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1:35 PM ET, March 24, 2013


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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Bloomberg's TV Blitz on Guns Puts Swing Senators on the Spot  —  The commercial is an unambiguous appeal to gun owners: a middle-aged hunter, rifle in hand, vows that he will fight to protect the Second Amendment.  But in a sensible, father-of-the-house tone, he also urges voters …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
NRA gains upper hand on Obama  —  After a series of missteps that gave President Obama the early advantage in this year's gun-violence debate, the National Rifle Association (NRA) has struck back.  —  The powerful gun lobbying group had stumbled in the immediate wake of December's Newtown …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Bloomberg hasn't given up on assault weapons ban  —  (CNN) - A national ban on assault weapons may have met all-but-certain death in the Senate this week, but one of the measure's proponents - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg - said Sunday his fight wasn't over.
Discussion: Politico
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
NRA Robocalls In Newtown Spark Outrage From Local Gun Control Group
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Obama Era, Brought to You by the Iraq War  —  WHEN prominent people in Washington spend an anniversary apologizing for being catastrophically, unforgivably wrong about a decade-old decision, you might expect that the decision in question had delivered their party to disaster or defeat.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
WATCH: The Most Compelling Case For Marriage Equality In Under A Minute  —  California Attorney General Kemala Harris gave an impassioned, pithy defense of marriage equality during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning in anticipation of the Supreme Court's hearing …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Michael Kranish / Boston Globe:
The story of Washington gridlock seen through the eyes of Bob Dole  —  WASHINGTON — It had been 16 years since Bob Dole stepped down as Senate Republican leader, ending a legislative career in which he earned a reputation as a master of bipartisanship.  Yet there he was at the end of 2012, trying to close a deal.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul: I don't promote marijuana  —  Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday that President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush could have “conceivably been put in jail” for their drug use, ruining their lives and impacting their getting elected to office.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Rep. Rogers: Syria ‘red line has been crossed’  —  The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee on Sunday warned there was “mounting evidence” Syrian President Bashir al-Assad has used chemical weapons and said the red line calling for a U.S. response “has been crossed.”
Discussion: Politico
Scott Fujita / New York Times:
Acceptance by Example, on the Field and at Home  —  My three young daughters, like most kids, are curious and ask a lot of questions.  My wife and I are as open and honest with them as possible.  But there's one question I'm not prepared to answer: “Why aren't Clare and Lesa married?”
David Goodhart / Daily Mail:
SATURDAY ESSAY: Why we on the Left made an epic mistake on immigration  —  Among Left-leaning ‘Hampstead’ liberals like me, there has long been what you might call a ‘discrimination assumption’ when it comes to the highly charged issue of immigration.  —  Our instinctive reaction …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Edward Cody / Washington Post:
French mother on trial for son Jihad's T-shirt  —  ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/GETTY IMAGES - Lawyer Gaelle Genoun, right, leaves Avignon's courthouse on Dec. 19, 2012, with her client, the mother of a three-year old named Jihad who was born on Sept. 11.  The woman went on trial for sending …
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Althouse
Micah Cohen / FiveThirtyEight:
Obama Has Lost Advantage Over G.O.P. on Economy  —  During the debate over the so-called fiscal cliff in December, public opinion surveys showed more Americans trusted President Obama than trusted Republicans in Congress when it came to handling the nation's economy.
Discussion: Sister Toldjah
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Associated Press:
John Kerry in Iraq to press on Iran
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Veterans Affairs boss: ‘No veteran should have to wait for claims’
Discussion: Politico
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Hill
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
Stars of a Violent Rap Video Are Found Guilty of Violent Crimes in Real Life
Discussion: Gothamist
Molly K. Hooper / Ballot Box:
Biden: Republican Party is leaderless
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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Victoria Taylor / NY Daily News:
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Actress hints at Senate run in speech
Discussion: The Reaction
Michael Powell / New York Times:
Man Freed From Prison Has a Heart Attack
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gothamist
Al Baker / New York Times:
Girls Outnumbered in New York's Elite Public Schools