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10:35 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.
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: ThinkProgress, First Read and BuzzFeed
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
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.
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?”
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
Rush Limbaugh concedes conservatives ‘lost’ marriage debate
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
Discussion: Althouse
Congressman Steve King / National Review:
Marriage Is Illegal . . . Without a License
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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 …
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
North Korea plan to attack US mainland revealed in photographs
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.
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
Discussion: Vodkapundit
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ned Parker / Los Angeles Times:
Ten years after Iraq war began, Iran reaps the gains  —  The influence of Tehran on its neighbor is growing, while the U.S., Iraqi officials and analysts say, pursues a policy of near-total disengagement.  —  Followers of Iraqi Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada Sadr carry an image of him and chant slogans …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Balloon Juice
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 …
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