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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.
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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
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
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: Let Senate get ‘off their ass’ this time
Fox News:
Dems, GOP at odds over portrayal of sequestration
Discussion: Business Insider
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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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Lesbian Widow Urges Supreme Court To Declare DOMA Unconstitutional  —  “DOMA today operates not to defend marriage for straight people, but only to undermine the institution of marriage as it now exists where gay couples are allowed to marry,” lawyers for Edith Windsor argue in a filing at the Supreme Court.
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
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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CNN:   Justices block lawsuit over foreign intelligence surveillance
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Edward Blum defies odds in getting cases to Supreme Court
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
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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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
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
Tim Mak / Politico:
Chuck Hagel clears Senate hurdle toward confirmation  —  The Senate voted 71-27 on Tuesday to end debate on Chuck Hagel's nomination to become secretary of Defense, ending a Republican campaign that forced Democrats to fight for every step toward confirmation, which is expected later in the day.
Salvador Rizzo / New Jersey Online:
Gov. Christie to announce expansion of Medicaid in budget speech, sources say  —  Gov. Chris Christie, pictured last month, will deliver his 2013 state budget address today at 3 p.m. at the Statehouse in Trenton.  (Photo by John Munson/The Star-Ledger)  —  TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie …
Discussion: Wonkblog
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.  —  Ryan Broderick  —  a half hour ago  —  15 responses
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Post Politics
Variety:
Variety taps Eller, Littleton, Wallenstein for editor-in-chief roles  —  Trio to oversee editorial as Variety evolves digital, print offerings  —  Jay Penske, chairman and CEO of Penske Media Corporation, and Michelle Sobrino, newly installed publisher of Variety, today named Claudia Eller …
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.
Andrew Stiles / National Review:
GAO Report: Obamacare Adds $6.2 Trillion to Long-Term Deficit  —  Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion, according to a Government Accountability Office report that will be released today.  —  Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), who requested the report …
Michael Doyle / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who should pay to defend Larry Craig's bathroom antics?  —  WASHINGTON — A federal judge this week will confront the surprisingly important fallout from former Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig's 2007 bathroom arrest.  —  Craig's own money may be on the line Wednesday, but that's not all.
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Ashley Judd's biggest problem: Her history of bizarre comments  —  She has spoken out against having kids, saying it is “unconscionable to breed” while there are so many starving children in the world.  —  She has criticized the tradition of fathers “giving away” their daughters at weddings …
Discussion: Wonkette and Mother Jones
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 …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Journalism That Dare Not Speak Its Name  —  The Washington Post publishes a reporter's anonymous screed.  —  If you're a reporter at the Washington Post and you aspire to write unsigned editorials, just send an email to the ombudsman.  —  That's a lesson one might draw …
 
 
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