USA Today: “Presidents current and future? Speculation about Hillary Rodham Clinton's political future is only going to intensify as she holds a joint interview with President Obama on CBS' 60 Minutes. The interview will be taped Friday, and broadcast on 60 Minutes Sunday at 7 p.m., ET.”
“Biden plans a roundtable discussion Friday in Richmond with experts who worked on gun safety following the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech,” AP writes.
Flashback: March 2, 2008: “There’s nothing to base that on… as far as I know.” – Candidate Hillary Clinton, responding to 60 Minutes’ Steve Kroft when asked if she believed President Obama was a Muslim.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch: “Biden will be joined at the 11 a.m. roundtable by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jim Cole; Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va.; and Rep. Robert C. ‘Bobby’ Scott, D-3rd. The roundtable discussion at the VCU Student Commons will include experts who have worked on gun-safety issues after the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that left 32 students and faculty members dead in addition to the shooter.”
The Boston Globe: “More than four decades after he testified before the panel as a Vietnam War veteran-turned protestor, Senator John F. Kerry on Thursday returned to the witness chair before the Foreign Relations Committee for his nomination to be secretary of state. Kerry’s prepared statement opening the hearing focused on his view that foreign policy is increasingly geared toward global economics. He also touched on Iran - sure to be a hotbed of international diplomacy given its advancing nuclear program - saying, ‘our policy is containment, not prevention.’”
The Senate’s expected to vote Tuesday to confirm Kerry. If Kerry steps down from his Senate seat on Tuesday, the primary to replace him would have to take place between Sunday, May 12 and Monday, May 27. And the general would be between Sunday, June 23 and Monday, July 8. State law requires the general to take place 145 to 160 days after a vacancy is created. The primary is required to occur six weeks before that.
President Obama will be in Vegas next week.
Flashback: Feb. 2, 2010, Obama: "When times are tough, you tighten your belts. You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don't blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you're trying to save for college."
“The Rhode Island House of Representatives on Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to allow gays and lesbians to marry in the only New England state where they can't,” USA Today writes. “The House voted 51-19 after an often emotional debate that touched on civil rights, religion and the nature of marriage. The bill now moves to the Senate, where both supporters and opponents of gay marriage say it is difficult to predict the bill's fate.”
Providence Journal front-page headline: “In historic vote, House approves gay marriage.”
From the story: “The vote followed a debate that lasted roughly an hour and a half, with supporters and opponents giving often impassioned, emotional speeches explaining their positions. Until Tuesday, the issue -- introduced annually for the last 11 years -- had never made it beyond committee hearings. This year, the outcome in the House was never really in doubt.”
“A U.N. expert on Thursday launched a special investigation into drone warfare and targeted killings, which the United States relies on as a front-line weapon in its global war against al-Qaida,” the New York Daily News writes. “One of the three countries requesting the investigation was Pakistan, which officially opposes the use of U.S. drones on its territory as an infringement on its sovereignty but is believed to have tacitly approved some strikes in the past.”