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2:50 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: Taylor Marsh and ABCNEWS
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
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 …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Limbaugh Gives Up On Anti-Gay Marriage Fight: ‘This Issue Is Lost,’ ‘It Is Now Inevitable’
Congressman Steve King / National Review:
Marriage Is Illegal . . . Without a License
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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
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 …
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: ThinkProgress and The Plum Line
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.
Open Channel:
Investigators: Adam Lanza surrounded by weapons at home; attack took less than 5 minutes
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Warrants Detail Items Seized From Lanza Home
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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.
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
Associated Press:
US Army veteran charged with fighting with al-Qaida in Syria, using weapon of mass destruction  —  ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A U.S. Army veteran, who boasted on Facebook of his military adventures with Syrian rebels, was charged Thursday with firing rocket propelled grenades as part of an attack led …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
NSC urged Obama to give body armor to Syrian rebels
Discussion: The Hill and ThinkProgress
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
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
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
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 …
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: Althouse
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicole Winfield / Talking Points Memo:
Pope Washes Feet Of Young Detainees In Ritual, Includes Two Women  —  ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope.
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Discussion: Infowars and The Daily Caller
Carlo Muñoz / The Hill:
Pentagon can't rule out '14 furloughs
Discussion: Politico
Conservatives score victory in tax battle
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dara Kam / Post on Politics:
Scott ‘welcomes’ Obama to Miami by blasting feds for skipping out on ports funding
Discussion: The Hill and 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
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
‘Stupid’: Alan Simpson gores GOP on immigration, Obama on budget
Discussion: The Hill and Taegan Goddard's …
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Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Obama creates voting commission
Discussion: Politico
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Barbara Walters To Retire In 2014
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Cooling on Warming
David Weigel / Slate:
A Michigan RNC Committeeman Wants You to Know the Truth About “Filthy” Homosexuality