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3:15 AM ET, March 30, 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 …
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 …
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Johns Hopkins Students Want To Replace Ben Carson As Graduation Speaker  —  Students at Johns Hopkins University's medical school are circulating a petition to replace Dr. Benjamin Carson as their commencement speaker after the famed neurosurgeon linked gay marriage to pedophilia and bestiality …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Students demand prayer breakfast critic be pulled from commencement
Discussion: CNN and Alan Colmes' Liberaland
Max Fisher / WorldViews:
Photo from Kim Jong Un's war room reveals North Korea's ‘U.S. mainland strike plan’  —  North Korea's state media agencies have been releasing a slew of photos showing the country's actual military build-up, which we are meant to understand is a prelude to war.
Sung-won Shim / Reuters:
North Korea says to enter “state of war” against South Korea: KCNA  —  (Reuters) - North Korea said on Saturday it was entering a “state of war” with South Korea in a continuing escalation of tough rhetoric against Seoul and Washington after coming under international sanctions for its nuclear test.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Yonhap News Agency:
(LEAD) N. Korea says it has entered into ‘war’ against S. Korea  —  North Korea announced Saturday that it has entered a state of war against South Korea.  —  In a special statement, the North's “party, ministries and other institutions” said they will deal with every inter-Korean issue in a wartime manner.
Discussion: Politico, Business Insider and Gawker
North Korea plan to attack US mainland revealed in photographs
Scott A. Snyder / CNN:
Synder: What makes North Korea so scary
New York Times:
Corporate Cyberattacks, Possibly State-Backed, Now Seek to Destroy Data
Alexander Marlow / BREITBART.COM:
WHITE HOUSE SCRUBS FIRST DAUGHTERS SKI TRIP REPORT  —  A local news affiliate in Idaho reported that the First Daughters, Sasha and Malia Obama, are on a Spring Break ski trip in Sun Valley, Idaho.  The story quickly spread across the Internet when picked up by the highly trafficked Drudge Report website.
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.”
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?
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 …
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 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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Democrats seek to tie House Republicans to Don Young's racial slur  —  Democrats are seeking to capitalize on Rep. Don Young's (R-Alaska) use of an ethnic slur to describe Hispanics.  —  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to put out press releases calling …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Boehner Demands Young Apologize
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Roland Martin On CNN: White Male Executives ‘Not Enamored’ Of ‘Strong, Confident Minorities’ (VIDEO)  —  Outgoing CNN pundit Roland Martin said on Thursday that executives who were uncomfortable with hiring black people as hosts had held back his rise at the network.
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!) …
Chris Young / The Center for Public Integrity …:
Corporations, pro-business nonprofits foot bill for judicial seminars  —  George Mason University top host of events  —  Conservative foundations, multinational oil companies and a prescription drug maker were the most frequent sponsors of more than 100 expense-paid educational seminars attended …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Law Blog
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.
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
Discussion: Washington Post, The Dish and Infowars
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
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Could A Win On Marriage Weaken LGBT Organizations?  —  “After marriage passed in the Netherlands, the movement more or less collapsed,” said the lawmaker who sponsored the Dutch marriage equality bill.  Could that happen in the United States?  —  Image by Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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