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6:50 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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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THINGS IN POLITICO THAT MAKE ME WANT TO GUZZLE ANTIFREEZE, PART THE INFINITY  —  Every sportswriter learns one simple rule in a very quick hurry — namely, that nobody out in your readership cares how hard you think your job is.  People, to paraphrase Michael J. Fox's channelling …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says it makes effort to grant press access to Obama
Discussion: Politico
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
White House Reporters versus the Obama Administration
Discussion: CNN, Politico and The Daily Caller
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.
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Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Tearing down the conservative echo chamber  —  A “Morning Joe” discussion from Tuesday is sure to set off extremists within the Republican Party who remain more interested in defending the GOP's losing ways than charting a new course to victory.  After Chuck Todd concluded that Republicans …
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 …
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does the New Simpson-Bowles Deficit Plan Look So ... Republican?
Discussion: Wonkblog and Hullabaloo
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Report: New Simpson-Bowles plan
Discussion: Slate, Washington Monthly and alan.com
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Hagel Said Israel Headed Toward Apartheid, Netanyahu a ‘Radical’  —  Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel said Israel is on its way to becoming an apartheid state during an April 9, 2010, appearance at Rutgers University, according to a contemporaneous account by an attendee.
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Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Filibuster Hagel  —  If Republicans refuse, they won't be standing …
Discussion: Right Turn
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
More Republican Denial  —  Conservatives keep reminding everyone that the sequester was Obama's idea.  But, says Michael Tomasky, that doesn't mean he's to blame for the current crisis.  —  Whose “idea” was the sequester, and why should it matter?  My Twitter feed these last couple of weeks …
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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Who's afraid of the sequester's ax?  Not us, say Republican lawmakers  —  House GOP lawmakers say they do not fear political blowback if Congress fails to prevent $85 billion in automatic spending cuts from triggering in two weeks.  —  The cuts known as the sequester are almost certain …
Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Biden: 'You Don't Need 30 Rounds.  Buy a Shotgun'  —  Vice President Joe Biden said people don't need high-capacity weapons to protect themselves and that the Obama administration's efforts to reduce gun violence amount to gun safety, not gun control.  —  “If you want to protect yourself …
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden: ‘Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.’
Discussion: CNN
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Weapons made with 3-D printers could test gun-control efforts
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Campaign Finance Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a challenge to federal campaign contribution limits and issued decisions concerning a drug-sniffing dog, an international child-custody dispute and when the police may detain people while conducting a search.
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Tarini Parti / Politico:
SCOTUS takes up donor limit case
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Bill Makes It A Felony For Lawmakers To Propose Gun Safety Legislation  —  Yesterday, Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara (R) proposed legislation making it a felony for lawmakers to so much as propose many bills regulating guns.  Leara's bill provides that “[a]ny member of the general assembly …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Make It A Felony To Propose Gun Control Legislation
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Tea party group pictures Rove in Nazi uniform  —  A top tea party group is taking its clash with Karl Rove to a new level, sending out a fundraising email Tuesday featuring a photoshopped image of the GOP operative in an SS uniform.  —  “Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove's Face,” …
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Paul Krugman:
Data, Stimulus, and Human Nature  —  David Brooks writes about the limitations of Big Data, and makes some good points.  But he goes astray, I think, when he touches on a subject near and dear to my own data-driven heart: … Actually, he's not quite right there, as I'll explain in a minute.
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David Brooks / New York Times:
What Data Can't Do  —  Not long ago, I was at a dinner …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Reuters:
Exclusive: Apple, Macs hit by hackers who targeted Facebook  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc was recently attacked by hackers who infected the Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure that described the widest known cyber attacks against Apple-made computers to date.
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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Alabama Politician Thinks A Fetus Is The Largest Organ In A Woman's Body
Discussion: Montgomery Advertiser
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 …
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:
Oscar 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 had intended to take her life …
Office of the President:
President Karzai: Fight against Corruption Requires Earnest and Sincere Cooperation of the International Community, Particularly of the United States  —  President Hamid Karzai met with Senator Robert Bob Menendez, Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
NBC Southern California:
Police ID Gunman in OC Shooting Deaths  —  Four people are dead after a series of shootings and carjackings near freeways in Orange County that began after the slaying of a woman at a home in Ladera Ranch.  —  Map: Shooting Investigation Locations  —  The gunman was identified as Ali Syed …
Michael Lind / Salon:
Southern poverty pimps  —  The “original sin” of the Southern political class is cheap, powerless labor  —  Contemporary American politics cannot be understood apart from the North-South divide in the U.S., as I and others have argued.  Neither can contemporary American economic debates.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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