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4:30 PM ET, March 19, 2013


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Liz Alderman / New York Times:
Cyprus Rejects Bank Deposit Tax, Scuttling Bailout Deal  —  NICOSIA — The Cypriot Parliament rejected an international bailout package on Tuesday that had sought to tax bank depositors to pay a big part of the bill, despite a revision that would have exempted small bank accounts from the levies.
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 …
Peter Coy / Businessweek:
A Cypriot Nobelist Is ‘Appalled’ by the Proposed Bailout Bank Tax
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Cyprus Bailout Incites Turmoil as Blame Flies
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and DealBook
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
A Bank Levy in Cyprus, and Why Not to Worry
Discussion: Reuters and Ed Driscoll
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.
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
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Iraq War Poll Finds Low Support, Few Connections To Conflict
Discussion: PolicyMic, The Dish, AARP and
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Is the House in Play?  A District-by-District Assessment  —  Three weeks ago, I discussed whether the House is likely to flip control next year by looking at historical trends and “big picture” questions.  Those trends show that the Democrats' task is a challenging one.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Wall Street Journal:
Larry Sabato and Kyle Kondik: The Early Line on the 2014 Midterms
Discussion: Politico, Betsy's Page and
Jake Sherman / Politico:
New Republican message: Balanced budgets
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.) …
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Assault weapons ban likely won't be included in Senate gun bill
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 …
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.
Washington Wire:
Text of Rand Paul's Immigration Speech  —  Here is the text of Sen. Rand Paul's speech delivered Tuesday morning to the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  It was released by the Kentucky Republican's Senate office.  —  Por favor disculpen mi Espanol.  Como creci en Houston -es un poco 'espanglish y un poco Tex Mex.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Mother Jones and AEIdeas
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,” …
Charlie Cook /
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.
National Review:
CSI: GOP  —  The Republican National Committee's “Growth …
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.
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Probes Microsoft, Partners Over Bribery Claims  —  Federal regulators are investigating Microsoft Corp.'s relationship with business partners that allegedly bribed foreign government officials in return for software contracts, according to people familiar with the matter.
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 …
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 …
White House warns Easter Egg Roll could be canceled  —  Washington (CNN) - Ticket holders for the upcoming White House Easter Egg Roll are being warned the annual event could be canceled if lawmakers can't agree on a measure funding the federal government.  —  As for now, the event …
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
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.
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Ethics to probe Reps. Andrews, Young
Discussion: Politico
Walter Kurtz / Sober Look:
The public, investors mostly ignoring the sequester budget cuts
Lisa W. Foderaro / New York Times:
Plan to Expand U.S. Open's Home Ignites Fight in Queens
Discussion: The Agonist
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
NRCC launches ‘Liberal Madness’ bracket targeting Dems
Discussion: Politico
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Catholic Bishops to GOP House: Repeal Obamacare Reg in CR or Other ‘Must-Pass’ Bill
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Primary day in South Carolina 1st …
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
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Oregon professor fired for bizarre tirade, allegedly threatening student protesters
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David Kravets / Wired:
Feds: No Warrant Needed to Track Your Car With a GPS Device
Discussion: Gizmodo