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11:50 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: Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Warner: Public does not realize how ‘stupid’ sequester cuts are  —  Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Monday expressed frustration over the $85 billion in sequester cuts slated to take effect on Friday, warning the cuts could compound the nation's fiscal problems.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
David Nather / Politico:
GOP govs to Hill: Get back to bargaining table
Discussion: New York Times
Mark Hoffman / JSOnline:
Scott Walker sees little Wisconsin impact from federal cuts
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama tells nation's governors: 'We've got more work to do'
Discussion: Politico
David Rogers / Politico:
Dim sequestration outlook: Cuts before compromise
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.
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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.
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Harvey Weinstein Arranged Michelle Obama's Best Picture Oscars Surprise
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and TheBlaze.com
Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Why was Michelle Obama at the Oscars?
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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
Discussion: The Agonist and The Reaction
Jonathan Earle / Telegraph:
John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan  —  John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new US secretary of state, inventing the nation of ‘Kyrzakhstan’  —  In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure “democratic institutions” in the Central Asian country, which does not exist.
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: The Other McCain and Shakesville
Robert Pigott / BBC:
Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns as Archbishop  —  Cardinal Keith O'Brien was to be Britain's only representative at the papal vote  —  Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is stepping down as the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
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Scmo / scmo.org:
Pope accepts Cardinal O'Brien's resignation
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gibbs: I was ordered not to acknowledge drone program existed  —  Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Sunday that he and other administration spokesmen often seem evasive about the government's drone program because they are told not to acknowledge the secret strikes.
Discussion: Politico
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Gibbs: I was told not to acknowledge existence of drone program
Discussion: AL.com and Hullabaloo
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 …
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
THE HOUSE OF PAIN … - DOUBLE TAKE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - PAGE-TURNER - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - BOROWITZ - RICHARD BRODY
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rick Perry will speak at CPAC  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the annual gathering of top Republican rising stars.  —  This will be the first time Perry has stepped onto the national stage since his 2012 presidential campaign flamed out after a series of missteps and gaffes.
Discussion: CNN
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
VIEWPOINT: The Debt Everyone Is Freaking Out About Does Not Exist  —  Between the new-and-improved Simpson-Bowles plan, Joe Scarborough's feud with Paul Krugman, the relentless drumbeat of the entire Republican Party, and the media blitzkrieg launched by the billionaire-driven “Fix the Debt” …
 
 
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Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo using state Democratic Party to raise money to promote his agenda, a departure …
David Segal / New York Times:
High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets
Discussion: Gawker
Marc Frank / Reuters:
Cuban leader Raul Castro says he will retire in 2018
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Trade protectionism looms next as central banks exhaust QE
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Generic-Drugs Court Decision Irks Businesses
Discussion: AEIdeas
Canadian Press:
Canada deserves Argo Oscar mention, ex-ambassador says
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Deadline.com
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Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Plague Years, in Film and Memory
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Monthly
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How Mexico Got Back in the Game
Discussion: Firedoglake and Via Meadia
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