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8:10 PM ET, May 5, 2013


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New York Times:
Obama's Vow on Chemical Weapons Puts Him in Tough Spot  —  WASHINGTON — Confronted with evidence that chemical weapons have been used in Syria, President Obama now finds himself in a geopolitical box, his credibility at stake with frustratingly few good options.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Aide On Syria's Assad: 'If He Drops Sarin On His Own People, What's That Got Do Do With Us?'  —  President Barack Obama got ahead of himself and his advisers when he said that Syria using chemical weapons would cross a “red line,” the New York Times reports.
Syria: Attack on military facility was a ‘declaration of war’ by Israel  —  Damascus, Syria (CNN) — A Syrian official called an attack Sunday on the nation's military research facility a “declaration of war” by Israel.  —  In an interview with CNN, Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al Mekdad …
The Commentator:
Assad “to declare war” on Israel following fresh airstrikes
Associated Press:
Israeli warplanes continue to pound Damascus
Discussion: Wake up America and BBC
Daniel Byman / New York Times:
Mr. Obama, Don't Draw That Line
Discussion: JustOneMinute
Benny Johnson / BuzzFeed:
National Rifle Association Bans Bleeding “Obama” Target, Others Remain  —  Beyond the pale at the NRA convention.  “They thought it looked too much like President Obama,” says a worker.  —  The Zombie Industries booth at the NRA Convention in Houston.  —  HOUSTON, Texas …
Matthew DeLuca / U.S. News:
NRA's LaPierre: ‘We will never surrender our guns’
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Bra Holsters, Pink Guns, And Other Products For Women Sold At The NRA Convention
Kathleen Geier / Washington Monthly:
How wrong is Kathleen Parker about Plan B birth control?  Let me count the ways!  —  Kathleen Parker's column in today's Washington Post, which is about over-the-counter sales of Plan B birth control, is a small masterpiece of sophistry.  It's a virtual greatest hits collection …
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
James Carville Heaps Praise On Ted Cruz: ‘Most Talented And Fearless’ GOP Politician Of Last 30 Years  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is polarizing, to say the least.  While the likes of Joe Scarborough have found Cruz to be a lying jerk, the senator received praise on Sunday from an unlikely suspect: James Carville.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Official: We knew Benghazi was a terrorist attack “from the get-go”  —  (CBS News) “Everybody in the mission” in Benghazi, Libya, thought the attack on a U.S. consulate there last Sept. 11 was an act of terror “from the get-go,” according to excerpts of an interview investigators conducted …
Washington Post:
Poll: Cuccinelli has early lead over McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race  —  Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has an early lead over businessman Terry McAuliffe in their race for governor, a new Washington Post poll shows, even as most voters in the commonwealth have yet to engage in the nationally watched contest.
Alexander Abad-Santos / The Atlantic Wire:
China Is Censoring Jokes About Its Propaganda Machine's Penis-Shaped HQ  —  The People's Daily is the main state-owned newspaper of China's communist party, and everyone was pretty psyched about the paper's new Beijing headquarters.  The building is massive, imposing, and, uh, currently shaped like a colossal penis.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Howard Kurtz apologizes on CNN for errors  —  Howard Kurtz took to his CNN show “Reliable Sources” on Sunday to issue a lengthy full-fledged apology for his erroneous report last week about NBA star Jason Collins and for a string of past careless mistakes that he admitted he was sometimes slow to correct …
Shubham Ghosh / Oneindia News:
Women who wear revealing dresses cause earthquakes: Cleric  —  Tehran, May 4: Women who wear revealing clothing and behave immorally are responsible for earthquakes, this is what a senior Iranian cleric has to say.  —  The cleric's unusual explanation for quakes follows the prediction …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
King: ‘Very difficult to believe’ Boston bombing suspects acted alone  —  Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the former chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said Sunday that he did not believe the suspects in last month's Boston Marathon bombings acted alone.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
King: Customs was not equipped to monitor student visas
Discussion: Mediaite and Scared Monkeys
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama urges OSU graduates to celebrate ‘citizenship’ and reject cynicism  —  President Obama urged graduates at The Ohio State University to celebrate “citizenship” and reject cynicism in a commencement speech to tens of thousands of graduates, family members and friends at Ohio Stadium in Columbus on Sunday.
Discussion: Politico and The Crawdad Hole
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Joseph Amodeo / The Huffington Post:
Cardinal Dolan Denies Catholics Entry at Cathedral Because of Dirty Hands
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
House Dem: Benghazi talking points were a ‘victory of hope over reality’
Discussion: Politico
Durbin says basics in immigration bill must stand
Discussion: Politico
Benjamin Bell / ABCNEWS:
Jim DeMint: Immigration Reform Will Cost U.S. Trillions
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The White House:
Remarks by the President to the People of Mexico
Discussion: Power Line and Daily Mail
Eric Berger / SciGuy:
Tornado spike in 2011 attributed to climate change.  So what to make of this year's tornado drought?