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10:05 AM ET, February 19, 2013

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Politico:
Obama, the puppet master  —  President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.  —  Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated.
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Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Obama To Call On Congress To Avert Mandatory Spending Cuts — Again
Dana Loesch / RedState:
Colorado Democrat: Women Don't Need Guns If They 'Feel Like They're Going To Be Raped'  —  Chill, women, says Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar.  While arguing for the disarmament of college students, Salazar says that even if women feel like they're going to be raped, they may not, so who needs a firearm for protection?
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Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
Colorado lawmaker Joe Salazar issues apology over rape remark  —  The video of a Democratic lawmaker talking about rape while debating a gun bill involving college campuses has gone viral, with Republicans and Second Amendment activists likening Rep. Joe Salazar to failed Senate candidate Todd Akin.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:   Strategist Returns for Democrats' 2014 Senate Battles
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama ignores DOJ researchers who conclude assault weapons ban won't cut gun violence … Justice Department researchers have concluded that an assault weapons ban is “unlikely to have an effect on gun violence,” but President Obama has not accepted their report as his administration's official position.
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Lawmakers Look at Ban on High Capacity Gun Magazines
Discussion: The Plum Line and msnbc.com
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Tea Party challenger to McConnell emerging  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could see a primary challenge from local businessman Matt Bevin, who sources say is reaching out to Tea Party groups in the state to gauge support for a 2014 Senate run.
Discussion: CNN, First Read and Firedoglake
New York Times:
Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.  —  On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People's Liberation Army base for China's growing corps of cyberwarriors.  —  The building off Datong Road …
London Review of Books:
Royal Bodies  —  Last summer at the festival in Hay-on-Wye, I was asked to name a famous person and choose a book to give them.  I hate the leaden repetitiveness of these little quizzes: who would be the guests at your ideal dinner party, what book has changed your life, which fictional character do you most resemble?
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator, BBC and Telegraph
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Simpson and Bowles to Offer Up Deficit Fix  —  WASHINGTON—Deficit hawks Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles on Tuesday will propose a detailed plan for rewriting the tax code and implementing deep new spending cuts, hoping to offer a path to compromise for Democrats and Republicans, according to an outline of the plan.
Discussion: CNNMoney.com and Business Insider
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Filibuster Hagel  —  If Republicans refuse, they won't be standing on principle but capitulating to the president.  —  Chuck Hagel says he can't remember if he called the U.S. State Department “an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister's office” in the Q&A following a March 2007 speech …
Discussion: Right Turn and Weekly Standard
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What's News, and What Isn't  —  The liberal media manifest their bias not primarily by writing things that aren't true-although that sometimes happens-but rather, by selecting what they do and do not report as news.  Major scandals and events of great importance are simply ignored …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Arutz Sheva
Nate Silver / New York Times:
Marco Rubio: The Electable Conservative?  —  Some commentators have expressed surprise upon learning about the very conservative voting record of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address last week.
CBS News:
Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre, sources say  —  Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer.  —  Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik …
Kristen A. Lee / NY Daily News:
Michelle Obama blames her chic new bangs on a midlife crisis on ‘Rachael Ray Show’  —  The First Lady debuted the new look on her 49th birthday.  —  Before and after: First Lady Michelle Obama joked to Rachael Ray that she cut her bangs because she couldn't get a sports car and her family would not let her bungee jump.
Discussion: First Read
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Prof Strips, Shows 9/11 Footage, Impales Stuffed Animal (VIDEO)  —  A science professor at Columbia University on Monday began a quantum mechanics lecture by stripping into his boxers and eating a banana while rap music played in the background.  —  Then it got weird.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Conservative columnist resigns after Kentucky paper refuses to run op-ed on publication's liberal bias  —  The lone conservative columnist at the largest and most influential newspaper in Kentucky says he quit writing for the paper because editors are refusing to publish his opinion piece calling …
Politico:
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire  —  Heineman gave few hints about his thinking in a Monday press conference, in which he thanked Johanns for his service.  The governor said he was considering getting into the race but had not made a final decision and that he had yet to speak to his wife …
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
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Politico:
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
House Democrats Cash In With Online Fundraising Program  —  It's usually easier to bring in big bucks when your party holds the speaker's gavel.  But last cycle, House Democrats crushed their competitors thanks to a dramatic spike in online fundraising.  —  In the 2010 cycle …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Richard Epstein / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Ronald Dworkin: A Tribute from the Other Side of the Political Spectrum  —  This past week brought the sad news of the death of my NYU colleague, the philosopher and legal scholar Ronald Dworkin, who passed away in London after a struggle with leukemia.  —  Dworkin must rate …
 
 
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New York Times:
Obama, in Addressing Syria, May Revisit Arms Policy
Discussion: Via Meadia, Guardian and dotCommonweal
John Horgan / National Geographic Magazine:
Drones May Be Watching You  —  Unmanned aircraft have proved …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and emptywheel
Montgomery Advertiser:
Ala. House of Representatives expected to take up abortion clinic bill Tuesday
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Push U.S. Satisfaction Up to 27%
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Reuters
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Mexican Supreme Court: American Cases Demand Marriage Equality
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Terrence T. McDonald / New Jersey Online:
Jersey City assemblyman ‘likes’ two racy, violent Facebook pages
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Steve Brusk / CNN:
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GOP lawmakers propose $30 million a year to fund Cops in Schools program
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
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David Frum / CNN:
Obama needs a ‘Plan B’ on guns
Thomas E. Donilon / New York Times:
Hezbollah Unmasked  —  ON FEB. 5, after more than six months …
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
In GOP Civil War, No Easy Answers
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Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
No, Obama Is Not My Daddy - He's My Employee
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