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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 …
Mike Lupica / NY Daily News:
Spineless pols spit on the graves of Newtown victims by not pushing for assault weapons ban  —  The words of a teary-eyed President and other politicians meant nothing, because they didn't turn into action, as a ban on assault weapons won't be included in gun legislation that's shaping up in the U.S. Senate.
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Harry Reid Implies Sequester Caused Explosion That Killed 7 Marines In Nevada
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama honeymoon may be over
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Gun Reform Package Loses One Major Provision, Another In Danger
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Shameless Harry Reid Uses Dead Marines to Fearmonger on Sequester
Discussion: Hot Air
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
Religious Right Could Be Left Behind By New Republican Plan  —  Abandoned by the Establishment, beset by libertarians, the base is playing defense.  —  When the great Republican resurrection comes to pass, will conservative Christians be left behind?  —  Some leaders of the religious right …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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Bruce Smith / Associated Press:
Sanford advances to GOP runoff in SC House race  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford advanced Tuesday to a runoff in the Republican contest for an open congressional seat, taking a step toward reviving a political career that was derailed by an extramarital affair while he was governor.
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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: ABCNEWS, Politico and ViralRead
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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Manu Raju / Politico:
Clinton courts 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.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Fix
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Conservatives' Arkansas poll: Tom Cotton strong
Discussion: Power Line, Smart Politics and The Fix
New York Times:
G.O.P. Opposition to Immigration Law Is Falling Away  —  WASHINGTON — Republican opposition to legalizing the status of millions of illegal immigrants is crumbling in the nation's capital as leading lawmakers in the party scramble to halt eroding support among Hispanic voters …
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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
House GOP grills top Obama immigration official over release of illegal detainees
Se Young Lee / Reuters:
South Korea raises alert after hackers attack broadcasters, banks  —  (Reuters) - South Korean authorities were investigating a hacking attack that brought down the servers of three broadcasters and two major banks on Wednesday, and the army raised its alert level due to concerns of North Korean involvement.
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Sugary Drinks Linked To 180,000 Annual Deaths Around The World  —  New research finds that the consumption of sugary drinks and sodas contributes to about 180,000 obesity-related deaths around the world — including the deaths of about 25,000 adult Americans — each year.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Bachmann's claim that 70 percent of food stamps go to ‘bureaucrats’  —  “Here's the truth that the president won't tell you.  Of every dollar that you hold in your hands, 70 cents of that dollar that's supposed to go to the poor doesn't.  It actually goes to benefit the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. — 70 cents on the dollar.
Discussion: Wonkette, Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Issa video slams Obama over canceled White House tours  —  House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is hammering President Obama over cancelled White House tours, with a new video accusing him of failing to take responsibility for the decision.
Discussion: Politico
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: The Raw Story, Mediaite and ABCNEWS
CNN:
Photos contradict Syria's claim of chemical weapon attack, expert says  —  (CNN) — As accusations fly over who may have unleashed chemical weapons in Syria, some are skeptical about whether a chemical assault happened at all.  —  The ruckus centers on an attack Tuesday in Khan al-Asal, in the northern province of Aleppo.
Discussion: The Jawa Report
Eliot Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
American Withdrawal and Global Disorder  —  As Obama ends U.S. security guarantees, nuclear weapons and violence will spread.  —  Since the days of the Monroe Doctrine, American foreign policy has rested on a global system of explicit or implicit commitments to use military power to guarantee the interests of the U.S. and its allies.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Right Turn
Felix Salmon:
Cyprus's bad haircut day  —  Cyprus has said χι to the idea of taxing deposits: good for them.  And the parliament did so decisively, as well: 36 “no” votes, 19 abstentions, and zero “yes” votes.  Even the president, who initially said that Cyprus had no choice but to say yes …
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Family's Home Raided over Facebook Photo of Child's Rifle  —  New Jersey police and Dept. of Children and Families officials raided the home of a firearms instructor and demanded to see his guns after he posted a Facebook photo of his 11-year-old son holding a rifle.  —  FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS.
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
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 …
New York Times:
Pope Francis' Old Colleagues Recall Pragmatic Streak  —  BUENOS AIRES — The very idea was anathema to many of the bishops in the room.  —  Argentina was on the verge of approving gay marriage, and the Roman Catholic Church was desperate to stop that from happening.
Discussion: msnbc.com
Peter Orszag / Bloomberg:
Medicare Cost Slowdown Could Close U.S. Budget Gap  —  New evidence that the slowdown in health care costs over the past five years is happening not only because of a weak economy comes from the Economic Report of the President, released last week by the President's Council of Economic Advisers.
 
 
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