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9:50 AM ET, March 29, 2013


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Rush Limbaugh:
We Lost Once We Modified the Definition of the Word “Marriage”  —  RUSH: During the break, I had an e-mail.  “Rush, in all of this talk about gay marriage, I haven't heard what you think about it.”  I thought about that.  I asked myself, “Is my position on this really not known?”
Rush Limbaugh concedes conservatives ‘lost’ marriage debate  —  (CNN) - Conservatives who oppose same-sex marriage must accept that they've “lost the issue,” radio host Rush Limbaugh argued Thursday.  —  “This issue is lost,” the conservative firebrand said.
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Gives Up On Anti-Gay Marriage Fight: ‘This Issue Is Lost,’ ‘It Is Now Inevitable’
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The Stunning Public Shift on Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Right Turn and Power Line
Congressman Steve King / National Review:
Marriage Is Illegal . . . Without a License
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Leila Kheiry / KRBD:
Don Young talks economy, Arctic development  —  Alaskans, particularly those above 40, are telling Congressman Don Young that they're worried.  During his recent visit to Ketchikan, Young told media representatives that federal overreach through regulatory agencies has expanded rapidly, and the state is feeling the affect.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rep. Don Young on ‘wetbacks’ comment: I ‘meant no disrespect’  —  Rep. Don Young says he “meant no disrespect” when he used the term “wetbacks.”  —  “My father had a ranch; we used to have 50-60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes,” Young, an Alaska Republican, told a local radio station in a story posted Thursday.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Alaska Republican Congressman: My Father Used To Have “Wetbacks” Pick Tomatoes  —  In an interview with a local radio station on Thursday, longtime Alaska Congressman Don Young used the racial slur “wetback” while discussing the economy.  —  View Video ›  —  Image by
Discussion: First Read
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Clock Ticks on Racial Preferences  —  The Supreme Court may soon rule that universities cannot anymore use race as a factor in admissions—some 15 years sooner than Justice O'Connor predicted in 2003.  —  It has been a decade since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan's discriminatory admissions policies.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Alison Gash / Washington Monthly:
Under the Gaydar  —  How gays won the right to raise children …
E.J. Graff / American Prospect:
Falling Through the Looking Glass
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama administration moves ahead with sweeping rules requiring cleaner gasoline  —  The Environmental Protection Agency will move ahead Friday with a rule requiring cleaner gasoline and lower-pollution vehicles nationwide, amounting to one of President Obama's most significant air pollution initiatives …
Associated Press:
EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Reducing sulfur in gasoline and tightening emissions standards on cars beginning in 2017, as the Obama administration is proposing, would come with costs as well as rewards.  The cost at the pump for cleaner air across …
Discussion: Vodkapundit
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Men With Loaded Rifles Intimidate Moms Gathered At Gun Safety Rally  —  Several men with assault rifles and hand guns crashed a Mayor's Against Illegal Guns National Day to Demand Action event in Indianapolis, Indiana on Thursday and stood silently as the state chapter of Moms Demand Action held …
North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force  —  (Reuters) - North Korea put its missile units on standby on Friday to attack U.S. military bases in South Korea and the Pacific, after the United States flew two nuclear-capable stealth bombers over the Korean peninsula in a rare show of force.
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Warned
Discussion: The Reaction
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cheating Our Children  —  So, about that fiscal crisis — the one that would, any day now, turn us into Greece.  Greece, I tell you: Never mind.  —  Over the past few weeks, there has been a remarkable change of position among the deficit scolds who have dominated economic policy debate for more than three years.
Associated Press:
US Army veteran charged with fighting with al-Qaida in Syria, using weapon of mass destruction  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A U.S. Army veteran, who boasted on Facebook of his military adventures with Syrian rebels, was charged Thursday with firing rocket propelled grenades as part of an attack led …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
NSC urged Obama to give body armor to Syrian rebels
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
David Weigel / Slate:
“Be They Gays, Be They NAMBLA, Be They People Who Believe in Bestiality ...”  —  Hannitization is supposed to help people.  In his long career as a Republican talking head, Sean Hannity has tried to help so many conservatives get out of scrapes by giving them the precious gifts of softball interviews.
Donald McRae / Guardian:
Robbie Rogers: why coming out as gay meant I had to leave football  —  In February the former Leeds winger revealed his sexuality, then walked away from the game.  In his first interview since that decision, he explains his anger, and his hopes for the future
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
John Boehner Quote Of Lincoln Edits Out His Call For Higher Taxes  —  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) quotes Abraham Lincoln in a memo released Thursday as warning of debt, but ignores the former president's call for a tax or tariff.  —  The messaging to House Republicans quotes Lincoln expressing concern over debt:
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
The Real Reason Public Opinion Doesn't Work  —  Jonathan Chait gets it half-right: … See, the problem here is equating “90 percent in the polls” with “calling for change.”  Sure, 90 percent of citizens, or registered voters, or whoever it is will answer in the affirmative if they're asked by a pollster about this policy.
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Reality Bites Back: ‘Dudes of Juicy Couture,’ Left shocked Obamacare is costing them work hours  —  The latest thing causing a leftist tizzy?  Juicy Couture is joining the ranks of businesses that are forced to cut workers' hours in order to try to mitigate the devastating cost of Obamacare.
Ann Friedman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Quotas get results  —  A chat with MSNBC's Chris Hayes on tapping sources more diverse than the usual pool of white dudes  —  Let's face it: The conversation about diversity in journalism is mostly boring hand-wringing.  With each new byline count, it's easy to despair that gender …
The Commentator:
Israeli filmmaker beaten unconscious at French film festival  —  Yariv Horowitz has reportedly been beaten by “Arab youths” just before his film, Rock the Casbah, won an award at a French festival  —  A group of Arab youths have reportedly attacked an Israeli film director, Yariv Horowitz.
Conservatives score victory in tax battle  —  Here's one Republican victory that went virtually unnoticed in the slew of budget votes last week: The Senate told the Congressional Budget Office it should give more credit to the economic power of tax cuts.  —  It won't have the force of law …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Elliott Abrams / National Review:
Syria's European Jihadis  —  During a recent visit to Israel, I found military officers focused intently on Syria — where, they said, there are now about 5,000 jihadis.  These are not Muslim Brotherhood types, but fighters in Jabhat al-Nusra (listed by the United States last December …
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Discussion: Politico
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Discussion: The Hill and Politico
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Discussion: National Review
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
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Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
‘Stupid’: Alan Simpson gores GOP on immigration, Obama on budget
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
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