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12:55 PM ET, March 23, 2013


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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate passes its first budget in four years on 50 to 49 vote  —  The Senate early Saturday passed its first budget in four years by a vote of 50 to 49.  —  The close vote was a big victory for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Senate on record opposing use of chained CPI  —  The Senate voted Friday night to oppose cutting entitlement benefits for veterans using a new method of calculating inflation.  —  President Obama has put the new method, known as chained consumer price index, on the table in deficit talks with Republicans.
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Senate Passes $3.7 Trillion Budget, Its First in 4 Years  —  WASHINGTON — After a grueling, all-night debate that ended close to 5 a.m., the Senate on Saturday adopted its first budget in four years, a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases …
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Senate passes budget — first for four years  —  In the early morning hours Saturday after almost 13 continuous hours of voting, the Senate passed a budget resolution for the first time in nearly four years.  —  The proposal, which Democratic drafters say will reduce the deficit …
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Obama presses Congress to vote on assault weapons ban  —  President Obama in his weekly address urged both chambers of Congress to hold a vote on a series of gun-control measures, including the controversial assault weapons ban and a limit on magazine sizes.
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Walking While Black in New York  —  The New York City Police Department has a long history of violating constitutional rights by stopping, questioning or frisking people on the streets without legal justification.  The city has steadfastly denied that the detentions — made under …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
New York City Cop Testifies That He Was Told To Target Young Black Men  —  As hearings are under way to investigate New York City's stop and frisk policy, one police officer is testifying that he was told by superiors to target young black men between the ages of 14 and 21.
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
On third anniversary, Obama touts health law's benefits  —  President Obama on Saturday touted his landmark healthcare reform law on its third anniversary, but cautioned that there was “more work to do to implement” its provisions.  —  “Three years ago today, I signed into law the principle …
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Ted Cruz Amendment To Repeal Obamacare Fails
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Miss Israel: Obama ‘world-class hunk’  —  President Barack Obama has earned a new title: world-class hunk.  —  That was the assessment of Miss Israel, the 21-year-old Ethiopian immigrant Titi Aynaw who met Obama on Thursday.  —  “He's an exciting man, a world-class hunk …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
North Dakota Personhood Measure Passes State House  —  North Dakota became the first state on Friday to pass a fetal personhood amendment, which grants legal personhood rights to embryos from the moment of fertilization.  The state House of Representatives voted 57 to 35 to pass the amendment …
Discussion: Gawker and ThinkProgress
Jenna Portnoy / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie says he does not believe in gay conversion therapy  —  Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Edison earlier this month.  Christie said today he doesn't believe in gay conversion therapy.  (Photo by Ed Murray/The Star-Ledger)  —  TRENTON — Under pressure from Democrats …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The New Republic Fires Timothy Noah  —  On Thursday, New Republic columnist Timothy Noah received an email from editor Frank Foer asking him to meet at 2:30 pm on Friday.  During the meeting, Foer told Noah that he was out of a job.  —  When Noah got to the New Republic's lobby …
Los Angeles Times:
The 1% aren't like the rest of us  —  The ultra-rich share few of the priorities of most Americans, but their access to policymakers is greater, a study finds.  —  Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer, left, and Debbie Stabenow are seen at the conclusion of a news conference held by Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill.
FAA To Close 149 Air Traffic Towers Under Cuts  —  (CHICAGO) — Under orders to trim hundreds of millions of dollars from its budget, the Federal Aviation Administration released a final list Friday of 149 air traffic control facilities that it will close at small airports around the country starting early next month.
Discussion: The National Memo
FAA: 149 control towers to close
The Scrapbook / Weekly Standard:
How Now Chairman Mao?  —  The Scrapbook doesn't spend a lot of its time surfing tired bureaucratic websites that look like relics of the 1990s, but our interest was piqued last week by a quotation on the “Kids' Zone” page of the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
Genachowski Announces Resignation as F.C.C. Chairman  —  The resignation on Friday of Julius Genachowski after four years as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission again raises a thorny issue for President Obama: whether it will be possible to get the F.C.C. or Congress to help …
Public Knowledge:
Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Chair Resignation
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Department Of Education Website Quotes Mao Zedong