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10:05 AM ET, May 3, 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 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
The Daily Beast:
The Daily Beast Retracts Jason Collins Blog Post
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 …
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 …
David Klepper / ABCNEWS:
RI to Become 10th State Allowing Gay Marriage
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.
Fox News:
Boston Marathon bombing suspects originally plotted July 4 attack, sources say
Discussion: The Jawa Report and “The Lid”
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Biden ponders a 2016 bid, but a promotion to the top job seems to be a long shot  —  View Photo Gallery — Biden weighs a White House run in 2016.  But will events conspire against him?:   The vice president is at the top of his political game as President Obama's avuncular No. 2.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Joe Biden planning fresh gun control push
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
OFA's first foray falls short
Discussion: First Read
Gavin Lesnick /
Pelosi ‘prays’ Hillary Clinton will run for president  —  House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said during a lecture in Little Rock that she prays Hillary Clinton will make a run for the White House in 2016.  —  To report abuse or misuse of this area please hit the “Suggest Removal” link in the comment to alert our online managers.
Discussion: The Hill, Weekly Standard and Mediaite
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 …
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
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.
Frank Phillips / Boston Globe:
Michelle Obama to headline fundraiser for Democratic US Senate nominee, Edward Markey  —  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 …
Discussion: CNN
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: ABCNEWS
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
Denver Post:
Colorado Senate OKs mail-ballot voting, as GOP maintains fraud concern  —  The Colorado state Senate passed a bill Thursday that would provide a ballot by mail to every state voter, allow vote centers for those who choose not to use the mail ballot, and — controversially — allow people to register and vote on Election Day.
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 …
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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
Christopher Buckley / New York Times:
Rat Meat Sold as Lamb Highlights Food Fears in China
Discussion: Guardian and Balloon Juice
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
Fox News:
Hagel: US rethinking resistance to arming Syrian opposition
 Earlier Items: 
Kathryn Joyce / Mother Jones:
Mitt Romney's Advice to College Grads: Start Having Babies As Soon As Possible
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Brenda Cronin / Real Time Economics:
Internet Strengthens Institution of Marriage
Discussion: Wonkblog, The Week and Mother Jones
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama ‘very comfortable’ with lowered age for ‘morning-after pill’
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator: I Voted Against Equal Pay For Women Because We Have Enough Laws
Discussion: Addicting Info and Daily Kos