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5:05 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.
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.
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
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court justices signal dodge on gay marriage ruling  —  The Supreme Court indicated Tuesday that it's unlikely to issue a broad ruling on same-sex marriage.  —  Several justices seemed to be looking for ways to avoid a sweeping ruling — or perhaps even a ruling at all …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, The Week, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Justices Are Not Ready To Bring Marriage Equality To Alabama, And They Want Prop 8 To Go Away  —  WASHINGTON, DC — There are probably five justices who object to California's anti-gay Proposition 8 and who would prefer to see it struck down.  Justice Kennedy, the conservative viewed …
Discussion: Bloomberg and Mediaite
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.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Can gay marriage survive SCOTUS loss?
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Forgotten 1971 Gay Activist Protest at New York City's Marriage License Bureau
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices to Hear California Case on Same-Sex Marriage Ban Today
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The reducio ad absurdum of American constitutional jurisprudence
Discussion: National Review
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich Says “Same Sex Couples Should Be Able To Marry”
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Supreme Court Justices Struggle With Federal Right to Gay Marriage
Discussion: Yahoo! News, ABCNEWS and Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Sharply Divided On Whether States May Ban Gay Marriage
Discussion: The Week
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Among Republicans, a generational divide on gay marriage
Discussion: CBS News and Daily Kos
Andrew Becker / The Huffington Post:
White Sox, Bulls Chairman Starts Security Firm With Former Secret Service Director  —  The chairman of the Chicago White Sox and Bulls is going into the global security business with an eclectic and controversial group of partners tied to the Obama administration, documents and interviews show.
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama to name Julia Pierson as new Secret Service director
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
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 …
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
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
CNN Demolishes Obama's ‘High-Speed Rail Boondoggle’  —  On his CNN show last night, Anderson Cooper profiled the Obama administration's unfulfilled promises and wasteful spending on high-speed rail projects across the country.  Cooper and investigative reporter Drew Griffin highlighted …
Discussion: Hot Air
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.
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
The Huffington Post:
Christopher Stanlane Kills Son, 10, While Cleaning Gun, Police Say (VIDEO)  —  FAIRMONT, N.C. — Authorities say a 10-year-old boy was killed in North Carolina when he was shot by his father while the parent cleaned a shotgun.  —  Robeson County deputies say 34-year-old Christopher Stanlane …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
More than a Vacation a Month for Obamas in 2013  —  In the first three months of the year, members of the first family have been on three vacations, averaging a vacation a month.  And now it's being reported that the first daughters are on a spring break vacation in the Bahamas.
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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John Eligon / New York Times:
North Dakota Governor Signs Strict Abortion Limits
Discussion: RH Reality Check and The Week
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Report: Energy Dept. mismanaged stimulus-backed climate program
Discussion: Hot Air
David Weigel / Slate:
In New Jersey, Gay Marriage is as Popular as the Historically Beloved Chris Christie
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Newt Gingrich: Republicans Can't Win Just By Beating Up Hillary Clinton
James Richardson / Georgia Tipsheet:
Gingrey to announce Senate bid Wednesday
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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
Discussion: Guardian and BizPac Review
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 …