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12:40 PM ET, May 4, 2013

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Tom Kostigen / fa-mag.com:
Harvard Professor Trashes Keynes For Homosexuality  —  Harvard Professor and author Niall Ferguson says John Maynard Keynes' economic philosophy was flawed and he didn't care about future generations because he was gay and didn't have children.  —  Speaking at the Tenth Annual Altegris Conference …
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Henry Blodget / Business Insider:
Harvard's Niall Ferguson Reportedly Blamed Keynes' Economic Philosophy On His Being Childless And Gay  —  Harvard professor and famous historian Niall Ferguson reportedly made some bizarre and offensive remarks about economist John Maynard Keynes at an investment conference yesterday.
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and Brad DeLong
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Sources: U.S. believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria  —  (CNN) — The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, two U.S. officials tell CNN.  —  U.S. and Western intelligence agencies are reviewing classified data showing Israel most likely conducted …
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Lindsey Graham: ‘Israel bombed Syria tonight’  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham told a crowd here Friday night that Israel has bombed Syria.  —  Graham, a Republican who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, was addressing the South Carolina Republican Party's annual Silver Elephant fundraising dinner.
Discussion: CNN
World News:
Israeli launch airstrikes into Syria, possibly targeting delivery systems for chemical weapons, US officials say
Discussion: The Agonist
Boston Herald:
No one wants to bury Tamerlan Tsarnaev  —  By:  —  A Worcester funeral home director was scrambling last night to find a cemetery that would bury the marathon bombings mastermind, as protesters jeered outside his door demanding that the bomber's body be shipped out of the United States.
Fox News:
BENGHAZI: Names of ‘whistleblower’ witnesses revealed  —  Their identities have been a well-guarded secret, known only to their high-powered lawyers and a handful of House lawmakers and staff.  But now Fox News has learned the names of the self-described Benghazi “whistleblowers” …
Reuters:
Obama tells Mexicans a ‘new Mexico’ is emerging  —  (Reuters) - President Barack Obama told the Mexican people on Friday that he sees a “new Mexico” emerging, with a deepening democracy and growing economy, and that Mexico and the United States should be viewed as equal partners.
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Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. admits flaws in forensic testimony in Mississippi death-row case  —  The Justice Department has acknowledged flaws in forensic testimony by the FBI that helped convict a man in the 1992 slayings of two Mississippi State University students, and federal officials have now offered to retest the DNA in the case.
Discussion: Guardian
James Hohmann / Politico:
Sarah Palin gets standing O from NRA crowd  —  HOUSTON — Sarah Palin said Friday that the elite media would never let a Republican president get away with what Barack Obama has done in his push for new gun laws.  —  The former Alaska governor recalled that the national press “tore apart” …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Palin fires up NRA crowd, hits Obama for using Newtown families
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
A march on Washington with loaded rifles  —  A gun activist is planning a massive march on D.C., with participants' rifles illegally slung over their shoulders  —  Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is hoping to get 1,000 people to march on Washington on July 4 — armed with loaded rifles.
Daily Mail:
Outrage after Democrats insult Nikki Haley's Indian heritage saying they'll send the Republican Gov. ‘back to wherever the hell she came from’  —  Conservatives are outraged after a Democrat in South Carolina allegedly insulted Republican Gov. Nikki Haley's Indian heritage at a party gathering in Columbia on Friday.
Miketoole / CBS Boston:
CBS News: Boston Marathon Bomb DNA Does Not Match Tamerlan Tsarnaev's Wife  —  BOSTON (CBS) - Female DNA and fingerprints found on a bomb fragment recovered from the Boston Marathon attacks do not match the widow of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, CBS News reported Friday.
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Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
Investigators sharpen focus on Boston bombing suspect's widow
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
David Alexander / Reuters:
Guantanamo camp burns through $900,000 a year per inmate  —  (Reuters) - It's been dubbed the most expensive prison on Earth and President Barack Obama cited the cost this week as one of many reasons to shut down the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, which burns through some $900,000 per prisoner annually.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Townhall.com:
Mark Levin Addresses NRA Convention in Houston  —  Bestselling author and radio host Mark Levin addressed the National Rifle Association's 2013 convention on Friday, praising the NRA for its defense of individual liberty.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Ted Cruz's red-meat Republicanism  —  It seems a fair bet at this point in time that neither Ted Cruz or Joe Biden will be the next presidential standard-bearer for their party.  —  So why the hoorah over dueling, cross-town speeches Cruz and Biden gave in Columbia, S.C. Friday night?
Discussion: Washington Post
Justin Sink / The Hill:
NC governor: Washington lacks ‘executive leadership’  —  North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) said on Saturday in the weekly Republican address that a lack of “executive leadership” in Washington meant that federal lawmakers should grant states “independence and flexibility” to spur economic growth.
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 …
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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Why No One's Winning in Washington
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Boston Globe
 
 
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Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
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Rory Carroll / Guardian:
Hollywood conservative unmasked as notorious Holocaust revisionist
David Davis / Telegraph:
Tories must start listening to ordinary voters, not their old school chums
Discussion: Spectator, BBC and Guardian
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
NRA's Big Meeting Will Warn Of Terrifying Gun-Free Future
Discussion: nraam.org and msnbc.com
Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed:
CNN Panelist Calls Mitt Romney A “Religious Fanatic” For Encouraging Mormon Graduates To Have Families
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Government Spending Cuts Contribute to Slower Growth
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Plum Line
 Earlier Items: 
Steve Connor / The Independent:
‘Appalling irresponsibility’: Senior scientists attack Chinese researchers for creating new strains …
Discussion: NY Daily News and ThinkProgress
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Ukip success prompts Cameron to reach out and ‘show respect’
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Wealthy exec poised to take on Al Franken
BBC:
Google edition adopts ‘Palestine’
Discussion: FP Passport, Guardian and Joe. My. God.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor promises House vote to repeal ObamaCare soon
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Marie Saavedra / KASW-TV:
Company behind ‘My First Rifle’ under fire for child's shooting death