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12:45 PM ET, March 18, 2013


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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch’  —  The Republican National Committee concedes in a sprawling report Monday that the GOP is seen as the party of “stuffy old men” and needs to change its ways.  —  Among the RNC's proposed fixes: enacting comprehensive immigration reform …
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
GOP report calls for sweeping reforms to compete in 2016  —  The Republican National Committee released an audacious set of recommendations on Monday aimed at revitalizing the party following the drubbing suffered by GOP candidates last November, calling for sweeping changes to the party's infrastructure …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
RNC: ‘Drastic changes’ needed if party hopes to remain competitive  —  The Republican National Committee (RNC) on Monday issued a blistering critique of the party's recent electoral failures, determining that “drastic changes to almost every major element of the modern Republican Party” …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
RNC: Voters see GOP as ‘scary’ and ‘out of touch’  —  Other suggestions are likely to meet with some chuckles, such as one related to doing better with younger voters: “Establish an RNC Celebrity Task Force of personalities in the entertainment industry to host events for the RNC and allow donors …
Daniel Politi / Slate:
GOP Chair: “We've Done a Really Lousy Job of Branding and Marketing Who We Are”
Discussion:, PolicyMic and Booman Tribune
Meghashyam Mali / Ballot Box:
RNC launching $10M push for minority voters
Discussion: Hot Air and
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Hillary Clinton announces her support for gay marriage  —  In a move that could have implications for a 2016 White House campaign, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton endorsed gay marriage on Monday, saying she supports it “personally, and as a matter of policy and law.”
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
David Plouffe: Hillary Clinton ‘strongest’ for 2016  —  President Barack Obama's former top adviser David Plouffe says Hillary Clinton is “probably the strongest” candidate in either party among potential 2016 presidential contenders.  —  “She is in both parties right now by far …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and BuzzFeed
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Hillary Clinton announces support for same-sex marriage  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced for the first time Monday she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples, saying that “gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights.”
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
On 10th Anniversary, 53% in U.S. See Iraq War as Mistake  —  Republicans most likely to say conflict was not a mistake  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ten years have passed since the United States and its allies invaded Iraq, and it appears the majority of Americans consider this a regrettable anniversary.
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.
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Hill Poll: Voters prefer Republican budget ideas, but dislike GOP  —  More voters trust the Democratic Party than the Republican Party on budgetary issues, according to the results of a new poll for The Hill — even though a strong majority actually prefer Republican fiscal policies.
David Rogers / Politico:
Shutdown, budget bills on floor this week
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
The Liberal Media Lie About CPAC  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland — The liberal media covered the 40th Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) pretty much like they cover everything else — deceitfully, with a partisan bias that is transparent to every honest and intelligent person who actually pays attention.
Jason Hanna / CNN:
Body, explosive devices found in dorm  —  (CNN) — A body with a self-inflicted gunshot wound was found along with a bag of bombs in a dormitory room at the University of Central Florida early Monday, prompting officials to cancel classes at the main Orlando campus until at least noon, a school spokesman said.
Washington Post:
Senate panel close to Obama plan on path to citizenship for illegal immigrants  —  Immigrants who are in the United States illegally could become citizens in 13 years under a plan being developed by a bipartisan Senate group, matching the overall wait proposed by the Obama administration …
Discussion: Hit & Run
New York Times:
A Senate Plan Alters Waiting Periods for Immigration
Discussion: Hot Air and Mother Jones
Megan McArdle / The Daily Beast:
After Cyprus Bank Bailout, Depositors Race to Withdraw Their Cash.  Is the Rest of Europe Next?  —  As Cyprus reneges on their deposit insurance guarantees, the rest of Europe is in the crosshairs. … As you probably already know by now, the banking system of Cyprus has imploded …
Michael Luo / New York Times:
Ruled a Threat to Family, but Allowed to Keep Guns  —  Early last year, after a series of frightening encounters with her former husband, Stephanie Holten went to court in Spokane, Wash., to obtain a temporary order for protection.  —  Her former husband, Corey Holten …
Discussion: American Power
Obama to announce Perez as labor secretary nominee  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday will announce Thomas E. Perez, U.S. assistant attorney general heading the Justice Department's civil rights division, as his nominee for the next secretary of the Department of Labor, according to a White House official.
Homepage / Post Politics:
Obama to tap Thomas Perez for labor secretary
Discussion: The Week and Lynn Sweet
Wall Street Journal:
Journal Drew Probe in China
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
For Obama, trip is a chance to repair relations with disappointed Israelis  —  Among the landmarks the Israeli government asked President Obama to visit during his trip to Jerusalem this week is the hilltop tomb of Theodor Herzl, the chief theoretician of Zionism, who died decades before his fears …
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Stephen Lynch / CNN:
New Lynch ad spotlights working class background
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Colo. sheriff refuses to enforce gun-control bills
Mary Anastasia O'Grady / Wall Street Journal:
Behind the Campaign to Smear the Pope
Discussion: National Review
Suzy Khimm / Wonkblog:
Obama Inc.: What businesses want to learn from the president's campaign
Discussion: Angry Bear
Louisiana governor involved but not injured in traffic accident
Discussion: The Hill
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Poll warns Republicans of focus on deficit
Discussion: The Plum Line and Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Dan Zevin / New York Times:
Lean In, Buddy Boy
Discussion: PolicyMic
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
America the retirement home
Discussion: Firedoglake and Betsy's Page
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
It won't be your father's GOP  —  Thirty years after Ronald Reagan …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Week and ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Outcry Over Computer-Crime Indictment of Matthew Keys
Discussion: Media Decoder and Law Blog
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Governor Admits Conservatives Have Lost The Battle Against Marriage Equality