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12:20 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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Prairie Weather
Christina Wilkie / The Huffington Post:
NRA Robocalls In Newtown Spark Outrage From Local Gun Control Group
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and ThinkProgress
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
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.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Daily Kos
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
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Veterans Affairs boss: ‘No veteran should have to wait for claims’  —  (CNN) - The mountain of benefits claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs is a result of an outdated paper process and new levels of complexity in returning troops' cases, the agency's boss said in an interview Sunday.
Discussion: Politico
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
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
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?”
Associated Press:
John Kerry in Iraq to press on Iran  —  Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Iraq on an unannounced visit to urge Iraqi leaders to stop Iranian overflights of arms and fighters heading to Syria and to overcome sectarian differences that still threaten Iraqi stability 10 years …
Discussion: CNN and Associated Press
Russian exile Berezovsky dies in UK  —  Mr Berezovsky had made his fortune importing Mercedes cars into Russia in the 1990s  —  The exiled Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky has been found dead at his home outside London.  —  A police investigation has been launched into the death of the 67-year-old …
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David Goodhart / Daily Mail:
SATURDAY ESSAY: Why we on the Left made an epic mistake on immigration
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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
 Earlier Items: 
Victoria Taylor / NY Daily News:
Going rouge: Sarah Palin proudly wears a red Chick-fil-A shirt to Phoenix Suns game
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Actress hints at Senate run in speech
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
Man Freed From Prison Has a Heart Attack
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gothamist

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Jonathan Vanian / CNBC:
Reddit files to list its IPO on the NYSE, reporting revenue up 20% YoY to $804M in 2023, net loss down 43% YoY to $90.8M, 73M DAUs, and a $3.42 global ARPU

Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Internal memo: Vice Media executives plan to lay off hundreds of its 900+ employees over the next week, and the company is in advanced talks to sell Refinery29

Tampa Bay Times:
Tim Burke is charged with 14 crimes related to alleged computer hacks at Fox News, including six counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization

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