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5:05 PM ET, April 3, 2013


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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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:   Eleven North Carolina Republicans Sponsor Resolution Saying Their State Can Ignore The Constitution
Nathan Hardin / Salisbury Post:
Lawmakers file Rowan County Defense of Religion Act
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  —  The conservative Virginia attorney general asked an appeals court to allow the state to use to the sodomy law to prosecute a man for soliciting a minor.  —  Image by Steve Helber, File / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Although most people …
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.
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Hagel: No budget cuts off-limits
Discussion: Yahoo! News, Politico, CNN and The Caucus
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama to take sequester pay cut
Discussion: Politico
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.
Stephen Gutowski / CNSNews:
Co-Sponsor Of Bill Banning Magazines Demonstrates She Doesn't Know What They Are, Mistakes Them for Bullets
Discussion: protein wisdom
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
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 …
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?
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
NAF Proposes Big Expansion of Social Security
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama administration pushes banks to make home loans to people with weaker credit  —  The Obama administration is engaged in a broad push to make more home loans available to people with weaker credit, an effort that officials say will help power the economic recovery but that skeptics …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP frets Mark Sanford could blow it  —  Mark Sanford won over primary voters Tuesday night, but national Republicans aren't celebrating: Many privately concede the former governor could hand a safe Republican seat to Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.  —  The affair that sent Sanford's …
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.
Discussion: The Raw Story, The Tell and AllThingsD
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Prosecutor Cited Security As Reason For Withdrawing From Aryan Brotherhood Of Texas Case  —  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Hileman, who has withdrawn from a large federal racketeering case against alleged members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang, cited “security reasons” …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Crooks and Liars
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 …
Michael Hirsh /
Mary Schapiro and Lanny Breuer Give Us the Ultimate Dog-Bites-Man Story  —  They failed to prosecute a single Wall Streeter over the 2008 disaster.  Now it's home to mama.  —  As head of the Securities and Exchange Commission for the past four years, Mary Schapiro failed to win …
Discussion: Hot Air
The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Administration regulators cashing in
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
About New York: Malcolm Smith Accused of Bribery for Spot on Mayoral Ballot  —  You could drag Malcolm A. Smith out of bed at 6 in the morning, and he'd still look like a million dollars.  —  Or whatever the cost of a few hundred yards of road in New York State is these days.
Juan Gonzalez / NY Daily News:
If true, state Sen. Malcolm Smith's scheme to buy Republican mayor ticket may be one of the …
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Happily Never After?  —  I'm worried about the Supreme Court.  —  I'm worried about how the justices can properly debate same-sex marriage when some don't even seem to realize that most Americans use the word “gay” now instead of “homosexual”; when Chief Justice John Roberts thinks gays …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
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.
Noel Sheppard / NewsBusters blogs:
Leno: AP Replaces ‘Illegal Immigrant’ With ‘Undocumented Democrat’  —  The Associated Press announced Tuesday that it will no longer use the term “illegal immigrant.”  —  On NBC's Tonight Show, host Jay Leno said, “They will now use the phrase ‘undocumented Democrat’” (video follows …
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Gay son of Rep. Salmon defends father
Discussion: Politico
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
You Don't Want to Balance the Budget for the Sake of Balancing the Budget
Discussion: Angry Bear
Adam Peck / ThinkProgress:
Tennessee May Deliberately Exclude Muslim Schools From New Voucher Program
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Hunting group wants background checks
Discussion: CNN
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
More Sandy-Style Superstorms Likely Headed For Europe, Thanks To Global Warming
Iain Banks diagnosed with cancer
Discussion: Crooked Timber
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Fermino / NY Daily News:
N.Y. Rep. Carolyn Maloney says she has received death threats at her Manhattan office …
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Felony Charges Dropped Against Colin Small, Republican Accused Of Destroying Voter Registration Forms
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Head Of Gun Organization: ‘Time To Hunt Democrats’
Pippa Middleton / Spectator:
‘Bring it on, Boris!’ Pippa Middleton's Spectator diary
Discussion: Daily Mail and Telegraph
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:
Crosswalks in New York Are Not Havens, Study Finds