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12:05 PM ET, February 22, 2013

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Reuters:
Is Obama overplaying sequester hand?  —  President Barack Obama's greatest adversary in the latest budget battle isn't the Republican leadership in Congress — it's his confidence in his own ability to force a win.  —  He has been so certain of his campaign skills that he didn't open a line …
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David Brooks / New York Times:
The D.C. Dubstep  —  On July 26, 2011, Jack Lew, then the White House budget director, went to Harry Reid's office for a budget strategy session.  According to Bob Woodward's book, “The Price of Politics,” Lew told the Senate majority leader that they had come up with a trigger idea to force a budget deal.
White House Memo / New York Times:
For Obama and Team, Calm, Not Crisis, in Latest Fiscal Battle
Rush Limbaugh:
For the First Time in My Life, I Am Ashamed of My Country  —  RUSH: To be watching all of this, to be treated like this, to have our common sense and intelligence insulted the way it's being insulted?  It just makes me ashamed... Panic here, fear there: Crisis, destruction, no meat inspection …
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Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:   Did Rush Limbaugh just launch a Tea Party revival effort?
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Rush Limbaugh Is “Ashamed” Of His Country For The First Time In His Life
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
New York Times:
Why Taxes Have to Go Up  —  Democrats and Republicans remain at odds on how to avoid a round of budget cuts so deep and arbitrary that to allow them now could push the economy back into recession.  The cuts, known as a sequester, will kick in March 1 unless Republicans agree to President Obama's demand …
Discussion: JustOneMinute and AEIdeas
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oscar Predictions, Election-Style  —  Twice before, in 2009 and 2011, I sought to predict the Academy Award winners in six major categories based on a mix of statistical factors.  My track record?  Nine correct picks in 12 tries, for a 75 percent success rate.
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Jason Kurtz / Piers Morgan:
Jimmy Carter on “Argo”: “It's a great drama, and I hope it gets the Academy Award for best film …
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Scott Conroy / Real Clear Politics:
Can Democrats Mess With Texas in 2016?  —  AUSTIN, Texas — From its modest headquarters on the first floor of a local union building about five miles from the State Capitol, the Democratic Party of Texas is trying to turn demographics into destiny.  —  With white, non-Hispanic voters …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama calms fears over Supreme Court action on voting rights  —  President Obama said people won't lose the right to vote if the Supreme Court strikes down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.  —  Speaking Thursday to “The Black Eagle” radio show, Obama said listeners shouldn't worry …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
How The Voting Rights Act, Now In Danger, Came To Pass And Shaped History
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and msnbc.com
John Hooper / Guardian:
Papal resignation linked to inquiry into ‘Vatican gay officials’, says paper  —  Pope's staff decline to confirm or deny La Repubblica claims linking ‘Vatileaks’ affair and discovery of ‘blackmailed gay clergy’  —  A potentially explosive report has linked the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI …
Megan McArdle / Asymmetrical Information:
America's New Mandarins  —  The paths to power and success are narrowing.  So is the worldview of the powerful.  —  Yesterday, I wrote about the silliness of requiring a file clerk to have a college degree.  This morning, a friend sent me the following note about the narrowing of opportunity in modern America:
Discussion: Mother Jones
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Sequester of Fools  —  They're baaack!  Just about two years ago, Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, the co-chairmen of the late unlamented debt commission, warned us to expect a terrible fiscal crisis within, um, two years unless we adopted their plan.  The crisis hasn't materialized, but they're nonetheless back with a new version.
Avik Roy / Forbes:
Holtz-Eakin and Roy: The Critics Are Wrong About the Future of Free-Market Health Care Reform  —  Earlier this week, the two of us—Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Avik Roy—published an op-ed for Reuters in which we outlined a market-based plan for entitlement reform and universal coverage that builds …
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New York Times:
Magistrate Grants Bail for Pistorius  —  PRETORIA, South Africa — After four days of combative hearings, a South African magistrate on Friday granted bail for Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, in a case that has horrified and fascinated the nation and much of the world.
Henry J. Gomez / Plain Dealer:
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tells Cuyahoga County GOP it's time for new generation of leaders  —  INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a rising star in national politics, presented himself here Thursday as a fresh face for Republicans “demoralized” after last year's elections.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Hikes in health insurance premiums fall; administration credits healthcare law  —  The number of double-digit hikes to health insurance premiums has fallen dramatically because of President Obama's healthcare law, the Health and Human Services Department said Friday.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A BAD IDEA GETS WORSE  —  Ed Kilgore is a good man.  He's been very kind to the blog since its toddlerhood.  Which makes it something of a surprise that he's trying so very hard to kill me.  He calls attention to this horror in the New York Times and then steps back, as if to distance himself …
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Government by Freakout  —  Obama's scare tactics aren't much of a long-term strategy.  —  The president's sequester strategy is like Howard Beale in “Network”: “Woe is us. . . . And woe is us!  We're in a lot of trouble!”  —  It is always cliffs, ceilings and looming catastrophes with Barack Obama.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Crowd Cheers After McCain Tells Aurora Victim's Mother She Needs ‘Straight Talk’ (VIDEO)  —  Constituents at a town hall hosted by Sen. John McCain Wednesday in Phoenix cheered after the Arizona Republican told the mother of an Aurora, Colo. shooting victim that an assault weapons ban could not get through Congress.
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Christine LaCroix / KASW-TV:
McCain responds to ‘jerk’ comment at town hall meeting
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Soledad O'Brien to Take on New Role at CNN  —  Soledad O'Brien will leave CNN's morning show in the spring, but she won't be leaving the cable news channel altogether.  —  Ms. O'Brien, who is well-known for CNN documentaries like “Black in America,” said Thursday that she would form …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Budget hawks question Pentagon's doomsday scenarios … There's no doubt President Obama is using the so-called Washington Monument maneuver in the fight with Republicans over sequestration budget cuts.  It's a time-honored tactic of bureaucratic warfare: When faced with cuts …
Discussion: Right Turn, Hit & Run and Betsy's Page
 
 
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Dylan Matthews / Washington Post:
Former NIH director: The sequester will set back medical science for a generation
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Benjamin Weinthal / Fox News:
Saudi religious police arrest Ethiopian workers for practicing Christianity
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James Kanter / New York Times:
European Commission Offers Grim Prediction for Economy
Joshua Miller / Roll Call:
DSCC Raised Millions More Than NRSC in January
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Washington Post:
Military service chiefs warn budget cuts will undermine readiness
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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