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Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry …
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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner's big bet  —  House Speaker John Boehner has dug in.  —  If the let-the-cuts-happen approach on the sequester seems risky — especially with President Barack Obama blaming Republicans for everything from kids not getting vaccines to long lines at the airport — the alternative for Boehner is worse.
Discussion: CNN, The Maddow Blog and The Hill
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner tells Senate to ‘get off their ass,’ pass sequester bill  —  A salty Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday told members of the Senate to “get off their ass” and pass a bill to replace the $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts that will kick in on March 1.  —  “We have moved a bill in the House twice.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
I don't understand the Republican position on the sequester  —  What's the plan?  (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)  —  As I understand it, the GOP has five basic goals in the budget talks:  —  1) Cut the deficit.  —  2) Cut entitlement spending.  —  3) Protect defense spending, and possibly even increase it.
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Ron Johnson: John Boehner Would Lose Speakership If He Caves On Taxes To Avert Sequester  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would lose his speakership if he agrees to new tax revenues to avert the across-the-board spending cuts that are set to kick in on March 1.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: Let Senate get ‘off their ass’ this time
Discussion: National Review
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Lesbian Widow Urges Supreme Court To Declare DOMA Unconstitutional
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Edward Blum defies odds in getting cases to Supreme Court
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems, GOP tee up rival sequester bills in Senate as deadline nears
Discussion: The Hill and msnbc.com
Fox News:
Dems, GOP at odds over portrayal of sequestration
Discussion: Business Insider
Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Nikki Haley slams Washington after meeting with Obama  —  During President Barack Obama's meeting with U.S. governors at the White House Monday, the president dismissed members of the press to hold a private, hourlong discussion with the visiting state executives.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hot Air
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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Right cheers Bob Woodward ‘fact check’  —  Conservatives in the media have found themselves armed with political ammunition in their battle with President Barack Obama over the impending sequester from a surprising source — Bob Woodward.  —  The journalism icon's fact check on the sequester …
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Obama plan: Divide and conquer GOP
New York Times:
A G.O.P. Plan to Give Obama Budget Cut Discretion
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
GOP Seen as Principled, But Out of Touch and Too Extreme  —  Images of the Parties: A Closer Look  —  OVERVIEW  —  At a time when the Republican Party's image is at a historic low, 62% of the public says the GOP is out of touch with the American people, 56% think it is not open to change and 52% say the party is too extreme.
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Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Most Say Spending Cuts Would Have Major Impact on Economy, Military
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democrats Enjoy 2-1 Advantage Over GOP Among Hispanics
Franco Ordonez / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
In face of coming budget cuts, U.S. frees illegal immigrants from custody  —  WASHINGTON — The federal government released groups of illegal immigrants from custody across the country Monday at the same time the White House was making its case that impending budget cuts would harm efforts …
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Illegal immigrants set free from detention centers as sequester approaches
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Napolitano warns ‘core critical mission’ of DHS will suffer from sequester
Discussion: Politico
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Kerry defends liberties, says Americans have “right to be stupid”  —  (Reuters) - Secretary of State John Kerry offered a defense of freedom of speech, religion and thought in the United States on Tuesday telling German students that in America “you have a right to be stupid if you want to be.”
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
There's A Conservative Parody Of Michelle Obama's Evolution Of Dance Video  —  It was made by popular conservative blogger Michelle Malkin and it's definitely something.  —  Source: youtube.com  —  Here are some of Malkin's liberal dance moves:  —  View Entire List ›
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Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
First Lady Michelle Obama Sees ‘Movement’ in Improving Childhood Obesity
Discussion: White House.gov Blog
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Surveillance Law  —  WASHINGTON — In a 5-to-4 decision that broke along ideological lines, the Supreme Court on Tuesday turned back a challenge to a federal law that authorized intercepting international communications involving Americans.
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Walter Jones, GOP Congressman, Hits Dick Cheney Over Iraq War  —  Dick Cheney, Video, HuffPolitics Blog, Walter Jones, Dick Cheney Water Jones, Walter Jones Dick Cheney, Walter Jones Iraq, Walter Jones Iraq War, Politics News  —  Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Our Second Adolescence  —  In Friday's column, I wrote that the Obama administration has no plan to avoid the sequester save raising taxes on the rich.  That was unfair.  The White House approach is not what I would like, but it is more balanced than I described.  —  Humiliation is a good teacher.
Diana West / Townhall.com:
It's Time to See Joe McCarthy For the Hero He Was  —  Freshman Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas is just the latest in a long series of public figures to be reviled for “McCarthyism” following his recent questioning of Chuck Hagel, President Obama's nominee for secretary of defense.  The response?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder warns of sequester danger  —  Attorney General Eric Holder warned Tuesday that the budget sequester scheduled to hit this week will jeopardize the safety of Americans as federal law enforcement agents and prosecutors are furloughed.  —  “We'll do the best that we can to minimize …
Joel Kotkin / Wall Street Journal:
America's Red State Growth Corridors  —  Low-tax, energy-rich regions in the heartland charge ahead as economies on both coasts sing the blues.  —  In the wake of the 2012 presidential election, some political commentators have written political obituaries of the “red” or conservative-leaning states …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Sanford touts fiscal record, opponent mocks his past in new ads  —  Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) is touting his fiscally conservative record in a new ad — but he's not alone on the airwaves, as House opponent Teddy Turner (R) is on the air with an ad that seems to mock Sanford's marital infidelities.
Discussion: Politico
Slate:
Entry 4: Forget Seth MacFarlane's sexist jokes.  This was the End of Men Oscars.  —  To: Dan Kois and Troy Patterson  —  We're one reproductive-technology breakthrough away from not needing men at the Oscars  —  I promise to spare you a long-form exegesis of Seth MacFarlane's opening number …
 
 
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Lew moves closer to confirmation with Senate Finance vote
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Bernanke warns sequester will slow economy
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