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8:30 PM ET, February 20, 2013

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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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John Boehner / Wall Street Journal:
The President Is Raging Against a Budget Crisis He Created  —  Obama invented the ‘sequester’ in the summer of 2011 to avoid facing up to America's spending problem.  —  A week from now, a dramatic new federal policy is set to go into effect that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more.
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
The PowerPoint That Proves It's Not Obama's Sequester After All  —  Republicans have taken to calling the deep cuts that could reverse our hard-won economic recovery 'Obama's Sequester.' But a July 2011 PowerPoint obtained by John Avlon shows the opposite may be true.
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.
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Mother Jones
Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
Setting the Record Straight About the Sequester
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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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.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Despite Controversy, Hagel's Archives Sealed Shut
Jim Rutenberg / The Caucus:
Conservative News Outlets Cite Fake Group in Opposition to Hagel
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Graham to Hagel: Did You Say Israel Risked Becoming an Apartheid State?
Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
NY DAILY NEWS HACK POSITS HE'S SOURCE OF ‘FRIENDS OF HAMAS,’ LIES BY OMISSION
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 …
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
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
Jackson Jr. faces 47-57 months in prison  —  Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday morning to charges stemming from the misuse of campaign funds.  —  “Sir, for years I lived off my campaign,” Jackson told the judge.  “I used money I shouldn't have used for personal purposes.”
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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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Bloomberg:   New York Times Co. Puts Boston Globe Up for Sale
Dylan Byers / Politico:
N.Y. Times Co. exploring Boston Globe sale
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 …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Florida governor backs Medicaid expansion under ‘ObamaCare’  —  Florida Gov. Rick Scott endorsed the Medicaid expansion in President Obamas healthcare law on Wednesday, delivering a political coup for the White House.  —  Scott isn't the first high-profile GOP governor to accept the Medicaid expansion …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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Tia Mitchell / Tampa Bay Times:
Gov. Rick Scott, feds reach Medicaid deal
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
The Great Debate:
The future of free-market healthcare  —  Over nearly a century, progressives have pressed for a national, single-payer healthcare system.  When it comes to health reform, what have conservatives stood for?  —  For far too long, conservatives have failed to coalesce around a long-term vision …
Newt Gingrich / Human Events:
WHY KARL ROVE AND STUART STEVENS ARE PLAIN WRONG  —  RESIZE:  —  I am writing this newsletter in a very direct, no baloney, effort to get across how much trouble we Republicans are in and how real the internal party fight is going to be.  —  I strongly support RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' effort …
Mark Gokavi / Dayton, Ohio, News and Information:
Woman claims she was fired for voting for Obama  —  DAYTON —  A Kettering woman alleges in a lawsuit that she was fired for voting for President Obama, a charge the company denies.  —  Patricia Kunkle is seeking in excess of $25,000 from Dayton-based defense contractor Q-Mark …
 
 
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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
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Weasel Zippers
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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
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