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1:05 PM 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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Howard Kurtz leaves Daily Beast following Jason Collins column mistake
Jon Favreau / The Daily Beast:
Leading From Below  —  Memo to everyone lambasting Obama for not getting along with Congress: The president is not all powerful.  And he needs help from his supporters.  By Jon Favreau.  —  He added the words in one of the later drafts.  The announcement speech had been missing something …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Power Line and Hullabaloo
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Joe Biden hasn't told Obama about new gun plans  —  Vice President Joe Biden is planning a new gun control offensive - he just hasn't told the president yet.  —  Biden told a group of law enforcement officials Thursday that he is planning even more travel, with trips around the country …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Biden ponders a 2016 bid, but a promotion to the top job seems to be a long shot
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Change you can believe in? Obama's bundlers get plum posts
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Economy adds 165,000 jobs, unemployment falls to 7.5 percent  —  The economy added 165,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.  —  The monthly job numbers were better than expected, but the brightest spot of the report …
Discussion: Politico and Wake up America
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Markey starts general with 4 point lead  —  PPP's first poll of the general election in the Massachusetts Senate special finds a close race, with Ed Markey leading Gabriel Gomez by a 44-40 margin.  —  Gomez is starting out as a pretty popular candidate, with 41% of voters rating him favorably to 27% with an unfavorable opinion.
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 …
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 …
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.
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: Via Meadia, Israel Matzav and Telegraph
Tim Stanley /
Ukip is a very British revolution  —  The results aren't all in yet, but it's obvious what's happening: Ukip are the moral victors in yesterday's local elections.  A party that was just two men on a golf cart ten years ago has placed second in South Shields and won county seats across the country.
Discussion: BBC and National Review
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: About Those Conservative ‘Squishes’  —  The GOP is split between those who insist on making a point, and those who want to make some progress.  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz recently gave a speech to some FreedomWorks activists, delivering a fascinating retelling of the Senate gun-control fight.
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 …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
‘Hate Crime’ Hoaxes  —  Why are they so common, especially on campus?  —  A student at the University of Wyoming has received a misdemeanor citation for a Facebook post that “allegedly threatened” a female UW student, the amusingly named Laramie Boomerang reports.  The target of the post was Meg Lanker-Simons.
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.
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Marcus Wohlsen / Wired:
Guys Like This Could Kill Google Glass Before It Ever Gets Off the Ground
Discussion: Guardian and The Week
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
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
OFA's first foray falls short
Discussion: Hot Air and First Read
USA Today:
NRA gathering proves a big draw amid gun-control debate
Christopher Buckley / New York Times:
Rat Meat Sold as Lamb Highlights Food Fears in China
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Michelle Obama to headline fundraiser for Democratic US Senate nominee, Edward Markey
Discussion: Ballot Box, CNN, theGrio and Post Politics
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Denver Post:
Colorado Senate OKs mail-ballot voting, as GOP maintains fraud concern
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Commerce Appointment Opens A New White House Rift
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: neo-neocon and Hullabaloo
Kathryn Joyce / Mother Jones:
Mitt Romney's Advice to College Grads: Start Having Babies As Soon As Possible
Discussion: PoliticusUSA