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7:30 AM ET, February 22, 2013

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Jon Huntsman / The American Conservative:
Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause  —  The party of Theodore Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan has now lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections.  The marketplace of ideas will render us irrelevant, and soon, if we are not honest about our time and place in history.
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Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Jon Huntsman Endorses Marriage Equality: ‘We Must Demand Equality Under The Law For All Americans’
Discussion: The Dish
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Laura Bush Objects To Being Quoted Accurately Supporting Marriage Equality
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  —  PHOENIX — One day after a confrontation at a town hall meeting in Sun Lakes, Senator John McCain held another town hall in Phoenix.  —  On Tuesday, an audience member of the town hall meeting fired off a string of heated questions about border security.
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.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
15 G.O.P. Senators Urge Hagel's Withdrawal as Democrats Push Toward Vote
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and WFPL
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Blaspheming Saint Romney
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
EXCLUSIVE: Cornyn asks president to withdraw Hagel [Updated]
National Review:   So Be It  —  The 2011 deal to raise the debt ceiling included …
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 …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Biden says lawmakers need to ‘show some courage’ on gun control  —  Vice President Biden urged lawmakers to “show some courage” and back the Obama administration's favored measures for reducing gun violence.  —  Biden, on Thursday, called on lawmakers to support proposals like reinstitution …
Discussion: Politico and The Democratic Daily
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
Biden To NRA: It's Over, The Politics On Guns Have Changed
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Dems to campaign hard on guns and minimum wage in 2014
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Obama thanked Carter's grandson, who found ‘47%’ tape  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama expressed gratitude last week to former President Jimmy Carter's grandson, who had a role in leaking secretly-recorded video of Mitt Romney's infamous “47%” comments, James Carter said Thursday on CNN.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Steven Brill / TIME:
Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us  —  1. Routine Care, Unforgettable Bills  —  When Sean Recchi, a 42-year-old from Lancaster, Ohio, was told last March that he had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, his wife Stephanie knew she had to get him to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Rush Limbaugh Is “Ashamed” Of His Country For The First Time In His Life  —  The conservative radio star blames insults to his intelligence and a “fear and panic” strategy rolled out by Democrats, Republicans and the media in response to proposed spending cuts.  —  View Video ›
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Double Ultrasound Bill In Indiana Passes Out Of Senate Committee  —  Video, Double Ultrasound, Double Ultrasound Bill, Double Ultrasound Indiana, Indiana Abortion Bill, Indiana Double Ultrasound, Indiana Double Ultrasound Bill, Indiana Mandatory Ultrasound Bill, Indiana Ultrasound …
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 …
New York Times:
In Gun Debate, a Bigger Role Seen for Insurers  —  In a society sharply divided over efforts to curb violence and the right to bear arms, both sides of the gun debate seem to agree on at least one thing: a bigger role for the insurance industry to play in a heavily armed society.
Discussion: alan.com and Prairie Weather
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says Americans Need Guns To Protect The Nation From Sharia Law  —  Tea Party Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) told a conservative radio show on Thursday that the GOP must oppose gun regulations to protect the country from the threat of “Sharia Law.”
Discussion: Mediaite, The Raw Story and alan.com
Ari Shapiro / NPR:
Republicans Make ‘Benghazi’ A Frequent Refrain … The White House hopes the Senate will confirm Chuck Hagel next week as defense secretary.  —  Republicans delayed the vote for the same reason they scuttled Susan Rice's bid to be secretary of state: Benghazi.
Telegraph:
Revealed: al-Qaeda's 22 tips for dodging drones  —  Al-Qaeda's list of 22 tips for dodging drone attacks - including at least one believed to originate with Osama bin Laden - has been found hidden inside a manila envelope in a building abandoned by Islamists in Mali.
Discussion: Gawker, The Verge and Weasel Zippers
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
RNC's New Ad Takes Obama Wildly Out Of Context  —  The short clip makes it appear as if Obama is pledging his support for the sequester rather calling on Congress to come up with a broad approach to avoid it, using his veto as part of a threat to force a plan.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama: Helping rich only thing that ‘binds’ GOP together  —  President Obama, speaking to a very friendly Al Sharpton as part of a round with black broadcasters Thursday, offered a harsh assessment of the GOP — arguing that their opposition to taxing the wealthy was the only thing keeping …
Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Islam or death?  Egypt's Christians targeted by new terror group  —  A group of Christian priests from a local Coptic church in Egypt were told to convert to Islam or face death, according to an Arabic news site.  —  The incident, which comes in the midst of continued persecution and pressure …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
A Simple Route to Major Deficit Reduction  —  A 2% cap on tax deductions and exclusions would reduce the national debt by $2 trillion over a decade.  —  Putting a cap on tax expenditures—those features of the tax code that are a substitute for direct government spending …
 
 
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Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
State Dept. Still Downplaying Religious Element in Terrorist Threat Advisory
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Financial Reform's Triple “F” Rating
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
‘War on Women’ 2.0  —  'Ladies Man," read the lead-story headline …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
When solitude is torture  —  “Zero Dark Thirty,” a nominee …
Robert Zubrin / National Review:
Green Anti-Humanism  —  On February 11, 2013, the Denver Post ran …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
 Earlier Items: 
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
If No Deal is Struck, Four-in-Ten Say Let the Sequester Happen
Discussion: The Fix and National Review
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Oops: Top Republican Senator Inadvertently Embraces Roe v. Wade
Discussion: Daily Kos