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5:10 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 …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Why Congress won't win a sequester showdown with President Obama — in 3 easy steps  —  In politics, the simplest answer is almost always the right one.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, left, and House Speaker John Boehner  —  And that maxim is why Republicans in Congress …
Kori Schulman / White House.gov Blog:
Setting the Record Straight About the Sequester
Discussion: NBC Politics
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilians
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
New study badly undermines GOP position on sequester
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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Ben Shapiro / BREITBART.COM:
NY DAILY NEWS HACK POSITS HE'S SOURCE OF ‘FRIENDS OF HAMAS,’ LIES BY OMISSION  —  Dan Friedman of the New York Daily News wrote a piece today suggesting that he was the inadvertent source of Breitbart News' story on “Friends of Hamas” in early February.  There's only one problem.
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.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Graham to Hagel: Did You Say Israel Risked Becoming an Apartheid State?
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 …
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
Bloomberg:   New York Times Co. Puts Boston Globe Up for 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 …
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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, AEIdeas and TheBlaze.com
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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 …
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 …
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 …
Danielle Lynch / Delaware County Times:
Sestak expresses a desire to serve again  —  dlynch@delcotimes.com  —  @dmlreporter  —  Joe Sestak, the former Democratic congressman of the 7th Congressional District, indicated Tuesday that he wants to run again for office, but he did not say whether it would be for governor.
Discussion: Politico and Ballot Box
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: Washington Examiner and CBS DC
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.
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 …
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Ashley Judd meets with DSCC and Kentucky donors on potential Senate bid  —  Actress Ashley Judd is moving closer to a challenge to Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), meeting in recent days with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Democratic donors and strategists in Kentucky to discuss a potential run.
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Federal Furloughs Likely to Hit by April  —  WASHINGTON—More than one million federal employees would likely be forced to take unpaid leave by April as part of a slow moving but eventually widespread reduction in government spending set to start next month barring congressional intervention, government officials said Wednesday.
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.
 
 
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