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1:30 PM ET, March 19, 2013


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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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
New Republican message: Balanced budgets
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House conservatives' budget balances in 4 years, raises retirement age to 70
Discussion: ThinkProgress and National Review
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,” …
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
Felix Salmon:
A much better alternative for Cyprus  —  Andrew Ross Sorkin defends the Cyprus deal today, on the grounds that (a) Cyprus is “tiny”, and “largely irrelevant to the global economy”; (b) Cyprus is a genuinely unique case; (c) it would be grossly unfair not to bail in Russian depositors …
New York Times:
Second Thoughts in Europe as Anxiety Rises in Cyprus
Associated Press:
Immigration: Rand Paul to back path to citizenship  —  Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is endorsing a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.  —  In a speech to be delivered Tuesday morning to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the potential 2016 …
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Will Support Path To Citizenship
Discussion: Post Politics, First Read and The Week
Associated Press:
Tea Party favorite Rand Paul backs path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, with conditions
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Chipotle Cancels Sponsorship of Utah Boy Scouts Event  —  A day after admitting that its sponsorship of the Utah Scout-A-Rama violated its corporate non-discrimination policies, Chipotle told ThinkProgress Tuesday that it has cancelled its support.  —  In an email, company spokesman Chris Arnold wrote:
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Chipotle Violates Its Nondiscrimination Policy To Sponsor Utah Boy Scout Event
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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.) …
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 …
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
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
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 …
Alleged chemical attack kills 25 in northern Syria  —  (Reuters) - Syria's government and rebels accused each other of launching a deadly chemical attack near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday in what would, if confirmed, be the first use of such weapons in the two-year-old conflict.
Syrians trade Khan al-Assal chemical weapons claims
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
NRCC launches ‘Liberal Madness’ bracket targeting Dems  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee has launched a March-Madness-themed attack on Democrats, asking supporters to fill out their “Liberal Madness” brackets by choosing from “32 of America's worst liberals.”
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Plan to Expand U.S. Open's Home Ignites Fight in Queens
Discussion: The Agonist
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama, in Israel Visit, to Seek Common Ground With Netanyahu on Iran
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Catholic Bishops to GOP House: Repeal Obamacare Reg in CR or Other ‘Must-Pass’ Bill
Discussion: and Weasel Zippers
National Review:
CSI: GOP  —  The Republican National Committee's “Growth …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Boehner Agrees With Obama: “We Do Not Have An Immediate Debt Crisis”
Michelangelo Signorile / The Huffington Post:
The 58 Percent: Rob Portman, Hillary Clinton and the Future of Marriage Equality
Discussion: PolicyMic and JSOnline
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
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Cruz opposes multiple sclerosis resolution
Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Philadelphia Mayor Suggests Magazine Article on Race Relations Isn't Protected by the First Amendment
David Kravets / Wired:
Feds: No Warrant Needed to Track Your Car With a GPS Device
Discussion: Gizmodo
John Cook / Gawker:
Bill O'Reilly's Divorce Is So Ugly, God Got Involved
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Bethlehem rioters set fire to pictures of Obama