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3:35 PM ET, March 26, 2013


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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, and Althouse
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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: On marriage, Kennedy in control  —  Analysis  —  Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, in an unusually candid process of elimination of options in public, on Tuesday worked his way through the ways for dealing with California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and seemed strongly tempted to just take a pass.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage Is Changing, and What It Means  —  The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week on two cases related to same-sex marriage, the first involving a California referendum that barred gay marriage, the other involving a federal law that prevents the government from recognizing same-sex unions.
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Forgotten 1971 Gay Activist Protest at New York City's Marriage License Bureau  —  Film still, NYC Marriage License Bureau protest, 1971.  (Randolfe Wicker/YouTube)  —  The gay-marriage fight, which this week reaches a major milestone with the Supreme Court hearing arguments …
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Can gay marriage survive SCOTUS loss?  —  The tide might be turning in favor of gay marriage, but that doesn't mean the Supreme Court will be swept up in it.  —  For all the toasting in Washington and excitement among gay rights groups about the historic oral arguments this week …
Washington Wire:
Live Blog: Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage  —  Proposition 8 — the California ballot initiative banning gay marriage — comes before the high court Tuesday. on Wednesday, the justices are to weigh the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 federal law that bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages blessed by states.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Justices Are Not Ready To Bring Marriage Equality To Alabama, And They Want Prop 8 To Go Away
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mediaite
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court justices signal dodge on gay marriage ruling
Discussion: Politico
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Among Republicans, a generational divide on gay marriage
Discussion: CBS News and Daily Kos
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Justices Appear Cautious On Same-Sex Marriage Rights
Discussion: Firedoglake
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The reducio ad absurdum of American constitutional jurisprudence
Discussion: National Review
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
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Rand Paul's Loopy Ascent
Photos: Who's who in the Amanda Knox trial  —  On the heels of an Italian court's decision for a retrial, watch an Anderson Cooper special report on Amanda Knox's life, her murder trial, her appeal and the prosecution's continued effort to overturn that decision.
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: CNN and The Week
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 …
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 …
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
College Grads May Be Stuck in Low-Skill Jobs  —  The recession left millions of college-educated Americans working in coffee shops and retail stores.  Now, new research suggests their job prospects may not improve much when the economy rebounds.  —  Underemployment—skilled workers doing jobs …
Discussion: Via Meadia and Gawker
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Shatner ‘appalled’ by IRS ‘Trek’ spoof  —  William Shatner said he is “appalled” by the Internal Revenue Services' spoof of “Star Trek” — the television show that made him famous for his portrayal of Captain James Kirk.  —  Last week, the IRS apologized for spending $60,000 on the parody …
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
The Five's Gutfeld Eviscerates ‘Pathetic Tool’ Jim Carrey Over Anti-Gun Video: ‘Made Me Want To Go Out And Buy A Gun’
The Huffington Post:
Christopher Stanlane Kills Son, 10, While Cleaning Gun, Police Say (VIDEO)
James Richardson / Georgia Tipsheet:
Gingrey to announce Senate bid Wednesday
North Korea puts rocket units on alert to ‘attack US’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Infowars
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
An America that is losing faith with religion
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Banking gavel could fall to Wall Street critic
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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
TN lawmakers confuse mop sink for Muslim foot-washing sink
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters blogs:
Sharpton's MSNBC Show Sponsored By Manufacturer Of ‘Big, Brutal’ Rifles
Pat Buchanan /
Who Killed the New Majority?  —  The Republican National Committee …
Tyler Durden / Zero Hedge:
Have The Russians Already Quietly Withdrawn All Their Cash From Cyprus?
Discussion: Daily Mail and Vox Popoli