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5:20 PM ET, March 11, 2013


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Michael Howard Saul / Wall Street Journal:
Judge Halts New York City Soda Ban … A state judge on Monday stopped Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration from banning the sale of large sugary drinks at New York City restaurants and other venues, a major defeat for a mayor who has made public-health initiatives a cornerstone of his tenure.
New York Post:
Judge halts mayor's soda ban, calls it ‘arbitrary and capricious’  —  A state judge today stopped City Hall from banning New York City restaurants and other venues from selling large sugary drinks — a bubble-bursting defeat for Mayor Bloomberg who has made public health a cornerstone of his tenure.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Judge Invalidates Bloomberg's Ban on Sugary Drinks  —  A judge invalidated New York City's ban on large sugary drinks on Monday, one day before it was to go into effect, dealing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg a major blow.  —  The decision by Justice Milton A. Tingling Jr. of State Supreme Court …
Discussion:, Wonkblog, Hit & Run and Mediaite
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
New York City cannot ban sales of large sodas: judge  —  (Reuters) - A judge on Monday invalidated New York City's plan to ban large sugary drinks from restaurants, movie theaters and other establishments, one day before the new law was to take effect.  —  State Supreme Court Justice Milton Tingling …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Why Everyone Hates The White House Beat Now  —  BuzzFeed's new White House reporter explores the declining prestige of his “soul-killing” assignment.  —  The White House press corps is seen as Obama arrives to speak.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Freshly minted …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems' big 2014 obstacle: President Obama  —  President Barack Obama says he's ready to do whatever it takes to help Democrats win the House next year — a feat that could make the difference between limping to the end of his presidency and going out with a bang.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to seek ‘fiscally sustainable path,’ not balanced budget
Discussion: Politico, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
40 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $333,000 in back taxes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Mike Allen / Politico:
Discussion: BuzzFeed, and Right Turn
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:   Donald Trump willing to fund White House tours
Paul Krugman:
Breitbarted  —  OK, I'm an evil person — and my scheming has paid off.  —  On Friday I started hearing from friends about a fake story making the rounds about my allegedly filing for personal bankruptcy; I even got asked about the story by a reporter from Russian television, who was very embarrassed when I told him it was fake.
Byron Tau / Politico:
Joe Lieberman to join conservative think tank  —  Former Sen. Joe Lieberman is joining the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute, the organization announced Monday.  —  Lieberman — Al Gore's vice presidential running mate in 2000 and a Democratic presidential candidate in 2004 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Lieberman joins American Enterprise Institute
Jon Kyl / AEI:
Senator Joseph Lieberman to Join Senator Jon Kyl as Co-Chair of the American Internationalism Project …
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Sunday Talk Interviews Show Why Jeb Bush Will Never Be President  —  The younger Bush may be flirting with a run, but for a Republican to seriously compete in 2016, he must publicly distance himself from George W. Bush—and in five interviews Sunday, Jeb showed he wouldn't do that if he could.
Discussion: Slate, The Dish and
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Either Colin Powell's Facebook Was Hacked Or He Has Had a Sudden Change of Heart About George W. Bush  —  Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is the latest powerful brand to be hacked.  Powell's official Facebook page has been taken over and is being peppered with insults …
Discussion: The Verge
Bryan Bender / The Boston Globe:
Chief of US Pacific forces calls climate biggest worry  —  CAMBRIDGE — America's top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked …
Alastair Gale / Wall Street Journal:
Pressure Rises on Korean Peninsula
Discussion: The Reaction
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Matt Lauer's Bruising Year After Ann Curry's Ouster Devastated the ‘Today’ Show  —  The Today host tells Howard Kurtz that NBC mishandled Ann Curry's ouster and describes how the network is rebuilding the show.  Plus, his secret talks with Katie Couric.  —  One day last fall …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Reverses Himself Yet Again On Medicare Cuts  —  When he unveils his budget plan this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will complete a 720-degree flip on President Obama's cuts to Medicare providers in the Affordable Care Act.  —  As he revealed on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan's upcoming budget will sustain the cuts.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
President Obama's numbers plummet in New York  —  President Barack Obama's approval rating in New York fell precipitously in the last month, according to a poll released Monday, and three-fifths of the state's registered voters now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Smaller States Find Outsize Clout Growing in Senate  —  At left, the view toward Vermont from Washington County, N.Y., left.  Vermont got much more federal stimulus money than larger states.  “We never saw any of the positive impact of the stimulus funds,” said Peter Aust, top right …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Computer Algorithms Rely Increasingly on Human Helpers  —  Trading stocks, targeting ads, steering political campaigns, arranging dates, besting people on “Jeopardy” and even choosing bra sizes: computer algorithms are doing all this work and more.  —  But increasingly, behind the curtain …
Sofia Resnick / The Huffington Post:
New Family Structures Study Intended To Sway Supreme Court On Gay Marriage, Documents Show  —  Goal of conservative-backed parenting study was to influence SCOTUS decisions on gay marriage, docs show  —  WASHINGTON — The conservative funders who bankrolled a flawed and widely cited academic …
New York Times:
When to Say No  —  The State Department's latest environmental assessment of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline makes no recommendation about whether President Obama should approve it.  Here is ours.  He should say no, and for one overriding reason: A president who has repeatedly …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Outside Washington, Sequestration Begins To Inflict Pain  —  If beltway news reflected events in the country at large, the worst consequences of sequestration would amount to griping over politically motivated spending cuts, or programs spared.  —  That kind of coverage stems from a GOP effort …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
Green Cars Have a Dirty Little Secret  —  Producing and charging electric cars means heavy carbon-dioxide emissions.  —  Electric cars are promoted as the chic harbinger of an environmentally benign future.  Ads assure us of “zero emissions,” and President Obama has promised a million on the road by 2015.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Small Dead Animals
Patrick Wintour / Guardian:
Chris Huhne: I am sorry  —  Jailed ex-minister tells the Guardian he accepts responsibility for chain of events that led to prison and loss of political career  —  Chris Huhne, the jailed former cabinet member, has apologised unreservedly for lying for two years about asking his wife …
Discussion: National Updates and Spectator
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James C. McKinley Jr / New York Times:
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Discussion: BBC, Above the Law and Techdirt
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Senate Dems strain to get budget over finish line by Easter recess
New York Post:
Killed over rent: Landlord shoots tenant dead in fight over $100, police say
Discussion: Gothamist
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins law and lobby firm
Discussion: Politico
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Ted Cruz Gives His Take on the GOP and Hispanic Voters
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Aslinn Scott / The College Fix:
University's ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ Exhibit Includes Bill O'Reilly
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
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