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3:05 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.
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 …
Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
Setting the Record Straight About the Sequester  —  In less than two weeks, dangerous across the board budget cuts are slated to take effect, potentially threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs, our national security and our economic recovery.  The President has laid out a specific plan …
Discussion: NBC Politics
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilians
New York Times:
Forecast Is Dire on Budget Cuts, but Timing Is Disputed
Discussion: Right Turn
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) …
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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.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and National Review
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
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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
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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Hill, Daily Kos and Post Politics
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 …
Discussion: Ross Douthat and TheBlaze.com
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Jason Garcia / Orlando Sentinel:
Universal to drop health insurance for part-time workers
Discussion: Hot Air and NewsBusters blogs
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 …
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.
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 …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
RNC raises $6.9M in January  —  The Republican National Committee raised $6.9 million in January and has $7.1 million cash on hand, it announced Wednesday afternoon.  —  The RNC, which did not take on debt at the end of the election cycle, is in much better financial shape …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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
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.
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.
 
 
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