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10:00 PM ET, April 1, 2013


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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.
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 …
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: Reuters and The Raw Story
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   Perry doubles down against ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion
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.
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 …
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, TIME and Hot Air
Geneva Sands / The Hill:
‘Kid President’ pulls April Fools' prank at White House
Discussion: CNN
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
This Blood Libel Brought to You by the West  —  Following a rash of criticism from U.S. Jewish groups, a Palestinian nonprofit funded by Western governments has apologized for accusing Jewish people of using “Christian blood” during the Passover holiday.  —  Miftah, a Palestinian nonprofit group founded …
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and MIFTAH
Zach Pontz /
ADL, Wiesenthal Center Slam MIFTAH for Defending Publication of Passover Blood Libel Article
Discussion: Elder of Ziyon and MIFTAH
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Arizona Congressman Opposes His Own Son's Marriage Equality  —  Matt Salmon and his boyfriend Kent Flake (2010)  —  When Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) came out for marriage equality last month, he largely attributed his change of position to his gay son and his desire to support him.
Discussion: Mediaite and Advocate
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Pol with gay son: No gay marriage
Discussion: The Hill, and Gay Star News
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
Rep. Matt Salmon: Gay son hasn't changed my views on gay marriage
World News:
US Navy shifts destroyer in wake of North Korea missile threats  —  The U.S. Navy is shifting a guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean peninsula in the wake of ongoing rhetoric from North Korea, U.S. defense officials said.  —  The USS McCain is capable of intercepting …
Bill Gertz / Washington Free Beacon:
Border Patrol  —  China has placed military forces on heightened alert …
Discussion: CBS DC and FP Passport
Clay Waters / NewsBusters blogs:
The NY Times' Mortifying Easter Error: ‘Resurrection Into Heaven of Jesus, Three Days After He Was Crucified’  —  Who says the New York Times is ignorant of religion?  —  Elisabetta Povoledo is a Rome-based reporter for the paper's international edition, but either she or her copy editor …
Discussion: Mediaite
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Pope Calls for ‘Peace in All the World’ in First Easter Message
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 …
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 …
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
The Simple Reason Why Goodreads Is So Valuable to Amazon  —  Amazon is the king of online booksellers and, by most accounts, the most feared player in publishing.  Yet last week it shelled out a reported $150 million to buy up Goodreads, a social network for book nerds with a devoted but smallish 16 million users.
Discussion: New Republic
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Choice of Plans Under Health Law Delayed for Small Firms  —  WASHINGTON — Unable to meet tight deadlines in the new health care law, the Obama administration is delaying parts of a program intended to provide affordable health insurance to small businesses and their employees — a major selling point for the health care legislation.
Discussion: Hot Air
Tom Humphrey / Knoxville News-Sentinel:
Bill tying student performance to welfare benefits advancing in Legislature  —  NASHVILLE — Legislation to cut welfare benefits of parents with children performing poorly in school has cleared committees of both the House and Senate after being revised to give the parents several ways to avoid the reductions.
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 …
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 …
Judge: Stockton, Calif., Can File for Bankruptcy  —  A judge accepted the California city of Stockton's bankruptcy application on Monday, making it the most populous city in the nation to enter bankruptcy.  —  U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Christopher Klein said the bankruptcy declaration was needed …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Ed Driscoll
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.”
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Lessons From a Comeback  —  Modern movement conservatism, which transformed the G.O.P. from the moderate party of Dwight Eisenhower into the radical right-wing organization we see today, was largely born in California.  The Golden State, even more than the South, created today's religious conservatism …
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Hana Levi Julian / Arutz Sheva:
Eve of Holiday, Muslims Hurl Rocks at Jews on Temple Mount
Michael Bastasch / The Daily Caller:
Environmentalists to news networks: cover climate change more, skeptics less
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Roger L. Simon
NBC News:
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Nicko Margolies / Sunlight Foundation:
Elizabeth Colbert Busch Cleans Her (Twitter) House Before Special Election
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Ballot Box
The Times of Israel:
Historic Damascus synagogue looted and destroyed
Darren Franich / Inside TV:
The Governor will be back as a series regular in ‘The Walking Dead’
Discussion: The Week and From Inside the Box
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Dan Zimmerman / The Truth About Guns:
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House ‘encouraged’ by Senate progress on immigration
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Tim Huelskamp / Washington Times:
The war on marriage and motherhood
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Bill O'Reilly vs. Rush Limbaugh
Emily Heil / Washington Post:
Caroline Kennedy to be ambassador to Japan