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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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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 …
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Harry Reid Implies Sequester Caused Explosion That Killed 7 Marines In Nevada  —  On the Senate floor this morning, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) implied the explosion that killed seven Marines at an ammunitions depot in Hawthorne, Nevada was due to the “cutting back in training and maintenance” in the sequester.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama honeymoon may be over
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Shameless Harry Reid Uses Dead Marines to Fearmonger on Sequester
Discussion: Hot Air
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
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.
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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
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
GOP catfight: Michael Steele calls Reince Priebus ‘numb nuts’ … The catfight between former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and his replacement, Reince Priebus, has reached screech level, with Steele belittling the party's new focus on minorities as old news.
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
Gina Smith / The State:
Turnout will decide today's congressional winners
Discussion: msnbc.com
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: 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
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: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune
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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
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
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
RNC Report — 100 pages and not a single word about bloggers  —  The RNC rolled out its 100-page report on what went wrong in 2012 and what could be done better.  —  The report has 39,136 words in it.  —  One word is missing.  —  Tells you everything you need to know.  —  Contrast:
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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.
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 …
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 …
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
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Top Democrat endorses Syria no-fly zone  —  Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) endorsed Tuesday the idea of establishing a no-fly zone inside Syria and attacking the air defenses and air power of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.  —  Levin chaired a hearing …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Hot Air
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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