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2:35 PM ET, March 15, 2013


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The Columbus Dispatch:
Rob Portman commentary: Gay couples also deserve chance to get married  —  I have come to believe that if two people are prepared to make a lifetime commitment to love and care for each other in good times and in bad, the government shouldn't deny them the opportunity to get married.
Dana Bash / CNN:
CNN Exclusive: One conservative's dramatic reversal on gay marriage  —  Ohio Sen. Rob Portman gave his only on-camera interview about the change in his position on same-sex marriage to CNN's Dana Bash on Thursday.  He also discussed it with a few print reporters from Ohio and wrote …
Jack Torry / The Columbus Dispatch:
Rob Portman reverses stance on gay marriage, says son is gay  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Rob Portman has renounced his opposition to gay marriage, telling reporters from Ohio newspapers yesterday that he changed his position after his son Will told him and his wife, Jane, that he is gay.
Sabrina Eaton / Plain Dealer:
Sen. Rob Portman comes out in favor of gay marriage after son comes out as gay  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. - Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman on Thursday announced he has reversed his longtime opposition to same-sex marriage after reconsidering the issue because his 21-year-old son, Will, is gay.
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rob Portman backs gay marriage after son comes out
Discussion: CNN and ABCNEWS
Gerry Mullany / The Caucus:
G.O.P.'s Portman, Saying Son Is Gay, Now Backs Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: PolicyMic and The Maddow Blog
Deirdre Shesgreen /
Rob Portman now supports gay marriage
Discussion: The Hill
James Hohmann / Politico:
Mitt Romney gets B-list treatment at CPAC  —  Indifference awaits Mitt Romney Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference as he delivers his first public speech since election night.  —  The base moved on four months ago, and most Republican activists don't really care what their failed nominee thinks any more.
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Marco Rubio CPAC Speech: GOP Senator Addresses Beliefs On Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion Rights
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Divisions in G.O.P. Are Laid Bare on First Day of Conservative Conference
Discussion: Advocate, Guardian and Lynn Sweet
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Sequestration NIMBYism Grips GOP  —  A strange sickness is afflicting congressional Republicans.  —  Unwilling to team up with Democrats to replace sequestration with a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, and unable to pass a cuts-only sequestration measure on their own …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Maddow Blog
Michael Patrick Leahy / BREITBART.COM:
CADDELL UNLOADS ON ‘RACKETEERING’ GOP CONSULTANTS  —  Pat Caddell, the Fox News Contributor and Democrat pollster who engineered Jimmy Carter's 1976 Presidential victory, blew the lid off CPAC on Thursday with a blistering attack on “racketeering” Republican consultants who play wealthy donors like “marks.”
Rush Limbaugh / PolicyMic:
Pandering to Millennials Will Ruin the GOP
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Republican National Committee to build voter data sharing platform
Discussion:, The Week and First Read
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Santorum delivers emotional CPAC speech inspired by nephew's death  —  Former Republican presidential contender Rick Santorum on Friday delivered an emotional address at the Conservative Political Action Conference, inspired by the death of his nephew the night before, that indicated …
Discussion: CNN
Michael O'Brien /
Mitt Romney makes curious re-emergence at CPAC
Mark Drajem / Bloomberg:
Obama Will Use Nixon-Era Law to Fight Climate Change  —  President Barack Obama is preparing to tell all federal agencies for the first time that they have to consider the impact on global warming before approving major projects, from pipelines to highways.  —  The result could be significant delays …
New York Post:
NYPD cops ordered to run criminal checks on domestic-abuse victims  —  Women who report domestic violence are exposing themselves to arrest under a new NYPD directive that orders cops to run criminal checks on the accused and the accuser, The Post has learned.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Gothamist and The Raw Story
Steve Anderson / The Independent:
Want to join the 62-mile-high club?  Not so quick, sex in outer space could be bad for your health, say scientists  —  With commercial space flights in the pipeline and financiers appealing for a couple to volunteer for a manned (and womanned) mission to Mars, it's only going to be a matter …
Charlie Cook /
The GOP Keeps Getting Whiter  —  While the country is becoming more racially diverse, Republican congressional districts are becoming less.  —  After Republicans won only 48 percent of all votes cast for the House in 2012 but 54 percent of the seats, it's no secret that the party enjoys …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
After the Flimflam  —  It has been a big week for budget documents.  In fact, members of Congress have presented not one but two full-fledged, serious proposals for spending and taxes over the next decade.  —  Before I get to that, however, let me talk briefly about the third proposal presented …
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Coulter Destroys Feinstein Over Cruz Debate On Hannity: ‘Liberal Women Should Not Be Able To Hold Office’  —  Sean Hannity invited Ann Coulter on his Thursday night Fox News show to get her take on this morning's Senate showdown between Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Rolling Stone:
Live-Blogging Senate Hearing Tomorrow, When J.P. Morgan Chase Will Be Torn a New One  —  Beginning at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, I'm going to be live-blogging a hearing held by Senator Carl Levin's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations - the best crew of high-end detectives this side of The Wire …
Washington Post:
Grand jury investigating Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), people familiar with probe say  —  View Photo Gallery — Sen. Robert Menendez: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has been embroiled in a controversy involving his relations with a Miami campaign contributor and the awarding …
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Younger Generations Lag Parents in Wealth-Building  —  WASHINGTON — Pearl Brady has a stable job with good benefits and holds two degrees, a bachelor's and a master's.  But despite her best efforts, she has no savings, and worries that it will be years before she manages to start putting away money …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Maggie Haberman / Reuters:
Sarah Palin's next act: Candidate or ‘Kardashian’?  —  In January 2009, Sarah Palin had the world on a string.  A potential Republican presidential field-clearer for the presidency, every sentence she uttered was news.  A Fox News contract awaited her.  So did book deals.
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Obama couldn't eat at Hill meeting without food ‘taster’ [AUDIO]  —  WASHINGTON — Following President Obama's lunch meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins described the food served and the president's reaction to what was on menu.
Nedra Pickler / Associated Press:
John Boehner Turns Down Obama Invitation To Join Visit To Vatican, New Pope  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner says he's turning down President Barack Obama's invitation to be in the U.S. delegation to the installation of Pope Francis.  —  The Ohio Republican says in a statement …
Discussion: The Reaction
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Duggar Son To Join Family Research Council  —  Josh Duggar reportedly will be appointed to a senior executive position at FRC.  —  Duggar (center) with Family Research Council president Tony Perkins in January.  —  Via:  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. …
Discussion: Queerty
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Janet Adamy / Wall Street Journal:
Employers Blast Fees From New Health Law
Discussion: Law Blog and The PJ Tatler
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Report: Olbermann woes cited
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
NRA president tells ‘elitist’ gun control advocates to ‘be damned’
Discussion: CNN
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
McConnell decries ‘crybaby caucus,’ tells conservatives they must unify
Discussion: Politico
Hugh Howey / Associated Press:
Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has book deal, release scheduled for 2014
Discussion: New Republic
Courtney Coelho / Brown University News and Events:
Iraq War: 190,000 lives, $2.2 trillion
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Bill Gates: Boy Scouts Should Stop Discriminating 'Because It's 2013′
Discussion: ABCNEWS
 Earlier Items: 
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Obama Presses Filibuster Restraint With Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos and ACS Blog
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Codify the drone war
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ryan's speech to CPAC will provide clues to his 2016 plans
Discussion: CNN
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
A Kildee Comeuppance? Or More Obama Aloofness?
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama support group off to sluggish start
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
In Republican Party, Schism Over America's Role Abroad
Discussion: Lawfare, Prairie Weather and The Caucus
Tom Kington / Los Angeles Times:
Pope Francis delivers stern message to cardinals at Sistine Chapel