government on behalf of four individuals and three employers in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  —  The complaint focuses on the law's distribution …
Discussion: “The Lid”
Joshua Roberts / Laramie Boomerang:
UW Police: Facebook post was a hoax — UPDATED  —  Citation: UW woman ‘admitted’ making controversial statement  —  The University of Wyoming Police Department issued a citation Monday afternoon in Albany County Circuit Court for Meg Lanker-Simons, a woman allegedly threatened last week …
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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
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The euphemism imperative  —  President Barack Obama was proud …
Associated Press:
Martin O'Malley signs Maryland death penalty repeal
Discussion: CNN
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Eagle Scout Facing Expulsion over Gun Charge
Discussion: BizPac Review and Hit & Run
Investor's Business Daily:
Just How Ignorant Is Obama About ObamaCare?
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Bluestein / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Kingston's in the Senate race, and he won't be outflanked
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Hagan, Landrieu gun votes could help in 2014
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos and Ballot Box
Stuart Rothenberg / Rothenblog:
Don't Write Off Massachusetts Senate Race Just Yet
Discussion: First Read
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Meat Processing Plant Ordered To Pay Mentally Disabled Workers $240 Million For Decades Of Abuse
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Obama administration plans to appeal Plan B ruling