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5:50 PM 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 …
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 …
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  —  “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 …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: US has a ‘moral obligation’ to help end civil war in Syria
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Bill Clinton: Stop obsessing over Hillary
Discussion: CNN
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Hillary Clinton — culpable for Benghazi from beginning to end
Illinois GOP chair resigns, cites support for same-sex marriage as a reason
Talking Points Memo:
Illinois GOP Chairman Resigns After Backing Gay Marriage
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: CNN, Salon, Daily Kos, Rush Limbaugh and 24Ahead
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul, Marco Rubio face 2016 bind
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite, TVNewser and
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.
Senator Kelly Ayotte / Amherst Patch:
Ayotte: I Voted to Improve Background Checks
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 …
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 …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Delaware To Become 11th State With Marriage Equality  —  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.  Civil unions, which Delaware …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Edith Honan / Reuters:
Delaware to vote on becoming 11th state to allow gay marriage
Discussion: First Read and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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.
Gun control ads have Democrats worrying  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's aides met recently with staffers of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to warn them: Targeting vulnerable Democrats like Arkansas's Mark Pryor on gun control could backfire on the party, several sources told POLITICO.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Harry Reid: Ted Cruz a ‘schoolyard bully’
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 …
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 …
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
Climate Guest Blogger / ThinkProgress:
STUDY: Media Ignore Climate Context Of Midwest Floods … By Jill Fitzsimmons & Shauna Theel, via Media Matters  —  Less Than 3 Percent Of Midwest Flood Stories Mention Climate Change  —  ABC, NBC And CNN Entirely Ignore Climate Connection.  ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN devoted 74 full segments …
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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: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: North Korea can't bully the world with nuclear threats
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
CIA selects new head of clandestine service, passing over officer tied to interrogation program
Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Obama's loss for words on Syria
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Another Minnesota Senate Committee Advances Marriage Equality
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Senators discuss revising 9/11 resolution
Discussion: emptywheel, Taking Note and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Selim Algar / New York Post:
Cooper's LI home ‘swatted’
Stan Grossfeld / The Boston Globe:
Man who roughed up Obama finally speaks
NY Daily News:
New York City gun giveaway planned by Armed Citizen Project
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Boehner on Sanford: House members 'don't get to choose' their colleagues
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Alexandra Dukakis / ABCNEWS:
Sen. Rob Portman Says, ‘Yes,’ He Smoked Pot