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12:15 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?”
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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’
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
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 …
Open Channel:
Investigators: Adam Lanza surrounded by weapons at home; attack took less than 5 minutes  —  Search warrants and other documents released by prosecutors show that shooter Adam Lanza fired 154 bullets from his rifle in less than five minutes.  NBC News' Michael Isikoff has more.
Emily Miller / Washington Times:
Hey Piers Morgan, Adam Lanza was not a NRA member  —  Certificates given for safety and training courses  —  The terrible murderer of children and teachers in Newtown, Conn., Adam Lanza, was not a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) despite the media reports.
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Warrants Detail Items Seized From Lanza Home
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Alison Gash / Washington Monthly:
Under the Gaydar  —  How gays won the right to raise children without conservatives even noticing.  —  No one knows for sure how the Supreme Court will rule on the two high-profile gay marriage cases it is now considering.  The betting, however, is that, regardless of the outcome, progress towards marriage equality will persist.
E.J. Graff / American Prospect:
Falling Through the Looking Glass
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Michael Roston / The Caucus:
As Court Considers Marriage Law, Chief Architect Seeks to Return to Congress
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
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
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.
Hayes Brown / ThinkProgress:
Report: Right-Wing Extremists Are ‘Highly Engaged’ With GOP On Twitter  —  A new report out Thursday finds that right-wing extremists on Twitter are “highly engaged” with the mainstream conservative movement and the Republican Party and highlights the role the GOP has to play in countering their more violent fans.
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
A Very White Republican Leadership Plans Minority Outreach
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.
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 …
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
North Korea Warned  —  U.S. Flies Stealth Bombers Over Peninsula in Show of Might  —  Two B-2 stealth bombers flew from a base in the American heartland, dropped test charges on targets near North Korea and returned to the U.S. on Thursday, as Washington mounted its most overt display …
Discussion: The Reaction
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and E2-Wire
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 …
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.
Dara Kam / Post on Politics:
Scott ‘welcomes’ Obama to Miami by blasting feds for skipping out on ports funding  —  UPDATE: President Obama reacted to Gov. Rick Scott's demands that the federal government reimburse Florida more than $100 million for two port projects.  —  “The President believes that the Port of Miami …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
NSC urged Obama to give body armor to Syrian rebels  —  The National Security Council (NSC) recommended that the United States give non-lethal military assistance such as body armor and night vision goggles to the Syrian rebels last month, but U.S. President Barack Obama did not approve the recommendation, The Cable has learned.
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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 …
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
Frederic J. Frommer / Talking Points Memo:
Ex-Sen. Larry Craig Loses Bid To Dismiss FEC Lawsuit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a Federal Election Commission lawsuit that accuses former Sen. Larry Craig of misusing $217,000 in campaign funds for his legal defense after his arrest in a 2007 airport bathroom sex sting.
Discussion: Stinque
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
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Nicole Winfield / Talking Points Memo:
Pope Washes Feet Of Young Detainees In Ritual, Includes Two Women
Congressman Steve King / National Review:
Marriage Is Illegal . . . Without a License
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Pentagon can't rule out '14 furloughs
Discussion: Politico
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
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Barbara Walters To Retire In 2014
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Illinois law must outlaw stalking, not encourage it
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Cooling on Warming
Discussion: ThinkProgress and E2-Wire
David Weigel / Slate:
A Michigan RNC Committeeman Wants You to Know the Truth About “Filthy” Homosexuality
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The Secret Republican Plan to Repeal ‘Obamacare’