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12:00 PM ET, February 23, 2013

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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Obama's sequester deal-changer  —  Bob Woodward (woodwardb@washpost.com) is an associate editor of The Post.  His latest book is “The Price of Politics.”  Evelyn M. Duffy contributed to this column.  —  Misunderstanding, misstatements and all the classic contortions of partisan message management surround …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
ABC: Devastating sequester cuts?  Give me a break!  —  If we lived in a perfect world, it would be Job No. 1 of every single news report on the sequester to give context to the cuts, so Americans know just how [huge] minuscule they are.  Unfortunately, instead of illuminating the numbers …
Bill Wilson / Forbes:
The Non-Existent Spending Cuts Wrought By The ‘Devastating’ Sequester  —  In a city known for its perpetual evasion of responsibility and chronic shifting of blame, Washington D.C.'s sequester debate is more of the same - albeit with an interesting twist.  —  Ordinarily spending debates …
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Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Does Obama have a plan? A conversation with David Brooks
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Top Dems Reject House GOP's Violence Against Women Act: ‘Simply Unacceptable’  —  Top Senate Democrats excoriated the competing House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act hours after it was unveiled Friday.  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the author of VAWA …
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Strip Protections From LGBT Victims In New Violence Against Women Act  —  The Violence Against Women Act expired at the end of 2012 after House Republicans refused to accept the Senate bill's protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims.
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
VAWA 2013: House GOP Unveils Bill With No LGBT Protections, Modified Tribal Provision
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Bill Would Force Women To Undergo Two Transvaginal Probes To Take A Pill (UPDATED)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Unveils Competing Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America's Most Miserable Cities  —  Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.”  The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround.  —  “Right now, it's all about survival,” Bing told Forbes.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Obama's Backers Seek Big Donors to Press Agenda  —  President Obama's political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote … A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections: … The idea that “corporations are people, my friend” as Mitt Romney put it, is sadly common among conservative lawmakers.
Chris Hayes / msnbc.com:
My ultimatum on accepting CPAC's invitation  —  So last week, I was surprised and oddly delighted by something that my friend Rachel Maddow also picked up on: … Yes, the legendary Conservative Political Action Conference had invited yours truly to participate at its 40th annual conference this March.
Discussion: Washington Examiner and Twitchy
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
Today Is Bradley Manning's 1,000th Day Without a Trial  —  What the treatment of the WikiLeaks detainee says about our government's most damning secret  —  Saturday, February 23, marks Bradley Manning's 1,000th day in prison without a trial.  In 2010, he was arrested for allegedly passing …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Urges Supreme Court To Strike Down DOMA  —  “The Constitution ... requires that Section 3 be invalidated,” Obama's Supreme Court lawyer argues.  —  Edith Windsor  —  Image by Richard Drew / AP  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to strike …
Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
New York Times exec outlines Boston Globe sale process to employees  —  New York Times Co. vice chairman Michael Golden told Boston Globe employees Friday that the company has a duty to seek the highest bidder in a sale but hopes to leave the newspaper in responsible hands.
 
 
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Hal Hodson / New Scientist:
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David Weigel / Slate:
GOP Congressmen in Safe Seats Not Panicking About Sequestration
Jacqueline Armendariz / Monitor:
DPS changes helicopter policy after immigrants shot near La Joya
Discussion: The Raw Story
Austin Wright / Politico:
F-35 grounding latest setback for troubled program
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Democrats lose supermajority as Fresno senator resigns
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
In First Big Speech, Kerry Sounds Like A Climate Hawk With The Courage To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Today is ‘Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day,’ for Virginians who openly carry guns in public
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