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12:15 PM 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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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Ed Henry: 'This isn't about a golf game'  —  White House Correspondents Association president Ed Henry is standing by his complaints about the lack of press access to President Obama, pushing back against critics who say he and his fellow White House correspondents are just “whining” and don't respect the president's privacy.
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
White House Reporters versus the Obama Administration  —  At some point in every presidency, the White House press corps begins to complain about how they're being treated.  Sometimes these complaints are legitimate and necessary, the Fourth Estate demanding that the public be adequately informed of what its government is up to.
Discussion: Politico, Hullabaloo and Daily Mail
Politico:   Erskine Bowles pessimistic about a ‘grand bargain’
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Report: New Simpson-Bowles plan
Discussion: alan.com
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Simpson, Bowles to offer new $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction plan
momentoftruthproject.org:
A BIPARTISAN PATH FORWARD TO SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE  —  Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are co-chairs of the Moment of Truth project and formerly co-chaired the President's bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  —  The United States faces two big risks …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Wonkblog
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Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Simpson and Bowles Offer Up Deficit Fix
Discussion: Business Insider
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Turn Up Pressure for Deal on Budget Cuts
Discussion: Daily Kos
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
Obama presses Congress for stopgap sequester fix
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Post Politics
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama To Call On Congress To Avert Mandatory Spending Cuts — Again
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Reuters
Jeanne Sahadi / CNNMoney.com:   New Bowles-Simpson deficit plan would cut $2.4 trillion
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.
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Dana Loesch / RedState:
Colorado Democrat: Women Don't Need Guns If They 'Feel Like They're Going To Be Raped'
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 …
Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Bill asks teachers to question climate change in class  —  HB2306 calls climate change ‘scientific controversy’  —  With the Kansas State Board of Education preparing to vote on new science standards this year, the House Education Committee has introduced a bill asking schools to include evidence …
Discussion: alan.com
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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:   Kansas Bill Would Require Teachers To Misinform Students About Climate Change
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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.
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.
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.
New York Times:
Pistorius Denies Murdering Girlfriend  —  PRETORIA, South Africa — Facing a charge of premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star and one of the world's best-known athletes, denied on Tuesday that he intended to take her life when he opened fire …
David Rogers / Politico:
Why John McCain turned on Chuck Hagel  —  Tower, a Texas Republican, Navy veteran and powerhouse in the Senate Armed Services Committee, had befriended McCain as a young naval liaison to Congress and later helped him first run for the House in 1982.  As a freshman senator …
Discussion: The Dish
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Lawmakers Look at Ban on High Capacity Gun Magazines  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, is haunted by many things that emerged from the investigation of the December mass shooting at a Newtown elementary school.  Among them is the nagging question …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama ignores DOJ researchers who conclude assault weapons ban won't cut gun violence
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Pizza Shop Offers A Discount To Anyone Who Carries A Gun  —  At one Virginia pizza shop, customers who bring in a gun or show a gun permit get 15 percent off their order.  The pro-gun owner of All Around Pizzas and Deli claimed that 80 percent of his customers have walked in carrying …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems propose US engage diplomatically with Iran over nukes  —  House Democrats have proposed legislation that would require the government to establish a diplomatic envoy to Iran to attempt to convince that country to abandon its nuclear ambitions.  —  Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) …
Jonathan Lloyd / NBC Southern California:
At Least 4 Dead in OC Shootings, Carjackings  —  At least four people are dead after a series of shootings and carjackings early Tuesday near the 5 and 55 freeways in the Tustin and Villa Park areas.  —  Map: Shooting Investigation Locations  —  It was not immediately clear whether the gunman was among the deceased.
Discussion: BBC, The Hinterland Gazette and Gawker
 
 
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court to hear RNC suit challenging campaign finance limits
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Erick Erickson / Fox News:
If Elizabeth Warren wants to lay blame for financial mess, she can look in the mirror
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Michelle Obama blames her chic new bangs on a midlife crisis on ‘Rachael Ray Show’
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Filibuster Hagel  —  If Republicans refuse, they won't be standing …
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