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1:30 PM ET, March 27, 2013


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Washington Wire:
Live Blog: Supreme Court Weighs Gay Marriage, Day 2  —  The Supreme Court Wednesday is hearing arguments on the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act, completing a two-day exploration of gay marriage after arguments Tuesday that showed the justices divided over how far the rights of gays and lesbians should extend.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Courting Cowardice  —  As the arguments unfurled in Tuesday's case on same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court justices sounded more and more cranky.  —  Things were moving too fast for them.  —  How could the nine, cloistered behind velvety rose curtains, marble pillars and archaic customs …
New York Times:
Justices Hears Arguments on Defense of Marriage Act  —  WASHINGTON — A majority of the justices on Wednesday questioned the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996, as the Supreme Court took up the volatile issue of same-sex marriage for a second day.
Rob Christensen / Raleigh News & Observer:
U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan declares her support for gay marriage  —  Sen. Kay Hagan said Wednesday that she supported the right of gay people to marry, saying “we should not tell people who they can love or who they can marry.”  —  Hagan, one of the few Democratic senators who had not previously come …
Nelson Lund / Wall Street Journal:
A Social Experiment Without Science Behind It  —  Advocates of same-sex marriages can't back up claims about positive long-term effects.  —  The Supreme Court is hearing two cases this week that represent a challenge to one of the oldest and most fundamental institutions of our civilization.
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
PUNCHES fly as gay marriage advocates and opponents clash outside Supreme Court while landmark case is heard inside  —  Midway through a National Organization protest in front of the US Supreme Court building, punches flew.  One, which landed on the face of a marcher, was thrown …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Justices cast wary eye on DOMA challenge  —  The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in a case that challenges the federal law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman and early reports from the proceedings suggest some justices are uncertain about whether the case should be before the high court.
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and Hit & Run
Steve Benen / The Maddow Blog:
Alito's provocative question
Greg Botelho / CNN:
Meet the woman at center of DOMA
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
Planned Parenthood's president thinks abortion is headed back to the Supreme Court
Discussion: Taking Note and ThinkProgress
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
As The Supreme Court Considers DOMA, Boehner Goes Mum
Discussion: Law, First Read and Daily Kos
‘Rude’ lawmaker Louie Gohmert pulls rank on cops over parking ticket  —  A Texas Republican congressman got into a late-night verbal altercation with U.S. Park Police officers earlier this month, pulling rank in an attempt to get out of a parking ticket near the Lincoln Memorial.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Daily Kos
Same Sex Marriage and Gilligan's Island Game Theory  —  After 28 years of wedded bliss and 2 kids, I'm guessing I'm probably the Conversation's resident marriage champ.  (It was an arranged Hindu ceremony, I was 3 and she was 2.)  And there's nobody who can better attest to the joys and benefits of a traditional monogamous union.
Discussion: Power Line and Hit & Run
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Local Airport Closures Cause GOPers Sequestration Anxiety  —  We've noted previously that outside Washington D.C. — where politicians and reporters obsess endlessly over inconsequential but high-valence things like White House tours and Easter egg hunts — sequestration is beginning to cause real harm, and political pain.
CBS News:
Poll: 80% of Americans unhappy with Washington  —  The Sequester  —  Americans continue to believe the sequester cuts will be bad for the country (41 percent) in the long run, and just 28 percent expect their effect to be good for the country.  However, the view that sequester will have no impact …
The Atlantic Online:
Is This North Korean Hovercraft-Landing Photo Faked?  —  While researching a photo entry about North Korea's recent threats of war, I discovered an image released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) that appears to have been digitally manipulated — at least two …
Discussion: Guardian
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Shuts Last Military Hot Line to South
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Washington Post:
CIA director faces a quandary over clandestine service appointment  —  As John Brennan moved into the CIA director's office this month, another high-level transition was taking place down the hall.  —  A week earlier, a woman had been placed in charge of the CIA's clandestine service for the first time in the agency's history.
Dave Lee / BBC:
‘Biggest ever attack’ slows internet  —  The row centres on the blocking of a web-hosting company alleged to be hosting spam websites  —  The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack in history.
Discussion: GigaOM and Mashable
New York Times:
Online Dispute Becomes Internet-Snarling Attack
Discussion: Gawker and Boing Boing
Our Story  —  We created POLITICO with a simple promise: to prove there's a robust and profitable future for tough, fair and fun coverage of politics and government.  To do this, we cling to a simple principle: always hire the most talented editors, reporters and newsroom staff and then set …
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 27, 2013 - Sandy Won't Change Their Vacation Plans, New Jersey Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll; Menendez Gets Small Bounce After Big Drop  —  New Jersey voters say 85 - 13 percent that they are not changing their summer vacation plans because of Hurricane Sandy …
Discussion: CNN, Ballot Box and Politico
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  March 27, 2013 - Virginia Voters Know Little …
Who really killed bin Laden?  —  Osama bin Laden was killed by a team of U.S. SEALS on May 2, 2011, at a compound near Abbottabad, Pakistan.  Click through to see images of the compound where he spent the last days of his life.  —  HIDE CAPTION  —  Bin Laden's compound
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz, Paul Threaten Filibuster On Gun Bill  —  In a letter that will be submitted to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Tuesday, Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (TX), Rand Paul (KY) and Mike Lee (UT) threatened to filibuster any gun control legislation “that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.”
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Reid faces dilemma over Dem defections after close budget vote  —  The razor-thin margin of passage for the Senate Democratic budget highlights the challenge Majority Leader Harry Reid will have in steering President Obama's legislative agenda through the Senate.
Alicia Chang / Talking Points Memo:
37 States Fight Over Chance To Test-Fly Drones, Tap Into The Civilian Market  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's the land where Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, where the space shuttle fleet rolled off the assembly line and where the first private manned rocketship climbed to space.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael J. Totten / Michael J. Totten's blog:
Northern Lebanon Burning  —  Northern Lebanon is currently suffering the kind of violent absurdity that occurs nowhere in the world but the Middle East.  —  The Syrian civil war is spilling into the city of Tripoli, the second largest in Lebanon.  Sunni Muslims in the poor neighborhood …
Discussion: The Jawa Report
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Jan Cienski / Financial Times:
Poland opens way to euro referendum
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Wonkblog
Megha Rajagopalan / Reuters:
China jails 20 on jihad, separatism charges in restive Xinjiang
Discussion: New York Times
JPMorgan Chase Faces Full-Court Press of Federal Investigations
Greg Lukianoff / Forbes:
FAU College Student Who Didn't Want To Stomp On ‘Jesus’ Runs Afoul of Speech Code
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Energy revenue for infrastructure: A ‘natural link’?
Discussion: Hot Air and Hullabaloo
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King leaning toward running for Senate
Michael J. Moore / Bloomberg:
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Discussion: AMERICAblog and The National Memo
Jeremy Armstrong /
Oh brother: David Miliband to quit as MP for “dream” charity job in New York
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and BBC