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11:25 AM ET, May 7, 2013


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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 …
Associated Press:
Newspaper: NJ gov. had secret weight loss surgery  —  TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent gastric band surgery in February to try to lose weight at the urging of his family.  —  The father of four agreed to the surgery, in which a tube was placed around his stomach …
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 …
Associated Press:
Senator says military plagued by sexual assaults
Discussion: The Raw Story
Jennifer Hlad / Stars & Stripes:
Air Force sex assault prevention chief charged in sex assault
Guardian:   US air force sexual assault prevention unit chief charged with sexual battery
Senator Kelly Ayotte / Amherst Patch:
Ayotte: I Voted to Improve Background Checks  —  Out of state special interests are running false ads attacking me and even lying about my efforts to prevent gun-related violence.  I want to set the record straight: I support effective background checks and in fact voted recently to improve …
Discussion: Reuters and Hot Air
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Manchin ‘frustrated’ with the NRA
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.
Discussion: Post Politics
Kerry Lester / Daily Herald:
Illinois GOP's Brady to resign Tuesday morning
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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 …
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 …
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.”
Kate Knable /
Mike Huckabee Talks TV, Radio Career, Mulls Political Future
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
House hits brakes on Internet tax passed by Senate … The House was in no rush to take up an internet tax bill that senators approved Monday night.  And even if the House takes up the issue, lawmakers said, it will be a bill very different from the Senate's.
Discussion: Wake up America
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
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Yes, America, Senator Rob Portman Smoked Pot
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 …
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.
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 …
Des Moines Register:
Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker pursues open Senate seat  —  Two other GOP hopefuls express interest in the 2014 race for Tom Harkin's position.  —  Former U.S. Attorney Matt Whitaker is taking steps to run for the U.S. Senate, saying he would vote only for legislation that's constitutional …
Discussion: Ballot Box
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Discussion: Gawker, Shakesville and ThinkProgress
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Delaware to vote on becoming 11th state to allow gay marriage
Discussion: First Read and Outside the Beltway
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul, Marco Rubio face 2016 bind
Jonathan Salant / Political Capital:
Menendez Asked Justice to Delay Merger Opposed by Donor
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
U.S. Directly Blames China's Military for Cyberattacks
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House votes to relax gun laws in NC
Dr Christopher Kent /
Statement by Glenn Stevens, Governor: Monetary Policy Decision
Discussion: Business Insider and BBC
Richard A. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
The Rule of Lawyers  —  Law-school applications today have dropped …
Discussion: Via Meadia
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Still Poised For Tuesday Execution, Despite DOJ Warnings That Evidence Is ‘Invalid’