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1:05 PM ET, March 26, 2013


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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
Susan Page / USA Today:
GOP chairman urges tolerance for views on gay marriage  —  Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus, on USA TODAY's Capital Download, says the party shouldn't act ‘like Old Testament heretics’ on same-sex marriage but should welcome those who support it.  —  WASHINGTON — The GOP platform leaves …
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.
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
The Proposition 8 oral argument  —  Much will be written about the Proposition 8 oral argument.  The bottom line, in my opinion, is that the Court probably will not have the five votes necessary to get to any result at all, and almost certainly will not have five votes to decide the merits of whether Proposition 8 is constitutional.
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.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Althouse and
Washington Wire:
Live Blog: Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage
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 …
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 …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Store owner cancels Mark Kelly gun buy
Discussion: The Week
Tina Burnside / CNN:
Gun store nixes Mark Kelly's AR-15 purchase
Manu Raju / Politico:
Rubio splits with Paul on policy  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Florida Sen. Marco Rubio swung by Rand Paul's home state here on Monday where he effectively made one thing clear: He's no Rand Paul — particularly on foreign policy.  —  In a soaring speech on the University of Louisville campus …
John McCormick / Bloomberg:   Rand Paul Stops Pushing IRS Doom as 2016 Campaign Looms
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Rand Paul's Loopy Ascent
Jeb Bush: States Should Decide Gay Marriage  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  The day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on the constitutionality of gay marriage …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Can gay marriage survive SCOTUS loss?
New York Times:
In Private, Quinn Displays a Volatile Side  —  Christine C. Quinn was not pleased.  —  A session of the New York City Council had descended into chaos, and lawmakers were openly questioning her leadership.  Ms. Quinn, the Council speaker, decided there was one person to blame: Betsy Gotbaum …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 26, 2013 - New Jersey Voters Want Christie For Gov, Less For Pres, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Girth And Gender Are Tiny Issues In Governor's Race  —  New Jersey voters, by overwhelming margins, approve of the job Gov. Christopher Christie is doing …
Discussion: CNN and The Run 2016
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
New Jersey poll: Chris Christie weight not an issue
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
Cyprus bail-out: savers will be raided to save euro in future crises, says eurozone chief  —  Savings accounts in Spain, Italy and other European countries will be raided if needed to preserve Europe's single currency by propping up failing banks, a senior eurozone official has announced.
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters blogs:
Sharpton's MSNBC Show Sponsored By Manufacturer Of ‘Big, Brutal’ Rifles  —  Don't tell us that Al Sharpton and MSNBC are hypocrites?  Noooo!!  The Reverend Al opened his show by praising President Obama's efforts to promote tougher gun control laws.  But 28 minutes into the show …
Pat Buchanan /
Who Killed the New Majority?  —  The Republican National Committee has produced an “autopsy” on what went wrong in 2012, when the party failed to win the White House and lost seats in Congress.  —  Yet, the crisis of the Grand Old Party goes back much further.  —  First, some history.
TN lawmakers confuse mop sink for Muslim foot-washing sink  —  NASHVILLE — Sometimes a mop sink is just a mop sink.  —  Building managers and legislative staffers have sought to reassure some concerned Tennessee lawmakers that recent renovations at the state Capitol did not install special facilities …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Have The Russians Already Quietly Withdrawn All Their Cash From Cyprus?  —  Yesterday, we first reported on something very disturbing (at least to Cyprus' citizens): despite the closed banks (which will mostly reopen tomorrow, while the two biggest soon to be liquidated banks Laiki and BoC …
Discussion: Daily Mail and Vox Popoli
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Banking gavel could fall to Wall Street critic  —  Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), one of Wall Street's harshest critics, could end up leading the Senate Banking Committee if Democrats retain control of the Senate in 2014.  —  Chairman Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), who has led the Banking Committee since 2011 …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
South Carolina special a toss up  —  PPP's first look at the special election in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District finds a toss up race.  Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch leads Republican Mark Sanford 47-45 and ties Curtis Bostic at 43.  —  This is a Republican leaning district …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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Eliana Johnson / National Review:
The Cruz Birthers  —  Birthers, it turns out, can be bipartisan.
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Napolitano refuses to use email, calls it ‘inefficient’
Discussion: Politico
Jennifer Martinez / The Hill:
Facebook's Zuckerberg to launch lobby group with Washington consultants
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
With U.S.C. Speech, David Petraeus Is Back in Public Eye
Discussion: Telegraph and Los Angeles Times
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Toddstarnes / Fox News:
University Takes Action to Punish Student
Discussion: BizPac Review and The Daily Caller
Justin Sink / The Hill:
After taking hit in the polls, Obama pivots back to immigration reform
Robert Costa / National Review:
Walker Writing Book with Former Bush Adviser
Discussion: Politico and The Hill