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7:40 PM ET, March 29, 2013


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David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
Dr. Ben Carson apologizes, offers to withdraw from Hopkins speech  —  Hopkins surgeon says he apologizes if he ‘offended anyone’ with comments on gay marriage  —  Dr. Benjamin Carson, the famed Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, apologized Friday for his “choice of words” and use of examples …
Discussion: National Review and Joe. My. God.
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Ben Carson: ‘I apologize’ for gay remark  —  Neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologized Friday for comments he made about gay marriage on Sean Hannity's TV show earlier this week.  —  “I think in terms of what was said on Sean Hannity's show, that was taken completely out of context …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Students demand prayer breakfast critic be pulled from commencement
Discussion: Alan Colmes' Liberaland and CNN
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats seek to tie House Republicans to Don Young's racial slur
Discussion: Care2 Causes and Booman Tribune
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner Demands Young Apologize
Discussion: Hawkings Here
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
James Pearson / NK News:
ANALYSIS: North Korean Photo Reveals ‘U.S. Mainland Strike Plan’  —  Want to travel to North Korea in 2013?  Click here to sign up!  —  UPDATE 1449KST: South Korean intelligence agencies have spotted increased activity on North Korean mid-to-long range missile platforms …
Scott A. Snyder / CNN:
Synder: What makes North Korea so scary
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
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.
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.
Joshua Green / Businessweek:
Why Republicans Won't Flip on Gay Marriage  —  There may be no one in the country with a more thorough and granular knowledge of the electorate than Jim Messina, President Obama's data-obsessed campaign manager.  Earlier this week, Messina dropped by Bloomberg's Washington office to talk …
Discussion: The Hill
John Fund / National Review:   Why Not Separate Marriage and State?
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
Paying the Costs of Iraq, for Decades to Come  —  A little over ten years ago, George W. Bush fired his economic advisor, Lawrence Lindsey, for saying that the total cost of invading Iraq might come to as much as $200 billion.  Bush instead stood by such advisors as Paul Wolfowitz …
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Study puts total price tag for Iraq, Afghanistan wars at more than $4 trillion
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Scalia's gay adoption claim: Even wronger than I thought  —  On Wednesday, I wrote about Justice Antonin Scalia's comment that “there's considerable disagreement among sociologists as to what the consequences of raising a child in a single-sex family, whether that is harmful to the child or not.”
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.
Eytan Bakshy / Facebook:
Showing Support for Marriage Equality on Facebook  —  The U.S. Supreme Court this week met to begin debating the future of same-sex marriage in the United States.  To accompany this historic event, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) started urging people on Monday, March 25 to change …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Memo: Supreme Court's Glimpse at Thinking on Same-Sex Marriage  —  WASHINGTON - Why did the Supreme Court agree in December to hear a major same-sex marriage case and then seem to think it had made a terrible mistake on Tuesday when it came time for arguments?
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Climate Change Endgame In Sight?  —  In my Weekly Standard cover story about the fallout from the “Climategate” email scandal three years ago, I offered the following question by way of prediction: … The article then went on to survey emerging research (U.S. government funded!) …
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 …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
What Is The Purpose Of Foreign Language Education?  —  I am almost two years into my study of French.  I write okay.  I read pretty poorly.  I speak pretty poorly.  And my ear is woeful.  I'm somewhere in the A2 range, which is probably a good reflection of the actual directed hours I've put in.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
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 …
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Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Ex-Atlanta Schools Chief Is Charged in Cheating Scandal
Discussion: The Raw Story
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Could A Win On Marriage Weaken LGBT Organizations?
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Washington Examiner:
Shikha Dalmia: Obamacare is Obama's Iraq War
Discussion: Hit & Run
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
Guantanamo Prisoner on Hunger Strike Seeks Relief in Court From ‘Reversion to Harsh Conditions’
Discussion: Washington Post, Infowars and The Week
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
NPR ending ‘Talk of the Nation’
Nick Wing / The Huffington Post:
John Roberts Hit By Credit Card Fraud
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
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Assault rifle stolen from gun advocate's car
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
New York Times:
Malicious Obstruction in the Senate
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Palin's SarahPAC Embarrassment: Consultants Are Cashing In