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2:45 AM ET, March 20, 2013

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Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Reid guts Senate gun control bill  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Tuesday he will not include a renewal of the federal assault weapons ban in a Senate gun control bill because it could not win even 40 votes on the Senate floor.  —  “Right now her amendment using …
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Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Shameless Harry Reid Uses Dead Marines to Fearmonger on Sequester
Discussion: Hot Air
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Harry Reid Implies Sequester Caused Explosion That Killed 7 Marines In Nevada
Discussion: Power Line and Twitchy
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Gun Reform Package Loses One Major Provision, Another In Danger
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
Feinstein Says Assault Weapons Ban Won't Pass
Discussion: The Fix and The Maddow Blog
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Assassination ‘Joke’ Sheriff Doubles Down, Compares Critics To Nazis  —  Plymouth County, MA Sheriff Joe McDonald (R)  —  A day after ThinkProgress and others reported that Joseph D. McDonald, Jr. (R), Sheriff of Plymouth County, Massachusetts, told a “joke” at a Republican St. Patrick's …
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Casey Meserve / Plymouth, MA Patch:
Sheriff Defends Joke, Calls Critics ‘Hypocrites’  —  Sheriff Joseph McDonald calls criticism of his joke “ironic,” and adds that the joke has been around since the 1870s.  —  Loading...  Sheriff Joseph McDonald responded to criticism Tuesday about a joke he made at the GOP 8's St. Patrick's …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Why should food stamps pay for junk food?  —  Kudos to The Post's Eli Saslow for a vivid story in Sunday's paper about the burgeoning federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its impact on struggling Woonsocket, R.I. Because of the 2008-09 recession and new eligibility rules …
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Bachmann's claim that 70 percent of food stamps go to ‘bureaucrats’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
Truthdig:
The Last Letter  —  A Letter to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran  —  I write this letter on the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War on behalf of my fellow Iraq War veterans.  I write this letter on behalf of the 4,488 soldiers and Marines who died in Iraq.
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CNN:
Breaking: Colbert Busch wins Democratic primary in S.C. special election, CNN projects  —  (CNN) - CNN projects Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, will win Tuesday's Democratic primary for the the South Carolina special election to represent the state's 1st Congressional District.
Discussion: Politico and ViralRead
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Gina Smith / The State:
Turnout will decide today's congressional winners
Discussion: msnbc.com and First Read
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Top Democrat endorses Syria no-fly zone  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsed Tuesday the idea of establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria and attacking the air defenses and air power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  —  Levin chaired a hearing …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
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Richard Cohen / Washington Post:
Does Obama have a plan for Syria?
Discussion: Firedoglake and Associated Press
Wall Street Journal:
Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik: The Early Line on the 2014 Midterms  —  The Obama goal is to regain the House, but holding the Senate is no sure thing.  —  President Obama's greatest setback to date has been the 2010 midterm elections.  Gains that Republicans scored in the House and Senate still circumscribe his agenda.
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Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is the House in Play? A District-by-District Assessment
Discussion: msnbc.com and The PJ Tatler
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP Faces 2 Stark Choices: Change or Go Over the Cliff  —  As they head into the future, Republicans need to decide whether they will follow the path of hope or the road to ruin.  —  The past 96 hours should provide thinking Republicans both hope and despair about their party's future.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
GOP catfight: Michael Steele calls Reince Priebus ‘numb nuts’ … The catfight between former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and his replacement, Reince Priebus, has reached screech level, with Steele belittling the party's new focus on minorities as old news.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court to release same-day audio of marriage arguments  —  The Supreme Court will release audio recordings on the same day it hears oral arguments over same-sex marriage — a rare step reserved for especially high-profile cases.  —  The court will hear oral arguments next Tuesday …
Discussion: CNN
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Andrew Doughman / Las Vegas Sun News:   Senate measure would begin to clear way for legalizing gay marriage in Nevada
Lynn Horsley / Kansas City Star:
Angry man takes microphone from KC mayor at speech  —  Mayor Sly James of Kansas City was delivering an upbeat State of the City speech Tuesday when an irate man commandeered the microphone at the Gem Theater.  —  The man was quickly tackled on the stage by bodyguard Marlon Buie and taken to a back area …
Discussion: Mediaite
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Erica Werner of the Associated Press Reads More Into Rand Paul's Speech Than is There  —  Erica Werner of the Associated Press gives us a textbook example of why talking about immigration in the United States is so hard.  She reads into statements things that are not there.
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott trails Crist by 12 points  —  Rick Scott's approval numbers have seen no improvement over the last two months, even after his decision to allow Medicaid expansion in Florida.  33% of voters continue to approve of the job he's doing to 57% who disapprove.
Noah Michelson / The Huffington Post:
Westboro Equality House: Aaron Jackson Paints Rainbow Home Across From Anti-Gay Church  —  The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.  —  Aaron Jackson …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Clinton, Dems court alternative to Judd  —  Democratic heavy hitters — including Bill Clinton — are quietly trying to woo a new candidate to jump into the race to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, even as actress Ashley Judd is taking steps toward launching a star-studded campaign of her own.
John Frank / TechNet Blogs:
Our Commitment to Compliance  —  Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, Microsoft  —  Today, the Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. government is reviewing allegations that Microsoft business partners in three countries may have engaged in illegal activity, and if they did …
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
Cops: U.S. law should require logs of your text messages  —  Silicon Valley firms and privacy groups want Congress to update a 1986-era electronic privacy law.  But if a law enforcement idea set to be presented today gets attached, support for the popular proposal would erode.
Will Sommer / City Desk:
Staffers Told Washington Examiner Will Cease Daily Publication  —  Today's layoffs at the Washington Examiner extend beyond the Local section.  Staffers are being told that the paper will cease daily publication in June to become a weekly political magazine and website, according to two sources who attended a meeting about the change.
Yuxing Zheng / Oregonian:
Bill to legalize, tax marijuana scheduled for legislative hearing  —  SALEM — Marijuana would become legal, and the state would regulate and tax it under a bill under consideration in the Oregon Legislature.  —  House Bill 3371 would allow the production, processing and sale of marijuana and marijuana-infused products.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Reuters:
Goldman mortgage appeal rejected by Supreme Court  —  (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc suffered a defeat on Monday as the U.S. Supreme Court let stand a decision forcing it to defend against claims it misled investors about mortgage securities that lost value during the 2008 financial crisis.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House GOP grills top Obama immigration official over release of illegal detainees  —  House Republicans grilled the Obama administration's top immigration official on Tuesday for releasing more than 2,000 illegal immigrants from detention facilities.  —  Republicans accused the administration …
 
 
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
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Neil Irwin / Wonkblog:
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BBC:
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Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
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Juliet Eilperin / Post Politics:
With Obama and Biden both overseas, who's in charge?
Discussion: CNN and The Atlantic Online
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
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Discussion: Rush Limbaugh and Weasel Zippers
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Israelis to push Obama for release of spy
Emily Ramshaw / The Texas Tribune:
Houston-Area Tea Party Leader Had Ties to Fascist Party
The Atlantic Online:
What ‘Lean In’ Misunderstands About Gender Differences
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