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3:45 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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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Lesbian Widow Urges Supreme Court To Declare DOMA Unconstitutional
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Influential Republicans Champion Same Sex Marriage
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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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: Let Senate get ‘off their ass’ this time
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.
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Hagel Survives Filibuster, Last Big Roadblock to Defense Post
Peter Brookes / Boston Herald:
Prez should pull Hagel's nomination
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Senate Set to Confirm Hagel
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 …
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.
Discussion: Reuters
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ACLU:
Supreme Court Dismisses ACLU's Challenge to NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Law
Discussion: TalkLeft, Reuters and emptywheel
Krissah Thompson / Washington Post:
Edward Blum defies odds in getting cases to Supreme Court
Discussion: PointOfLaw Forum
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, Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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Hayley Peterson / Daily Mail:
John Kerry says Americans ‘have a right to be stupid’ …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Chris Christie to take Obamacare Medicaid expansion  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is preparing to announce he's accepting Medicaid expansion under the president's health care law, becoming the eighth GOP governor to buck his party and align himself with President Barack Obama on the issue, according to POLITICO sources.
Discussion: CNN and Taegan Goddard's …
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Phillip M. Bailey / WFPL:
Liberal Super PAC Goes After Mitch McConnell's ‘Chinese’ Wife  —  A Democratic group is under sharp criticism for controversial online messages about Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's wife.  —  For months, the liberal super PAC Progress Kentucky has attacked McConnell and held demonstrations at his offices and home.
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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Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Wave of Immigrants Released Ahead of Automatic Budget Cuts
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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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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
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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.
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Holcomb B. Noble / New York Times:
C. Everett Koop, Forceful U.S. Surgeon General, Dies at 96
Avi Issacharoff / TheTower.org:
EXCLUSIVE: Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Operating in Gaza; Grad Rocket Fired at Israel
Nathan Ingraham / The Verge:
AFP compromised by Syrian government sympathizers in latest Twitter hack
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Dems pitch Department of Peacebuilding
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
In Cannibal Case, Officer's Wife Testifies About a Chilling Discovery
Discussion: Gothamist
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder warns of sequester danger
Discussion: CNN and Post Politics
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Ashley Judd's biggest problem: Her history of bizarre comments
Discussion: Mother Jones and Wonkette
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Samsung Sparks Anxiety at Google
Denver Post:
Police: Man arrested for sending harassing e-mails to state Rep. Rhonda Fields
Discussion: The Raw Story and Booman Tribune
Diana West / Townhall.com:
It's Time to See Joe McCarthy For the Hero He Was
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
David Brooks / New York Times:
Our Second Adolescence  —  In Friday's column, I wrote …
 

 
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