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March 26, 2013
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With an eye on his legacy, Obama returns to immigration reform
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After the bruising budget and sequester battles, President Barack Obama hopes to regain the initiative by focusing his energies on pushing through immigration reform legislation. Signing such a bill would be an attractive legacy achievement for the president, analysts say. "If the administration were able to get an immigration bill that looked anything like comprehensive immigration reform after President Bush had failed on it, President Clinton had failed on it, every president back to Reagan had failed, it would be a big deal," says political scientist Cal Jillson. The Hill (3/26), Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)/The Associated Press (3/26)
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What happens if the court strikes down same-sex marriage?
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Gay rights advocates see this week's Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage as a watershed moment -- but fret that a defeat could prove a significant setback. Others say that win or lose, the case has changed the national conversation on same-sex marriage, locking the country on a path that will eventually lead to full equality for gay people. "It's better to win than to lose, sure, but I don't think that would stop the march towards marriage," says former Rep. Barney Frank. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/26)
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Think you're a news junkie? Let's see how you measure up
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An interactive quiz from Pew lets users weigh their knowledge of current events against the answers given by respondents to a Pew survey. Can you prove that you understand the news better than the average American? Pew Research Center (2/5)
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Mayor Mike brings down the house
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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took to the stage recently for the Inner Circle, a charity gig in which he warbles along with some of Broadway's top musical stars. This mix tape features the mayor's excruciating attempts to hammer out numbers from "The Phantom of the Opera," "Annie" and other Broadway classics. Comedy Central (3/25)
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I am sometimes a fox and sometimes a lion. The whole secret of government lies in knowing when to be the one or the other."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte, French military and political leader
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