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2:05 PM ET, February 20, 2013

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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.
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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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Shutdown isn't fight GOP wants  —  Republicans have decided that the sequester scheduled for March 1 — not a government-funding bill due at the end of March — is where they'll make their stand on spending cuts.  —  After the bruising political battles of the last Congress …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and First Read
Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
Setting the Record Straight About the Sequester
Discussion: NBC Politics
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 …
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NationalJournal.com:
The Senate's Most Conservative Member: Ever Heard of Him?  —  James Risch, an Idaho Republican, edges out his more well-known colleagues in the upper chamber.  —  When people think about conservative “all stars” in the Senate (if people ever actually think about such a thing), a few names probably come to mind.
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:   Koch World reboots
Manu Raju / Politico:
Joe Miller's return gives GOP establishment heartburn
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Hill
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Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Fahrenkopf opines on GOP's “idotic” stances, Christie's “French kiss,” the media's bias and more  —  What better place than the Las Vegas Country Club, where time seems to have stopped in 1974 or so, for a group of conservatives to gather to figure out how to capture the glory days.
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 …
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) …
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Ted Cruz says attacks on Marco Rubio are because he's a Hispanic Republican  —  Sen. Ted Cruz says some of the attacks on fellow Republican Sen. Marco Rubio by Democrats are motivated by race.  Cruz said today the fact that Rubio is a Republican Latino poses a threat to political adversaries.
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Corrie MacLaggan / Reuters:
Republican Senator Cruz defends style a Democrat likened to McCarthyism
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obama's Immigration Plan Far Harsher Than Reagan's
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 20, 2013 - New Jersey Gov Flies High, Buries Unknown Dem, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Close To Clinton, Leads Cuomo In '16 Pres Race  —  New Jersey voters today continue Gov. Christopher Christie's record-breaking 74 - 22 percent approval rating …
Numbers / Pew Research Center:
Hagel Better Known, Viewed More Negatively  —  Rubio Overwhelmingly Popular among Tea Party Republicans  —  OVERVIEW  —  Unfavorable opinions of Chuck Hagel have increased over the past month as he has faced a bruising confirmation battle to become President Obama's secretary of defense.
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 …
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Gas prices are on a mysterious climb  —  The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has jumped 45 cents in the past 31 days, according to AAA, the fastest run-up since 2005.  —  Retail gasoline prices have climbed for 33 days in a row.  A month ago, a gallon of regular gasoline cost $3.30 …
Jeffrey H. Anderson / Weekly Standard:
California Dept. of Transportation: ‘Be Sure to Black Out the ‘United States’ and [the] Motto’  —  For three years, a private citizen named Steve LeBard has led the effort to build a privately funded memorial in Orcutt, California—a tranquil small town located on the Golden State's gorgeous Central Coast—to honor military veterans.
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to misusing campaign funds  —  Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges that he used $750,000 worth of campaign funds for personal purchases.  —  Jackson appeared at a federal courthouse in Washington D.C. to make his plea.
Discussion: Politico
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Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Jesse Jackson Jr., Sandi Jackson expected to plead guilty
Discussion: Capitol Fax.com
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Senate Minority Leader Fooled by Report in Military Version of The Onion  —  The best parody contains elements of truth.  Which might explain how the military's answer to The Onion suckered the Senate's Republican leader.  —  Meet The Duffel Blog, if you haven't already.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
David R. Henderson / Wall Street Journal:
An Economist Who Made the Science Less Dismal  —  Armen Alchian never won a Nobel Prize in economics.  But no less than Friedrich Hayek said he ‘deserved’ one.  —  In 1975, I attended a week-long conference in Connecticut at which the star attraction was Friedrich Hayek.
Erik Ortiz / NY Daily News:
Body of missing Canadian woman, 21, found in water tank on Los Angeles hotel roof  —  Elisa Lam, of Vancouver, British Columbia, had travelled to California last month alone.  She was reported missing on Jan. 31.  Officials matched the body found inside a water tank Tuesday at the Cecil Hotel.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Devil Made Them Do It  —  Senate Democrats try to dodge responsibility for ObamaCare.  —  “Powerful Democrats” subjected a top Obama administration health-care official “to withering criticism” last week, notes Walter Russell Mead.  When Gary Cohen, head of the Center for Consumer Information …
Cristina Silva / Associated Press:
McCain defends immigration plan to angry residents  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona took center stage in the national immigration debate Tuesday as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the state's border with Mexico and Sen. John McCain defended his proposed immigration overhaul to an angry crowd in suburban Phoenix.
Chris Edwards / Wall Street Journal:
Take the Public-Private Road to Efficiency  —  American highways and bridges need repair.  So does the way government approaches the job.  —  In his State of the Union address, President Obama laid out an array of new spending proposals, including a $50 billion plan for highways, bridges and other projects.
Discussion: National Review
Ulrike Putz / Spiegel Online:
How the Mossad Works: The Mystery of Israel's ‘Prisoner X’  —  An Israeli agent commits suicide in his prison cell.  Was he a traitor?  The mysterious case of “Prisoner X,” reported to be Australian-born Benjamin Zygier, provides an insight into the workings of the Mossad.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's Speaking Fee North Of $200K  —  It puts her in the stratosphere of the speaking circuit, along with her husband and Arnold Schwarzenegger.  —  Image by Win McNamee / Getty Images  —  WASHINGTON — Now that she's out as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton isn't going to be hurting …
Discussion: CBS DC
 
 
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Clive Cookson / Financial Times:
Developing world boost for GM crops
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Donovan Slack / Politico:
Conan O'Brien to headline White House Correspondents' dinner
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Jason Garcia / Orlando Sentinel:
Universal to drop health insurance for part-time workers
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Voting Rights Act In The Supreme Court's Crosshairs
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Catherine Rampell / New York Times:
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Emily Schultheis / Politico:
McAuliffe, Cuccinelli in dead heat in Virginia
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New York Times:
Forecast Is Dire on Budget Cuts, but Timing Is Disputed
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Biden: Buy Shotguns, Not Assault Weapons
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Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Say Preventing Terrorism Top Foreign Policy Goal
Discussion: Via Meadia, The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Greg Bishop / New York Times:
A Company That Runs Prisons Will Have Its Name on a Stadium
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Rand Paul: Obama ‘histrionics’ over cuts
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