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10:05 AM ET, February 25, 2013

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Washington Post:
White House releases state-by-state breakdown of sequester's effects  —  The White House on Sunday detailed how deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans …
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Wall Street Journal:
Fresh Front in Budget Battle  —  Congressional Leaders Discuss Deal to Avert Shutdown at Cost of Extending Cuts  —  Already looking past the current budget impasse gripping the capital, congressional leaders are quietly considering a deal to avert a government shutdown next month …
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
David Rogers / Politico:
Dim sequestration outlook: Cuts before compromise
Discussion: Washington Monthly and First Read
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama tells nation's governors: 'We've got more work to do'
Discussion: Politico
Nikki Finke / Deadline.com:
Nikki Finke's Oscar Live-Snark: Four Hours Of Unfunny Seth MacFarlane; Unnecessary Michelle Obama; ‘Argo’ Wins Best Picture  —  I'm live-snarking the 85th Oscars for the outstanding film achievements of 2012 starting at 5:30 PM PT tonight.  Comments will open when the show starts inside the Dolby Theatre.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Althouse
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Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Oscars Appearance, Reads Best Picture  —  The first lady made an appearance via video to paid tribute to Hollywood.  —  Argo was the expected best picture winner; the presenter, Michelle Obama, was the big surprise.  —  The first lady appeared via video screen …
Dominic Patten / Deadline.com:
OSCARS: How Michelle Obama's Surprise Appearance Came Together - Video  —  UPDATED: The Golden Globes got Bill Clinton but the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences got First Lady Michelle Obama tonight at the Oscars - in part thanks to Harvey Weinstein.
New York Times:
Democrats and Republicans Miscalculate on Automatic Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — With Congress unlikely to stop deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard at the military, the fiscal stalemate is highlighting a significant shift in the Republican Party: lawmakers most keenly dedicated …
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Julian Zelizer / CNN:
If spending is cut, GOP will get the blame  —  Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.  He is the author of “Jimmy Carter” and “Governing America.”  —  (CNN) — Until now “sequestration” has been a word that only means something …
Discussion: The Agonist and The Reaction
Scmo / scmo.org:
Pope accepts Cardinal O'Brien's resignation  —  The Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has accepted on the 18 February 2013 the resignation of His Eminence Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh.
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Austerity, Italian Style  —  Two months ago, when Mario Monti stepped down as Italy's prime minister, The Economist opined that “The coming election campaign will be, above all, a test of the maturity and realism of Italian voters.”  The mature, realistic action, presumably …
Discussion: Business Insider and Paul Krugman
The Daily Caller:
Long-time escort confirms Senator Bob Menendez paid her for sex  —  A professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex.  The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior …
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Dems 2016: Will Hillary Clinton clear the field?  —  The ranks of Democratic governors are filled with ambitious politicians boasting records that would probably play well with primary voters in 2016.  —  But even as they eye a move from the statehouse to the White House …
Discussion: New York Times
Stuart Stevens / Washington Post:
The GOP revival must go beyond joining Twitter  —  There seems to be a desire to blame Republicans' electoral difficulties and the Romney campaign's loss on technological failings.  I wish this were the problem, because it would be relatively easy to fix.  But it's not.
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Watching the Sunday shows so you don't have to  —  Today, some centrist pundits and legislators solved the sequester by demanding “balance” and “leadership”  —  Here's what I learned this morning on “the Sunday shows,” the three network news panel programs that define the parameters …
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ABCNEWS:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Two Powerhouse Roundtables
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hullabaloo
BBC:
US forces ‘must leave’ Afghan region  —  The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture.  —  The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai.
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Hamid Shalizi / Reuters:
Afghan president to expel U.S. special forces from key province
 
 
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