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3:07 AM ET, February 21, 2013

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Erick Erickson / RedState:
I Am Very Disappointed in Governor Rick Scott  —  I was one of the few conservatives to support Governor Scott in 2010.  He is a fundamentally great person.  I really like him.  He has been a friend to this site.  —  But I am terribly disappointed in his decision to expand Medicaid in Florida.
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Tia Mitchell / Tampa Bay Times:
Gov. Rick Scott, feds reach Medicaid deal  —  TALLAHASSEE — Hours after the federal government agreed to grant Florida a conditional waiver to privatize Medicaid statewide, Gov. Rick Scott appears ready to endorse a plan to conditionally expand the health care program to about 1 million Floridians or more.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Florida governor backs Medicaid expansion under ‘ObamaCare’
Discussion: CNN
Jason Millman / Politico:
Scott to expand Florida Medicaid
Discussion: American Spectator
John Robertson / Albuquerque Journal:
Ex-Sen. Domenici discloses son born in secrecy  —  Former New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici told the Journal on Tuesday he fathered a son outside of his marriage over 30 years ago, revealing a secret kept for decades.  —  Statements given to the Journal by Domenici and the son's mother …
Michelle Singletary / Washington Post:
Stuff gets in the way  —  Why would a couple risk so much — respect and even their freedom — for furs, furniture and a fedora?  —  This was the question that came to my mind when I read the federal charges against Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the former congressman from Illinois.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The GOP's astonishingly bad message on sequester cuts … In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner describes the upcoming sequester as a policy “that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more.”  —  Which leads to the question …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New study badly undermines GOP position on sequester  —  In a rational world, a new study that came out today on income equality would constitute a major blow to the GOP argument on the sequester.  —  The new study was performed by Thomas Hungerford of the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.
David Brody / CBN.com:
Ted Cruz a Lifeline for the Conservative Party?  —  HOUSTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is one of the few Republicans these days described as a potential “rock star” for the party.  As a freshman, he is already starting to shake things up in Washington.  —  So, what makes this Lone Star lawmaker tick?
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Cruz Plays the Race Card
Robert Costa / National Review:
Romney to Speak at CPAC  —  Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will appear at the Conservative Political Action Conference next month, according to two sources familiar with the event's itinerary.  Romney's speech, which will be delivered at the Gaylord National hotel …
Mike Dorning / Bloomberg:
Obama Rated at 3-Year High in Poll, Republicans at Bottom  —  President Barack Obama enters the latest budget showdown with Congress with his highest job- approval rating in three years and public support for his economic message, while his Republican opponents' popularity stands at a record low.
Winston Jones / Douglas County Sentinel:
State reps propose repealing 17th Amendment  —  The 17th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted on May 31, 1913, and provided for the direct election of U.S. Senators by popular vote.  —  Now, 100 years later, a group of Georgia state representatives would like to repeal the 17th Amendment …
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and The National Memo
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
The More Things Change ...  Despite spending a lot of time reading and thinking about the Voting Rights Act case the Supreme Court will hear next week, there's a puzzle I'm still trying to crack:  —  How can it be that one of the crowning achievements of the civil rights movement …
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The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Announces Plan to Sell the Boston Globe and Related Properties  —  The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) today announced that it plans to sell its New England Media Group, including The Boston Globe and its related properties, and that it has retained Evercore Partners …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times Co. exploring Boston Globe sale
Manu Raju / Politico:
Ashley Judd meets with DSCC  —  Actress Ashley Judd privately met with officials at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee in Washington earlier this week, as she continues to weigh whether to mount a Senate run against Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, according to two sources familiar with the session.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   Ashley Judd meets with DSCC and Kentucky donors on potential Senate bid
Alexander Burns / Politico:
The GOP star you've never heard of  —  You haven't seen a YouTube video of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam berating a constituent at a town hall meeting.  You probably haven't watched him on Fox News.  In fact, if you search the headlines for his name, you're just as likely to turn up coverage of his brother …
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Soledad headed out at CNN  —  High-profile morning anchor Soledad O'Brien is on her way out at CNN as new boss Jeff Zucker moves Erin Burnett into her morning slot, Page Six has exclusively learned.  —  We're told award-winning journalist O'Brien has indicated she is ready to leave …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Schumer: Chuck Hagel ‘almost had tears’ in meeting  —  New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Wednesday that Chuck Hagel “almost had tears in his eyes” as he explained to the former Nebraska senator that the expression “Jewish lobby” is rooted in a negative depiction of Jews.
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
‘Friends of Hamas’: My role in the birth of a rumor  —  A Daily News reporter explains how he inadvertently created the myth that Chuck Hagel spoke to a non-existent group.  —  Daily News reporter Dan Friedman recounts the origin of a rumor he unwittingly started about Chuck Hagel (pictured) …
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Rachelle Younglai / Reuters:
Majority of U.S. citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported  —  (Reuters) - More than half of U.S. citizens believe that most or all of the country's 11 million illegal immigrants should be deported, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Wednesday that highlights …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Lucia Graves / The Huffington Post:
Obama Golfed With Oil Men As Climate Protesters Descended On White House  —  WASHINGTON — On the same weekend that 40,000 people gathered on the Mall in Washington to protest construction of the Keystone Pipeline — to its critics, a monument to carbon-based folly — President Obama was golfing …
Discussion: Firedoglake
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers  —  The Pentagon notified Congress on Wednesday it will be furloughing its civilian workforce of 800,000 employees if sequestration goes into effect March 1.  —  Defense officials have warned lawmakers that sequestration …
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Wall Street Journal:   Federal Furloughs Likely to Hit by April
 
 
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Left's Howls Against Rick Perry's Texas Prove Its Low-Tax Model Is A Success
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Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
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U.S. Ups Ante for Spying On Firms
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China Says Army Is Not Behind Attacks in Report
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Agnosticism as an argument
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Despite Controversy, Hagel's Archives Sealed Shut
Danielle Lynch / Delaware County Times:
Sestak expresses a desire to serve again
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Kerry comes out swinging on climate change
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
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Audience Cheers and Applauds When Leno Says Obama 'Doesn't Understand Economics'
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Hillary Clinton's Speaking Fee North Of $200K
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WHY KARL ROVE AND STUART STEVENS ARE PLAIN WRONG
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