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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.
World News:
Israeli launch airstrikes into Syria, possibly targeting delivery systems for chemical weapons, US officials say  —  Israeli warplanes launched airstrikes against targets inside Syria on Friday, U.S. officials told NBC News.  —  It's believed the primary target was a shipment of weapons headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon, they said.
Discussion: The Agonist and Crooks and Liars
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
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Palin fires up NRA crowd, hits Obama for using Newtown families  —  (CNN) - Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for “exploiting” recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.  —  Speaking to a welcoming crowd …
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Sarah Palin gets standing O from NRA crowd
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
This Is The World's First Entirely 3D-Printed Gun (Photos)  —  The 3D-printed gun that Cody Wilson calls the “Liberator.”  Click to enlarge.  (Credit: Michael Thad Carter for Forbes)  —  Eight months ago, Cody Wilson set out to create the world's first entirely 3D-printable handgun.  —  Now he has.
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Part-time Nation: Was the April jobs report really the Obamacare jobs report?  —  US job growth in April beat economist expectations as nonfarm payrolls rose 165,000, and the jobless rate fell to a four-year low of 7.5%.  But the report contained worrisome signs that President Obama's health care reform law …
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Nancy Cook / NationalJournal.com:
Forget the Unemployment Rate: The Alarming Stat Is the Number of ‘Missing Workers’
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Blames U.S. For Gun Violence In Mexico  —  “Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico's Anthropology Museum.  “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms.
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Michelle Obama: Gun violence has children fearing death every day
Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
Why No One's Winning in Washington  —  Republicans needed to move to the center.  The Democrats needed to fix the economy.  Oh well.  —  Each party emerged from the 2012 presidential election facing one overriding political test.  So far, both are flunking.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Yahoo! News
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Winning Hispanic vote would not be enough for GOP
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Power Line
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Wealthy exec poised to take on Al Franken  —  A wealthy Minneapolis finance executive appears poised to enter the race against first-term Democratic Sen. Al Franken.  —  In an email earlier this week, a private real estate company solicited assistance in finding a campaign headquarters …
Discussion: Red Racing Horses
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
NRA's Big Meeting Will Warn Of Terrifying Gun-Free Future  —  Part of this year's annual meeting of the National Rifle Association, which officially kicked off Friday in Houston, will encourage attendees to imagine a terrifying firearm-free alternate reality where the U.S. government has thrown gun owners into prison.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Gawker
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.
Nicholas Watt / Guardian:
Ukip success prompts Cameron to reach out and ‘show respect’  —  PM who once called Ukip ‘fruitcakes’ says it is no good insulting party that won nearly a quarter of the vote in English local elections  —  David Cameron has reached out to Ukip voters by saying the Tories will now show respect …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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Tim Stanley / blogs.telegraph.co.uk:
Ukip is a very British revolution
Discussion: Hit & Run, BBC and National Review
The Atlantic Wire:
The Drudge Report Fell Hard for This Fake Bloomberg Pizza Revenge Story  —  Plenty of people fell for a harmless, Onion-esque satire about pizza on Thursday night, but the biggest fish reeled in by the the humor site that likes to reel in big fish appears to be Matt Drudge.
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Washington Post suffers 85% earnings drop  —  The Washington Post Co. on Friday reported bad news for its newspaper division, with revenue totaling $127.3 million for the first quarter of this year — down four percent from 2012 — and an operating loss of $34.5 million.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Washington Monthly
Marie Saavedra / KASW-TV:
Company behind ‘My First Rifle’ under fire for child's shooting death  —  PHOENIX — Marketed as the best rifle to get your kids started shooting, the Crickett ‘My First Rifle’ has sold millions since its debut in 1996.  —  One of those weapons was a birthday gift to a 5-year-old boy in Kentucky.
Ben Armbruster / ThinkProgress:
Former Bush Official Praises Nazis' Respect For Laws Of War In Defending Gitmo  —  A former Bush White House official on Thursday made the case that Nazi Germany had adhered to the laws of war during World War II when defending the Bush administration's decision to open the Guantanamo Bay prison for terror suspects.
Hunter Schwarz / BuzzFeed:
CNN Panelist Calls Mitt Romney A “Religious Fanatic” For Encouraging Mormon Graduates To Have Families  —  Romney was criticized on CNN after talking to graduates at a predominantly Mormon university about the importance of marriage and family.  —  Mitt Romney spoke at Southern Virginia University commencement last week.
Discussion: National Review and TheBlaze.com
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Cantor promises House vote to repeal ObamaCare soon  —  Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) told House Republicans on Friday that they will soon get a chance to vote a full repeal of ObamaCare.  —  “While we have not locked in the timing, I expect that the House will vote on full repeal …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
 
 
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L.V. Anderson / Slate:
You Are What You Buy  —  An academic book about the evolution …
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Steve Connor / The Independent:
‘Appalling irresponsibility’: Senior scientists attack Chinese researchers for creating new strains …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Rush Limbaugh: Where's The ‘Tolerance’ For People Who Come Out As Bigots?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and AMERICAblog
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CBS News:
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Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Joe Biden hasn't told Obama about new gun plans