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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.
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 …
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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate Democrats' budget includes nearly $1 trillion in new taxes
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
McConnell: Obama's delayed budget like dropping a ‘bomb’ on legislative process
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
Unleash Paul Ryan!
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)
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Senate Democrats pepper Obama with questions on entitlements  —  Liberal Democrats challenged President Obama on Tuesday over his willingness to cut Social Security benefits.  —  At a meeting that lasted just less than 90 minutes, Obama was peppered by questions from Sens. Tom Harkin …
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 …
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
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.
Caitlin McDevitt / Politico:
Trump: Ashley Judd ‘a great candidate’
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite, Twitchy and
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitch McConnell to air reelection ads
Discussion: Roll Call, FatLip and The Caucus
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 …
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.”
NLRB To Seek Supreme Court Review in Noel Canning v. NLRB  —  The National Labor Relations Board has determined not to seek en banc rehearing in Noel Canning v. NLRB, in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit held that the January 4, 2012 recess appointments of three members to the Board were invalid.
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 …
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.
Bdisbrow / CBS San Francisco:
‘Killing Jews Is Worship’ Ad Campaign Rolled Out On SF Muni Buses  —  SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) - A controversy has been re-ignited this week as ten new ads go up on San Francisco Muni buses containing quotes used by terrorists.  —  “Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah,” …
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.
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
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 …
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.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Partisan ‘mistrust’ fueled voting rights fights at Justice Dept.  —  The Justice Department's inspector general found numerous examples of harassment in the department's voting rights division, but determined it did not prioritize cases in a partisan manner under either President Obama or George W. Bush.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Lawmakers to TSA: No knives on planes  —  A bipartisan group of House lawmakers is pressing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to reverse its decision to allow knives on airplanes for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.  —  TSA announced last week …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Hiroko Tabuchi / New York Times:
An Energy Coup for Japan: ‘Flammable Ice’  —  TOKYO — Japan said Tuesday that it had extracted gas from offshore deposits of methane hydrate — sometimes called “flammable ice” — a breakthrough that officials and experts said could be a step toward tapping a promising but still little-understood energy source.
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.
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Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
For Obama's Judges, It's Already Late
Discussion: Washington Monthly
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
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Michael Day / The Independent:
As cardinals gather to elect Pope, Catholic officials break into a sweat over news that priests …
Associated Press:
Financial info on celebs, officials leaked online
Discussion: CNN
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
George Soros: Ex threw lamp at me
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
The Administrative State in One Photo
Discussion: National Review
Bill Bolling:
Bolling Says No to Possible Independent Campaign for Governor
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Erin Burnett to Laura Bush: Should America Accept Anti-Semitism To Affect Change In Middle East?
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Outrageous!... Far Left Southern Poverty Law Center Puts “Singing Nuns” on Its Hate Groups Map