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11:10 AM ET, March 27, 2013


 Top Items: 
Same Sex Marriage and Gilligan's Island Game Theory  —  After 28 years of wedded bliss and 2 kids, I'm guessing I'm probably the Conversation's resident marriage champ.  (It was an arranged Hindu ceremony, I was 3 and she was 2.)  And there's nobody who can better attest to the joys and benefits of a traditional monogamous union.
Discussion: Hit & Run
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Courting Cowardice  —  As the arguments unfurled in Tuesday's case on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court justices sounded more and more cranky.  —  Things were moving too fast for them.  —  How could the nine, cloistered behind velvety rose curtains, marble pillars and archaic customs …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court to Hear Arguments on Defense of Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returns to the subject of same-sex marriage for a second day on Wednesday, when the justices hear arguments about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.
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:
Discussion: Right Wing News
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Same-sex marriage can't be stopped by courts  —  To see the future of gay marriage, you didn't have to set foot in the Supreme Court chamber Tuesday morning as the justices took up the first of two landmark caseson the issue.  —  You needed only to stand in the plaza in front of the court …
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Meet the woman at center of DOMA  —  (CNN) — It was a wonderful life.  —  That's how Edith Windsor describes her partnership with Thea Clara Spyer.  Theirs was not a fleeting romance — the women were together 42 years sharing ups and downs, laughs and tears.
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Here Are the 7 Worst Things Antonin Scalia Has Said or Written About Homosexuality
Josh Barro / Bloomberg:
What Is the Fiscal Impact of Gay Marriage?
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Dish and Daily Kos
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Parties scramble to come to terms with opinion shift on same-sex marriage
Discussion: Roll Call and Prairie Weather
Christy Hoppe / Trail Blazers Blog:
Perry says he and Texans oppose legalizing gay marriage
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Reid faces dilemma over Dem defections after close budget vote  —  The razor-thin margin of passage for the Senate Democratic budget highlights the challenge Majority Leader Harry Reid will have in steering President Obama's legislative agenda through the Senate.
Discussion: Politico and Prairie Weather
John Gramlich / Roll Call:
Senate Support for Gun Rights Shown in Budget Vote
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and First Read
Jonathan Allen / Politico:
Ted Cruz flip-flopped on guns, Democrats say
Discussion: Mediaite
The Atlantic Online:
Is This North Korean Hovercraft-Landing Photo Faked?  —  While researching a photo entry about North Korea's recent threats of war, I discovered an image released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that appears to have been digitally manipulated — at least two …
Discussion: Guardian
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Shuts Last Remaining Hot Line to South
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
CBS News:
Poll: 80% of Americans unhappy with Washington  —  The Sequester  —  Americans continue to believe the sequester cuts will be bad for the country (41 percent) in the long run, and just 28 percent expect their effect to be good for the country.  However, the view that sequester will have no impact …
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and First Read
NOM Blog:
National Organization for Marriage Leads Massive March and Rally in Support of Marriage  —  Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Jen Campbell (703-683-5004)  —  National Organization for Marriage Leads Massive March and Rally in Support of Marriage … Washington, D.C. — More than 10,000 pro-marriage citizens …
Greg Holyk / ABCNEWS:
Congress Improves Among Hispanics; Obama, SCOTUS Hold Majority Popularity
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Washington Post:
CIA director faces a quandary over clandestine service appointment  —  As John Brennan moved into the CIA director's office this month, another high-level transition was taking place down the hall.  —  A week earlier, a woman had been placed in charge of the CIA's clandestine service for the first time in the agency's history.
Discussion: Business Insider and Boing Boing
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Local Airport Closures Cause GOPers Sequestration Anxiety  —  We've noted previously that outside Washington D.C. — where politicians and reporters obsess endlessly over inconsequential but high-valence things like White House tours and Easter egg hunts — sequestration is beginning to cause real harm, and political pain.
Who really killed bin Laden?  —  Osama bin Laden was killed by a team of U.S. SEALS on May 2, 2011, at a compound near Abbottabad, Pakistan.  Click through to see images of the compound where he spent the last days of his life.  —  HIDE CAPTION  —  Bin Laden's compound
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
State Tells Investors That Climate Change May Hurt Its Finances  —  ALBANY — In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the administration of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has started to caution investors that climate change poses a long-term risk to the state's finances.  —  The warning, which is now appearing …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Energy revenue for infrastructure: A ‘natural link’?  —  As Congress continues to hunt for ever-elusive money to rebuild roads, bridges and transit systems, House Republicans are likely once again to turn to black gold.  —  In the tax-averse and conservative-heavy conference …
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
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 …
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 …
Des Moines Register:
King leaning toward running for Senate  —  He says fundraising wouldn't be a problem  —  U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Ia., hinted Monday he is leaning toward a run next year for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, saying the odds are “a little more than 50-50” that he will launch a campaign.
Michael Levenson / Boston Globe:
WBUR poll shows Edward J. Markey leading Democratic race and Michael J. Sullivan ahead in the Republican run for US Senate nomination  —  US Representative Edward J. Markey is leading the race for the Democratic Senate nomination while former US attorney Michael J. Sullivan is ahead in the battle …
Cynthia Tucker / CNN:
Ben Carson, admirable man with a mistaken philosophy  —  Editor's note: Cynthia Tucker, a Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, is a visiting professor at the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.  —  (CNN) — Like giddy teenagers …
Jeremy Armstrong /
Oh brother: David Miliband to quit as MP for “dream” charity job in New York  —  The Mirror understands the brother of Labour leader Ed intends to step down with immediate effect, triggering a by-election in May  —  David Miliband is to stun Parliament by stepping down as an MP tomorrow to take up a “dream job” in New York.
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and Spectator
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Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog and The National Memo
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Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and Politico
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Discussion: Weekly Standard and Daily Kos
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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