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10:35 AM ET, March 20, 2013

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Politico:
Robert Menendez donor courted President Obama, Harry Reid  —  Salomon Melgen had a knack for going straight to the top.  —  He posed for pictures with President Barack Obama, flew Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on his private jet and sought advice on a port security deal from an ex-CIA agent …
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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama honeymoon may be over  —  The second-term honeymoon for President Obama is beginning to look like it is over.  —  Obama, who was riding high after his reelection win in November, has seen his poll numbers take a precipitous fall in recent weeks.  —  A CNN poll released Tuesday showed …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Reid guts Senate gun control bill
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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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.
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Michael McAuliff / The Huffington Post:
Obama's Gun Reform Package Loses One Major Provision, Another In Danger
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
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and ViralRead
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
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
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Widely Back Government Job Creation Proposals  —  Seven in 10 favor business tax breaks and infrastructure repair programs  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans widely support each of three job creation proposals, including offering tax breaks to businesses that create jobs in the U.S …
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
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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USA Today:
Congress makes progress on short-term fiscal bills  —  WASHINGTON — Congress is on track to approve competing party-line budget blueprints as well as legislation to fund the government and prevent a shutdown March 27, but newfound fiscal momentum on Capitol Hill is a temporary reprieve from the budget battles that will renew this year.
Discussion: Politico and First Read
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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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Fla. poll: Crist crushes Gov. Scott  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist easily beats the Sunshine State's current Gov. Rick Scott in a gubernatorial matchup, according to a new poll Wednesday.  —  Crist — who switched to the Democratic Party after having served as a GOP governor …
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
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
Matt Berman / NationalJournal.com:
Want to Win Your March Madness Pool?  Don't Follow Obama's Bracket.  —  There's no doubt that President Obama enjoys basketball.  Just ask Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen.  Or future Hall of Famer LeBron James.  Or—sure, why not—Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Roger Ailes Couldn't Care Less What You Think About His Obama Comments  —  The Fox News chief tells Howard Kurtz he stands by the laziness charge and says Sarah Palin made ‘mistakes’ and that Dick Morris looked like a ‘jerk’ when he predicted a Romney landslide.  Plus, read the 16 juiciest bits from the new Ailes biography.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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
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
James Hohmann / Politico:
No, wait — could Rand Paul actually win?  —  A few weeks ago, Rand Paul was far down the list of 2016 GOP presidential prospects — a freshman senator with a devoted but mostly marginal following of young libertarians.  —  Now he's being mentioned in the same breath as Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush.
Discussion: New Republic
 
 
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