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4:55 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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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
White House Reporters versus the Obama Administration
Discussion: Politico, Balloon Juice and Daily Mail
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?  —  Please see update at bottom.  —  The new deficit reduction plan from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles calls for $5 trillion in savings this decade — $6 trillion including interest — roughly the same as their outline in December 2010.
Discussion: CRFB.org and Hullabaloo
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Report: New Simpson-Bowles plan
Discussion: Slate, Washington Monthly and alan.com
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court sides with drug-sniffing dog; supports soldier's child custody case  —  The Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with a drug-sniffing German shepherd named Aldo in ruling that police do not have to extensively document a dog's expertise to justify relying on the animal to search someone's vehicle.
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Sam Baker / Ballot Box:
High court to look at unlimited campaign contributions
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:   Campaign donation issue reopened
Tarini Parti / Politico:
SCOTUS takes up donor limit case
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 …
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
More Republican Denial  —  Conservatives keep reminding everyone …
Discussion: The Dish, The Raw Story and msnbc.com
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Turns Up Pressure for Deal on Budget Cuts
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
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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Katie J.M. Baker / Jezebel:
Genius Alabama Rep. Says a Baby is the ‘Largest Organ in a Body’  —  The Alabama House of Representatives is set to vote on abortion legislation Tuesday that would impose a variety of uneccesary restrictions on abortion clinics: providers would need to have admitting privileges at local hospitals …
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Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Alabama Politician Thinks A Fetus Is The Largest Organ In A Woman's Body
Discussion: Montgomery Advertiser
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Quote of the Day  —  “I'm not much different from Andrew Cuomo.  I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.”  — Chris Christie (R), quoted by the Glen Falls Chronicle, in a conversation with a union organizer.
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Jimmy Vielkind / Capitol Confidential:   Christie: 'I'm not much different from Andrew Cuomo'
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.
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.
NBC Southern California:
Four Dead After OC Shootings, Carjackings  —  Four people are dead after a series of shootings and carjackings near freeways in Orange County that began after the shooting death of a woman at a home in Ladera Ranch.  —  Map: Shooting Investigation Locations
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
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 …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Like a Swarm of Lethal Bugs: The Most Terrifying Drone Video Yet  —  An Air Force simulation says researchers are at work on killer robots so tiny that a group of them could blend into a cityscape.  —  Science writer John Horgan's feature on the many ways drones will be used in coming years …
 
 
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Eric Shawn / Fox News:
Did Obama supporter vote 6 times in 2012? Ohio poll worker target of investigation
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Weapons made with 3-D printers could test gun-control efforts
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Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
War on women: Press secretary Carney sneers at female reporter; ‘I know you are just filling in’
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Liz Szabo / USA Today:
McCready's death highlights role of guns in suicide
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Illinoisans back gay marriage 50-29: Crain's/Ipsos poll
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Missouri Republican Wants To Make It A Felony For His Fellow Lawmakers To Propose Gun Laws
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Scott Brown blames phone for unusual ‘Bqhatevwr’ tweet
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