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11:15 AM 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.
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.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Politicians and gay marriage: Profiles in calculation  —  When historians write the story of America's cultural revolution on gay marriage, March of 2013 may well get its own chapter — the month when the political balance on this issue shifted unmistakably from risky to safe.
Discussion: and
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Young Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Undaunted  —  WASHINGTON — They hear that their cause is lost, that demographics and the march of history have doomed their campaign to keep marriage only between a man and a woman.  But the young conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage — unlike most of their generation — remain undaunted.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems force GOP to vote down RSC budget  —  Democrats voted present to force more Republicans to vote against the Republican Study Committee's (RSC) budget.  Democrats hoped that by getting their members to vote present instead of against the budget, it might be approved by the House.
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.
Discussion: CNN and
New York Times:
Senate Approves Spending; House Debates Next Budget
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects budget from Senate Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Vulnerable House Democrats vote against Senate budget proposal
Netanyahu on Obama: This guy, I need  —  JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu has never been Barack Obama's biggest fan — and for four years, he's eagerly scored political points picking fights with the president.  —  But two paradigm-shifting elections — one in the U.S., one in Israel …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh, CNN, The Dish and The Week
Obama urges Palestinians to new peace talks  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — President Barack Obama on Thursday presented himself as a willing messenger to help peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian leaders — but reiterated that they're the ones who need to take the lead.
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Associated Press:
Rockets hit Israel as Obama meets Palestinians
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Obama Renews Call for 2-State Solution in Middle East
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 …
National Security Brief: Obama Says Israeli Settlements Are An Obstacle To Peace  —  President Obama said on Thursday in a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas that illegal Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank is an obstacle to a permanent peace agreement with the Palestinians.
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Document Shows Abbas's Desire to Resume Israeli Talks
Discussion: The Week and The Times of Israel
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 …
Tessa Stuart / BuzzFeed:
Michelle Shocked Responds To Anti-Gay Rant Reports  —  The singer pens an open letter to fans.  “I'm very sorry: I don't always express myself as clearly as I should.”  —  Michelle Shocked performs on April 25, 2011, in Byron Bay, Australia.  Image by Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
CIA's Gus Hunt On Big Data: We ‘Try To Collect Everything And Hang On To It Forever’  —  NEW YORK — The CIA's chief technology officer outlined the agency's endless appetite for data in a far-ranging speech on Wednesday.  —  Speaking before a crowd of tech geeks at GigaOM's Structure:Data conference …
David Weigel / Slate:
The Tea Party Caucus is Dead and That's Okay  —  Two-odd months ago, I asked a Republican Hill staffer what had happened to the Tea Party Caucus.  Launched with great fanfare in 2011, it was often cited in Michele Bachmann's introductions on the presidential campaign trail — “she's the founder of the Tea Party Caucus!”
New York Times:
Companies: Show Us the Money  —  ON Tuesday, the Senate Banking Committee gave Mary Jo White, President Obama's choice to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission, a rousing show of support, voting 21 to 1 to send her nomination to the full Senate for a vote.
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 …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Pelosi backing Democratic leader embroiled in ethics scandal  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is standing behind Rep. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.) despite calls for the veteran lawmaker to relinquish his leadership post while he is investigated on ethics charges.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Daily Mail:
Dark Knight killer James Holmes ‘is now a Muslim who prays five times a day’  —  James Holmes, the gunman behind the Dark Knight massacre in Colorado last July, has reportedly turned Muslim and prays five times a day.  —  The killer showed off a lengthy, thick beard during a court appearance earlier …
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
The GOP: A Party Increasingly at Odds With Itself  —  “I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat,” humorist Will Rogers said many years ago.  But if Rogers were alive today, he'd undoubtedly see his party as a model of organization and unity when compared to the GOP.
Discussion: First Read
Kathryn Haake / Talking Points Memo:
Montana Looks at Allowing Roadkill for Dinner  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Elk, deer, antelope and moose: If Montana residents can scrape it up, they can eat it.  —  State lawmakers are poised to say just that after the Senate gave its initial backing Wednesday to a bill that would allow people to salvage roadkill for food.
Dan Auble /
Lobbyists 2012: Out of the Game or Under the Radar?  —  A CENTER FOR RESPONSIVE POLITICS REPORT  —  (For a .pdf version of this report, click here)  —  Executive summary  —  Over the past several years, both spending on lobbying and the number of active lobbyists has declined.
Discussion: Roll Call and The BLT
Washington Times:
Senate votes to keep White House tours closed  —  Senators voted Wednesday to keep the White House closed to public tours, turning back a GOP-led effort to free up money to open the building back up after the sequesters.  —  The vote was just one of a series of high-profile votes the Senate …
Emmanuel Touhey / Judicial:
Paul-Leahy sentencing bill will ensure time fits the crime  —  Even before the sequester took effect, the Obama administration's Department of Justice was warning that federal prison spending had become “unsustainable” and was forcing cuts in other anti-crime initiatives.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hullabaloo
Hingeapp / rate friends of friends:
Hingesights: Hottest Workforces in DC  —  Why does everyone in DC always ask where you work when they meet you?  Depending on your place of business, there's a good chance it's to scope out dates with your coworkers.  Hinge users have accumulated more than one million ratings …
Discussion: Politico and DCist
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Tarini Parti / Politico:
Bloomberg: $2M to anti-gun group
Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
Surprise U.S. Housing Demand Catches Industry Off-Guard
Discussion: Jared Bernstein and Mother Jones
Andrew Taylor / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Top Senate Democrat Durbin proposes commission to offer Social Security fixes
Discussion: AEIdeas, Corrente and Post Politics
Alleged al Qaeda Operative Charged in New York for Terrorism Offenses Against Americans Overseas
Discussion: ThinkProgress and emptywheel
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Visas for high-skilled workers could double under bipartisan Senate plan
Discussion: The Hill
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Democrats Come Up Short In Sequestration Standoff
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Claire McCaskill writing book about 2012 Senate race against Akin
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Excuses, excuses from the conservative wing
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Right Turn
 Earlier Items: 
Yahoo! News:
Scotland may allow Jedi to perform marriage ceremonies
Three New Tax Breaks Would Come at the Expense of Pa. Schools and Services
Discussion: Firedoglake
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Berates Journalist After Being Asked About Middle East Failures
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
Mistakes, Excuses and Painful Lessons From the Iraq War