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8:05 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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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 …
BuzzFeed:
Iranian News Agency Alters Image Of Michelle Obama
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
McCain, Graham to meet with Obama for immigration talks
Discussion: CNN
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House GOP rips Obama as ‘road show president’ with no plan for sequester
Discussion: Politico
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Iranian media criticize Oscar win for ‘Argo’
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Weasel Zippers
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Dov Hikind Parties Down for Purim in ‘Black Basketball Player’ Costume  —  Dov Hikind and his family in their Purim costumes.  (Photo: Facebook)  —  Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind hosted a massive Purim party at his home yesterday that featured over fourteen hours of food and drink and …
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Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Assemblyman Defends Wearing Blackface to Party  —  A prominent Brooklyn assemblyman defended himself on Monday after attracting attention for wearing blackface to a party he hosted this weekend to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.  —  The assemblyman, Dov Hikind, a Democrat …
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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Facebook:
The Onion  · 2,265,644 like this  —  On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars.  It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Clearing the Field”  —  Jonathan Martin's Politico piece today wherein he asks a bunch of ambitious Democratic governors if they think Hillary Clinton could “clear the field” if she runs for president in 2016 is the first of many along these lines we will likely see in the months and maybe years ahead.
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Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Dems 2016: Will Hillary Clinton clear the field?
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell Thinks You're an Idiot  —  at 8:00 a.m. Bob McDonnell will go to CPAC and address the Faith & Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast.  For those of you who attend this event, you will be sitting staring at a liar.  —  If you are a conservative, remember Bob McDonnell thinks you're an idiot.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Ted Cruz's neo-McCarthyism doesn't bode well for GOP “makeover”  —  Senator Ted Cruz's office has now responded to a New Yorker report claiming he gave a speech in 2010 alleging that Harvard Law School was besotted with communists determined to overthrow the United States government — by doubling down on the charges.
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Steve Kornacki / Salon:
The GOP's Ted Cruz problem
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:   Cruz Defends Government Overthrow Lie
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
White House Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists  —  If you want a thorough agency-by-agency rundown of the budget cuts sequestration would deliver, the Office of Management and Budget has you covered.  In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Judd Makes Steps Toward Senate Bid  —  The beautiful movie star tries to take on Washington by defeating a powerful Republican leader.  It's not a plot line, it's reality: The actress Ashley Judd is making moves to take on GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Assault weapons ban could get committee vote Thursday  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) stands next to a display of assault weapons during a news conference in January on Capitol Hill.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  A proposed ban on military-style assault weapons faces a key test vote …
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
Senate Judiciary Committee to consider assault weapons ban
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Obama using fake Twitter messages in fight over gun control  —  A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama's gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter.  —  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger …
David Zurawik / Daily Download:
MSNBC, With Ex-Obama Aides, Now Almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’  —  MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias.  But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it's official: MSNBC is worse.
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.
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
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Lara Seligman / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Voters: Pentagon should bear the brunt of deficit cuts  —  A majority of voters believe cutting America's debt is more important than maintaining domestic and military programs at their current levels, according to a new poll for The Hill.  —  But the public also feel strongly …
 
 
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NBC's Taylor Hiegel / First Read:
CPAC to feature potential presidential candidates, GOP internal battle, and no Christie
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Hot Air and Twitchy
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Ikea Withdraws Meatballs After Horse Meat Is Found
Discussion: The Week
Daniel Foster / National Review:
GOProud or Go Home  —  For the second straight year …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
If You Think the Sequester Cuts Will Tank the Economy, I've Got a Bridge In Brooklyn You Might Want to Buy
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Jeff Zeleny Joining ABC News
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jay Carney Struggles To Deny $500,000 OFA Donation Gets You Access To The President
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U.S. Dropping Use Of ‘Negro’ On Census Surveys
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Bill Mears / CNN:
Sotomayor slams controversial remarks by prosecutor
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