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10:40 AM 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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White House Memo / New York Times:
For Obama and Team, Calm, Not Crisis, in Latest Fiscal Battle
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: Scared Monkeys
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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 …
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:   Did Rush Limbaugh just launch a Tea Party revival effort?
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Military service chiefs warn budget cuts will undermine readiness  —  After staying largely on the sidelines of the debate over deficit reduction, the U.S. military's service leaders have begun painting a stark picture of the toll a congressionally mandated budget cut could take on the readiness of the world's largest armed forces.
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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.
James Kanter / New York Times:
European Commission Offers Grim Prediction for Economy  —  BRUSSELS — A top European Union official warned Friday that worse-than-expected growth last year and weak prospects for 2013 will lead countries like France to miss deficit-reduction targets designed to ensure the stability of the euro.
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.
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
Joshua Miller / Roll Call:
DSCC Raised Millions More Than NRSC in January  —  Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised just $1.5 million in January, according to its most recent fundraising report.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Ballot Box
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
State Dept. Still Downplaying Religious Element in Terrorist Threat Advisory
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
Martin Feldstein / Wall Street Journal:
A Simple Route to Major Deficit Reduction
Telegraph:
Revealed: al-Qaeda's 22 tips for dodging drones
Lisa Daftari / Fox News:
Islam or death? Egypt's Christians targeted by new terror group
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Atlas Shrugs
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Financial Reform's Triple “F” Rating
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
15 G.O.P. Senators Urge Hagel's Withdrawal as Democrats Push Toward Vote
Discussion: The Raw Story, Taylor Marsh and WFPL
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says Americans Need Guns To Protect The Nation From Sharia Law
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Oops: Top Republican Senator Inadvertently Embraces Roe v. Wade
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