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6:40 PM ET, March 30, 2013


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Washington Post:
White men have much to discuss about mass shootings  —  Charlotte and Harriet Childress are researchers and consultants on social and political issues.  They are the co-authors of “Clueless at the Top: While the Rest of Us Turn Elsewhere for Life, Liberty, and Happiness,” on outdated hierarchies in American culture.
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.
New York Times:
In Pyongyang, Bluster, Fakery And Real Risks  —  SEOUL, South Korea — This week, North Korea's young leader, Kim Jung-un, ordered his underlings to prepare for a missile attack on the United States.  He appeared at a command center in front of a wall map with the bold, unlikely title …
Labor, business reach immigration deal  —  Senate negotiators cleared the last major hurdle to reaching a bipartisan immigration reform deal Saturday as labor and business groups signed off on a visa program for future low-skilled workers, according to a source familiar with the talks.
Michael Biesecker / Talking Points Memo:
Confederate Flag At Old NC Capitol Raises Ire, WIll Come Down  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A Confederate battle flag hung inside the old North Carolina State Capitol last week to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War is being taken down after civil rights leaders raised concerns.
Discussion: Mediaite
Authorities: Oil spill in Mayflower contained, lake & residents safe for now  —  MAYFLOWER (KATV) - An oil spill in a Mayflower subdivision has been contained, according to authorities.  —  A petroleum line ruptured around 3:00 Friday afternoon, according to Mayflower Chief of Police Bob Satkowski.
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
Could Google tilt a close election?  —  Google's motto is “Don't be evil.”  But what would it mean for democracy if it was?  —  That's the question psychologist Robert Epstein has been asking in a series of experiments testing the impact of a fictitious search engine — he called it …
Zoe Schlanger / Talking Points Memo:
Chick-fil-A Tries To Bury The Hatchet By Giving Away Free Food To Same-Sex Marriage Supporters  —  Chick-fil-A and its president/COO Dan Cathy have gone out of their way several times to make it clear that they stand in direct opposition to the wave of equality sweeping the nation, namely in matters of marriage.
Laura Leslie / @NCCapitol:
GOP seeks to curb early voting  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — Two bills filed by Republican lawmakers seek to cut back early voting and eliminate same-day registration in North Carolina.  —  Senate Bill 428, filed by Sen. Jerry Tillman, R-Randolph, would cut the early voting period from two weeks …
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 …
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
GOP presses Obama to approve ‘no-brainer’ Keystone XL pipeline  —  Republicans are stepping up pressure on the Obama administration to approve work on the long-delayed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.  —  Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) called on the White House to help lower the nation's energy costs …
Discussion: CNN
Robbie Brown / New York Times:
Ex-Atlanta Schools Chief Is Charged in Cheating Scandal  —  ATLANTA — A grand jury has indicted Beverly L. Hall, the former superintendent of the Atlanta Public Schools, and 34 other teachers and administrators on racketeering charges connected to one of the largest test-score cheating scandals in the country.
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.
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Why Republicans Won't Flip on Gay Marriage
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
NPR ending ‘Talk of the Nation’