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1:45 PM ET, February 25, 2013

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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Why was Michelle Obama at the Oscars?  —  It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady.  In a ball gown.  With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her.
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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.
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Harvey Weinstein Arranged Michelle Obama's Best Picture Oscars Surprise  —  The mogul and his daughter connected the Academy and the show's producers, who flew in secret to Washington, D.C., two weeks ago.  —  Michelle Obama presenting best picture from the White House?  It was Harvey Weinstein's daughter's idea.
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.
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Iranian media criticize Oscar win for ‘Argo’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
BuzzFeed:
Iranian News Agency Alters Image Of Michelle Obama
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gibbs: I was ordered not to acknowledge drone program existed
Discussion: Politico
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
David Nather / Politico:
GOP govs to Hill: Get back to bargaining table
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
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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Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Earth to New York Times: Please Show Us these “Deep Spending Cuts” You Keep Writing About
Discussion: Althouse
Dean Baker / American Prospect:   Fix the Economy, Not the Deficit
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
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 …
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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
Bill Mears / CNN:
Sotomayor slams controversial remarks by prosecutor  —  Washington (CNN) - Two members of the Supreme Court took the unusual step of speaking out over racially insensitive remarks by a federal prosecutor in a drug case, when rejecting review of the defendant's appeal.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Raw Story
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble Weighs Its E-Reader Investment  —  Even for a company with a lot of bad news lately, the bulletin from Barnes & Noble this month had an ominous feel.  —  Barnes & Noble, the nation's largest book chain, warned that when it reports fiscal 2013 third-quarter results on Thursday …
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Wall Street Journal:
Barnes's Chairman Mulls Store Buyout
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
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Defends Government Overthrow Lie  —  On Friday we noted that The New Yorker had dug up a three year old speech in which freshman Sen. Ted Cruz had charged that there were at least a dozen professors at Harvard Law School during his time there in the mid-90s who “would say they were Marxists …
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
 
 
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Marc Frank / Reuters:
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Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
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Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
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