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5:10 PM ET, April 1, 2013


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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Georgia GOP Chair Warns That Straight People Will Enter Sham Gay Marriages For Benefits  —  A top Republican in Georgia has sounded an ominous warning that legalization of same-sex marriage may also lead to fraud.  —  Sue Everhart, chairwoman of the Georgia Republican Party …
Jon Gillooly /
Cobb sounds off as Facebook goes red in support of gay marriage  —  MARIETTA — As the U.S. Supreme Court took up the issue of same-sex marriage earlier this week, Marietta Board of Education member Brett Bittner joined many in changing his Facebook profile picture to reflect his support for marriage equality.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Americans' Top Critique of GOP: “Unwilling to Compromise”  —  Democrats criticized for spending too much  —  PRINCETON, NJ — As Republican leaders openly scrutinize their party after a 2012 election that was disappointing for them, rank-and-file Republicans, independents …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Social conservatives fight back  —  The preferred plot line for many in the GOP establishment for revitalizing their party goes something like this; they move to a more libertarian stance on key social issues - particularly same-sex marriage - and the Bible-thumping, evangelical wing …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Social conservatives fight back
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Lawsuit over health care tax could kill ‘Obamacare’  —  “Obamacare” looks increasingly inevitable, but one lawsuit making its way through the court system could pull the plug on the sweeping federal health care law.  —  A challenge filed by the Pacific Legal Foundation contends …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz: Obamacare Forces States To Release Violent Criminals Onto The Streets
Discussion: The Raw Story
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
It Took Obama 15 Tries To Sink A Basket On White House Court Monday  —  “Oh man,” Obama said.  —  Image by Jason Reed / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama did not have a great day on the White House basketball court Monday.  —  During the White House Easter Egg Roll …
Discussion: The Impolitic and Hot Air
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
‘Kid President’ pulls April Fools' prank at White House
Discussion: CNN
David Frum / CNN:
Hillary Clinton, a mistake for 2016  —  Editor's note: David Frum, a CNN contributor, is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.  He is the author of eight books, including a new novel, “Patriots,” and a post-election e-book, “Why Romney Lost.”
Colby Itkowitz / Morning Call:
Casey: I support gay marriage  —  Sen. Bob Casey has announced his support for gay marriage in an interview with The Morning Call.  (AFP/GETTY IMAGES / April 1, 2013)  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Bob Casey told The Morning Call on Monday he now supports same-sex marriage.
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee Advances Legislation That Would Tie Welfare To Children's Grades  —  Two Tennessee lawmakers introduced legislation that would tie welfare assistance under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to the educational performance of students who benefit from it …
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Bill tying student performance to welfare benefits advancing in Legislature
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Tony Paterson / The Independent:
The racist menace?  Muslims declare victory in fight over ‘anti-Islamic’ Lego  —  Danish toy giant agrees to cease production of 'Jabba's Palace' building set in light of complaints  —  Austria's Turkish community claimed a victory in its fight against Danish toy giant Lego yesterday …
Jonathan Miller / The Daily Beast:
How Kentucky Democrats Duped the MSM and Helped Elbow Out Ashley Judd  —  Judd adviser Jonathan Miller on the small coterie of state Democrats who duped the national press and helped nudge her out of the Senate race.  —  “We'd like to have you join us this afternoon for a discussion …
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform at RNC … Not even a million dollars could convince Lady Gaga to perform at last summer's Republican National Convention.  —  The snub by the pop star is included in a lawsuit filed by a powerful Republican nonprofit fundraising organization …
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
Twitter Blog:
Annncng: Twttr  —  Starting today, we are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants.  For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels.  —  We're doing this because we believe …
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
Ray Kelly admitted cops target blacks, Hispanics in ‘stop-frisk,’ state lawmaker testifies  —  NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly admitted that cops target blacks and Hispanics for the city's controversial “stop and frisk” program to keep guns off the street, a state lawmaker testified this morning.
Discussion: Gothamist and The Raw Story
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Bill O'Reilly vs. Rush Limbaugh  —  As the gay-marriage fight has made clear, the two men are very different kinds of conservatives.  Peter Beinart on what distinguishes them—and why O'Reilly's approach is the one that could help the GOP win again.  —  There are various ways to describe …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
Obama Proclaims April the Month to Teach Young People ‘How to Budget Responsibly’  —  ( - President Barack Obama, who has increased the national debt by $53,377 per household, has proclaimed April “National Financial Capability Month,” during which his administration will do things …
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan  —  Looks like there will be a Camelot East — make that Far East: Caroline Kennedy is heading to Tokyo to be the U.S. ambassador.  Kennedy, whose support for President Obama during his 2008 campaign was seen as crucial, had been widely talked …
New York Times:
More Diagnoses of A.D.H.D. in New C.D.C. Data  —  Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Discussion: and Guardian
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pol with gay son: No gay marriage  —  Arizona GOP Rep. Matt Salmon reaffirmed his opposition to gay marriage this weekend — even though he has a gay son.  —  “I don't support the gay marriage,” Salmon told KTVK, an independent station in Phoenix.  “My son is by far one of the most important people in my life.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Advocate and The Hill
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Pope Calls for ‘Peace in All the World’ in First Easter Message  —  VATICAN CITY — In his first Easter Sunday message, Pope Francis passionately called for “peace in all the world,” urging Israelis and Palestinians to “resume negotiations to end a conflict that has lasted all too long,” …
Margie Netzel / Ashtabula Star Beacon:
Man gunned down after church service  —  Son arrested, says it was ‘will of Allah’  —  ASHTABULA — Children screamed in terror and hid under the pews at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ on Sunday, witnesses said, as an Ashtabula man was shot and killed by his son just after the Easter service.
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Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
BREAKING: HiViz Says Adios to Colorado
G-A-Y / Good As You:
Video: Little kid spends Easter yelling at pro-gay church
Discussion: Gay Star News and The Raw Story
First Read:
First Thoughts: April's shower of activity on Capitol Hill
Alan Gomez / USA Today:
Senators warn that immigration bill still needs work
Discussion: NY Daily News and Washington Times
Mitch McConnell / USA Today:
ObamaCare fails to keep promises
Discussion: Firedoglake
Robert Farley / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
The Political Scientist as Blogger
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Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
What the Iraq war taught me about Syria
Discussion: Firedoglake and CHANNEL SURFING
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: ‘Simple’ Foreigners More Likely to Experience Miracles than ‘Sophisticated’ Americans
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Tim Huelskamp / Washington Times:
The war on marriage and motherhood
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Nicko Margolies / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Introducing Sunlight's Transparency Drone
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Corporations: America's had top corporate tax rate for one year
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jeffrey D. Sachs / New York Times:
On the Economy, Think Long-Term  —  THE 2009 economic stimulus package has come and gone.
Discussion: and Hit & Run
Yahoo! News:
The Michele Bachmann sideshow is hurting the GOP
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Amy Schatz / Wall Street Journal:
Hiring Spreads, but Only 14 Cities Top Prerecession Level
Discussion: Hot Air