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12:35 PM ET, February 26, 2013

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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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: Let Senate get ‘off their ass’ this time  —  House Speaker John Boehner told Republicans in a closed-door meeting Tuesday that the House doesn't need to pass a third sequester replacement bill before the “Senate gets off their ass and passes it once.”
Discussion: National Review
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Fix
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Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democrats Enjoy 2-1 Advantage Over GOP Among Hispanics
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 …
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Chris Moody / Yahoo! News:
Nikki Haley slams Washington after meeting with Obama
Discussion: Hot Air
Carrie Budoff Brown / Politico:
Obama plan: Divide and conquer GOP
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.
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Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Edward Blum defies odds in getting cases to Supreme Court
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument preview: The Court's options on voting rights
Discussion: BillMoyers.com
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 ›
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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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 and Weasel Zippers
Jessica Taylor / The Rothenberg Political Report:
Illinois 2 Special: The Real Range of Gun Control  —  Tuesday's special election in Illinois' 2nd District has been dominated by gun control — an issue magnified by the $2.2 million Michael Bloomberg's political action committee has dropped into the Chicago contest to attack two candidates.
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   In Chicago election dominated by gun violence, New York's mayor makes big imprint
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The Raw Story
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New York Times:
A G.O.P. Plan to Give Obama Budget Cut Discretion
Discussion: msnbc.com, Washington Wire and CNN
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie ‘Not Being Invited’ to CPAC  —  Image credit: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images  —  There are almost 40 featured speakers at next month's Conservative Political Action Conference, but one of the most popular Republican governors in the country has yet to receive an invite.
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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.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Mother Jones
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
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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Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Senate panel to take up gun control, including assault weapons ban
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Warner Todd Huston / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA FAILS TO REGISTER ‘ORGANIZINGFORACTION.NET’; SITE POINTS TO NRA HOME PAGE
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Ken Cuccinelli ripped by business leaders
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Ashley Judd's biggest problem: Her history of bizarre comments
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Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Sparks Anxiety at Google
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Politico:
Senate GOP debates sequester plan
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Angry moms condemn Geico's cellphone app commercial they claim promotes bestiality
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