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4:05 AM ET, March 11, 2013


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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Fox Anchor Calls Out Paul Ryan's Budget Plan: Repealing Obamacare Is ‘Not Going To Happen’  —  On Sunday morning, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) stopped by Fox News Sunday to preview his new budget, which will be released in full on Tuesday.  As it had the past two years, this year's version will call …
Fox News:
Ryan: New House Republican budget includes ObamaCare repeal  —  Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, said Sunday that his new budget includes the repeal of President Obama's health-care reform law known as ObamaCare.  —  Ryan told “Fox News Sunday” …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Ryan: 2016 White House bid now ‘more realistic,’ rules out running for Speaker
Chana Ya'ar / Arutz Sheva:
UN Reports the Truth: Hamas Killed BBC Reporter's Baby in Gaza  —  The UN has issued a report that plainly explains Israel's Pillar of Defense operation and exposes Hamas lies to the BBC.  —  The United Nations has issued a report with unusual courage and accuracy that plainly tells the tale …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
TIMELINE: How Jeb Bush Pulled A 360 On Immigration Reform  —  Jeb Bush completed a whirlwind one-week journey on immigration on Sunday, praising a Senate proposal to grant eventual citizenship for undocumented immigrants after attacking the idea in a newly released book he co-authored that was itself a reversal of his past position.
Byron Tau / Politico:   Jeb Bush: No ‘Bush baggage’
Mary Carmichael / Boston Globe:
Harvard University administrators secretly searched deans' email accounts, hunting for media leak  —  Harvard University central administrators secretly searched the email accounts of 16 resident deans last fall, looking for a leak to the media about the school's sprawling cheating case …
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Strategist: GOP 'Doesn't Give Equal Opportunity To Women'  —  During a segment on women's evolving roles in the workplace on Meet the Press Sunday morning, GOP political operative and former McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt made a compelling case for equal opportunity …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Monstrous  —  This is a kind of blood-curdling story I just learned about this afternoon.  Zerlina Maxwell is an acquaintance who I've watched from a distance as she builds a media career as a progressive pundit and activist — succeeding to an amazing degree while also getting a law degree.
Nick Bilton / NYT Bits:
Disruptions: Digital Era Redefining Etiquette  —  Some people are so rude.  Really, who sends an e-mail or text message that just says “Thank you”?  Who leaves a voice mail message when you don't answer, rather than texting you?  Who asks for a fact easily found on Google?
Discussion: Marbury
Nasir Habib / CNN:
Christian protesters decry Muslim mob's arson spree following blasphemy charge  —  Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Outraged Pakistani Christians took to the streets of Lahore on Sunday, protesting a rash of violence against their community over the weekend.  —  Demonstrators denounced the burning …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
New York Times:
Rate of Gun Ownership Is Down, Survey Shows  —  The share of American households with guns has declined over the past four decades, a national survey shows, with some of the most surprising drops in the South and the Western mountain states, where guns are deeply embedded in the culture.
Eric Owens / The Daily Caller:
‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act’ proposed in Maryland  —  A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren't actually anything like real guns.
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
Ashley Judd Senate Run: Actress, Activist Planning To Declare Candidacy, Sources Say  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ashley Judd, the 44-year-old actress and social activist, has told key advisers and political figures that she is planning to announce her candidacy for U.S. Senate here this spring.
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Peter Beaumont / Guardian:
Saddam's statue fell, but nothing changed: the bitter regrets of Iraq's sledgehammer man
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Shikha Dalmia / Hit & Run:
Do Republicans Need a Conservative Version of the Welfare State to Win?
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David Alexander / Reuters:
U.S. Air Force stops reporting data on Afghan drone strikes
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Gregory Wallace / CNN:
Obama meetings couldn't have prevented gridlock, Pelosi says
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Quinn Formally Joins Race for New York Mayor
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