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2:05 PM ET, February 21, 2013

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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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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.
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.
Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Americans aren't buying what GOP is selling  —  A new Bloomberg National Poll shows President Obama's approval rating reaching a three-year high and public approval of Republicans reaching a three-year low.  The same poll found that a plurality of Americans blame the congressional GOP, not Democrats, for “what's wrong in Washington.”
Karl Rove:
A Better Republican Sequester Strategy  —  Congressional Republicans are simultaneously united, divided and confused about the $85 billion of cuts in defense and domestic discretionary spending that begin on March 1 when the budget sequester takes effect.  —  Republicans are united …
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Coalesce Around Clever Plan To Make Looming Spending Cuts Much Less Draconian  —  The GOP's emerging legislative fix to the sequester is both counterintuitive and clever.  But it probably won't force Democrats to abandon their insistence that the coming automatic cuts be replaced in part by new revenue.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
G.O.P. Resisting Obama on Tax Increase
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Ed Markey Compares Campaign Finance Ruling To Decision Upholding Slavery  —  “The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed, we have to repeal Citizens United,” Massachusetts Democrat says days after meeting with black clergy.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 …
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T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
McCutcheon case could give Citizens United a run for its money in Supreme Court
Discussion: The Fix and PostPartisan
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:   Rep. Markey compares campaign finance ruling to Dred Scott decision on slavery
Eric Fleischauer / Decatur Daily:
Sen. Shelby: budget cuts ‘draconian’  —  HARTSELLE — U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said automatic budget cuts scheduled to take effect March 1 are “draconian” but don't reduce spending enough.  —  The Tuscaloosa Republican voted against the 2011 deal designed to resolve a debate over whether Congress …
Discussion: Post Politics
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
15 GOP senators call for withdrawal of Hagel nomination
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Richard Shelby Plans To Vote For Chuck Hagel Confirmation
Discussion: Right Turn and The Rightnewz
Talking Points Memo:
McCain Jeered At Town Hall After Opposing Mass Deportation  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) got an earful from his constituents in his home state while defending his bipartisan immigration plan at a town hall.  —  According to the Associated Press, an “angry crowd” reacted negatively as McCain described …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Post Politics
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Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Republican senator John McCain is still raising questions and hackles
Discussion: Althouse and Booman Tribune
CNN:
Laura Bush: Take me out of pro-gay marriage ad  —  (CNN) - Former first lady Laura Bush, who is one of three prominent Republicans featured in a new ad supporting same-sex marriage, has asked the spot's creator to remove a clip of her espousing support for equal marriage rights.
Discussion: The Hill
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Tom Benning / Trail Blazers Blog:
Former first lady Laura Bush asks to be removed from newly launched pro-gay marriage ad campaign
Olivier Knox / Yahoo! News:
Drones have killed 4,700, U.S. senator says  —  Just how many people have America's drones killed?  Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has put the death toll at 4,700—the first time an American official has publicly put a figure on the impact of strikes by unmanned aerial vehicles.
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Micah Zenko / Politics, Power, and Preventive Action:
How Many Terrorists Have Been Killed by Drones?
Discussion: Wired, BuzzFeed, Easley, SC Patch and CNN
Steven Nelson / US News:
Joe Biden's Shotgun Advice Could Land Jill Biden in Jail  —  Felony aggravated menacing, reckless endangering charges could result from shooting gun in air  —  Vice President Joe Biden might want to have a talk with his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, before he makes another public statement about guns.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Rand Paul returns more money to Treasury  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul cut another six-figure check to the United States Treasury Wednesday, taking the money he said he didn't need from his office's budget to make a tiny dent in the nation's massive federal debt.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Fox News:
South Africa names new head in Pistorius' murder investigation; previous investigator faces reinstated attempted murder charges  —  Prosecutors reinstated attempted murder charges against a policeman leading the murder investigation into Olympian Oscar Pistorius, in the latest twist in a case …
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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 …
David Welna / NPR:
Meet The Virginian Shaping The House GOP's Immigration Plan … Comprehensive immigration reform seems to top everyone's legislative wish list this year, and bills are already taking shape in the White House and the Democratic-led Senate.  —  A bipartisan group of senators recently laid …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
Jim DeMint / Politico:
DeMint to Cruz critics: Cork it  —  Imagine a new senator who ran a campaign of “no more business as usual.”  No more special interest politics, no more backroom deals — and he won.  He came to Washington, and he delivered.  He didn't stay quiet, he spoke passionately for what he believed in …
Diane Webber / capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org:
Waiver In Hand, Florida's Rick Scott Backs Medicaid Expansion  —  Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Wednesday that he would back expansion of the Medicaid program under the federal health law.  At a hastily-called press conference, Scott, a Republican, said he supported expanding Medicaid for three years …
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Oops: Top Republican Senator Inadvertently Embraces Roe v. Wade  —  CHARITON, Iowa — During a town hall on Wednesday, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee embraced the reasoning behind the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing a woman's choice to get an abortion …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
 
 
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
How immigration threatens to tear the GOP apart
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Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
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Investor's Business Daily:
Jackson Graft Case Further Indicts Black Caucus
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New book explains why women outpace men in education
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Opponents Of Proposition 8 Tell Supreme Court To Allow Gay Couples To Marry
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Zack Colman / The Hill:
Gore talks climate on ‘Jeopardy!’
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: No relationship with Obama
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Kevin Bohn / CNN:
NRA ramps up campaign against proposed gun control measures
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