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Laura Leslie / @NCCapitol:
Proposal would allow state religion in North Carolina  —  A bill filed by Republican lawmakers would allow the state to declare an official religion, in violation of the Establishment Clause of the US Bill of Rights, and seeks to nullify any federal ruling against Christian prayer by public bodies in North Carolina.
John Celock / The Huffington Post:
North Carolina May Declare Official State Religion Under New Bill  —  Republican North Carolina state legislators have proposed allowing an official state religion in a measure that would declare the state exempt from the Constitution and court rulings.  —  The bill, filed Monday …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Eleven North Carolina Republicans Sponsor Resolution Saying Their State Can Ignore The Constitution
Discussion: Sky Dancing and @NCCapitol
Chairman Reince Priebus / RedState:
Media Covers up Democrat-Backed Planned Parenthood's Support for Infanticide  —  For almost as long as there have been two parties, there have been accusations of mainstream media bias.  Conservatives know it's real.  Liberals insist it's imagined.  Bias is evident not only in how events …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Chair Priebus Suggests Democrats Support Infanticide  —  In an article published Wednesday on the conservative website RedState, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus blasted Democrats for supporting Planned Parenthood, while floating the damning suggestion that the likes …
New York Times:
In a Budget Gesture, Obama Will Return 5% of His Salary  —  President Obama plans to return 5 percent of his salary to the Treasury in solidarity with federal workers who are going to be furloughed as part of the budget cutting process known as sequester, an administration official said Wednesday.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to take sequester pay cut
Discussion: Politico
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Hagel: No budget cuts off-limits
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Politico and CNN
Lou Chibbaro Jr / Washington Blade:
Cuccinelli challenges Va. sodomy ruling  — Stumble upon something good?  Share it on StumbleUpon  — Send via Email  — Send this page to Print Friendly  —  Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli is challenging a ruling that overturned the state's sodomy law.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Ken Cuccinelli Fights To Keep Sodomy Law On The Books
Alex Pareene / Salon:
One thing we don't know about Hillary  —  Did she learn any lessons from 2008?  —  Hillary Clinton made her first public speech since leaving the State Department last night, addressing the Vital Global Leadership Awards at the Kennedy Center.  She did not say she is running for president in 2016.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Paul on the rise, Hillary at new high
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Allison Sherry / The Spot:
As lead sponsor in House on gun legislation, Rep. Diana DeGette appears to not understand how they work  —  Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette didn't appear to understand how guns work Tuesday at a forum on gun control.  In two different Congresses, she has been the lead sponsor on legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines.
Sanford says fiancée surprised him at victory event  —  (CNN) - Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who resigned because of an extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur, told CNN in an interview Wednesday he was “completely” surprised when Chapur - now his fiancée …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP frets Mark Sanford could blow it
Jung Ha-Won / Agence France Presse:
N. Korea approves nuclear strike on United States  —  SEOUL — North Korea dramatically escalated its warlike rhetoric on Thursday, warning that it had authorised plans for nuclear strikes on targets in the United States.  —  “The moment of explosion is approaching fast,” the North Korean military said …
US boosts defences amid Korea threat
Discussion: KUOW
Don Van Natta Jr / ESPN:
Video shows Mike Rice's ire  —  NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — In several dozen hours of video of Rutgers men's basketball practices obtained by “Outside the Lines,” coach Mike Rice is seen hurling basketballs from close range at his players' heads, legs and feet; shoving and grabbing his players …
Washington Post:
Q: Do you support or oppose a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants?  —  This poll was conducted for The Washington Post and ABC News by telephone March 27 to 30, 2013 among a random national sample of 1,014 adults, including users of both conventional and cellular phones.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Republicans increasingly isolated on many major issues
Mark Murray / First Read:
Morning Joe poll: 60 percent of Americans want stricter gun laws
Jason Schreier / Kotaku:
Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault  —  Disney has laid off the staff of LucasArts and cancelled all current projects.  —  Staff were informed of the shutdown this morning, according to a reliable Kotaku source.
CBS Denver:
Denver Cops Criticize Obama In Advance Of Denver Speech  —  DENVER (CBS4) - Some current and former Denver police officers have taken to Facebook to criticize President Barack Obama's planned use of Denver police officers as a backdrop for a Wednesday speech on gun control.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
If Election Were Held Today, Democrats Would Win House In A Landslide — And Only Win A 5 Seat Majority  —  According to a Quinnipiac poll released today, if the election were held today 43 percent of the electorate would support a Democratic U.S. House candidate, as opposed to just 35 percent who would back a Republican.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
STUDY: States With Loose Gun Laws Have Higher Rates Of Gun Violence  —  The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its allies in Congress frequently claim that gun violence is highest in places with the toughest crime laws.  But a new study from the Center for American Progress (CAP) …
Erica Goode / New York Times:
Report Links High Rates of Gun Violence to Weak State Regulations
Joe Klein / TIME:
Obamacare Incompetence  —  Let me try to understand this: The key incentive for small businesses to support Obamacare was that they would be able to shop for the best deals in health care super-stores—called exchanges.  The Administration has had 3 years to set up these exchanges.  It has failed to do so.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
The Politicians Who Supported DOMA Who Had Affairs  —  Seven Republican members of Congress, one Democratic president who signed the law, and one Democratic congressman.  —  Democratic President Bill Clinton  —  President Clinton famously received oral sex from White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
You Don't Want to Balance the Budget for the Sake of Balancing the Budget  —  A remarkable series of tweets Obviously, Dan Pfeiffer is correct about this.  —  If you want to see why, just consider that there is some level of government spending that you consider appropriate.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Angry Bear
Roger Ebert / Roger Ebert's Journal:
A Leave of Presence  —  Thank you.  Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.  Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time.  Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show …
Brad Plumer / Wonkblog:
The case for expanding Social Security, not cutting it  —  Nowadays, whenever Social Security comes up in policy debates around Washington, the discussion often focuses on how best to cut benefits in order to shore up the program's finances.  —  Time for an expansion?
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
Jim Carrey / The Huffington Post:
I Never Wanted to Take Your Guns Away  —  I disagree wholeheartedly with those who say that there are just too many guns out there to control and that more gun laws won't make a difference.  Change must start someplace.  I'm pretty sure that no worthwhile endeavor has ever been accomplished without …
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Embassy Cairo shuts down Twitter feed after Muslim Brotherhood spat  —  The U.S. Embassy in Cairo shut down its Twitter feed Wednesday following a public fight with the Egyptian Presidency and the Muslim Brotherhood over the arrest of an Egyptian television star.
Laura Leslie / @NCCapitol:
Senate bill seeks to curb college vote  —  A bill filed in the state Senate Tuesday would carry a tax penalty for parents whose children register to vote at their college address.  —  Senate Bill 667, “Equalize Voter Rights,” would remove the tax exemption for dependents who register to vote …
Discussion: Daily Kos and
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sen. Paul to deliver speech in New Hampshire
Discussion: CNN
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama: ‘No conflict’ between gun control and gun rights
Discussion: CNN
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Gay son of Rep. Salmon defends father
Discussion: Politico
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee May Deliberately Exclude Muslim Schools From New Voucher Program
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
More Sandy-Style Superstorms Likely Headed For Europe, Thanks To Global Warming
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Iain Banks diagnosed with cancer
Discussion: Boing Boing and Crooked Timber
Jennifer Fermino / NY Daily News:
N.Y. Rep. Carolyn Maloney says she has received death threats at her Manhattan office …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Head Of Gun Organization: ‘Time To Hunt Democrats’
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit