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The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2013 to 2023  —  Economic growth will remain slow this year but is expected to speed up next year.  Even so, CBO projects that the unemployment rate will remain above 7.5 percent through 2014.  —  Read the report  —  Macroeconomic Effects of Alternative Budgetary Paths
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New York Times:
Obama Congress Budget Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Tuesday called on lawmakers to quickly pass a new package of limited spending cuts and tax changes that can head off the automatic, across-the-board reductions set to begin March 1.  —  Mr. Obama said Congress should delay …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner throws cold water on Obama sequester plan
Discussion: The Fix and National Review
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
House GOP thinks unthinkable on defense cuts
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Wall Street Journal:
Obama Seeks Delay in Automatic Cuts
Discussion: Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO projects $845B budget deficit for 2013
Discussion: alan.com, Politico and The Maddow Blog
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
CBO Sees Rising U.S. Debt, Economic Rebound in 2014
New York Times:
Memo Cites Legal Basis for Killing U.S. Citizens in Al Qaeda  —  WASHINGTON — Obama administration lawyers have asserted that it would be lawful to kill a United States citizen if “an informed, high-level official” of the government decided that the target was a ranking figure in Al Qaeda who posed …
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Glenn Greenwald / Guardian:
Chilling legal memo from Obama DOJ justifies assassination of US citizens  —  The president's partisan lawyers purport to vest him with the most extreme power a political leader can seize  —  The most extremist power any political leader can assert is the power to target his own citizens …
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obama Targeted Killing Document: If We Do It, It's Not Illegal  —  If a high-ranking administration official does it, it's not illegal.  At least not when we're talking about ordering the death of an American citizen the administration believes to be associated with Al Qaeda.
Marc Ambinder / The Week:
Your government can kill you if...  A Justice Department …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Hullabaloo
Michael Isikoff / NBCNews.com:
EXCLUSIVE: Justice Department memo reveals legal case for drone strikes on Americans
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Republicans Are Upset That Obama Is Giving Remarks At The Same Time As Eric Cantor's Speech  —  GOP officials take to Twitter to voice their discontent.  —  Image by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Republican aides are calling out the White House for scheduling President …
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Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Widely Support Immigration Reform Proposals
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
DREAMers Target GOP, Chant ‘Undocumented And Unafraid’ At Immigration Hearing
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Russell Berman / The Hill:
In first immigration hearing, House GOP seeks middle ground on citizenship path
Discussion: Politico
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law  —  President Obama's health care law will push 7 million people out of their job-based insurance coverage — nearly twice the previous estimate, according to the latest estimates from the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday.
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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:   CBO: Obama health law will cost $1.3T
Justin McCurry / Guardian:
North Korea video shows US city in flames after missile attack  —  YouTube video shows city ablaze in scenes reminiscent of 9/11, as South Korea claims nuclear test imminent in Pyongyang  —  It begins benignly enough, with an image of a sleeping young North Korean man …
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The Lede:
North Korean Propaganda Video Uses ‘Call of Duty’ and ‘We Are the World’ to Imagine a Brighter World, Without Manhattan
Discussion: msnbc.com, Addicting Info and Mashable!
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
The Disgusting Consequences of Plastic-Bag Bans  —  Conservatives often point out that laws, no matter how benign they may appear, have unintended consequences.  They can reverberate in ways that not many people foresaw and nobody wanted: Raising the minimum wage can increase unemployment; prohibition can create black markets.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Declines Medicaid Expansion  —  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) announced Tuesday that his state will turn down the Medicaid expansion, becoming the first governor of a blue state to officially say no to the coverage provision of the Affordable Care Act that the Supreme Court made optional.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Week
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Andrew Sparrow / Guardian:
MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of gay marriage - politics live blog  —  Sort by:  —  8.03pm GMT  —  The carry over motion was passed by 464 to 38 - a majority of 426.  —  All the votes related to the gay marriage bill are now over.  —  8.01pm GMT  —  Here's a pro-Cameron take on the result.
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Michelle Obama's posterior again the subject of a public rant  —  They're at it again.  —  The latest public rant against Michelle Obama's effort to promote low-calorie school lunches was recently caught on tape in Alabama — the usual protest against the federal government meddling in local business.
David Mitchell / KDVR.com:
7-year-old playing an imaginary game at school gets suspended for real  —  LOVELAND, Colo. — A 2nd grader has been suspended from school in Loveland for a make believe game he was playing.  —  The 7-year-old says he was trying to save the world.  But school administrators say he broke a key rule during his pretend play.
Joel Griffith / BREITBART.COM:
KRUGMAN: U.S. NEEDS DEATH PANELS, SALES TAXES  —  Nobel Prize winning “economist” Paul Krugman spoke at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C. last week.  During the Q&A session following the lecture, an audience member asked him about the rising national debt.
Discussion: Doug Ross and NewsBusters blogs
Christi Parsons / Los Angeles Times:
Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing  —  Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau, who at times lit up social media as well as the president's addresses, is leaving.  —  President Obama and his head speechwriter, Jon Favreau, work in the Oval Office.
Frances Robles / New York Times:
Port Deal Pushed by Menendez Could Benefit Former Aide, Not Just a Major Donor  —  SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — It turns out that the lucrative port security contract pushed by Senator Robert Menendez would enrich more than just a major benefactor.  —  The contract could also benefit …
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Jason Koebler / US News:
Study: Global Warming Can Be Slowed By Working Less  —  A new analysis suggests that a more ‘European’ schedule would reduce the effects of climate change  —  Want to reduce the effects of global warming?  Stop working so hard.  Working fewer hours might help slow global warming …
Ben Hartman / Jerusalem Post:
WATCH: TA marks space handicapped and tows car  —  Security cameras show Tel Aviv municipality workers painting handicapped markings around parked vehicle and then towing it.  —  The Tel Aviv municipality found itself in hot water on Tuesday, after a Facebook post by a woman whose car …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Pentagon to extend certain benefits to same-sex spouses  —  Jeff Sheng/AP - In this June 23, 2012 photo provided by Jeff Sheng, Navy Chaplain Kay Reeb of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America officiates the civil union ceremony of Air Force Tech.  Sgt. Erwynn Umali, right …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dick Morris out at Fox News  —  Fox News has decided not to renew its contract with political commentator and pollster Dick Morris, an industry official tells POLITICO's Mike Allen.  —  Morris, who was on contract with Fox News throughout the 2012 presidential campaign …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Dems start out ahead in Iowa Senate election  —  Steve King is the overwhelming favorite of Iowa Republicans to be their Senate candidate next year...and trails every Democratic candidate we tested against him by at least 7 points.  It's the story of the last two election cycles for Senate Republicans.
Stephanie Mencimer / Mother Jones:
The Latest Right-Wing Conspiracy Theory: Obama Death Squads Targeting Gun-Rights Activists  —  What do you get when you combine the president's ability to secretly kill American citizens and the recent push to restrict gun access?  One of the most bizarre anti-Obama conspiracy theories ever†…
 
 
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Arthur C. Brooks / AEI:
Remarks by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (as prepared for delivery)
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Rand Paul: Audit the Fed
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Arkansas to allow concealed guns in churches
Discussion: The Reaction
Jason Koebler / US News:
City in Virginia Becomes First to Pass Anti-Drone Legislation
Discussion: alan.com
Arran Robertson / The Online Office …:
Blumenauer, Polis Bills De-Federalize Marijuana Prohibition, Provide for Regulatory and Taxation Framework
Discussion: Firedoglake and Gothamist
Reason:
Three Flushes for American Capitalism!
Discussion: Hot Air
New York Times:
Bulgaria Implicates Hezbollah in Deadly Israeli Bus Blast
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Washington rated the worst for traffic congestion — again
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Mugsy / Crooks and Liars:
Today is the 10th Anniversary of Powell's Infamous UN Presentation
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Mass. GOP Buoyed by Winslow's Eyeing U.S. Senate Vacancy
Discussion: Politico and Daily Download
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How the NRA Is Helping to Pass Gun Control
Discussion: Politico and Mother Jones
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Philosophy of Data
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