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11:50 AM ET, March 29, 2013


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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.
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Rep. Young calls farm workers ‘wetbacks,’ says he meant no disrespect  —  JUNEAU — Rep. Don Young's use of an ethnic slur to describe the California farm workers who picked tomatoes for his father threatens to become an embarrassment for a Republican Party trying to court Hispanic voters.
Discussion: First Read
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
The GOP's Post-Election Outreach Hits Some Speed Bumps  —  The GOP's push for inclusivity suffered some setbacks this week.  —  Earlier this month, the Republican National Committee released its 2012 election post-mortem, conceding that the GOP must do more to reach out to minority communities.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:   Alaska Republican Congressman: My Father Used To Have “Wetbacks” Pick Tomatoes
North Korea plan to attack US mainland revealed in photographs  —  North Korea has revealed its plans to strike targets in Hawaii and the continental United States in photos taken in Kim Jong-un's military command centre.  —  Related Stories  — Judge investigating Nicolas Sarkozy receives bullet in post
North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Warned
Discussion: The Reaction
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward  —  President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control.  —  The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Ted Cruz Accuses Obama Of Taking ‘Advantage’ Of Sandy Hook, Vows To Stymie Gun Control Legislation  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) responded to President Barack Obama's latest call for action on gun control Thursday, launching criticism at the White House and promising to do everything in his power …
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Rubio joins group threatening to filibuster gun control legislation
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Libertarians name North Dakota “most free” state  —  Sorry, women!  Your “freedoms” aren't as important as freedom from excessive taxation  —  The Mercatus Institute, a libertarian-oriented — and Koch brothers-affiliated — think tank based out of George Mason University (a public university …
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
No Abortions for 800 Miles  —  For women seeking abortions …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and
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.
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?”
New York Times:
Deal Reached to Force Paid Sick Leave in New York City  —  New York is poised to mandate that companies with 15 or more employees provide paid time off for them when they are sick.  —  A compromise agreement reached Thursday night resulted from a raw display of political muscle by a coalition …
Andy Langer / Texas Monthly:
EXCLUSIVE: Willie Nelson on same-sex marriage  —  Willie Nelson loves love.  “Love is what I live on.  Love is what keeps me going,” he wrote in his 2006 book The Tao Of Willie.  And Wednesday night, in an interview in Austin on his tour bus, Willie said he believes love doesn't discriminate …
Peter Wehner / Commentary Magazine:
The Stunning Public Shift on Same-Sex Marriage
Discussion: Right Turn and Power Line
Brittany Cooper / KMVT-TV:
Obama Daughters Vacationing In Sun Valley  —  Sun Valley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Sun Valley is known to be a getaway for celebrities and the First Family is no different.  —  In an exclusive photo obtained by Idaho's First News, you can see the First Daughters, Malia and Sasha Obama skiing at River Run Thursday.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Weasel Zippers
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 …
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama administration moves ahead with sweeping rules requiring cleaner gasoline
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Palin's SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In  —  The ex-governor and VP pick railed against political consultants at CPAC.  But her latest FEC filings show they took millions of dollars from her in the last election cycle.  —  She's baaaack.
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
Michael Wines / New York Times:
Soaring Bee Deaths in 2012 Sound Alarm on Malady  —  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40 percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed …
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
White House Weighing Entitlement Limits  —  Budget May Include Plan to Restrict Inflation Adjustments for Social Security, Other Programs, Along With New Revenue  —  WASHINGTON—The White House is strongly considering including limits on entitlement benefits in its fiscal 2014 budget …
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Sequester: Democratic theory of the case  —  The public has largely tuned out the Democrats' repeated warnings about mid-air plane crashes, troop deaths and mass illness from tainted meat if the sequester cuts stay in place.  —  But Democrats aren't dropping the threat of disaster …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Paying the Costs of Iraq, for Decades to Come  —  A little over ten years ago, George W. Bush fired his economic advisor, Lawrence Lindsey, for saying that the total cost of invading Iraq might come to as much as $200 billion.  Bush instead stood by such advisors as Paul Wolfowitz …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Wired
John Podhoretz / Commentary Magazine:
Time to Get Serious  —  Barack Obama is a serious man.  Yes, he likes to golf, and yes, he ran a campaign with cutesy Facebook pictures and seemingly inane Flash slideshows like “Life of Julia.”  No, he does not seem interested in the mechanics of legislation, nor does he seem adept at negotiation.
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Dispute over guest-worker program puts immigration talks at risk of delay
Discussion: Power Line and Infowars
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul hits Hollywood on gun control
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Top Republican Warns Of French People Illegally Crossing Mexican Border In South Texas
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Ten years after Iraq war began, Iran reaps the gains
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
Britons in aid convoy kidnapped and sexually assaulted in Libya
Elliott Abrams / National Review:
Syria's European Jihadis
Discussion: Power Line
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
FRC Invokes Matthew Shepard in Anti-Gay Marriage Column
Discussion: Firedoglake and Joe. My. God.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Clock Ticks on Racial Preferences
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Reality Bites Back: ‘Dudes of Juicy Couture,’ Left shocked Obamacare is costing them work hours
Associated Press:
US Army veteran charged with fighting with al-Qaida in Syria, using weapon of mass destruction
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
The Real Reason Public Opinion Doesn't Work