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11:20 AM ET, March 25, 2013


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Senator Claire McCaskill:
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  I Corinthians 13  —  The question of marriage equality is a great American debate.  Many people, some with strong religious faith, believe that marriage can only exist between a man and a woman.
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Karl Rove: ‘I Could’ Imagine A GOP Presidential Candidate Supporting Gay Marriage  —  Fox News contributor and former Bush deputy chief of staff Karl Rove said this morning on “This Week” that he can imagine a future Republican presidential candidate supporting gay marriage.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Claire McCaskill backs gay marriage
Discussion: and Joe. My. God.
Republicans see cash opportunity in gay marriage shift
Discussion: Hullabaloo, The Week and ABCNEWS
Maura Dolan / Los Angeles Times:
Chief justice's lesbian cousin will attend Prop. 8 hearing  —  The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court gather for a group portrait in 2010.  Seated from left are Associate Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., Associate Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Gay Rights Set For Blockbuster Week In Supreme Court
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
In gay marriage cases, Supreme Court may choose caution over boldness
Will Portman / Yale Daily News:
Coming out  —  I came to Yale as a freshman in the fall of 2010 with two big uncertainties hanging over my head: whether my dad would get elected to the Senate in November, and whether I'd ever work up the courage to come out of the closet.  —  I made some good friends that first semester …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Paul Ryan's disappearing act  —  He seems to have fallen entirely off the radar of early state Republicans.  Democrats bring up his name with more zeal than his own party.  And his footprint at CPAC was so faint that his being an afterthought was itself an afterthought.  —  What the heck has happened to Paul Ryan?
Cyprus bailout deal with EU closes bank and seizes large deposits  —  Draconian terms aimed at keeping Cyprus in eurozone include closure of second-largest bank and big losses for wealthy savers  —  European leaders reached an agreement with Cyprus early on Monday morning that closes …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Cyprus Gets New Bailout Deal
Discussion: Mother Jones and FT Alphaville
Cyprus Salvaged After EU Deal Shuts Bank to Get $13B
Joe Hagan / New York Magazine:
Long Night at Today  —  And for this he wakes up at 4 a.m.?  —  T  —  he knife springs open with a satisfying snap.  —  Matt Lauer, the co-host of the Today show, turns it over in his hand, marveling at the blade.  —  “Come to papa!” he says.  —  Sitting at his glass-topped desk …
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
Unconfirmed reports of Syrian President Bashar Assad's shooting highlight chaos in country  —  Assad was supposedly shot by his Iranian bodyguard Saturday night, with at least one website saying he had been ‘assassinated.’ But other online updates by Arab and Israeli media say the report was untrue.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and ViralRead
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Breaking Report: Assad Shot By Bodyguard - Hospitalized in Damascus
Paul Richter / Los Angeles Times:
Maliki resists Kerry's call to halt flow of Iranian arms to Syria
In U.S., 65% Support Drone Attacks on Terrorists Abroad  —  Less than half of Americans are closely following news on drones  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) think the U.S. government should use drones to launch airstrikes in other countries against suspected terrorists.
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
George Zimmerman's Brother: ‘Black Teens’ Are Killers  —  Since he shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year, George Zimmerman has been trying to convince the public that he was not acting simply out of racist aggression but because Martin attacked him.
Discussion: Associated Press and Daily Dot
Freeman Klopott / Bloomberg:
Cuomo's 7-Bullet Limit to Be Suspended Indefinitely, Skelos Says  —  Governor Andrew Cuomo's seven-round limit on magazines sold in New York will be suspended “indefinitely” by a measure in his $136.5 billion budget set to be passed this week, Dean Skelos, a Senate majority leader said.
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
As Obama signs sequestration cuts, his economic goals are at risk  —  With his signature this week, President Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection.  —  Obama has repeatedly championed …
Discussion: NewsBusters
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
U.S. Border Patrol Uniforms Manufactured in Mexico  —  ( - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has granted uniform contracts to VF Imagewear, Inc., an apparel company that relies on manufacturing sites in Mexico for a “significant percentage” of its occupational garments.
New York Post:
Bondage pol was hard-ly working  —  Jersey Dem's kinky office e-mails to spank-me stalker  —  A powerful New Jersey Democrat who's being touted as the party's next state chairman has an insatiable lust for bondage, oral sex and spanking, secret e-mails obtained by The Post reveal.
Elisabeth Rosenthal / New York Times:
Life After Oil and Gas  —  WE will need fossil fuels like oil and gas for the foreseeable future.  So there's really little choice (sigh).  We have to press ahead with fracking for natural gas.  We must approve the Keystone XL pipeline to get Canadian oil.
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Secretary of State Kerry makes unannounced visit to Afghanistan  —  KABUL (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry paid an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Monday for talks with President Hamid Karzai, a official said, with both sides hoping to stabilize the country before most foreign troops leave by the end of 2014.
Discussion: Hot Air
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
Kerry asks Iraq to stop Syria arms flow
Discussion: Right Turn and ParaPundit
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Court to rule on affirmative action ban
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy and Althouse
Citizen's Voice:
Prison guard furloughs blocked
Discussion: NewsBusters
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Jim Carrey's ‘Cold Dead Hand’: Hey, here's a song for 'heartless motherf*ckers unwilling to bend …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NewsBusters
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Organizing for Action Group Joins Immigration Fray
Discussion: First Read
Rich / GLAAD:
GLAAD affirms commitment to trans people, LGBT community and allies on Melissa Harris-Perry Show
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Todd J. Gillman / Trail Blazers Blog:
Q&A with Sen. Ted Cruz  —  Sen. Ted Cruz at the Senate ahead …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Congress Set to Alter Focus After Passing Two Budgets
Discussion: ABCNEWS
Martin Hickman / The Independent:
Exclusive: Michael Heseltine fears British people are ‘too rich to push’ for economic recovery
Discussion: Telegraph and BBC
Associated Press:
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Politico
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Sen. Rand Paul on top congressional issues; pivotal moment in the battle over gay marriage
Discussion: Outside the Beltway