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2:50 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.
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.
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.
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Boehner, pols: Young slur ‘offensive’
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner Demands Young Apologize
Richard Mauer / Anchorage Daily News:
Rep. Young calls farm workers ‘wetbacks,’ says he meant no disrespect
Discussion: ThinkProgress, BuzzFeed and First Read
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
Scott A. Snyder / CNN:
Synder: What makes North Korea so scary
North Korea readies rockets after U.S. show of force
Discussion: Business Insider and The Hill
New York Times:
Corporate Cyberattacks, Possibly State-Backed, Now Seek to Destroy Data
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 …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul hits Hollywood on gun control  —  Sen. Rand Paul says there's “a certain amount of hypocrisy” that the same Hollywood celebrities and prominent politicians — including President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg — who are calling for gun control are also benefiting from armed protection themselves.
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
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
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.
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Liz Cheney: Obama ‘most radical’ ever in Oval Office
Discussion: Pat Dollard
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.
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 …
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Let The White House Know TODAY You Don't Want SS, Medicare Cuts
Discussion: Corrente
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 McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Video: Planned Parenthood Official Argues for Right to Post-Birth Abortion  —  Florida legislators considering a bill to require abortionists to provide medical care to an infant who survives an abortion were shocked during a committee hearing this week when a Planned Parenthood official endorsed a right to post-birth abortion.
Ben Geman / E2-Wire:
EPA's low-sulfur gasoline rules fuel fight with GOP over prices  —  The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday unveiled draft rules on auto emissions and low-sulfur gasoline designed 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 taking aim at auto emissions, sulfur in gas
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.
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 …
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.
Discussion: American Prospect
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 …
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
The Charlotte Observer:
McCrory eliminates Latino outreach office  —  WASHINGTON North Carolina's Latino advocates are voicing alarm following the governor's decision to eliminate the state's office for Latino affairs.  —  The closing of the Office of Hispanic/Latino affairs was sudden and caught many by surprise.
Gene Kennedy /
Assault rifle stolen from gun advocate's car  —  COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah - Cottonwood Heights Police are trying to track down an assault rifle stolen from a well-known gun lobbyist.  —  Clark Aposhian is the chairman of the Utah Shooting Sports Council.  He teaches a gun safety course …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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John Fund / National Review:
Why Not Separate Marriage and State?
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Potter and Withnail actor Richard Griffiths dies
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