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10:40 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.
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Here Are the 7 Worst Things Antonin Scalia Has Said or Written About Homosexuality  —  This week the Supreme Court will hear arguments about equal rights for gay Americans.  But we already know what Scalia thinks.  —  Justice Antonin Scalia has written that “it is our moral heritage …
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jon Tester backs same-sex marriage  —  Montana Sen. Jon Tester on Tuesday endorsed same-sex marriage, joining the party's new public consensus on the issue.  —  Tester joins Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Mark Warner of Virginia in endorsing same-sex nuptials, and Jay Rockefeller …
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: Reuters, ABCNEWS, CNN and Politico
Megan McArdle / The Daily Beast:
Why Gay Marriage Will Win, and Sexual Freedom Will Lose  —  In the future, gay marriage will not only be legal, but practically mandatory.  —  In some sense, it doesn't really matter how the Supreme Court rules on the gay marriage case it's hearing today.  The culture war is over on this front, and gay marriage has won.
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
What Is the Fiscal Impact of Gay Marriage?
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Opinion on Same-Sex Marriage Is Changing, and What It Means
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Supreme Court Sharply Divided On Whether States May Ban Gay Marriage
Discussion: Advocate, The Week and Taylor Marsh
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Maine Senator's Marriage Position Remains Murky
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
The reducio ad absurdum of American constitutional jurisprudence
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Justices Are Not Ready To Bring Marriage Equality To Alabama, And They Want Prop 8 To Go Away
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Justices Appear Cautious On Same-Sex Marriage Rights
Discussion: Firedoglake
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Say Time May Be Wrong for Gay Marriage Case
Joan Walsh / Salon:
How not to seem like a racist  —  A tip for right-wingers angry about charges of racial bias: Try treating the Obama daughters with decency  —  Writing my piece on Andrew Breitbart and Tucker Carlson, I missed a huge example of overlap between their two sham-empires: the reporter who broke …
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
Peter Baker / New York Times:   Secret Service Gets First Female Director
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 …
John Eligon / New York Times:
North Dakota Governor Signs Strict Abortion Limits
Discussion: The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Steele: Priebus ‘crapping’ on my legacy  —  Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele continued to feud with his successor Reince Priebus on Tuesday, accusing the current chairman of “crapping” on his legacy.  —  “I kept my mouth shut for two years because, hey …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Connor Adams Sheets / International Business Times:
Actor Jake McClain Tweeting Every Word Of 906-Page ‘Obamacare’ Health Reform Law  —  Actor and director Jake McClain has taken on the monumental task of tweeting every single word of the 906-page “Obamacare” health reform law in hopes of drawing attention to the bill's content …
Fox News:
Egyptian mosque turned into house of torture for Christians after Muslim Brotherhood protest  —  Islamic hard-liners stormed a mosque in suburban Cairo, turning it into torture chamber for Christians who had been demonstrating against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood in the latest case …
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Alito's provocative question  —  I'm still working my way through the transcript (pdf) of today's Supreme Court oral argument on California's Prop 8, but there's one quote that already seems to be generating quite a bit of attention.  It comes by way of Justice Samuel Alito:
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Killing Chain  —  Let's say you were writing a novel about a homicide.  You'd want to describe the killer's neighborhood and family background.  You'd want to describe his school, his culture and his gang.  —  You'd want to describe how he got into crime, his prior arrests …
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
Howard Fineman / The Huffington Post:
David Keene, NRA President, Has No Regrets About Newtown Massacre Response  —  WASHINGTON — “We had to change the subject,” said David Keene, as if making an obvious, unobjectionable point.  —  We were sitting at the back table of his favorite Italian restaurant.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Weekly Standard
USA Today:
North Korea threatens Hawaii and U.S. mainland  —  NORTH KOREA THREAT  —  North Korea, which has missiles capable of hitting U.S. territories in the Pacific and possibly mainland USA, has ordered its rocket and long-range artillery units to be combat ready after joint military drills by U.S. and South Korean forces.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Firedoglake
Associated Press:
Study: Health overhaul to raise claims cost 32 pct  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Insurance companies will have to pay out an average of 32 percent more for medical claims on individual health policies under President Barack Obama's overhaul, the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts has estimated.
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Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Ted Cruz flip-flopped on guns, Democrats say
Discussion: Mediaite
How the Maker of TurboTax Fought Free, Simple Tax Filing
Discussion: NPR, The Verge and American Prospect
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
Natural gas industry group lands senior API lobbyist for top job
Discussion: Politico
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Breaking: MO Dept. of Revenue Subpoenaed On Backdoor Gun Registration With FEMA and DHS
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Newt Gingrich: Republicans Can't Win Just By Beating Up Hillary Clinton
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
CNN Demolishes Obama's ‘High-Speed Rail Boondoggle’
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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: Twitchy and The Raw Story
Ben Casselman / Wall Street Journal:
College Grads May Be Stuck in Low-Skill Jobs
Discussion: Via Meadia and Gawker
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
An America that is losing faith with religion
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Booman Tribune
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