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1:45 PM ET, April 1, 2013

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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia GOP Chair Warns That Straight People Will Enter Sham Gay Marriages For Benefits  —  A top Republican in Georgia has sounded an ominous warning that legalization of same-sex marriage may also lead to fraud.  —  Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party …
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Jon Gillooly / mdjonline.com:
Cobb sounds off as Facebook goes red in support of gay marriage  —  MARIETTA — As the U.S. Supreme Court took up the issue of same-sex marriage earlier this week, Marietta Board of Education member Brett Bittner joined many in changing his Facebook profile picture to reflect his support for marriage equality.
David Frum / CNN:
Hillary Clinton, a mistake for 2016  —  Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is the author of eight books, including a new novel, “Patriots,” and a post-election e-book, “Why Romney Lost.”
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:   Hillary Clinton to give first paid speech
Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Clinton's first paid speech to be in April
Discussion: The Fix, First Read and New York Times
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Social conservatives fight back  —  The preferred plot line for many in the GOP establishment for revitalizing their party goes something like this; they move to a more libertarian stance on key social issues - particularly same-sex marriage - and the Bible-thumping, evangelical wing …
Jonathan Miller / The Daily Beast:
How Kentucky Democrats Duped the MSM and Helped Elbow Out Ashley Judd  —  Judd adviser Jonathan Miller on the small coterie of state Democrats who duped the national press and helped nudge her out of the Senate race.  —  “We'd like to have you join us this afternoon for a discussion …
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan  —  Looks like there will be a Camelot East — make that Far East: Caroline Kennedy is heading to Tokyo to be the U.S. ambassador.  Kennedy, whose support for President Obama during his 2008 campaign was seen as crucial, had been widely talked …
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Jessica Yellin / CNN:
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy? Maybe
Discussion: The Hill and Taylor Marsh
Tony Paterson / The Independent:
The racist menace?  Muslims declare victory in fight over ‘anti-Islamic’ Lego  —  Danish toy giant agrees to cease production of 'Jabba's Palace' building set in light of complaints  —  Austria's Turkish community claimed a victory in its fight against Danish toy giant Lego yesterday …
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Pope Calls for ‘Peace in All the World’ in First Easter Message  —  VATICAN CITY — In his first Easter Sunday message, Pope Francis passionately called for “peace in all the world,” urging Israelis and Palestinians to “resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long,” …
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Healthcare an obstacle as Republicans court Latinos  —  As GOP members of Congress seek to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they risk undermining outreach efforts among the law's biggest supporters.  —  Dr. Sixto Caro treats a patient at a clinic in a Dominican neighborhood of Brooklyn …
Twitter Blog:
Annncng: Twttr  —  Starting today, we are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants.  For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels.  —  We're doing this because we believe …
Margie Netzel / Ashtabula Star Beacon:
Man gunned down after church service  —  Son arrested, says it was ‘will of Allah’  —  ASHTABULA — Children screamed in terror and hid under the pews at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ on Sunday, witnesses said, as an Ashtabula man was shot and killed by his son just after the Easter service.
Yahoo! News:
The Michele Bachmann sideshow is hurting the GOP  —  The Minnesota lawmaker alienates independents, moderates, and young voters — and she's not going anywhere  —  Attention GOP: Your rebranding attempts are being undercut by a segment of your party getting big headlines and lots of air time …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Bank of Cyprus depositors to face up to 60 percent losses  —  NICOSIA, Cyprus — Depositors in Cyprus with savings of more than 100,000 euros ($128,000) could face losses of up to 60 percent, under tough conditions attached to an international bailout, Finance Minister Michalis Sarris said Saturday.
Discussion: Firedoglake
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BBC:
Cyprus crisis: Moscow will not bail out Russian savers
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Hot Air
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
‘Kid President’ pulls April Fools' prank at White House  —  Internet sensation Robby Novak, the “Kid President,” popped up at the podium during a White House briefing in an April Fools' Day video posted on Monday.  —  “It looks like you were expecting somebody else, but April Fools on all y'all.
Discussion: CNN
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Harry Reid Draws on Political Calculus as He Leads Senate  —  WASHINGTON — It was, Senator Harry Reid of Nevada ebulliently proclaimed, a “happy day for me” as he stood with Wayne LaPierre, the head of the National Rifle Association, in 2010 at a new shooting range in Las Vegas made possible by federal money secured by Mr. Reid.
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CNN:
Guns on campus: NRA to announce school safety measures Tuesday
Discussion: Hot Air, msnbc.com, Politico and The Hill
 
 
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Corporations: America's had top corporate tax rate for one year
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Biden lobbies GOP senators to support gun-control legislation
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Wall Street Journal:
Tesla Shares Jump on Profit Forecast
Discussion: The Week and AllThingsD
Jeffrey D. Sachs / New York Times:
On the Economy, Think Long-Term  —  THE 2009 economic stimulus package has come and gone.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Hit & Run
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Sanford expected to survive runoff
Discussion: The State and TheBlaze.com
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Exclusive: Illegal Border Crossings Double, Border Becomes Less Secure as Beltway Gets Close …
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Hiring Spreads, but Only 14 Cities Top Prerecession Level
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Rubio Offers Words of Caution on Immigration
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Next immigration hurdle: Citizenship's fine print
Discussion: Hit & Run, Power Line and msnbc.com
Washington Post:
Va. Gov. McDonnell on two-way street with chief executive of struggling company
Louis Peitzman / BuzzFeed:
15 People Who Think Google Is Honoring Hugo Chávez