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11:35 PM ET, March 19, 2013

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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Reid guts Senate gun control bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday he will not include a renewal of the federal assault weapons ban in a Senate gun control bill because it could not win even 40 votes on the Senate floor.  —  “Right now her amendment using …
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Politico:
Assault weapons ban loses steam  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Monday that a controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill that was expected to reach the Senate floor next month.  —  After a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Wall Street Journal:
Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik: The Early Line on the 2014 Midterms  —  The Obama goal is to regain the House, but holding the Senate is no sure thing.  —  President Obama's greatest setback to date has been the 2010 midterm elections.  Gains that Republicans scored in the House and Senate still circumscribe his agenda.
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Shameless Harry Reid Uses Dead Marines to Fearmonger on Sequester
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
Feinstein Says Assault Weapons Ban Won't Pass
Discussion: The Fix and The Maddow Blog
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Harry Reid Implies Sequester Caused Explosion That Killed 7 Marines In Nevada
Discussion: Power Line and Twitchy
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Gun Reform Package Loses One Major Provision, Another In Danger
Discussion: The National Memo and Wonkblog
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Assassination ‘Joke’ Sheriff Doubles Down, Compares Critics To Nazis  —  Plymouth County, MA Sheriff Joe McDonald (R)  —  A day after ThinkProgress and others reported that Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. (R), Sheriff of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, told a “joke” at a Republican St. Patrick's …
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Casey Meserve / Plymouth, MA Patch:
Sheriff Defends Joke, Calls Critics ‘Hypocrites’  —  Sheriff Joseph McDonald calls criticism of his joke “ironic,” and adds that the joke has been around since the 1870s.  —  Loading...  Sheriff Joseph McDonald responded to criticism Tuesday about a joke he made at the GOP 8's St. Patrick's …
Truthdig:
The Last Letter  —  A Letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran  —  I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans.  I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq.
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Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Why should food stamps pay for junk food?  —  Kudos to The Post's Eli Saslow for a vivid story in Sunday's paper about the burgeoning federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its impact on struggling Woonsocket, R.I. Because of the 2008-09 recession and new eligibility rules …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Bachmann's claim that 70 percent of food stamps go to ‘bureaucrats’
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Daily Kos
John Frank / TechNet Blogs:
Our Commitment to Compliance  —  Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft  —  Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government is reviewing allegations that Microsoft business partners in three countries may have engaged in illegal activity, and if they did …
Discussion: The Hill and VentureBeat
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Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP Faces 2 Stark Choices: Change or Go Over the Cliff  —  As they head into the future, Republicans need to decide whether they will follow the path of hope or the road to ruin.  —  The past 96 hours should provide thinking Republicans both hope and despair about their party's future.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
GOP catfight: Michael Steele calls Reince Priebus ‘numb nuts’ … The catfight between former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and his replacement, Reince Priebus, has reached screech level, with Steele belittling the party's new focus on minorities as old news.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Top Democrat endorses Syria no-fly zone  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsed Tuesday the idea of establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria and attacking the air defenses and air power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  —  Levin chaired a hearing …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Does Obama have a plan for Syria?
Discussion: Firedoglake and CNN
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Associated Press stands by Rand Paul ‘pathway to citizenship’ report  —  The Associated Press is standing by its report that Sen. Rand Paul intended to back a path to citizenship in his speech Tuesday to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, despite the fact that he did not do so …
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court to release same-day audio of marriage arguments  —  The Supreme Court will release audio recordings on the same day it hears oral arguments over same-sex marriage — a rare step reserved for especially high-profile cases.  —  The court will hear oral arguments next Tuesday …
Discussion: CNN
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Andrew Doughman / Las Vegas Sun News:
Senate measure would begin to clear way for legalizing gay marriage in Nevada
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
CNN:
Breaking: Colbert Busch wins Democratic primary in S.C. special election, CNN projects  —  (CNN) - CNN projects Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, will win Tuesday's Democratic primary for the the South Carolina special election to represent the state's 1st Congressional District.
Discussion: Politico
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Gina Smith / The State:
Turnout will decide today's congressional winners
Discussion: msnbc.com, PolicyMic and First Read
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott trails Crist by 12 points  —  Rick Scott's approval numbers have seen no improvement over the last two months, even after his decision to allow Medicaid expansion in Florida.  33% of voters continue to approve of the job he's doing to 57% who disapprove.
Lynn Horsley / Kansas City Star:
Angry man takes microphone from KC mayor at speech  —  Mayor Sly James of Kansas City was delivering an upbeat State of the City speech Tuesday when an irate man commandeered the microphone at the Gem Theater.  —  The man was quickly tackled on the stage by bodyguard Marlon Buie and taken to a back area …
Will Sommer / City Desk:
Staffers Told Washington Examiner Will Cease Daily Publication  —  Today's layoffs at the Washington Examiner extend beyond the Local section.  Staffers are being told that the paper will cease daily publication in June to become a weekly political magazine and website, according to two sources who attended a meeting about the change.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Progressive Shift  —  There is a statue outside the Department of Labor of a powerful, rambunctious horse being reined in by an extremely muscular man.  This used to be a metaphor for liberalism.  The horse was capitalism.  The man was government, which was needed sometimes to restrain capitalism's excesses.
Noah Michelson / The Huffington Post:
Westboro Equality House: Aaron Jackson Paints Rainbow Home Across From Anti-Gay Church  —  The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.  —  Aaron Jackson …
Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Houston-Area Tea Party Leader Had Ties to Fascist Party … As recently as 2003, the president of the Greater Fort Bend County Tea Party had a very different title: director of propaganda for the American Fascist Party.  —  James Ives, a prominent Tea Party activist who has hosted statewide rallies …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Clinton, Dems court an alternative to Ashley Judd  —  Democratic heavy-hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as actress Ashley Judd is taking steps toward launching a star-studded campaign of her own.
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Cops: U.S. law should require logs of your text messages  —  Silicon Valley firms and privacy groups want Congress to update a 1986-era electronic privacy law.  But if a law enforcement idea set to be presented today gets attached, support for the popular proposal would erode.
Jungah Lee / Bloomberg:
Samsung Preparing Wristwatch as It Races Apple for Sales  —  Turf War: Samsung Races Apple for First Smartwatch  —  Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) is developing a wristwatch as Asia's biggest technology company races against Apple Inc. (AAPL) to create a new industry of wearable devices that perform similar tasks as smartphones.
The Atlantic Online:
What ‘Lean In’ Misunderstands About Gender Differences  —  There is much to admire in Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.  It is full of funny stories about her brilliant career and helpful advice for workplace success.  As former chief of staff …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Reuters:
Goldman mortgage appeal rejected by Supreme Court  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc suffered a defeat on Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a decision forcing it to defend against claims it misled investors about mortgage securities that lost value during the 2008 financial crisis.
 
 
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Yuxing Zheng / Oregonian:
Bill to legalize, tax marijuana scheduled for legislative hearing
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Family's Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child's Rifle
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Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
Housing has been booming! Construction jobs haven't. Here's why.
BBC:
MALALA AT SCHOOL  —  Read more on BBC News about Malala Yousafzai …
Barry Meier / New York Times:
Doctors Urge F.D.A. to Restrict Caffeine in Energy Drinks
Discussion: CBS New York, The Week and Guardian
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Public Remains Supportive of Israel, Wary of Iran
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House GOP grills top Obama immigration official over release of illegal detainees
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Javier Manjarres / The Shark Tank:
Gov. Perry to Announce Possible 2016 Presidential Run
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Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
With Obama and Biden both overseas, who's in charge?
Discussion: CNN and The Atlantic Online
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
$2.7M Federal Study: Why Do Lesbians Have Higher ‘Risk for Hazardous Drinking’?
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Rush Limbaugh
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Israelis to push Obama for release of spy
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is the House in Play? A District-by-District Assessment
Discussion: msnbc.com and The PJ Tatler
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Chipotle Cancels Sponsorship of Utah Boy Scouts Event
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