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7:50 PM ET, March 17, 2013


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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
CNN grieves that guilty verdict ruined ‘promising’ lives of Steubenville rapists  —  CNN broke the news on Sunday of a guilty verdict in a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio by lamenting that the “promising” lives of the rapists had been ruined, but spent very little time focusing …
Karoli / Crooks and Liars:
Candy Crowley Oozes Sympathy for Steubenville Rapists  —  Shortly after the guilty verdict in the Steubenville rape case was announced, Candy Crowley took to the airwaves to report it and connect with their reporter on the ground for more details.  Her lead-in to the remote shot was shameful.
The Atlantic Wire:
The Steubenville Verdict Is in, and These Boys Are Guilty  —  On the fifth and final day of a long and emotional rape trial recounting a drunken and violent evening, Judge Thomas Lipps delivered a guilty verdict on all charges Sunday morning in the Steubenville rape trial, calling the situation …
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Talking Points Memo:
Karl Rove Swipes Sarah Palin For Leaving Office Mid-Term  —  On “Fox News Sunday,” Karl Rove responded to Sarah Palin's declaration at CPAC that Republican consultants who “keep losing elections” need to either “buck up” and run for office or “stay in the truck.”
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Rove mocks Palin: I'm may be a ‘balding fat guy,’ but 'I wouldn't leave office midterm'
Discussion: PolicyMic
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Karl Rove Mocks Sarah Palin Tenure As Governor
‘This Week’ Transcript: Speaker of the House John Boehner  —  ABC News' George Will, ABC News Political Analyst and Special Correspondent Matthew Dowd, Good360 chair Carly Fiorina, House Democratic Caucus Chair Representative Xavier Becerra (D) California, and host of NPR's All Things Considered Audie Cornish on ‘This Week’ (ABC News)
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Benjamin Bell / ABCNEWS:   John Boehner: The ‘Talk About Raising Revenue Is Over’
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Carson seen as fresh face among conservative leaders
Discussion: Scared Monkeys, Politico and Gawker
Ashley Killough / CNN:
RNC announces $10 million plan to beef up Republican outreach
Discussion: Politico
Eric W. Dolan / The Raw Story:
Sen. Rand Paul introduces ‘fetal personhood’ bill to outlaw abortion  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) on Friday introduced so-called “fetal personhood” legislation that would completely outlaw abortion in the United States.  —  The Life at Conception Act would declare that human life began at conception …
Discussion: The Reaction and Balloon Juice
Dan Nowicki / USA Today:
10 years later, many see Iraq War as costly mistake  —  The U.S. suffered more than 4,480 deaths and 32,000 wounded during the Iraq War, which opened 10 years ago this week.  —  WASHINGTON — A U.S.-led coalition attacked Iraq with “shock and awe” 10 years ago this week …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Gary Langer / ABCNEWS:
A Decade on, Most are Critical of the U.S.-Led War in Iraq
Benjamin Goad / The Hill:
States to feds: Hands off our guns  —  A growing number of states are moving forward with legislation to exempt them from new federal gun controls and, in some cases, brand as criminals anyone who tries to enforce them.  —  While many of the bills are considered symbolic or appear doomed to fail …
Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr / CNSNews:
Growing Number Of States Eye Bills To Defy Federal Gun Laws
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator: Republicans Are Open To Tax Increases In Grand Bargain  —  Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) believes Senate Republicans would be open to increasing revenue through tax reform as part of a “grand bargain” to reduce the deficit.  During an appearance on Fox News Sunday …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Corker: GOP would consider revenues in exchange for ‘true entitlement reform’
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The PJ Tatler
Joe Mandak / Talking Points Memo:
Cops: Pa. Guard Shot Finger Trying to Remove Wedding Ring During Fight  —  PITTSBURGH (AP) — A federal prison guard has been charged with shooting his own finger in a drunken attempt to remove his wedding ring during an argument with his wife at their northwestern Pennsylvania home, police said.
Daniel Wallis / Reuters:
Venezuela's Maduro urges Obama to halt “plot” against rival  —  * Maduro faces opposition rival in April 14 election  —  Venezuela's acting president urged U.S. leader Barack Obama to stop what he called a plot by the Pentagon and the Central Intelligence Agency to kill his opposition rival …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
In defense of GOP consultants: It's the candidates' fault … If there was any villain at the just-completed Conservative Political Action Conference, it was the generic figure of the Republican political consultant.  Overpaid, unprincipled, always on the lookout for the next client …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Post Politics
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
When The GOP Told Whitey I Aint Gonna Take It No More  —  Yesterday, a CPAC breakout session on reaching out to black voters broke down in shouting and acrimony as a handful of ‘disenfranchised whites’ attacked the premise of the session (along with black complaints about slaveholders) …
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Bruce Schneier / CNN:
The Internet is a surveillance state
New York Times:
U.S. Cancels Part of Missile Defense That Russia Opposed
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and JustOneMinute
Jodi Rudoren / New York Times:
In Jerusalem, Jewish Apartments in Arab Neighborhoods Complicate Issue
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Bush AG tells CPAC: “The vast majority” of Muslims want to impose Sharia law
Discussion: PolicyMic, BuzzFeed and Hullabaloo
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
McCarthy: Dems playing fiscal ‘Jenga’
Discussion: Reuters and Politico
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Sympathies for Israel Match All-Time High
 Earlier Items: 
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
Food stamps put Rhode Island town on monthly boom-and-bust cycle
Discussion: National Review
Geoff Liesik / KSL-TV:
New Helper mayor chosen by picking name from a basket
Discussion: NBC New York
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Utah: Love Hires Top Hatch Strategist for Matheson Rematch
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
Is capitalism moral?  —  Steven Pearlstein is a Washington …
Discussion: Daily Kos