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6:15 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.
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
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.
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Sharply Divided On Whether States May Ban Gay Marriage  —  During Supreme Court oral arguments Tuesday on California's Proposition 8, justices questioned whether the case had standing, but were narrowly divided on the larger issue of whether the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.
Discussion: Advocate, The Week and Taylor Marsh
Napp Nazworth / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Huckabee: Evangelicals Will Leave If GOP Backs Gay Marriage  —  Evangelicals will leave the Republican Party if it supports redefining marriage to include same-sex couples, Mike Huckabee said.  —  When asked if he believes the Republican Party will change its position and support gay marriage …
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
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, Mediaite, The Week and Daily Kos
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The reducio ad absurdum of American constitutional jurisprudence
Discussion: National Review
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:
In Landmark Case, Justices Debate Gay Marriage
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Among Republicans, a generational divide on gay marriage
Discussion: CBS News and Daily Kos
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich Says “Same Sex Couples Should Be Able To Marry”
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama to name Julia Pierson as new Secret Service director  —  President Obama will appoint Julia Pierson, a veteran U.S. Secret Service agent and senior official, as the first female director of the agency, White House officials said Tuesday.  —  Pierson, 53, began her career in the Secret Service …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and The Raw Story
Andrew Becker / The Huffington Post:
White Sox, Bulls Chairman Starts Security Firm With Former Secret Service Director
Discussion: Politico and The PJ Tatler
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 …
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 …
Robin Marty / RH Reality Check:
Despite Abortion Bans, TRAP Law Is the Real Threat to Abortion Access in North Dakota (UPDATED) … “Personhood,” heartbeat bans, forcing women to give birth to babies diagnosed with genetic anomalies that make them unlikely to survive long after birth, if they make it that long …
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
Monica Potts / American Prospect:
The Weeklies  —  From the outside, it is hard to know that people live in the Ramada Inn.  The parking lot is always empty.  The hotel sits facing a wide suburban boulevard called Kipling Street, just off Interstate 70 in Wheat Ridge, Colorado.  The interchange where Kipling meets the freeway …
Discussion: The Impolitic, Hullabaloo and Eschaton
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
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 …
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 …
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USA Today:
North Korea threatens Hawaii and U.S. mainland
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Firedoglake
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Killing Chain  —  Let's say you were writing a novel about a homicide.
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
The Huffington Post:
Christopher Stanlane Kills Son, 10, While Cleaning Gun, Police Say (VIDEO)
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Shatner ‘appalled’ by IRS ‘Trek’ spoof
Discussion: The Raw Story
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James Richardson / Georgia Tipsheet:
Gingrey to announce Senate bid Wednesday
Photos: Who's who in the Amanda Knox trial
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
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 …