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11:40 AM ET, March 19, 2013


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Michelle Shocked Shocks in Anti-Gay Show Tirade  —  Michelle Shocked, known for living up to her surname, cleared out San Francisco club Yoshi's last night, and shut down the venue, after she went on an anti-gay tirade, which she summed up by saying, “You can go on Twitter and say ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates fags.’”
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.
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
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: Associated Press, ABCNEWS and Politico
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.
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
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 …
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
New York Times:
Second Thoughts in Europe as Anxiety Rises in Cyprus  —  NICOSIA, Cyprus — The lights were dimmed and the doors were locked.  But inside a branch of Laiki Bank, one of Cyprus's two dominant banks, a few silhouettes glided about Monday, filling cash machines to calm a wave of anxiety …
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
Sarah Parnass / ABCNEWS:
Sequestration Slashes Scholarships for Children of Iraq and Afghanistan War Casualties and Military Members  —  On the 10-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, and scholarships for children of troops who died fighting in that conflict are being cut by thousands of dollars, thanks to sequestration.
Lisa Miller / New York Magazine:
The Retro Wife  —  Feminists who say they're having it all—by choosing to stay home.  —  When Kelly Makino was a little girl, she loved to go orienteering—to explore the wilderness near her rural Pennsylvania home, finding her way back with a compass and a map—and the future she imagined for herself was equally adventuresome.
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Monarch in the Middle  —  As the Arab Spring swirls around him, can King Abdullah II, the most pro-American Arab leader in the Middle East, liberalize Jordan and modernize its economy, without losing his kingdom to Islamic fundamentalists?  The stressful life of a king amidst chaos.
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.
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.
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Bethlehem rioters set fire to pictures of Obama  —  In preparation for US president's Mideast visit, protestors say he is not welcome in their city, throw shoes at US diplomatic vehicle.  —  Palestinians in Bethlehem on Monday set fire to pictures of US President Barack Obama, saying he was not welcome in their city.
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.
Pope sets tone for humbler papacy, calls for defense of the weak  —  (Reuters) - Pope Francis set the tone for a new, humbler papacy on Tuesday with a call for the defense of the weak and the environment, saying this was the way to prevent the triumph of death and destruction.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House Dem budget includes $1.2T in taxes, $200B new spending  —  House Democrats on Monday unveiled a 2014 budget proposal that includes $1.2 trillion in new taxes and $200 billion in stimulus spending.  —  That's about twice the level of stimulus spening that what was in the Senate Democratic budget …
Right blasts RNC ‘autopsy’ as power grab  —  John Brabender, Santorum's chief adviser, said the reforms would favor the moneyed candidates.  —  “While I commend Chairman Priebus for taking important steps to remedy Republicans' recent election failures, I am troubled by the possibility …
Discussion: Hot Air
Alice Chaosurawong / The Hill:
CEOs set tax reform goal: 25 percent corporate rate  —  A prominent lobby group for chief executives is launching a campaign to build public support for reducing the corporate rate to 25 percent and limiting the taxation of offshore income.  —  John Engler, the president of Business Roundtable …
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Eugene Volokh / The Volokh Conspiracy:
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John Cook / Gawker:
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Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Police: Fla. college drop-out found dead had planned campus attack
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