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11:15 AM 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.
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.
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 …
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  —  Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), once a staunch opponent of gay marriage, says that he now supports same-sex nuptials after his son told him he was gay.  —  “I'm announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly …
Discussion: CNN
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.
Discussion: New York Times, Hullabaloo and The Week
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Marco Rubio CPAC Speech: GOP Senator Addresses Beliefs On Same-Sex Marriage, Abortion Rights  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) threw some social conservative red meat to CPAC-goers on Thursday in a rant against Democrats who criticize him and members of his party for opposing same-sex marriage and abortion rights.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and CNN
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).
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Dianne Feinstein, Ted Cruz trade barbs over gun ban
Discussion:, Power Line and Hullabaloo
Jonathan Strong / Roll Call:
A Kildee Comeuppance?  Or More Obama Aloofness?  —  Michigan Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee has been in Congress for a little more than two months, and today the leader of the free world gave him a gentle ribbing about just how new he is to Capitol Hill.  —  At a closed-door meeting between …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama asks House Dems to sacrifice for big deficit deal
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 …
The United States Department of Justice:
Former Web Producer Indicted in California for Conspiring with “Anonymous” Members to Attack Internet News Site  —  A former web producer for a Tribune Company-owned television station in Sacramento, Calif., was charged today in an indictment for allegedly conspiring with members of the hacker group …
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.
Discussion: New York Times
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
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 …
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Bill Gates: Boy Scouts Should Stop Discriminating 'Because It's 2013′  —  During an interview with Mike Allen for Politico's Playbook Cocktails, billionaire Bill Gates described some of the things he learned as a Boy Scout, then made it clear that the organization should lift the ban on gay Scouts and leaders.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Tom Kington / Los Angeles Times:
Pope Francis delivers stern message to cardinals at Sistine Chapel  —  “When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord,” he says.  “We are worldly.”  —  VATICAN CITY — In his first mass as head …
Rush Limbaugh / PolicyMic:
Pandering to Millennials Will Ruin the GOP  —  Editor's Note: Rush Limbaugh's article was written in response to PolicyMic Pundit Alex Smith, National Chairman of the College Republican National Committee (CRNC).  In her op-ed, “Millennials Are a Tremendous Opportunity for the Republican Party …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Courtney Coelho / Brown University News and Events:
Iraq War: 190,000 lives, $2.2 trillion  —  More than 70 percent of deaths from direct war violence have been civilians.  That does not include indirect deaths from disease or injury suffered in conditions degraded by war.  Credit: Kevin Holden for U.S. Army
Discussion: Firedoglake and Prairie Weather
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama support group off to sluggish start  —  Two months after Organizing for Action was founded to bolster President Obama's agenda, his poll numbers are slipping and the group remains on the defensive.  —  A link between Obama's declining approval numbers and the group's struggles is tenuous at best …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Conservative Groups Warn GOP Lawmakers  —  WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's wooing of congressional Republicans in the past week has spurred the party's most conservative faction into girding to keep GOP lawmakers in line.  —  Conservative activists and organizations …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
In Republican Party, Schism Over America's Role Abroad  —  WASHINGTON — For more than three decades, the Republican Party brand has been deeply tied to a worldview in which the aggressive use of American power abroad is both a policy imperative and a political advantage.
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 …
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Obama Presses Filibuster Restraint With Republicans
Discussion: Daily Kos and ACS Blog
Nicholas Ballasy / The Daily Caller:
Obama couldn't eat at Hill meeting without food ‘taster’ [AUDIO]
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Ryan's speech to CPAC will provide clues to his 2016 plans
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama Says Iran More Than a Year Away From Nuclear Weapon
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
New Poultry Plant Rule Would Give Food Inspectors 1/3 Of A Second To Examine A Chicken
Kasie Hunt /
CPAC chair: Christie didn't ‘deserve’ an invite this year
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Joseph P. Kahn / Boston Globe:
Boston Phoenix to close; Portland, Providence papers remain open
Hartford Courant:
Adam Lanza Researched Mass Murderers, Sources Say
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Baptist pastor: Sex with underage girl ‘is exactly what Christ desires’
Discussion: Chicago Sun Times
Katherine Bindley / The Huffington Post:
Religion Among Americans Hits Low Point, As More People Say They Have No Religious Affiliation: Report
Discussion: Sky Dancing
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Court Docs Reveal Blackwater's Secret CIA Past