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12:25 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.
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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'  —  “A lot of the views on marriage varies a lot with different parts of the country,” McCain said.  “On the issue of gay marriage, that is a moral issue, in my view.  It depends on your fundamental beliefs …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Politico:
Politicians and gay marriage: Profiles in calculation
Discussion: msnbc.com and TheBlaze.com
New York Times:
Obama Renews Call for 2-State Solution in Middle East  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — Hours after Palestinian militants fired at least two rockets from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip that crashed into the Israeli border city of Sderot on Thursday, President Obama traveled to the West Bank city …
Discussion: BBC, Foreign Policy, Mediaite and Althouse
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Politico:
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 …
Associated Press:
Rockets hit Israel as Obama meets Palestinians
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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: Guardian
Politico:
Obama urges Palestinians to new peace talks
Discussion: CNN
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, Weasel Zippers, Daily Kos and msnbc.com
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems force GOP to vote down RSC budget
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects budget from Senate Democrats
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
New York Times:
Senate Approves Spending; House Debates Next Budget
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Vulnerable House Democrats vote against Senate budget proposal
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 …
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ThinkProgress:
National Security Brief: Obama Says Israeli Settlements Are An Obstacle To Peace
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Document Shows Abbas's Desire to Resume Israeli Talks
Discussion: The Week and The Times of Israel
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
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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 …
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.
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
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 …
MyFoxBoston:
Principal cancels Honors Night in exchange for all-inclusive assembly  —  IPSWICH, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) - An Ipswich principal is in hot water with some parents after he reportedly canceled the middle school's Honors Night.  —  David Fabrizio, principal of Ipswich Middle School …
NPR:
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 …
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
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
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Andrew Taylor / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
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Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
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David Weigel / Slate:
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