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5:05 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 …
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 S. Robbins / Associated Press:
Obama's Middle East policy in tatters: Column
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
Palestinians protest Obama visit: We want RPGs, not CIA collaboration
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written after the 2012 campaign focused on a variety of Republican shortcomings: underwhelming television ads, an outdated voter contact model, and a message that was out-of-step with the changing face of America.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: Politico, BuzzFeed and Post Politics
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
The GOP: A Party Increasingly at Odds With Itself
Nancy Cook /
The GOP Disconnect on Economic Policy
Discussion: The Plum Line, First Read and Reuters
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
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Monthly
Interview With Vice President Joe Biden … The Obama administration is still fighting for a ban on assault weapons to be included in a larger bill in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden said in an interview with NPR.  —  After the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., last December …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vulnerable senators face lose-lose scenario on assault weapon vote
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Plum Line
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden: Voters think gun restrictions already law
Discussion: Politico
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.”
Dave Benton / Associated Press:   Published Rant Causes Controversy In Lincoln County
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
Public Religion Research Institute:
Survey |  Citizenship, Values, and Cultural Concerns: What Americans Want from Immigration Reform  —  ▶ Read the full report here.  —  ▶ Read the news release here.  —  ▶ Read a Spanish translation of the news release here.  —  ▶ Read the topline questionnaire, including the survey methodology, here.
Discussion: Right Turn and Washington Wire
Julia Preston / New York Times:
Poll Finds Broad Support for Path to Citizenship for Immigrants
Discussion: National Review
ECB gives Cyprus bailout ultimatum, banks face cutoff  —  (Reuters) - The European Central Bank gave Cyprus until Monday to raise billions of euros to clinch an international bailout or face losing emergency funds for its banks and inevitable collapse.  —  The ultimatum came …
Paul Krugman:
Cyprus: The Sum of All FUBAR
Discussion: naked capitalism
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.
Rachel Simmons / CNN:
Girls complicit in Steubenville  —  Editor's note: Rachel Simmons is the co-founder of Girls Leadership Institute and the author of “Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls.”  Follow her on Twitter @racheljsimmons  —  (CNN) — Is anyone else wondering why the Steubenville …
Discussion: Shakesville
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
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
Ben Bernanke: ‘I Agree With Elizabeth Warren 100 Percent’ On Too Big To Fail  —  Lest there was any doubt, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke made it loud and clear on Wednesday: The problem of too-big-to-fail banks is still a major threat to the economy.
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.
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
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 21, 2013 - Clinton Tops Florida Favorite Sons In 2016 Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; 91% Back Universal Gun Background Checks  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over either of Florida's favorite sons, former Gov. Jeb Bush …
Rich Lowry / Reuters:
Where is today's Jack Kemp?  —  The important question isn't so much establishment or grass roots as who and where?  Mike Lee isn't Christine O'Donnell and Utah isn't Delaware, and that makes all the difference.  —  Consider Ted Cruz, whose smarts and fearlessness are quickly making him the most dangerous man in the U.S. Senate.
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 …
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Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon delays civilian furloughs
Discussion: Politico
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House approves resolution to keep government running; bill heads to White House
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Sens. Levin, McCain push Obama to take military action in Syria
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Obamacare Has Helped Seniors Save Over $6 Billion On Their Prescription Drugs
Bob Burns / The TSA Blog:
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Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Elisabeth Hasselbeck wooed by CNN?
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
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Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Carson Makes Conservatives Look to 2016
Discussion: Vox Popoli
USA Today:
Want to change college athletics? Financially punish coaches
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
EXCLUSIVE: State Dept. Hid Contractor's Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company
Discussion: DeSmogBlog and Firedoglake
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
Secret report raises alarms on intelligence blind spots because of AQ focus