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1:30 PM ET, March 15, 2013

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The Columbus Dispatch:
Rob Portman commentary: Gay couples also deserve chance to get married  —  I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married.
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Dana Bash / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage  —  Ohio Sen. Rob Portman gave his only on-camera interview about the change in his position on same-sex marriage to CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday.  He also discussed it with a few print reporters from Ohio and wrote …
Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Rob Portman reverses stance on gay marriage, says son is gay  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman has renounced his opposition to gay marriage, telling reporters from Ohio newspapers yesterday that he changed his position after his son Will told him and his wife, Jane, that he is gay.
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Sen. Rob Portman comes out in favor of gay marriage after son comes out as gay  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rob Portman backs gay marriage after son comes out
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Gerry Mullany / The Caucus:
G.O.P.'s Portman, Saying Son Is Gay, Now Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: PolicyMic and The Maddow Blog
Deirdre Shesgreen / Cincinnati.com:
Rob Portman now supports gay marriage
Discussion: The Hill
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitt Romney gets B-list treatment at CPAC  —  Indifference awaits Mitt Romney Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference as he delivers his first public speech since election night.  —  The base moved on four months ago, and most Republican activists don't really care what their failed nominee thinks any more.
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Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Marco Rubio CPAC Speech: GOP Senator Addresses Beliefs On Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion Rights
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
Michael O'Brien / NBCNews.com:
Mitt Romney makes curious re-emergence at CPAC
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Divisions in G.O.P. Are Laid Bare on First Day of Conservative Conference
Discussion: Guardian, Advocate and Lynn Sweet
Kasie Hunt / NBCNews.com:
Perry hits Obama, swipes Romney at CPAC
Discussion: First Read and The Reaction
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Coulter Destroys Feinstein Over Cruz Debate On Hannity: ‘Liberal Women Should Not Be Able To Hold Office’  —  Sean Hannity invited Ann Coulter on his Thursday night Fox News show to get her take on this morning's Senate showdown between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein, Ted Cruz trade barbs over gun ban
Discussion: TheBlaze.com, Power Line and Hullabaloo
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Sequestration NIMBYism Grips GOP  —  A strange sickness is afflicting congressional Republicans.  —  Unwilling to team up with Democrats to replace sequestration with a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, and unable to pass a cuts-only sequestration measure on their own …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Maddow Blog
Washington Post:
Grand jury investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), people familiar with probe say  —  View Photo Gallery — Sen. Robert Menendez: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has been embroiled in a controversy involving his relations with a Miami campaign contributor and the awarding …
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
A Kildee Comeuppance?  Or More Obama Aloofness?  —  Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee has been in Congress for a little more than two months, and today the leader of the free world gave him a gentle ribbing about just how new he is to Capitol Hill.  —  At a closed-door meeting between …
Discussion: PoliPundit.com
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Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
LAWMAKERS WANT OBAMA TO FOLLOW UP OUTREACH EFFORT
Discussion: NBCNews.com
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
After the Flimflam  —  It has been a big week for budget documents.  In fact, members of Congress have presented not one but two full-fledged, serious proposals for spending and taxes over the next decade.  —  Before I get to that, however, let me talk briefly about the third proposal presented …
Maggie Haberman / Reuters:
Sarah Palin's next act: Candidate or ‘Kardashian’?  —  In January 2009, Sarah Palin had the world on a string.  A potential Republican presidential field-clearer for the presidency, every sentence she uttered was news.  A Fox News contract awaited her.  So did book deals.
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Obama couldn't eat at Hill meeting without food ‘taster’ [AUDIO]  —  WASHINGTON — Following President Obama's lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins described the food served and the president's reaction to what was on menu.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
John Boehner Turns Down Obama Invitation To Join Visit To Vatican, New Pope  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he's turning down President Barack Obama's invitation to be in the U.S. delegation to the installation of Pope Francis.  —  The Ohio Republican says in a statement …
Discussion: The Reaction
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Younger Generations Lag Parents in Wealth-Building  —  WASHINGTON — Pearl Brady has a stable job with good benefits and holds two degrees, a bachelor's and a master's.  But despite her best efforts, she has no savings, and worries that it will be years before she manages to start putting away money …
Rolling Stone:
Live-Blogging Senate Hearing Tomorrow, When J.P. Morgan Chase Will Be Torn a New One  —  Beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, I'm going to be live-blogging a hearing held by Senator Carl Levin's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations - the best crew of high-end detectives this side of The Wire …
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Matthew Keys Charged In Connection With Anonymous Hack Of The Tribune Company  —  WASHINGTON — Web producer Matthew Keys, 26, has been charged by the Justice Department in connection with an attack on the website of his former employer by the group Anonymous.  —  Keys is currently a deputy social media editor at Thomson Reuters.
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The United States Department of Justice:
Former Web Producer Indicted in California for Conspiring with “Anonymous” Members to Attack Internet News Site
Courtney Coelho / Brown University News and Events:
Iraq War: 190,000 lives, $2.2 trillion  —  More than 70 percent of deaths from direct war violence have been civilians.  That does not include indirect deaths from disease or injury suffered in conditions degraded by war.  Credit: Kevin Holden for U.S. Army
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
Rush Limbaugh / PolicyMic:
Pandering to Millennials Will Ruin the GOP  —  Editor's Note: Rush Limbaugh's article was written in response to PolicyMic Pundit Alex Smith, National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC).  In her op-ed, “Millennials Are a Tremendous Opportunity for the Republican Party …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
NRA president tells ‘elitist’ gun control advocates to ‘be damned’  —  NRA President Wayne LaPierre on Friday told gun control advocates to “be damned” and ridiculed Vice President Biden for urging people to use shotguns as protection.  —  “No matter what the elitists who scorn you say …
Discussion: CNN
 
 
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Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change
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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
McConnell decries ‘crybaby caucus,’ tells right it must unify
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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Republican National Committee to build voter data sharing platform
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Hugh Howey / Associated Press:
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has book deal, release scheduled for 2014
Discussion: New Republic
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Obama Presses Filibuster Restraint With Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos and ACS Blog
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Codify the drone war
 Earlier Items: 
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ryan's speech to CPAC will provide clues to his 2016 plans
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Conservative Groups Warn GOP Lawmakers
Reuters:
Obama Says Iran More Than a Year Away From Nuclear Weapon
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama support group off to sluggish start
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
In Republican Party, Schism Over America's Role Abroad
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Caucus
Tom Kington / Los Angeles Times:
Pope Francis delivers stern message to cardinals at Sistine Chapel