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3:50 PM ET, March 21, 2013


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Manu Raju / Politico:
Saxby Chambliss: 'I'm not gay.  So I'm not going to marry one'  —  Support for gay marriage is picking up steam all over the country — except on Capitol Hill.  —  Take Sen. Saxby Chambliss.  When asked if his views had changed on gay marriage, the Georgia Republican quipped: “I'm not gay.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Starbucks CEO: If You Don't Like Marriage Equality, Feel Free To Sell Your Starbucks Stock  —  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz continued to defend his company's support for marriage equality at a shareholders meeting Wednesday, pointing out that “not every decision is an economic decision.”
Discussion: bizjournals
Gabriel Spitzer / KPLU News for Seattle …:
Schultz defends Starbucks' support of same-sex marriage
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Mark Landler / New York Times:
Obama Appears to Move Closer to Israeli Position on Peace Talks  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — President Obama, visiting the Israeli-occupied West Bank, appeared to move closer to the Israeli position on Thursday regarding resumption of long-stalled peace talks with the Palestinians …
Mary Bruce / ABCNEWS:
Obama Stands Firm on Mideast Two-State Solution  —  Speaking before a young Israeli audience in Jerusalem, President Obama today delivered an impassioned plea for Israelis and Palestinians to reach a peaceful two-state solution while he affirmed the “unbreakable bonds of friendship” between the United States and Israel.
Discussion: Politico
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Obama Lays Out Case for Israel to Revive Peace Talks
James S. Robbins / Associated Press:
Obama's Middle East policy in tatters: Column
Palestinians protest Obama visit: We want RPGs, not CIA collaboration
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Seeks to Ease a Newly Passed Gun Restriction  —  ALBANY — In the wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn., Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York pushed through the State Legislature gun control measures that included not only a tougher assault weapons ban but also a tighter restriction …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden: Voters think gun restrictions already law
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vulnerable senators face lose-lose scenario on assault weapon vote
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Plum Line
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Biden, Bloomberg Present United Front On Assault Weapons Ban
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and NPR
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Romney campaign chief to lead new GOP research group  —  (CNN) - Post-mortems written after the 2012 campaign focused on a variety of Republican shortcomings: underwhelming television ads, an outdated voter contact model, and a message that was out-of-step with the changing face of America.
Discussion: Post Politics
Nancy Cook /
The GOP Disconnect on Economic Policy
Discussion: The Plum Line, First Read and Reuters
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
The GOP: A Party Increasingly at Odds With Itself
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Obama, he had us at ‘Shalom’  —  We so want to be accepted, so want to be understood.  —  He had us at the word “Shalom,” did President Barack Obama, on the tarmac at Ben-Gurion Airport.  —  Or if not at “Shalom,” then 33 words later when he said in Hebrew, “Tov lihiyot shuv ba'aretz” (It's good to be back in Israel).
James Nye / Daily Mail:
Thanks but no thanks: Tree gifted by President Obama to Israel this morning is dug up hours later for ‘pest’ testing
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Guardian
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
What Needless, Xenophobic Panic Looks Like  —  While researching another item, I came across a Townhall column written by Michelle Malkin in 2002, a couple years before she published her book, In Defense of Internment: The Case for Racial Profiling in World War II and the War on Terror.
Discussion: Eschaton
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Iraq War made Obamacare possible … This week brought two milestones: It has been 10 years since the United States invaded Iraq, and three years since President Obama's health care legislation became law.  It's fitting that the two events coincided, because it was the Iraq War that made the passage of Obamacare possible.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hit & Run
Catherine Saint Louis / New York Times:
Pediatrics Group Backs Gay Marriage, Saying It Helps Children  —  The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage for the first time on Thursday, saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Saxby Chambliss: 'I'm not gay. So I'm not going to marry one'
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Native American Lawmaker To Anti-Immigrant Kansas Official: ‘When You Mention Illegal Immigrant, I Think Of All Of You’  —  Left: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R).  Right: State Rep. Ponka-We Victors (D).  —  A Native American state representative in Kansas rebuked Secretary of State Kris Kobach …
Andy Marso / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Emotions flow during immigrant tuition hearing
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Obama Job Approval Slips as Economic Pessimism Rises  —  Positive Signs on Stocks, Housing Have Little Impact  —  OVERVIEW  —  Barack Obama's job approval rating has tumbled since shortly after his re-election, as the public's economic expectations for the coming year have soured.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Unified House Republicans poised to pass Ryan budget blueprint  —  Republican leaders are poised to pass Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget on Thursday, having convinced centrists and conservatives to back the blueprint that Democrats believe is their road map back to the House majority.
Alan Silverleib / CNN:
House passes Ryan budget
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Why I was hoping for a government shutdown  —  I'll be honest.  I was sort of hoping for a government shutdown.  —  Congress, you're terrible at your job.  (Andrew Harrer/Bloomber)  —  It's not that I like government shutdowns.  I'm as big a fan of national parks as the next guy.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Michele Bachmann: Obamacare Will ‘Literally’ Kill People  —  As the country prepares to celebrate the third anniversary of health care reform, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) insisted on Thursday that the Affordable Care Act will “kill” vulnerable women and children during a speech on the floor of the House.
Discussion: and Mediaite
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE SILENT MAJORITIES  —  There's a lot of buzz at and around the Cool Kidz table today because, glorioski, there's actually another budget proposal out there, the one put together by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, and it not only seems to make more sense to more people than, for example …
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Secret report raises alarms on intelligence blind spots because of AQ focus  —  A panel of White House advisers warned President Obama in a secret report that U.S. spy agencies were paying inadequate attention to China, the Middle East and other national security flash points because they had become …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Heckler Interrupts Obama Speech In Jerusalem (VIDEO)  —  A heckler briefly interrupted President Barack Obama's speech to the Israeli people Thursday at a university in Jerusalem, which drew boos from the crowd.  —  “This is part of the lively debate that we talked about.
Discussion: The Week and The Raw Story
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
West Virginia paper's anti-LGBT column wants death for ‘n*ggers, spics, kikes and wops’  —  A newspaper in West Virginia is defending its decision to publish a reader's racist and homophobic comments, which called for “queers” to be put to death along with “n*ggers, spics, kikes and wops.”
Discussion: Associated Press
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David Rogers / Politico:
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USA Today:
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Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
EXCLUSIVE: State Dept. Hid Contractor's Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Pelosi backing Democratic leader embroiled in ethics scandal
Discussion: The PJ Tatler