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12:50 PM 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.
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.
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: BuzzFeed and First Read
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Boehner, pols: Young slur ‘offensive’  —  Lawmakers from both parties — including House Speaker John Boehner — are criticizing Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) for using the term “wetback,” a racial slur often directed at Hispanic immigrants, particularly Mexicans.  —  Boehner (R-Ohio) said the incident called for an “immediate apology.”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Alaska Republican Congressman: My Father Used To Have “Wetbacks” Pick Tomatoes
Discussion: Mediaite
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: Business Insider and The Hill
Scott A. Snyder / CNN:
Synder: What makes North Korea so scary
New York Times:
Corporate Cyberattacks, Possibly State-Backed, Now Seek to Destroy Data
Discussion: PostPartisan and Business Insider
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 …
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
Ted Cruz Accuses Obama Of Taking ‘Advantage’ Of Sandy Hook, Vows To Stymie Gun Control Legislation
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
EPA unveils low-sulfur gasoline rules to GOP jeers  —  The Environmental Protection Agency unveiled draft auto emissions and low-sulfur gasoline rules Friday to curb smog-forming, soot and toxic pollution, drawing attacks from Republicans who allege the mandate will increase consumer costs.
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
EPA to propose rule to clean up tailpipe pollution
Associated Press:
EPA taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama administration moves ahead with sweeping rules requiring cleaner gasoline
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
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.
John Fund / National Review:
Why Not Separate Marriage and State?  —  There is no question that the media, political, and cultural push for gay marriage has made impressive gains.  As recently as 1989, voters in avant-garde San Francisco repealed a law that had established only domestic partnerships.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
FRC Invokes Matthew Shepard in Anti-Gay Marriage Column
Discussion: Advocate, Firedoglake and Joe. My. God.
Robert Morrison / Latest Headlines:   What I saw at the March for Marriage
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.
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 …
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 …
Liz Cheney / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans, Get Over the 2012 Loss—and Start Fighting Back  —  Those who counsel that the GOP should move left are wrongheaded or Democrats, or both.  —  “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We didn't pass it on to our children in the bloodstream.
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?”
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
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.
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
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James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
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