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6:10 PM ET, March 12, 2013


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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Paul Ryan's budget: Social engineering with a side of deficit reduction  —  Here is Paul Ryan's path to a balanced budget in three sentences: He cuts deep into spending on health care for the poor and some combination of education, infrastructure, research, public-safety, and low-income programs.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Anchor Shouts Down Criticism Of Ryan Budget  —  Fox News host Bill Hemmer tried to shout down Rep. Chris Van Hollen's (D-MD) criticism of the GOP budget on Tuesday morning by loudly reading from Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) editorial promoting the newly-released Republican plan.
Discussion:, Eschaton and Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Democrats' budget includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Unleash Paul Ryan!
Paul Ryan / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Plan to Balance the Budget by 2023
Ron Fournier /
Humility or Cynicism?  Whatever is Driving Obama is Better Than Nothing  —  Tumbling polls have turned the president into the schmoozer-in-chief  —  President Obama's burst of congressional and public outreach coincides with declining poll numbers.  (AP Photo)
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
McClatchy-Marist poll shows Obama tumbling in voters' eyes
Discussion: Mediaite, Post Politics and Hot Air
Is he serious?  —  President Barack Obama's unusual tour …
Tanner Colby / Slate:
The troubling things I learned when I re-reported Bob Woodward's book on John Belushi.  —  John Belushi in Animal House, 1978 Courtesy of Universal Pictures  —  A little more than a week ago, during an interview with Politico, Bob Woodward came forward to claim he'd been threatened in an email by a …
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
A reality check for Ashley Judd  —  What she's really up against, if she does run against Mitch McConnell in Kentucky.  Inside the numbers and history  —  A report over the weekend suggested that actress Ashley Judd has decided to challenge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky next year.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
McConnell: Obama's delayed budget like dropping a ‘bomb’ on legislative process
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitch McConnell to air reelection ads
Discussion: Roll Call, FatLip and The Caucus
Hillel Aron / The Informer:
Are the Koch Brothers Trying to Buy the Los Angeles Times?  —  The latest rumor about the next owner of the L.A. Times, which is for sale, is a doozy.  A bombshell.  It's a doozy wrapped in a bombshell exploding inside a Drudge siren.  —  Multiple sources tell L.A. Weekly that Charles and David Koch …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Report: Koch bros eyeing Tribune papers
New York Post:
Cleanup in aisle 1: Teen's ‘mourners’ trash Brooklyn shops  —  A vigil for a teenager fatally shot by cops turned into a riot in Brooklyn last night, as a mob of outraged thugs ransacked stores, broke car windows and assaulted residents in East Flatbush.  —  The chaos erupted …
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan Accidentally Says He Is “Destroying The Health Care System”  —  Oops.  —  “This is something we will not give up on because we are not going to give up on destroying the health care system for the American people.”  —  View Video ›  —  House Budget Committee Chairman …
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Feds Spend $1.5 Million to Study Why Lesbians Are Fat  —  ( - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $1.5 million to study biological and social factors for why “three-quarters” of lesbians are obese and why gay males are not, calling it an issue of “high public-health significance.”
Jeffrey Hess / NPR:
Soda Wars Backlash: Mississippi Passes ‘Anti-Bloomberg’ Bill … Mayor Mike and his public health edicts are having a rough ride.  —  On Monday, a state judge in Manhattan struck down New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's rule capping soda sizes.  And lawmakers in Mississippi are taking …
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Doubts about Johns Hopkins research have gone unanswered, scientist says  —  Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post - Daniel Yuan, pictured at his home in Laurel, raised doubts for years about the work of his colleagues in a Johns Hopkins medical research lab.  “The denial that I am hearing …
Associated Press:
Sarah Palin tackles ‘War on Christmas’ in new book  —  ‘Amidst the fragility of this politically correct era, it is imperative that we stand up for our beliefs before the element of faith in a glorious and traditional holiday like Christmas is marginalized and ignored,’ Palin says.
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Hamas: ‘Declaration Of War’ If Obama Visits Temple Mount  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Hamas is warning that if President Obama visits the Temple Mount it would be a “declaration of war” against the Islamic world.  —  Israel National News reports the terror group made the threat during …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
With Woeful Approval Rating, Pa. Gov. Corbett's Re-Election Hopes Look Dim  —  His constituents down on his job performance, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) approaches his 2014 re-election campaign in a politically precarious position, according to a poll released Tuesday.
New York Times:
For Detroit, a Crisis Born of Bad Decisions and Crossed Fingers  —  DETROIT — This city was already sinking under hundreds of millions of dollars in bills that it could not pay when a municipal auditor brought in a veteran financial consultant to dig through the books.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Rush Limbaugh Sides With Rand Paul: ‘The Neocons Are Paranoid’  —  The most popular conservative demagogue in America signals that hawkish foreign policy dogma may be losing its hold on the GOP.  —  In the Spring of 2011, I wrote a widely ignored article arguing that the Republican Party's …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Minnesota Legislator Interrupts Proceedings To Introduce Ex-Gay Friend  —  Debate on same-sex marriage will resume today in Minnesota as both the House Civil Law Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee host hearings on a proposed equality bill.  The legislation already has enough support …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Administrative State in One Photo  —  The then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (and may she remain forever a former Speaker) took a lot of ridicule during the debate over the passage of Obamacare when she said that we'd have to pass the bill to find out what's in it.  I thought the critics had this all wrong.
Discussion: National Review
Warren Throckmorton:
NARTH Loses Tax Exempt Status  —  In September 2012, the tax exempt status of the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) was revoked due to failure to file Form 990 for three consecutive years.  The notice of revocation was yesterday according to the IRS website.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Joe. My. God.
Conservative Intel / Conservative Intelligence …:
Romney leads, GOP in Strong Position  —  In a hypothetical Republican Senate primary for the 2014 Michigan U.S. Senate race, Scott Romney (brother of Mitt) would begin the race as an early, though modest, front-runner Romney leads with 26% followed by Congressman Mike Rogers at 17% …
Discussion: Roll Call,, Hot Air, Wonkette and CNN
Michael Day / The Independent:
As cardinals gather to elect Pope, Catholic officials break into a sweat over news that priests share €23m building with huge gay sauna  —  A day ahead of the papal conclave, faces at the scandal-struck Vatican were even redder than usual after it emerged that the Holy See had purchased …
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Erin Burnett to Laura Bush: Should America Accept Anti-Semitism To Affect Change In Middle East?  —  CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday asked former first lady Laura Bush a truly disgusting question.  —  In a segment about the George W. Bush Institute's Women's Initiative Fellowship Program …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Senate Democrats eye immigration blitz after recess
Discussion: Power Line and Hot Air
Laura Miller / Salon:
“Paleofantasy”: Stone Age delusions
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Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Trump: Ashley Judd ‘a great candidate’
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Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
For Obama's Judges, It's Already Late
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Financial info on celebs, officials leaked online
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Cindy Adams / New York Post:
George Soros: Ex threw lamp at me
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Rove Says Media Should Stop Calling Elections Prematurely (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Raw Story
Bryan Caplan / EconLog:
The Myopic Empiricism of the Minimum Wage
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Hit & Run
Bill Bolling:
Bolling Says No to Possible Independent Campaign for Governor
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Andrew Williams / Wired:
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