Obama: ‘Movies won’t be the same’ without Roger Ebert

April 4, 2013

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

Bill Nelson endorses gay marriage: Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson became the latest in the string of Democratic lawmakers to announce his support for gay marriage. “If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn’t those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?” asked Nelson, in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times.

Carville supports pro-Hillary super PAC: James Carville, the longtime Democratic strategist who is very close with the Clinton family, is supporting Ready For Hillary PAC. While he's not becoming a member of the organization, it's notable that such a close confidant of Clinton's would encourage an effort to spur her to run for president in 2016. Meanwhile, Clinton will release a memoir about her time as secretary of state next year.

LaPierre says Connecticut laws would not have made difference: National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre says the new gun control laws passed in Connecticut would not have averted the mass shooting at a Newtown school last year. “People that know guns -- you can change magazine clips in a second,” LaPierre told Fox News Channel. “There’s no evidence that anything would have changed.”

Fleming won't run against Cassidy: Rep. John Fleming (R-La.) won't run for the Senate in 2014, citing concerns that challenging Rep. Bill Cassidy (who announced his campaign on Wednesday) in a competitive primary might increase Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu's odds of victory. The big question mark left on the GOP side: Will former congressman Jeff Landry run?

More wanting less: Cabinet members including Secretary of State John Kerry, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr, Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Shaun Donovan, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Bob Perciasepe have pledged to either return or donate a portion of their salary to show solidarity with workers facing furloughs because of the sequester. President Obama will give back 5 percent of his salary, a White House official said Thursday.

'Movies won't be the same': Obama weighed in on the passing of longtime film critic Roger Ebert, saying in a statement, "Even amidst his own battles with cancer, Roger was as productive as he was resilient -- continuing to share his passion and perspective with the world.  The movies won't be the same without Roger, and our thoughts and prayers are with Chaz and the rest of the Ebert family."

Praise from the president: Speaking at a fundraiser in California, Obama called California Attorney General Kamala Harris "by far, the best looking attorney general."

Romanoff raises $500K+: In House news, former Colorado House speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) raised more than $500,000 in February and March. Romanoff is challenging Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.). Meanwhile, former Army Ranger Kevin Strouse (D) announced he will challenge Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

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