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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.
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USA Today:
On issues, public is more aligned with Obama than GOP  —  SETTING A NATIONAL AGENDA: WHAT NEEDS TO GET DONE THIS YEAR?  —  In a USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll, Americans were asked how urgent it was for President Obama and Congress to pass major legislation on some top issues this year.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Balloon Juice
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen  —  Deficit Reduction: Focus Mostly on Spending But Keep Taxes in Mix  —  OVERVIEW  —  After a series of fiscal crises over the past few years, the public is not expressing a particular sense of urgency over the pending March 1 sequester deadline.
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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South Florida / Orlando Sentinel:
Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposes expansion of Medicaid to add 1 million uninsured
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jason Millman / Politico:
Scott to expand Florida Medicaid
Discussion: Bloomberg and American Spectator
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 …
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Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Cruz: Obama trying to ‘scuttle’ immigration reform  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on Wednesday charged that President Obama was seeking to “scuttle” efforts at immigration reform by pushing for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country.
Discussion: Politico and Trail Blazers Blog
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 21, 2013 - Donor Controversy Takes Toll On NJ Senator, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Booker Tops Rivera 2-1 In 2014 Senate Race  —  New Jersey voters disapprove 41 - 36 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is doing, a 15-point drop in less than a month …
USA Today:
Preschool debate obscures core problem: Our view … ‘Fragile families’ harm children's development.  —  In the eyes of many parents and most educators, starting a child's schooling before kindergarten is an indisputable virtue.  Your kid acquires learning and social skills that give him or her an advantage.
Discussion: National Review
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
G.O.P. Resisting Obama on Tax Increase  —  WASHINGTON — House Republicans, shrugging off rising pressure from President Obama, are resolutely opposing new tax increases to head off $85 billion in across-the-board spending reductions, all but ensuring the cuts will go into force March 1 …
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
John Kerry: The un-Hillary Clinton  —  John Kerry is no Hillary Clinton — and he's OK with that.  —  In the three weeks since Kerry succeeded Clinton as secretary of state, he's already sent unmistakable signals of his independence with a more assertive, proactive and risk-taking stewardship …
Greg Campbell / The Daily Caller:
Rick Perry wants Colorado gun magazine maker to move to Texas  —  Texas governor and former GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry is rolling out a Texas-sized red carpet for Magpul Industries, the Colorado gun-parts manufacturer that has vowed to find greener pastures if a bill banning high …
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Investor's Business Daily:
Left's Howls Against Rick Perry's Texas Prove Its Low-Tax Model Is A Success
Discussion: BizzyBlog
Tom Beardsworth / Cherwell.org:
George Galloway in anti-Israel storm  —  Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.  —  To view the video directly, please click here  —  Video: Eylon Aslan-Levy  —  George Galloway, the Respect MP for Bradford West, has been accused by Oxford students of anti-semitism.
John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Ed Markey Compares Campaign Finance Ruling To Decision Upholding Slavery  —  “The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed, we have to repeal Citizens United,” Massachusetts Democrat says days after meeting with black clergy.  —  Image by Josh Reynolds / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Ed Markey …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: No relationship with Obama  —  Former President Jimmy Carter says he has no relationship with President Barack Obama and wishes that he did.  —  “We don't have any relationship much.  I met with him early in his administration.  We don't really have any relationship,” …
Discussion: CNN
Alex Eliseev / ewn.co.za:
First on EWN: Pistorius cop facing ‘drunken’ shooting charges  —  JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has learnt that the investigating officer in Oscar Pistorius' criminal case is in fact facing seven counts of attempted murder.  —  The charges are related to a shooting incident which occurred …
Byron Tau / Politico:
NRA raises $1.1M in January  —  The National Rifle Association's political action committee raised $1.1 million in January, according to the committee's latest filing with the Federal Election Commission.  —  It's the NRA's best fundraising month since August 2012 — and reflects growing concern …
Discussion: alan.com and Hot Air
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Sensing weakness, Karl Rove's critics pounce  —  For the first time in a dozen years, Karl Rove's critics smell blood.  —  After his electoral wipeout in November — and motivated by years of resentment that's spilling over — Rove's credibility within his own party is at an all-time low.
Discussion: msnbc.com and Firedoglake
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.
Discussion: NewsBusters, Roll Call, The Fix and Althouse
Ben Geman / The Hill:
AAA reports largest increase in gasoline prices in three years  —  The 44-cent jump in gasoline prices over the past four weeks was the largest in well over three years, according to AAA.  —  “The 44-cent month-over-month increase is the most dramatic since June 2009.
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Lawyers on Abuse Suits in Milwaukee Depose Dolan  —  A week before Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan is set to leave New York for Rome, where his name is being floated as a candidate for pope, he was questioned for three hours on Wednesday behind closed doors in a legal deposition concerning the sexual abuse of children by priests.
Jason Evans / Easley, SC Patch:
Sen. Graham: I Support Drone Strikes  —  Senator Lindsey Graham on judicial approval of drone use: “We're not fighting a crime, we're fighting a war.”  —  Senator Lindsey Graham said he supports the president's use of drone strikes in the Middle East.  —  Graham spoke to Easley Rotary …
Discussion: The Hill, Politics, Power …, Wired and CNN
Kevin Bohn / CNN:
NRA ramps up campaign against proposed gun control measures  —  (CNN) - As Vice President Joe Biden heads to Connecticut on Thursday in a bid to generate support for sweeping gun control proposals, the National Rifle Association is trying to flex its political muscle by ramping up its campaign to oppose those initiatives.
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 …
 
 
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Fred Lucas / CNSNews:
Susan Rice Misspeaks: Focus on Benghazi Talking Points ‘Bigger Tragedy’ Than Actual Terrorism Attack
Benjamin Weinthal / Jerusalem Post:
Cyprus bomb-plot suspect admits Hezbollah ties
Lucia Graves / The Huffington Post:
Obama Golfed With Oil Men As Climate Protesters Descended On White House
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The More Things Change ...  Despite spending a lot of time reading …
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Winston Jones / Douglas County Sentinel:
State reps propose repealing 17th Amendment
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