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9:40 PM ET, May 7, 2013


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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Delaware Becomes the 11th State to Allow Same-Sex Marriage  —  Delaware on Tuesday became the 11th state to permit same-sex marriage, the latest in a string of victories for those working to extend marital rights to gay and lesbian couples.  —  The marriage bill passed the State Senate by a vote of 12 to 9 Tuesday afternoon.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Delaware Becomes 11th State With Marriage Equality [UPDATED]  —  Just now, the Delaware Senate voted 12-9, to approve marriage equality legislation (HB 75), guaranteeing that Delaware will become the 11th state that recognizes same-sex couples' marriages.  The law will take effect July 1.
Laurel Ramseyer / Firedoglake:
Delaware Becomes Eleventh State to Legalize Marriage Equality [Updated]
Jack Markell / CNN:
Delaware becomes eleventh state to approve same-sex marriage
Discussion: Associated Press
Breaking: Sanford wins South Carolina House vote, CNN projects  —  (CNN) - Former Gov. Mark Sanford will win the race for South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, CNN projects.  With 70% of the vote in, Republican Sanford leads Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, 54%-45%.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sanford, Colbert Busch await their fate  —  Republican Mark Sanford jumped to an early lead over Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch after early returns Tuesday night in South Carolina's special congressional election.  —  With 42 percent of precincts reporting, Sanford was up 53.7 percent to 45.8 percent.
Sanford Leads / The Huffington Post:
COUNTY-BY-COUNTY … THE CANDIDATES  —  held this seat from 1995 to 2001 before serving as the governor of South Carolina from 2003 to 2011.  In 2009 he admitted to lying about having an affair with an Argentinian woman, to whom he is now engaged.  —  Elizabeth Colbert Busch (D) …
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and Gawker
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Boehner on Sanford: House members 'don't get to choose' their colleagues
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Maddow Blog
New York Post:
Christie reveals secret stomach surgery to lose weight  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent lap-band stomach surgery to aggressively slim down for the sake of his wife and kids, he revealed to The Post last night.  —  The Garden State governor agreed to the operation …
Irin Carmon / Salon:
Judge rips Obama's right-wing Plan B stance  —  “You're disadvantaging young people, African-Americans, the poor... that's the policy of the Obama administration?”  —  “It turns out that the same policies that President Bush followed were followed by President Obama,” said District Court Judge Edward Korman …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
A Benghazi bombshell  —  The Obama administration wants to consign the Benghazi terrorist attack to the history books, but this week three State Department officials will tell Congress that the Obama administration's version of history is false — and that the falsehoods it told the American people were willful and deliberate.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The Benghazi talking points: What's known and unknown
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama: US has a ‘moral obligation’ to help end civil war in Syria
Thomas Ott / Plain Dealer:
Berry, DeJesus, Knight found alive, police source confirms  —  Cheers as Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus, MIchelle Knight found alive  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Long-missing Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight have been found alive.  —  Berry called police Monday afternoon and frantically told …
911 call — 'I've been kidnapped!' — cops find 3 women missing for years
Fox News:
Kidnapped Cleveland woman, Amanda Berry, hailed a ‘hero’ after desperate 911 call
Umbrella Security Labs:
Breaking news: Traffic from Syria Disappears from Internet  —  At around 18:45 UTC the OpenDNS resolvers saw a significant drop in traffic from Syria.  On closer inspection, it seems Syria has largely disappeared from the Internet.  —  The graph below shows DNS traffic from and to Syria.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Air Force Brochure Tells Sexual Assault Victims to ‘Submit’  —  An Air Force brochure on sexual assault advises potential victims not to fight off their attackers.  —  “It may be advisable to submit [rather] than resist,” reads the brochure (.pdf), issued to airmen at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly Renews Contract  —  Two of the best-known anchors on the Fox News Channel, Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly, have renewed their contracts, possibly foreshadowing the first change to the channel's prime time schedule in over a decade.
Immigration's new ally: Tea partiers  —  Immigration reform supporters are about to get some new conservative bonafides — prominent tea party backers.  —  Several conservative activists and tea party group leaders are meeting with Sen. Marco Rubio Tuesday afternoon to discuss immigration reform …
Discussion: Reuters, Salon, CNN, Rush Limbaugh and 24Ahead
Tampa Bay Times:
Rubio sharply critical of Heritage study, offers parents as evidence of contribution of immigrants
Discussion: Mediaite, ThinkProgress and The Hill
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Cumulus CEO dings Limbaugh  —  Cumulus Media today reported a $2.4 million first-quarter decline in revenue related to talk programming, a loss that CEO Lew Dickey attributed, indirectly, to Limbaugh's controversial remarks about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke.
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
'That's absurd beyond the word absurd'  —  You know Republican state lawmakers in Texas are pursuing a troubling agenda when “birther” legislation starts to move, and it's not the most ridiculous proposal worth watching.  —  Rather, this is (thanks to Anneli Kunze on our Facebook page for the tip).
USAF Vet Willing to Offer National Cemetery Burial Plot to Bombing Suspect  —  US Air Force (USAF) veteran Julie Frein said she is willing to give up her burial plot at Arlington National Cemetery to Tamerlan Tsarnaev - the deceased Boston bombing suspect.  —  The Anne Arundel County woman told Fox45 …
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
Gun Homicide Rate Down 49% Since 1993 Peak; Public Unaware  —  Pace of Decline Slows in Past Decade  —  CHAPTER 1: OVERVIEW  —  National rates of gun homicide and other violent gun crimes are strikingly lower now than during their peak in the mid-1990s, paralleling a general decline in violent crime …
Brent Budowsky / Pundits Blog:
GOP Benghazi hearings a partisan disgrace  —  Then House Republicans can testify en masse and offer a group apology for mocking and ignoring Clinton's warning.  —  The latest Issa public relations event, under the guise of a congressional hearing about the assault on the U.S Consulate in Benghazi …
Anne McNamara /
Boy who held pencil like gun suspended  —  School has “zero tolerance” weapons policy  —  SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Suffolk school suspended a second grader for pointing a pencil at another student and making gun noises.  —  Seven-year-old Christopher Marshall says he was playing …
International Business Times:
Lauryn Hill Blames Slavery as She's Jailed for $500,000 Unpaid Tax Bill  —  By Dominic Gover: Subscribe to Dominic's RSS feed  —  Lauryn Hill outside Newark court in New Jersey  —  Reclusive soul superstar Lauryn Hill has been jailed over an enormous unpaid tax bill.
Danielle Dreilinger / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Louisiana Supreme Court rules voucher funding violates the state Constitution  —  The state Supreme Court has declared the funding mechanism for Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program unconstitutional. … The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the current method of funding the statewide school voucher program is unconstitutional.
Discussion: Colorlines, and Joanne Jacobs
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Joe Biden Tells Supporter He Opposes Keystone Pipeline, But Is “In The Minority,” She Says  —  The activist recalls a conversation on the controversial pipeline project.  “He grabbed my Sierra Club hat on my head and said, 'Yes, I do — I share your views.”
Kathy Carvajal /
Gay couple attacked in Manhattan  —  By LUKE FUNK, Senior Web Producer -  —  NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -  —  The NYPD is investigating a vicious attack on two men at the hands of a group who directed anti-gay remarks at them before the assault.  —  The attackers could be a crowd of New York Knicks fans …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Bill Clinton: Stop obsessing over Hillary  —  Bill Clinton's getting tired of all the speculation over whether his wife, Hillary, will run for president in 2016.  —  The former president hasn't shied away from encouraging his wife to seek the White House but in an appearance at a fiscal policy summit today …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
John Sides / The Monkey Cage:
Obama's Voter Mobilization Was Barely More Effective than Romney's  —  As part of our mini-symposium on campaign effects in 2012, we welcome this guest post by Ryan Enos and Anthony Fowler.  The first post in this sequence, by Michael Franz, is here.  —  Does the 2012 Obama campaign deserve the hype?
Discussion: American Prospect
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DR Congo toughest place for mothers - Save the Children
Discussion: FP Passport and Informed Comment
David Brooks / New York Times:
Beyond the Fence  —  The opponents of immigration reform …
Discussion: The Monkey Cage and
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Boehner says he ‘probably’ can't support online sales tax bill
David Dishneau / Associated Press:
Bradley Manning Pretrial Hearing Reaching New Level Of Secrecy
Discussion: Firedoglake and Balloon Juice
Charles Hill / The New Criterion:
A Burke for our time
Discussion: Opinionator and The Dish
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Barrow won't run for Senate in Georgia
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: North Korea can't bully the world with nuclear threats
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
STUDY: Media Ignore Climate Context Of Midwest Floods
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA selects new head of clandestine service, passing over officer tied to interrogation program
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Senators discuss revising 9/11 resolution
Discussion: emptywheel, Taking Note and Guardian
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe's Memoir Comes Back to Haunt Him
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Brady resigns as Illinois GOP chairman amid gay marriage controversy
David Brown / Washington Post:
Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’