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9:15 AM ET, March 21, 2013


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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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rejects budget from Senate Democrats  —  The House on Wednesday rejected the Senate Democratic budget in a 154-261 vote, with 35 Democrats voting against the blueprint from their upper chamber colleagues.  —  The Senate Democratic budget was one of three budgets cast aside in a series …
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Vulnerable House Democrats vote against Senate budget proposal
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!”
Meenal Vamburkar / Mediaite:
Rep. Michele Bachmann ‘Goes Rogue,’ Literally Races Away From CNN Reporter
Discussion: and The Moderate Voice
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Michele Bachmann runs away from reporter
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 and CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden and the White House are ‘still pushing’ for assault weapons ban  —  Vice President Biden and the Obama administration still hope to pass a federal assault weapons ban, Biden said Wednesday.  —  “I'm still pushing that it pass — we are still pushing that it pass.
Keith Coffman / Reuters:
Colorado prison chief shot dead on eve of gun laws signing
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Justice Safety Valve Act Would Give Flexibility On Mandatory Minimum Sentences  —  Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced a bill Wednesday designed to give relief to the nation's bloated prison system by offering judges leeway to consider sentences below the mandatory minimum for all federal crimes.
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
Ezra Klein / Bloomberg:
Mistakes, Excuses and Painful Lessons From the Iraq War  —  I supported the Iraq War, and I'm sorry.  —  I have my excuses, of course.  I was a college student, young and dumb.  I thought that if U.S. President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell and former President Bill Clinton …
The Atlantic Wire:
How to Write an Iraq War Apologia
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Blame Benen  —  I first noticed this story at the blog of the Poynter Institute, a journalism education outfit, and figured they were reflecting special solicitude for the work-load of their charges: … Now amazement at WaPo's insane expectations seems to be spreading elsewhere in the blogosphere.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Washington Post seeks blogger for Style section
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
David Rogers / Politico:
Senate reaches deal on continuing resolution  —  Breaking the Senate logjam, Majority Leader Harry Reid won agreement Wednesday on a series of votes which all but assure final passage by Congress this week of a stopgap spending bill to keep the government funded through the last six months of this fiscal year.
Discussion: Wonkblog
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 …
Jessica Glenza / The Register Citizen:
Victim bullied after rape allegations against Torrington football players  —  —  @JessicaGlenza on Twitter  —  TORRINGTON >> Two Torrington High School football players stand accused of sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.  Four others were suspended …
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.
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 …
Julie Weed / New York Times:
Questions Abound in Learning to Adjust to Health Care Overhaul  —  Baked in the Sun is a wholesale baker and distributor of freshly baked pastries near San Diego.  —  THE CHALLENGE The company is one of thousands of small businesses that employ more than 50 full-time employees and thus …
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Claire McCaskill writing book about 2012 Senate race against Akin  —  • By Joe Holleman 314-340-8254  —  Expect a book from Claire McCaskill, in which she will “tell the whole story” about last year's raucous and bitter U.S. Senate race against U.S. Rep. Todd Akin.
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Visas for high-skilled workers could double under bipartisan Senate plan  —  A Senate immigration plan would dramatically increase the number of high-skilled foreign workers allowed into the country and give permanent legal status to an unlimited number of students who earn graduate degrees …
Discussion: The Hill
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Michelle Shocked Responds To Anti-Gay Rant Reports
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Democrats Come Up Short In Sequestration Standoff
Noemie Emery / Washington Examiner:
Excuses, excuses from the conservative wing
Discussion: Betsy's Page and Right Turn
Yahoo! News:
Scotland may allow Jedi to perform marriage ceremonies
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Hingesights: Hottest Workforces in DC
Discussion: Politico and DCist
Three New Tax Breaks Would Come at the Expense of Pa. Schools and Services
Discussion: Firedoglake
Ann E. Marimow / Washington Post:
Personal trainer Bryant Johnson's clients include two Supreme Court justices
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Steele: RNC Minority Outreach Incompatible With GOP Voter ID Laws (VIDEO)
Discussion: Politico, Truthdig and
 Earlier Items: 
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Growing Support for Gay Marriage: Changed Minds and Changing Demographics
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Brooklyn Prosecutor to Seek Freedom of Man Convicted in 1990 Killing of Rabbi
Discussion: Hit & Run, Yahoo! News, ABCNEWS and The BLT
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Berates Journalist After Being Asked About Middle East Failures
Dylan Ratigan:
Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth Is
Discussion: TVNewser and The Raw Story
David McCormack / Daily Mail:
Yoko Ono tweets controversial image of John Lennon's bloody glasses as she protests against gun …
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As Men Lose Economic Ground, Clues in the Family