Check out Mini-memeorandum for simple mobiles or memeorandum Mobile for modern smartphones.
12:40 PM 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:
Justices Hears Arguments on Defense of Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court returned to the subject of same-sex marriage for a second day on Wednesday, when the justices heard arguments about the constitutionality of the federal Defense of Marriage Act of 1996.
Washington Wire:
Live Blog: Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage, Day 2  —  The Supreme Court Wednesday is hearing arguments on the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, completing a two-day exploration of gay marriage after arguments Tuesday that showed the justices divided over how far the rights of gays and lesbians should extend.
Nelson Lund / Wall Street Journal:
A Social Experiment Without Science Behind It  —  Advocates of same-sex marriages can't back up claims about positive long-term effects.  —  The Supreme Court is hearing two cases this week that represent a challenge to one of the oldest and most fundamental institutions of our civilization.
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 …
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:
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Justices cast wary eye on DOMA challenge
Discussion: CNN, Hit & Run and Reuters
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Meet the woman at center of DOMA
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
As The Supreme Court Considers DOMA, Boehner Goes Mum
Discussion: Law, First Read 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
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan declares her support for gay marriage  —  Sen. Kay Hagan said Wednesday that she supported the right of gay people to marry, saying “we should not tell people who they can love or who they can marry.”  —  Hagan, one of the few Democratic senators who had not previously come …
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
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.
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 …
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 Military Hot Line to South
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
‘Rude’ lawmaker Louie Gohmert pulls rank on cops over parking ticket  —  A Texas Republican congressman got into a late-night verbal altercation with U.S. Park Police officers earlier this month, pulling rank in an attempt to get out of a parking ticket near the Lincoln Memorial.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 27, 2013 - Virginia Voters Know Little About Gov Candidates, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Cuccinelli More Experienced, McAuliffe Less Ideological  —  Virginia State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is viewed as having better experience while voters see Terry McAuliffe …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 27, 2013 - Sandy Won't Change …
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and Politico
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
James MacPherson / Associated Press:
ND Gears up for Legal Dispute on New Abortion Laws  —  North Dakota's governor positioned the oil-rich state Tuesday as a primary battleground in the decades-old fight over abortion rights, signing into law the nation's toughest restriction on the procedure and urging lawmakers to set aside cash for an inevitable legal challenge.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
States are cracking down on abortion—and legalizing gay marriage. What gives?
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
Megha Rajagopalan / Reuters:
China jails 20 on jihad, separatism charges in restive Xinjiang  —  (Reuters) - Chinese courts have sentenced 20 people to up to life in jail on charges of separatism and plotting to carry out jihad in the restive far western region of Xinjiang, the government said on Wednesday.
Discussion: New York Times
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz, Paul Threaten Filibuster On Gun Bill  —  In a letter that will be submitted to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Tuesday, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (TX), Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) threatened to filibuster any gun control legislation “that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.”
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 …
Alicia Chang / Talking Points Memo:
37 States Fight Over Chance To Test-Fly Drones, Tap Into The Civilian Market  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of memeorandum at 12:40 PM ET, March 27, 2013.

View the current page or another snapshot:

 See Also: 
memeorandum: site main
memeorandum River: reverse chronological memeorandum
memeorandum Mobile: for phones
memeorandum Leaderboard: memeorandum's top sources
memeorandum RSS feed
memeorandum on Twitter
 More Items: 
Nellie Andreeva /
Anderson Cooper Approached For Matt Lauer's ‘Today’ Job
Jan Cienski / Financial Times:
Poland opens way to euro referendum
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Wonkblog
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
Northern Lebanon Burning
Discussion: The Jawa Report
JPMorgan Chase Faces Full-Court Press of Federal Investigations
Greg Lukianoff / Forbes:
FAU College Student Who Didn't Want To Stomp On ‘Jesus’ Runs Afoul of Speech Code
NY Daily News:
EDITOR'S PICKS  —  “Lucky Guy,” the Broadway play starring Tom Hanks …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Energy revenue for infrastructure: A ‘natural link’?
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
 Earlier Items: 
Des Moines Register:
King leaning toward running for Senate
Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
Goldman Rejects Proposal That Firm Run for Elected Office
Discussion: AMERICAblog and The National Memo
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Has Washington waited too long?
Jeremy Armstrong /
Oh brother: David Miliband to quit as MP for “dream” charity job in New York
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Spectator