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7:40 PM ET, March 28, 2013


 Top Items: 
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
TIME Magazine Sexualizing Same-Sex Marriage With New Cover Photo  —  One of Time's two new cover photos declaring “gay marriage already won” looks like a wedding kiss.  The other looks more like a makeout session.
Discussion: Stinque and Althouse
Matt Tunseth / The Alaska Star:
Murkowski's gay marriage views ‘evolving’  —  U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowsk (R-Alaska) talks to a constituent before entering the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River on Wednesday, March 27 in Eagle River, where she addressed the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.
David von Drehle / Swampland:
How Gay Marriage Won  —  Eager to be eyewitnesses to history, people camped for days in the dismal cold, shivering in the slanting shadow of the Capitol dome, to claim tickets for the Supreme Court's historic oral arguments on same-sex marriage.  Some hoped that the Justices would extend marriage rights …
David Weigel / Slate:
Flashback: When Democrats Swore They Would Never Back Gay Marriage
Discussion: The Dish, Hot Air and Betsy's Page
Open Channel:
Newtown gunman Adam Lanza fired 155 bullets in less than five minutes, prosecutor says  —  Adam Lanza fired 155 bullets in less than five minutes on the day he killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, investigators said Thursday in the first detailed account …
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Warrants Detail Items Seized From Lanza Home
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Hey Piers Morgan, Adam Lanza was not a NRA member
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Aaron Katersky / ABCNEWS:
Newtown Gunman Had Arsenal of Pistols, Shotguns, Swords, Knives
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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:
David M. Drucker / GOPpers:
Boehner Memo: ‘We Forged a New Tactical Plan’
Discussion: The Plum Line and ThinkProgress
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
A Very White Republican Leadership Plans Minority Outreach  —  Criticism from inside the ranks.  “Any kind of racially specific campaign activity was often treated with skepticism by white staffers,” says one former RNC staffer.  —  Priebus speaks to reporters after holding private talks …
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Report: Right-Wing Extremists Are ‘Highly Engaged’ With GOP On Twitter
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Most Important Thing to Remember About America's Food Stamp Boom  —  The Wall Street Journal is out with a long article today exploring why the number of Americans on food stamps isn't falling along with the unemployment rate.  As of December there were 47.8 million people enrolled …
Discussion: The Impolitic
Chris Frates /
The Secret Republican Plan to Repeal ‘Obamacare’  —  And why the fight is far from over.  —  A few minutes after the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision upholding President Obama's health care law last summer, a senior adviser to Mitch McConnell walked into the Senate Republican leader's office to gauge his reaction.
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell's scorched-earth strategy
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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Top donors threaten Dems: Do the right thing on guns, or no more money  —  With red state Democratic Senators remaining skittish about embracing Obama's gun proposals, at least two top Democratic donors are stepping forward and vowing to withhold any and all future financial contributions …
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
US ECONOMY EXPANDS AT 0.4 PERCENT RATE  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year.  However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending.
Exclusive: Wal-Mart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering a radical plan to have store customers deliver packages to online buyers, a new twist on speedier delivery services that the company hopes will enable it to better compete with Inc.
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 …
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Impolitic
Stuart Stevens / The Daily Beast:
What the GOP Autopsy Proves  —  The RNC's report on the state of the Republican Party was resoundingly on point.  Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney's chief 2012 strategist, on how to fix the phony debates and the troubling influence of corporate money.  —  The Republican National Committee's …
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
A Cinderella Story?  How The Koch Brothers Use Florida Gulf Coast University To Promote Their Agenda  —  It's a great story: the virtually unknown, 15th seeded Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), has made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament.  But there's something you might not know about FGCU …
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Most Say Illegal Immigrants Should Be Allowed to Stay, But Citizenship Is More Divisive  —  OVERVIEW  —  A new survey finds that seven-in-ten Americans (71%) say there should be a way for people in the United States illegally to remain in this country if they meet certain requirements …
David Weigel / Slate:
A Michigan RNC Committeeman Wants You to Know the Truth About “Filthy” Homosexuality  —  Parade goers dance prior to the start of the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on March 2, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  —  Dave Agema is a Republican National Commiteeman from Michigan …
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 and Reuters
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Pentagon can't rule out '14 furloughs  —  Pentagon officials on Thursday said they could not rule out more worker furloughs in 2014.  —  Even as the Pentagon's leaders announced a reduction in the number of days workers will be furloughed this year, officials said budget uncertainties …
Discussion: Politico
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
‘Stupid’: Alan Simpson gores GOP on immigration, Obama on budget  —  CODY, Wyo.—Alan Simpson has spent the better part of two years flying around the country ticking people off, though that's putting it more politely than the former Wyoming senator does.  —  Simpson is the Republican half …
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Jim Carrey Backlash on eBay for His Anti-Gun Video Mysteriously Disappears  —  UPDATED: An eBay user who was selling an autographed photo of the actor and promising to buy a gun with the money sparked a mini-trend, though the auction site appears to have put an end to the movement.
Discussion: Twitchy, Infowars and NewsBusters blogs
Katie Packer Gage / State Journal Register:
Illinois law must outlaw stalking, not encourage it  —  I was very troubled to learn recently that despite having made stalking illegal in Illinois, elected officials in the state have afforded union bosses an exemption.  —  Yes, that's correct; during labor disputes, Illinois's law against …
Charles Poladian / International Business Times:
Steubenville's Former NAACP President Says Rape Victim Was Drunk And Willing [EXCLUSIVE]  —  This story has been corrected.  Royal Mayo is no longer the president of the Steubenville chapter of the NAACP, a post he left in late 2010.  He is currently a member of the group's Ohio executive committee …
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Alison Gash / Washington Monthly:
Under the Gaydar  —  How gays won the right to raise children …
Dara Kam / Post on Politics:
Scott ‘welcomes’ Obama to Miami by blasting feds for skipping out on ports funding
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
NSC urged Obama to give body armor to Syrian rebels
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
Richard Hartley-Parkinson / Daily Mail:
Hate preacher Anjem Choudary will not be prosecuted for urging followers to claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'
Discussion: National Review
Scott Cohn / CNBC:
Surging Student-Loan Debt Is Crushing the System
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Remy: Jim Carrey's Cold Dead Hand - A Rebuttal
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Obama creates voting commission
Discussion: Politico
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Barbara Walters To Retire In 2014
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Cooling on Warming
Discussion: E2-Wire
Wall Street Journal:
Laffer and Moore: The Red-State Path to Prosperity
Discussion: Hot Air and American Spectator
Matthew Schmitz / First Things:
Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis
Michael A. Walsh / New York Post:
A nation suckered  —  Bilking billions from the government