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8:30 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.”
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Ohio's Republican Governor Endorses Civil Unions, Then Takes It Back
Brandon Blackwell / Plain Dealer:
Kasich recants his support of civil unions
Discussion: Post Politics and The Week
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 …
Rick Gladstone / New York Times:
Obama Lays Out Case for Israel to Revive Peace Talks  —  Laying out his case for a future Israel at peace with the Palestinians, President Obama delivered an enthusiastically welcomed speech on Thursday before an audience of youthful Israelis in Jerusalem, assuring them of America's strong support …
Herb Keinon / Jerusalem Post:
Analysis: Obama, he had us at ‘Shalom’
James S. Robbins / Associated Press:
Obama's Middle East policy in tatters: Column
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written after the 2012 campaign focused on a variety of Republican shortcomings: underwhelming television ads, an outdated voter contact model, and a message that was out-of-step with the changing face of America.
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
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
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Behold the Hatred, Resentment, and Mockery Aimed at Anti-Iraq War Protesters  —  Reflecting on the apologetic Iraq War retrospectives many writers have published in recent days, Freddie deBoer observes that “one of the most obvious and salient aspects of the run up to the war” is being ignored …
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Iraq War made Obamacare possible
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hit & Run
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Banks Are Too Big to Fail Say ... Conservatives?  —  Members of the Federal Reserve don't usually make the rounds at partisan gatherings.  But amid the tri-cornered hats and “#StandWithRand” buttons of last week's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—the largest annual gathering …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
What Problem Does Breaking Up The Banks Fix?
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
Paul Krugman:
Cyprus: The Sum of All FUBAR  —  At this point the Cyprus situation is pretty clear — and clarity does not bring reassurance.  In fact, it looks as if Cyprus has managed to combine in one place everything that has gone wrong elsewhere.  —  1. Runaway banking.
Discussion: naked capitalism
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid to bring gun bill to floor with expanded background checks  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will bring gun control legislation to the floor that includes a controversial expansion of background checks for private firearm sales.  —  Reid said he would on Thursday evening begin …
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Mother Jones
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Harry Reid To Introduce Gun Control Bill With Universal Background Checks  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will introduce gun control legislation Thursday night that includes a proposal for universal background checks.  —  “Later tonight, I will start the process …
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
The Atlantic Online:
How the Secret Service Almost Shot Mahmoud Ahmadinejad  —  The intelligence brief on the apparent accident was three sentences long, and it scared the hell out of White House officials.  —  One morning in September 2006, during the United Nations General Assembly, President George W. Bush's …
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 …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The progressive triumvirate: Guns, gays, minimum wage
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
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.
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.
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: PoliticusUSA, Mediaite and
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Battle Brews Over Labor Demands As Immigration Talks Enter Home Stretch  —  “Every time you make progress... the unions come in the next day and throw something else on the table.  They keep moving the goal posts,” says a lobbyist.  —  WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 21: Members of the group Casa …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Elvina Nawaguna / Reuters:
Congress to force Postal Service to keep Saturday delivery  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress foiled the financially beleaguered U.S. Postal Service's plan to end Saturday delivery of first-class mail on Thursday when it passed legislation requiring six-day delivery.
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
House approves resolution to keep government running; bill heads to White House  —  Congress has approved a short-term funding measure, averting the chance of a federal government shutdown next week.  But a broader battle over taxes and spending for the year is only just beginning.
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Jim Tankersley / Washington Post:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama awarded Israel's Presidential Medal of Distinction
Discussion: Politico
Joel Kotkin / The Daily Beast:
Richard Florida Concedes the Limits of the Creative Class
Discussion: Hit & Run and Via Meadia
Dan Murphy / Christian Science Monitor:
The real warning in Syrian chemical weapons claims
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
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Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
Do Libertarians Really “Want a World Without Moral Judgments”?
Discussion: The Other McCain
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon delays civilian furloughs
Discussion: Politico
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Heckler Interrupts Obama Speech In Jerusalem (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week and The Raw Story
Andy Kroll / Mother Jones:
EXCLUSIVE: State Dept. Hid Contractor's Ties to Keystone XL Pipeline Company
Discussion: E2-Wire, Firedoglake and DeSmogBlog
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Why I was hoping for a government shutdown