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5:15 PM ET, February 26, 2013

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner tells Senate to ‘get off their ass;’ Reid says GOP ‘sitting on their posterior’  —  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 $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts, setting off an exchange with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Republican Sequestration Plan  —  Whether or not you agree with it, and whether or not it will work, President Obama's strategy on sequestration is perfectly obvious.  His goal is to end the automatic budget cuts, which he regards as stupidly constructed and likely to harm the economy …
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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner: Let Senate get ‘off their ass’ this time
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
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.
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Liberals Accuse McConnell Of Favoring China Because Of Wife's Race
Discussion: TheBlaze.com and The Daily Caller
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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Virginia / CNN:
Obama: Cuts are a ‘self-inflicted wound’
Discussion: Politico
Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Wave of Immigrants Released Ahead of Automatic Budget Cuts  —  In a highly unusual move, federal immigration officials have released a wave of detainees from immigration detention centers around the country in an effort to save money as automatic budget cuts loom in Washington, officials said.
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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 …
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: Weasel Zippers, The Hill and Mediaite
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Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Kerry to American Diplomats: ‘We Are Also Citizens of the World’
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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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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Peter Brookes / Boston Herald:
Prez should pull Hagel's nomination
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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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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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
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 …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
9th Circuit judges split over anti-Bush protest  —  Over an impassioned dissent signed by eight judges, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday rejected the Obama Administration's request that the court reconsider a ruling favoring demonstrators who sued the Secret Service …
Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
In Cannibal Case, Officer's Wife Testifies About a Chilling Discovery  —  One day last September, the wife of a New York City police officer opened her laptop computer and discovered that her husband had used it to visit a fetish Web site on the Internet.  She said she went to the site and saw a photograph of a dead girl.
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Gothamist
 
 
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
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Holder warns of sequester danger
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