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9:40 AM ET, March 26, 2013


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Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Rand Paul and Ted Cruz threaten filibuster on guns  —  Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and Mike Lee are threatening to filibuster gun-control legislation, according to a letter they plan to hand-deliver to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office on Tuesday.  —  “We will oppose the motion …
CBS News:
Poll: Support for stricter gun control wanes  —  Poll analysis by Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus  —  Soon after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced an assault weapons ban would not be part of a gun control bill, a new CBS News poll shows support …
Discussion: Hot Air and Politico
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Rand Paul's Loopy Ascent
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
Mayor Bloomberg's $12 million ad blitz backing gun control causes headaches for Democrats in gun-friendly territory
Discussion: Runnin' Scared
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Connecticut senators blast NRA robocalls to Newtown residents
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich Says “Same Sex Couples Should Be Able To Marry”  —  “Government should keep out of individuals' personal lives—if someone wants to marry someone they love, they should be able to,” the senator says in a statement.  —  Image by Alex Wong / Getty Images
Mark Warner  · 20,148 like this  —  I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do.  Like many Virginians and Americans, my views on gay marriage have evolved, and this is the inevitable extension of my efforts to promote equality and opportunity for everyone.
Wall Street Journal:
. . . Gays Deserve Equal Rights  —  States shouldn't remain free to discriminate for as long as they wish.  —  Four years ago, the two us of joined forces and launched a federal constitutional challenge to Proposition 8, a ballot initiative which eliminated the right of same-sex couples in California to marry.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Bill Clinton's Decision, and Regret, on Defense of Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON — He had just flown across the country after an exhausting campaign day in Oregon and South Dakota, landing at the White House after dark.  But President Bill Clinton still had more business before bed.
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Supreme Court's Favorable Rating Still at Historic Low  —  Few Conservatives View the Roberts Court as Conservative  —  OVERVIEW  —  As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on two same-sex marriage cases, and with several other high-profile cases on its docket …
CNN Poll: ‘Rob Portman effect’ fuels support for same-sex marriage  —  Washington (CNN) - One day before the Supreme Court hears a high profile case on same-sex marriage, a new national poll indicates that the percentage of Americans who say they have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian is on the rise.
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Congressional Ethics Probe Adds to Michele Bachmann's Political Woes  —  Add the Office of Congressional Ethics to the long list of probes and lawsuits that may be the only enduring legacy of Bachmann's presidential face-plant.  John Avlon exclusively reports. … Michele Bachmann.
Russell Goldman / ABCNEWS:
Michele Bachmann Campaign Probed
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
Michele Bachmann faces congressional ethics probe
Discussion: and Outside the Beltway
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Racist Hate Group To Conduct Nighttime Patrols On College Campus  —  A racist hate group at Towson University has announced plans to conduct its own nighttime police patrols on campus.  —  Founded last year, the White Student Union has stirred significant controversy already.
Robert Costa / National Review:
Walker Writing Book with Former Bush Adviser  —  Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin, a potential contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is collaborating on a book with Marc Thiessen, a former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
After taking hit in the polls, Obama pivots back to immigration reform  —  The White House hopes to bolster President Obama's political standing by shifting attention from the bruising budget battles of the last month to immigration reform and gun control.  —  Democrats welcome the pivot …
Discussion: Right Wing News and Vodkapundit
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Defining “Victory”  —  I've written as much as anyone you'll find about how historically anomalous it that the Republican Party keeps responding to presidential election defeats by moving farther from the political mainstream.  But that doesn't mean I necessarily agree with The Moderate Voice's Joe Gandelman …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
The Week:
Do conservatives even want to win?  —  Karl Rove and Reince Priebus clearly do.
Margaret Chadbourn / Reuters:
Senate banking chair Johnson to announce retirement  —  (Reuters) - Senator Tim Johnson, the Democratic chairman of the powerful banking committee, does not plan to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2014, two sources familiar with the matter and a Capitol Hill staffer said on Monday.
Dan Nowicki / Arizona Republic:
FONT:  —  Sen. John McCain on Monday would not commit to a timeline on the release of the comprehensive immigration reform legislation he and a bipartisan group of senators have been working on for months, saying the negotiations are continuing even during a two-week break for Easter.
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Fox News:
Gun store rescinds Mark Kelly's rifle purchase, questions his ‘intent’  —  A Tucson gun store owner has decided to rescind the sale of a military-style rifle to Mark Kelly, the husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after Kelly said he had intended the purchase to make a political point …
Italy court: Amanda Knox to be retried for Meredith Kercher murder  —  Amanda Knox was ordered to stand trial again for the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher by Italy's top appeal court on Tuesday, but there appeared to be little the country could do to force her to return for the new hearings.
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Who Killed the New Majority?  —  The Republican National Committee …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Can gay marriage survive SCOTUS loss?
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Have The Russians Already Quietly Withdrawn All Their Cash From Cyprus?
Discussion: Daily Mail and Vox Popoli
Sam Dolnick / New York Times:
Pennsylvania Study Finds Halfway Houses Don't Reduce Recidivism
Times Free Press:
Georgia Senate passes resolution to move state line, claim Tennessee River water
Greg Jaffe / Washington Post:
Benjamin Carson, balancing healing with political activism
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Obama creates five new monuments
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dem bill would expand school lunch program to weekends, holidays
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Sheboygan man's video game history helps him stay in U.S.
Associated Press:
Government spent nearly $3.7M on ex-presidents in 2012
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