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2:00 PM ET, February 17, 2013

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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
GOP Senator Would Take Away Health Coverage From 30 Million Americans To Avoid Military Cuts  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Sunday the government should protect the Defense Department from automatic spending cuts by slashing $1.2 trillion from the Affordable Care Act.
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Hagel reassures Graham on Israel remark  —  Chuck Hagel is disavowing a comment he reportedly made six years ago tying the State Department to Israel, according to South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham.  —  Graham announced on “Fox News Sunday” that Hagel sent him a letter saying …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Republicans still question Hagel's nomination  —  (CNN) - Sen. John Barrasso said Sunday that when Republicans held up a vote last week on Chuck Hagel's nomination to be defense secretary, it wasn't a political ploy, but a sign of serious questions about the nominee.
Discussion: Politico
Erik Wasson / The Hill:   McCain says Hagel will be confirmed
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Sen. Graham: Hagel disavowed remark on Israel controlling State department
Discussion: Politico and Israel Matzav
Associated Press:
Dozens of pro-Dorner protesters rally at LAPD HQ  —  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dozens of protesters rallied outside Los Angeles police headquarters Saturday in support of Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer and suspected killer of four who died after a shootout and fire this week …
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How to Unparalyze Us  —  I WAS struck by one particular moment during President Obama's State of the Union address.  The president proposed a $1 billion investment to build a new National Network for Manufacturing Innovation to spur high-tech manufacturing in America.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Seeing the Forest
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The End of a Catholic Moment  —  THE last time the Chair of St. Peter stood vacant, during Pope John Paul II's funeral in 2005, the Roman Catholic Church enjoyed a wave of unusually favorable coverage from the American press.  The Polish pope had a way of disarming even his most stringent critics …
New York Times:
The Real Cost of Shrinking Government  —  In less than two weeks, a cleaver known as the sequester will fall on some of the most important functions of the United States government.  About $85 billion will be cut from discretionary spending over the next seven months, reducing defense programs …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Bucks Tide With Bill to Ease Abortion Limits  —  ALBANY — Bucking a trend in which states have been seeking to restrict abortion, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is putting the finishing touches on legislation that would guarantee women in New York the right to late-term abortions when their health is in danger or the fetus is not viable.
Discussion: The Mahablog
Alex Williams / New York Times:
Creating Hipsturbia  —  A yoga studio opened on Main Street that offers lunch-hour vinyasa classes.  Nearby is a bicycle store that sells Dutch-style bikes, and a farm-to-table restaurant that sources its edible nasturtiums from its backyard garden.  —  Across the street is the home-décor shop …
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Althouse
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Bobby Jindal is governing like it's 2016  —  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is laying the groundwork for a likely presidential run — and using his state as a testing ground for policies that play well with national conservatives.  —  He's passed a sweeping school voucher plan …
Sarah Jones / PoliticusUSA:
CPAC: White Supremacists and Wayne LaPierre are Welcome, but GOProud is Banned  —  CPAC is coming!  Prepare your battleships, patriots.  On March 14, the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference descends upon innocent Americans in order to spread the goodness of Dick Morris …
Manu Raju / Politico:
McCain: Support for gun checks  —  Sen. John McCain said Sunday he expects there'll be broad support in the Senate for a new bipartisan plan to broaden background checks on gun purchasers.  —  The Arizona Republican pointed to a plan being drafted by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: alan.com
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
McDonough: Pressure is on Congress to act on immigration reform  —  White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday pushed back against criticism over a leaked Obama administration immigration proposal, claiming that the pressure to overhaul the nation's immigration laws was on Congress.
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
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Alan Gomez / USA Today:
White House immigration bill offers path to residency
 
 
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
65 Republicans Supported Increasing The Minimum Wage When Bush Was President
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Majority Of House Democrats Call On President Obama To Reject Benefit Cuts To Medicare, Medicaid …
Joseph Stiglitz / Opinionator:
Equal Opportunity, Our National Myth
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