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12:10 AM ET, May 5, 2013


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Niall Ferguson:
An Unqualified Apology  —  During a recent question-and-answer session at a conference in California, I made comments about John Maynard Keynes that were as stupid as they were insensitive.  —  I had been asked to comment on Keynes's famous observation “In the long run we are all dead.”
The Atlantic Wire:
Niall Ferguson's History with John Maynard Keynes' Gayness  —  Harvard professor and prominent Daily Beast columnist Niall Ferguson is now apologizing for saying economist John Maynard Keynes' theories about surplus and deficit spending were somehow shaped by that fact that he was gay and childless.
Tom Kostigen /
Harvard Professor Trashes Keynes For Homosexuality
Nycsouthpaw / BuzzFeed:
Harvard History Professor Reportedly Trashes John Maynard Keynes Because He Was Gay And Childless
Washington Post:
Israel launches second airstrike in Syria, targeting weapons shipment  —  JERUSALEM — Israeli forces have carried out an airstrike against a shipment of sophisticated missiles bound for the Lebanese political and military organization Hezbollah, officials in Washington, Lebanon and Israel told reporters Saturday.
New York Times:
Israel Targeted Iranian Missiles in Syria Attack  —  BERIUT, Lebanon — A series of powerful explosions rocked the outskirts of Damascus early Sunday morning, which Syrian state television said was the result of Israeli missile attacks on a Syrian military installation.
BBC:   Syria army site hit ‘by Israel fire’
Boston Herald:
Jihadi told Russians about Tamerlan  —  Links to militants explored  —  By:  —  A slain Canadian jihadi gave Russian counter-terrorism agents the tip that put alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev on their radar two years ago, Bay State U.S. Rep. William R. Keating confirmed yesterday …
Sarah Elizabeth Richards / Wall Street Journal:
Why I Froze My Eggs (And You Should, Too)  —  Amid all the talk of ‘leaning in’ and ‘having it all,’ we've ignored the most powerful gender-equalizer.  —  Between the ages of 36 and 38, I spent nearly $50,000 to freeze 70 eggs in the hope that they would help me have a family in my mid-40s, when my natural fertility is gone.
Discussion: Althouse
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Democratic South Carolina chair defends Nikki Haley barb  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian, imploring party activists Friday night to defeat this state's Indian-American governor, predicted next year's Democratic standard-bearer would “send Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from.”
Discussion: Mediaite, Power Line and BuzzFeed
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” …
James Dao / New York Times:
N.R.A. Officials Issue Rallying Cry for Midterm Elections  —  HOUSTON — In speech after speech at the National Rifle Association's annual convention here this weekend, its top leaders and political allies blasted President Obama and other gun control advocates, warned against “all-out …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:   NRA prez: ‘We have turned the tide’ on gun control
Eric Berger / SciGuy:
Tornado spike in 2011 attributed to climate change.  So what to make of this year's tornado drought?  —  As informed citizens, we need to be careful about conflating weather, climate change and natural disasters.  —  Weather (i.e. the extreme cold we're having in Texas this spring) is weather.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
NRA ‘Home Defense’ Course Instructs Audience To Store Guns In Kids' Room  —  Gun owners should store a gun in their kids' room, according to a ‘Home Defense Concepts’ seminar offered at the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting, comments that came just days after the fatal shooting …
Discussion: The Reaction and The Raw Story
Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Are all telephone calls recorded and accessible to the US government?  |  Glenn Greenwald  —  A former FBI counterterrorism agent claims on CNN that this is the case  —  The real capabilities and behavior of the US surveillance state are almost entirely unknown to the American public because …
Voller: GOP is raping N.C.  —  N.C. Democratic Party Chairman Randy Voller told a room full of people at the Democratic Women of Guilford County's spring banquet Thursday that the GOP is raping North Carolina with its legislative decisions.  —  Voller said this afternoon that he meant …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Riehl World News
Laura Leslie / @NCCapitol:   Dem party chair apologizes for ‘rape’ comment
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Can the Immigration Bill Be Fixed? Marco Rubio Responds
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and Twitchy
Spencer S. Hsu / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. admits flaws in forensic testimony in Mississippi death-row case
Discussion: The Raw Story
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