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1:30 PM ET, May 7, 2013


 Top Items: 
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 …
Dan Merica / CNN:   Christie reveals weight loss surgery
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 …
Illinois GOP chair resigns, cites support for same-sex marriage as a reason  —  Washington (CNN) - Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady resigned Tuesday, citing a handful of reasons including an ongoing struggle with several members of the state GOP over his support for same-sex marriage.
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Brady resigns as Illinois GOP chairman amid gay marriage controversy  —  Pat Brady, the chairman of the Illinois GOP announced his resignation amid controversy over his support for gay marriage legislation.  (WGN-TV)  —  Pat Brady, the chairman of the Illinois Republican Party …
Talking Points Memo:
Illinois GOP Chairman Resigns After Backing Gay Marriage  —  Party chair Pat Brady resigned on Tuesday after a months long opposition campaign by his fellow Illinois Republicans, the Chicago Tribune reported.  —  Brady created a stir earlier this year when he came out in support …
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
Dana Bash / CNN:
Flake willing to support background checks, with changes to internet sales  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks for guns if the Senate sponsors change on the bill's provision dealing with internet sales.
Discussion: The Hill
Senator Kelly Ayotte / Amherst Patch:
Ayotte: I Voted to Improve Background Checks
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Manchin ‘frustrated’ with the NRA
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
The Benghazi talking points: What's known and unknown  —  “I wasn't involved in the talking points process.... As I understand it, as I've been told, it was a typical interagency process where staff, including from the State Department, all participated, to try to come up with whatever …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end  —  When it first became clear that the CIA's Benghazi talking points had been altered, many of us viewed the White House as the prime suspect.  After all, it served President Obama's political purposes to claim …
Discussion: UrbanGrounds
David Brown / Washington Post:
Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’  —  You, hear me!  Give this fire to that old man.  Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother.  And no spitting in the ashes!  —  It's an odd little speech.  But if you went back 15,000 years and spoke these words …
Arlington County Newsroom:
Crime Report: May 6, 2013  —  SEXUAL BATTERY, 05/05/13, 500 block of S. 23rd Street.  On May 5 at 12:35 am, a drunken male subject approached a female victim in a parking lot and grabbed her breasts and buttocks.  The victim fought the suspect off as he attempted to touch her again and alerted police.
Guardian:   US air force sexual assault prevention unit chief charged with sexual battery
Associated Press:
Senator says military plagued by sexual assaults
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
G.O.P. Is Readying a New Offensive Over Health Care Law  —  WASHINGTON — As the administration struggles to put in place the final, complex piece of President Obama's signature health care law, an endeavor on a scale not seen since Medicare's creation nearly a half-century ago …
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 …
Alexandra Dukakis / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Rob Portman Says, ‘Yes,’ He Smoked Pot  —  The highlight of Sen. Rob Portman's BuzzFeed Brews interview Monday night wasn't his pitchy rendition of Randy Newman's “Burn On,” nor was it his remark that George W. Bush “certainly did his level best” during his tenure as president.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Riehl World News
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Yes, America, Senator Rob Portman Smoked Pot
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe's Memoir Comes Back to Haunt Him  —  The Virginia gubernatorial candidate almost missed the birth of one daughter to attend a bold-faced D.C. party—according to his own memoir.  David Freedlander reports on his self-Borking book.
Discussion: Hot Air
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul, Marco Rubio face 2016 bind  —  Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are facing a big obstacle if they seek the White House in 2016 — and it's not each other.  —  State laws could force the two GOP senators into a difficult choice: run for president or run for reelection to the Senate that same year.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and
Tim Flach / The State:
Chapin teacher got $85,000 in flag stomping deal  —  CHAPIN, SC — Lexington-Richland 5 paid former Chapin High teacher Scott Compton √ $85,000 to avoid a legal challenge, part of a settlement that led to his resignation after he stomped on an American flag during a class lesson.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Where are the start-ups?  Column  —  A country that celebrates achievement and risk-taking is likely to see more economic success than one that does not.  —  When the economy was last this bad for this long — back in the dreaded Jimmy Carter era — there was one upside …
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Boehner on Sanford: House members 'don't get to choose' their colleagues  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday offered lukewarm support for Mark Sanford on the day of South Carolina's House special election, saying the former governor's political future was now up to the voters.
Discussion: Politico
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Huckabee: Benghazi will drive Obama from office  —  Mike Huckabee on Monday predicted that President Barack Obama won't finish out his second term in light of the “cover-up” of the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi and the former Arkansas governor called the affair “more serious than Watergate.”
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Selim Algar / New York Post:
Cooper's LI home ‘swatted’
Stan Grossfeld / The Boston Globe:
Man who roughed up Obama finally speaks
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Newly Declassified Memo Shows CIA Shaped Zero Dark Thirty's Narrative
NY Daily News:
New York City gun giveaway planned by Armed Citizen Project
Discussion: The Agonist
Jeffrey Heller / Reuters:
Netanyahu quietly curbs settlement expansion: reports
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Biden: Immigration first, then guns
 Earlier Items: 
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
House hits brakes on Internet tax passed by Senate
Discussion: and Wake up America
Gun control ads have Democrats worrying
Discussion: Yahoo! News and First Read
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Delaware to vote on becoming 11th state to allow gay marriage
Discussion: First Read and Outside the Beltway
Des Moines Register:
Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker pursues open Senate seat
Discussion: Ballot Box
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Still Poised For Tuesday Execution, Despite DOJ Warnings That Evidence Is ‘Invalid’