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5:25 PM ET, March 14, 2013


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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Panel approves assault weapons ban; Cruz, Feinstein get heated  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a ban on the sale and manufacture of more than 150 types of semi-automatic weapons with military-style features Thursday in a party-line vote.  —  The 10-8 vote came after a heated exchange between …
Talking Points Memo:
Feinstein Snaps At Cruz: 'I'm Not A Sixth Grader' (VIDEO)  —  Republican Ted Cruz, the junior senator from Texas, rankled the nerves of Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday during a contentious hearing on legislation, introduced by the California Democrat, that would reinstate a federal ban on assault weapons.
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Ted Cruz And Dianne Feinstein Battle In Explosive Debate Over Gun Control In Senate: ‘I Am Not A 6th Grader’  —  On Thursday, during a committee hearing in the U.S. Senate on gun control legislation, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) engaged in a heated exchange …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Explosive Exchange at Gun Hearing Between Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein  —  Ted Cruz and Dianne Feinstein had this explosive exchange at a Senate Judiciary Hearing on guns earlier today:  —  “The question that I would pose to the senior senator from California is,” said Cruz to Feinstein …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Fox News:
Senate committee poised to approve assault weapons ban
John Boehner / Washington Post:
Obama's outreach is nice, but where's the leadership?  —  So it was a good meeting.  House Republicans welcomed the chance for a frank exchange of ideas with President Obama on Wednesday.  Outreach is always positive, and more Republicans in this town need the opportunity to have an open dialogue with our president.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama tells Senate GOP he's not setting a trap to win back House  —  President Obama pledged in a private meeting with Senate Republicans Thursday to challenge his own party on entitlement reform.  —  He also asked Republicans not to believe conspiracy theories that he is pushing a deficit deal …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi open to looking at Obama proposal to cut Social Security  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she's open to revisiting Social Security cuts as part of a sweeping deficit-reduction package.  —  Ahead of a meeting between President Obama and House Democrats …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Obama To GOP: I'm Serious About Cutting The Social Safety Net
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Post Politics
Larry Rohter / New York Times:
Man in the News |  Jorge Mario Bergoglio: New Pope Theologically Conservative, but With a Common Touch  —  Like most of those in Argentina, he is a soccer fan, his favorite team being the underdog San Lorenzo squad.  Known for his outreach to the country's poor, he gave up a palace for a small apartment …
Michael Martinez / CNN:
CNN Vatican analyst: Pope Francis' name choice ‘precedent shattering’
David Jackson / USA Today:
Biden to lead U.S. delegation to pope installation
Discussion: Hawkings Here and The Reaction
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Chris Hayes to Take Over 8 P.M. Slot on MSNBC  —  Chris Hayes will take over the 8 p.m. time slot on MSNBC in the next month, the channel is expected to announce on Thursday morning, the day after the current host of that hour, Ed Schultz, said he was moving from the weekdays to the weekends.
President Obama: I'm no Dick Cheney on drones  —  President Barack Obama's defense to Democratic senators complaining about how little his administration has told Congress about the legal justifications for his drone policy: Dick Cheney was worse.  —  That's part of what two senators …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Paul chastises ‘stale and moss-covered’ GOP establishment  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday told conservative activists the Republican Party had grown “stale and moss covered” and said the GOP needs a more libertarian approach that makes freedom the movement's defining principle.
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Burns / Politico:
CPAC's absent GOP rock stars
Discussion: CNN, The Fix, The Week and
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
TRENDING: Big CPAC surprise: Jeb Bush not on ballot  —  (CNN) - There are 23 names on the Conservative Political Action Conference's much watched 2016 GOP presidential nomination straw poll.  —  And there's one glaring omission: Jeb Bush.  —  Follow @politicalticker
Discussion: Hot Air, The PJ Tatler and Politico
Pema Levy / Talking Points Memo:
Dick Morris Delivers Bad News To Republicans: Give Up On Roe V. Wade  —  “Well, we lost,” said Republican strategist Dick Morris as he took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of suburban Washington, D.C., on Thursday.  And in order to win the next election …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Associated Press:
Physicists say they have found long-sought Higgs boson  —  GENEVA - The search is all but over for a subatomic particle that is a crucial building block of the universe.  —  Physicists announced Thursday they believe they have discovered the subatomic particle predicted nearly a half-century ago …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
South Carolina Republican Suggests GOP Opposes Medicaid Expansion Because Obama Is Black  —  On Tuesday, the South Carolina House rejected extra Obamacare funding for the state's Medicaid program.  One Republican legislator offered a novel reason for the Republican majority's decision: the President's race.
Adam Beam / The State:
SC House rejects Medicaid expansion
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
U.S. Tax Cheats Nailed After Swiss Adviser Mails It In  —  Everybody knows the danger of sending things inadvertently in an e-mail.  Beda Singenberger's case shows you also have to be pretty careful when you mail things the old-fashioned way.  —  Over an 11-year period, federal prosecutors charge …
Discussion: Guardian
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Stimulus: The Bottom Line and the Way Forward  —  LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 01: Old street lights are stacked on a truck after being removed and replaced with new LED light fixtures August 1, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  —  The “stimulus wars” have recurred lately in the blogosphere …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
NY Daily News:
Enraged protesters battle cops in Brooklyn streets during third night of rioting after it's revealed that 16-year-old Kimani Gray was shot in the back  —  As fights between cops and angry teens erupted in East Flatbush, 46 were arrested Wednesday night.  Police struggled to control a furious crowd …
Jason Cherkis / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney, ‘47 Percent’ Filmmaker Had Encounter Prior To Infamous Speech  —  WASHINGTON — The bartender who secretly filmed Mitt Romney's infamous “47 percent” remarks at a Boca Raton fundraiser last May had an idea of what the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential nominee was really like.
Whitson Gordon / Lifehacker:
Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives  —  Google announced today that it'll be closing Google Reader's doors on July 1st of this year, meaning you'll need to find a new way to get your news fix.  Here's how to export all your feeds and put them into a new reader.
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Cuts to court system ‘simply unsustainable,’ Justice Kennedy warns
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Want Obamacare? Here's the 21-page draft application.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Right-Wing Group Spent At Least $300,000 To Keep Scott Walker Ally on Wisconsin Supreme Court
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Monica Davey / New York Times:
Gov. Rick Snyder Wants Kevyn Orr to Run Detroit
Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX): ‘Vietnam Was Winnable’
Discussion: Blog
Brian Tamanaha / Balkinization:
The Visible Deterioration of Law School Quality
Associated Press:
Obama administration acknowledges thousands of illegal immigrants released from jails
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
British MP blames jail term on Jewish ‘conspiracy’
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life:
‘Strong’ Catholic Identity at a Four-Decade Low in U.S.
New York Times:
Karzai's Remarks Draw U.S. Troop Alert
Discussion: BBC, Foreign Policy and
David K. Li / New York Post:
Michelle makes me tidy up, admits messy President Obama
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools and Althouse
New York Times:
Death to Whistle-Blowers?  —  LAST month Pfc. Bradley Manning …
GOP Congressman Says Supreme Court Doesn't Actually Get To Decide Whether Laws Are Constitutional
Discussion: and Prairie Weather
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers threaten to subpoena Benghazi survivors
Discussion: The Daily Caller