March 2013

Mar 27, 2013

First Woman Is Chosen to Lead Secret Service

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

President Obama on Tuesday appointed Julia A. Pierson, a longtime Secret Service agent, as the first woman to head the agency best known for protecting the president, vice president and their families.

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Napolitano Expects Fees to Cover Immigration Reforms

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

At some point this spring, backers of comprehensive immigration reform in the Senate are expected to unveil a bill and then defend it against conservative criticisms that millions of undocumented workers who want citizenship will eventually strain the nation’s budget.

On Tuesday, Janet Napolitano, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said the costs of some of the key reforms backed by the administration would not be borne by taxpayers, but by the immigrants who opt to pursue any new pathway to citizenship enacted into law.

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Big Labor and Big Business Have One Big Issue: Immigration Reform

By Fawn Johnson, National Journal

Immigration reform has become the No. 1 policy priority at the AFL-CIO, a remarkable shift for the labor group that has in the past spent more effort trying to pass a health care law or destroying a proposal to privatize Social Security.

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High Court Hears Federal Marriage Law

By Pete Williams, NBC News

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Analysis: Supreme Court Seems Poised to Avoid Same-Sex Marriage Tide

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

For nearly four years, proponents of same-sex marriage have been strategically building a test case aimed at convincing the conservative-leaning Supreme Court to declare that gay marriage is a constitutional right. The advocates felt they were ready.

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Parties Scramble to Come to Terms With Opinion Shift on Same-Sex Marriage

By Dan Balz, The Washington Post

If justices on the Supreme Court sounded cautious and tentative as they addressed the issue of same-sex marriage Tuesday, it’s little wonder. Like everyone else in public life, they are operating in the middle of a political whirlwind.

The political and legal systems are caught between past and future. Public opinion has shifted rapidly, and a majority of Americans now back legalizing same-sex marriage. Among those younger than 40, support is overwhelming. The question is when and in what form the future arrives.

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5 Justices Seem Skeptical of Ban on Benefits to Gay Spouses

By Peter Baker and Adam Liptak, The New York Times

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.

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Mar 26, 2013

Rand vs. Rubio

By John Dickerson, Slate Magazine

The fascination with Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio is understandable. Both are young and ambitious Republicans in a party looking for its next leader. They are charismatic risk-takers who can talk to the media beyond just Fox News. Also alliteration may be destiny. Headline writers cannot resist writing Rand and Rubio combination. (See examples, here, here, here, here, and above.) Both men are also considering running for president.

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Obama Expects April Senate Debate on Immigration

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

With an eye on the calendar while lawmakers are out of town for two weeks, President Obama on Monday used a White House ceremony welcoming 28 new U.S. citizens as a backdrop to urge Congress to take up immigration reform legislation next month.

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Now in Defense of Gay Marriage, Bill Clinton

By Peter Baker, The New York Times

He had just flown across the country after an exhausting campaign day in Oregon and South Dakota, landing at the White House after dark. But President Bill Clinton still had more business before bed. He picked up a pen and scrawled out his name, turning a bill into law.

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Same-sex Marriage Takes Center Stage at SCOTUS

With Pete Williams, NBC News

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Factbox: Major Supreme Court decisions on gay rights

By Joan Biskupic, Reuters

The two gay marriage cases the U.S. Supreme Court will hear this week begin a new chapter in its review of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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