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12:20 PM ET, March 19, 2013


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Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Cyprus Set to Reject Bailout, Citing Tax on Bank Deposits  —  NICOSIA — Cyprus's Parliament is likely to reject an international bailout package that involves taxing ordinary depositors to pay part of the bill, President Nicos Anastasiades said Tuesday, despite a revision that would remove …
Discussion: Wonkblog, Right Wing Watch and Guardian
New York Times:
Second Thoughts in Europe as Anxiety Rises in Cyprus
Natalie Finn / E! Online:
NEWS/Singer Michelle Shocked Goes on Anti-Gay Rant During San Francisco Show, Cancellations Follow  —  Michelle Shocked stunned last night in San Francisco—and not at all in a good way.  —  “I live in fear that the world will be destroyed if gays are allowed to marry,” …
Jay Barmann / SFist:
Michelle Shocked Launches Into Anti-Gay Rant On Stage at Yoshi's  —  Alt-folk singer Michelle Shocked, who gained wide fame on college radio and MTV in the late 80s and early 90s but has more recently become a born-again Christian, literally shocked audiences on Sunday at Yoshi's San Francisco …
Paul C. Broun Jr / New York Times:
Paul Ryan's Ax Isn't Sharp Enough  —  THE latest budget proposal by Representative Paul D. Ryan, called “The Path to Prosperity,” is anything but.  It fails to seriously address runaway government spending, the most pressing problem facing our nation.  I cannot vote for something that would trick …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House conservatives' budget balances in 4 years, raises retirement age to 70
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Hacker Begins Distributing Confidential Memos Sent To Hillary Clinton On Libya, Benghazi Attack  —  In e-mail blasts this weekend, “Guccifer” sent documents stolen from the e-mail account of a former White House aide to congressional aides, political figures, and journalists.
Los Angeles / Associated Press:
Rand Paul to support path to citizenship for illegal immigrants  —  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., seen here speaking at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, is expected to endorse a pathway to citizenship for the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants.
Associated Press:
Tea Party favorite Rand Paul backs path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, with conditions
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Primary day in South Carolina 1st —Priebus aims to rebrand GOP, himself with RNC autopsy—PPP finds Scott trailing Democrats in Fla. matchups—Booker campaigning for Buono in N.J  —; Twitter: @emilyrs  —  PRIMARY DAY IN THE PALMETTO STATE: Voters …
Discussion: CNN
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Stephen Colbert drops the act to help his sister
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press, ABCNEWS and Politico
Magpul Industries Corp.  · 207,979 like this  —  Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday.  We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:  —  We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
This Is the Scariest Statistic About the Newspaper Business Today  —  Here it is: In 2012, newspapers lost $16 in print ads for every $1 earned in digital ads.  And it's getting worse, according to a new report by Pew.  In 2011, the ratio was just 10-to-1.
Assault weapons ban loses steam  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said on Monday that a controversial assault weapons ban will not be part of a Democratic gun bill that was expected to reach the Senate floor next month.  —  After a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) …
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
The 58 Percent: Rob Portman, Hillary Clinton and the Future of Marriage Equality  —  Are GOP leaders secretly hoping that the Supreme Court, after it hears arguments on marriage equality next week, rules in favor of equality?  That's certainly what a few were saying at the Conservative …
Discussion: JSOnline and Gay Star News
Fox News:
7 Marines killed during explosion at Nevada's Hawthorne Army Depot  —  An explosion at a military ammunition storage facility in Nevada during a Marine Corps training exercise killed seven U.S. Marines and wounded several others, military officials said.  —  The North Carolina-based soldiers …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Atlantic Online:
What ‘Lean In’ Misunderstands About Gender Differences  —  There is much to admire in Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.  It is full of funny stories about her brilliant career and helpful advice for workplace success.  As former chief of staff …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Tea Partier On Lead Up To Iraq War: ‘We Have To Trust Our Leaders’ (VIDEO)  —  Months after suggesting that President Barack Obama “doesn't love America the way we do,” a prominent tea party leader on Tuesday made a case for placing trust in the commander-in-chief during a discussion …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Progressive Shift  —  There is a statue outside the Department of Labor of a powerful, rambunctious horse being reined in by an extremely muscular man.  This used to be a metaphor for liberalism.  The horse was capitalism.  The man was government, which was needed sometimes to restrain capitalism's excesses.
Perry Chiaramonte / Fox News:
Oregon professor fired for bizarre tirade, allegedly threatening student protesters  —  A law teacher with the University of Oregon got a life lesson from the school of hard knocks when he was fired from his position after he got irate with student protesters, seen in an eyewitness video eventually shoving …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Cruz opposes multiple sclerosis resolution  —  In an unusual move, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) objected last week to a routine Senate resolution commemorating Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week.  —  Congress passes hundreds of resolutions, meant to commemorate everything from a special awareness week or Little League champions.
Iraq, 10 years on: Did invasion bring ‘hope and progress’ to millions as Bush vowed?  —  This week marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.  ITV's John Irvine in Baghdad assesses a country that remains gripped by the violence of its sectarian divide.
John Cook / Gawker:
Bill O'Reilly's Divorce Is So Ugly, God Got Involved  —  Bill O'Reilly wants his ex-wife to go to Hell.  Literally.  As we previously reported, the Fox News falafelist became separated from his former wife Maureen McPhilmy at some point in 2011, and later went on an apparently corrupt crusade …
David Kravets / Wired:
Feds: No Warrant Needed to Track Your Car With a GPS Device  —  The President Barack Obama administration is claiming that authorities do not need court warrants to affix GPS devices to vehicles to monitor their every move.  —  The administration maintains that position despite …
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Chipotle Violates Its Nondiscrimination Policy To Sponsor Utah Boy Scout Event
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Pope sets tone for humbler papacy, calls for defense of the weak
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Sequester Cuts Funds for Kids of Troops Killed in Iraq
Howard Blume / L.A. NOW:
Hesperia school accused of discrimination against gay, lesbian students
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Right blasts RNC ‘autopsy’ as power grab
Discussion: Hot Air
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Philadelphia Mayor Suggests Magazine Article on Race Relations Isn't Protected by the First Amendment
 Earlier Items: 
Alice Chaosurawong / The Hill:
CEOs set tax reform goal: 25 percent corporate rate
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House Dem budget includes $1.2T in taxes, $200B new spending
No ruling yet, but justices skeptical of Arizona voter law
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Bethlehem rioters set fire to pictures of Obama
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Leader in GOP's reboot calls Obama a ‘socialist’