Today’s the deadline for the Obama administration to file a friend of the court brief to the Supreme Court urging it to overturn California’s gay marriage ban.
“The White House on Wednesday said it did not approve the release this week of hundreds of illegal immigrants being held in detention centers, as Republicans turned up the heat on the budget-cutting move ahead of the sequester,” The Hill writes.
Chuck Hagel said in his first speech as defense secretary, per The Hill: “We can't dictate to the world, but we must engage in the world. We must lead with our allies. Allies are, as everyone in this room knows, particularly important. No nation — as great as America is — can do any of this alone.”
Bloomberg: “Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy, is a leading candidate to become President Barack Obama’s nominee as U.S. ambassador to Japan, according to two people familiar with the matter.”
“The National Republican Senatorial Committee is launching a parody web site Thursday that accuses President Barack Obama of hypocrisy for allowing Organizing for Action to sell access to him,” Politico writes. “WhiteHouseVIP.com features videos, tweet generators and an online petition on a site that looks vaguely like the White House’s.”