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ThinkProgress:
Scalia: Voting Rights Act Is ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’  —  WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court's lawyer's lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Voting law in peril — maybe  —  Analysis  —  Sometimes, in a Supreme Court argument, a single phrase can speak volumes.  Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, the one member of the Court who bore the most watching because the other eight seemed clearly to divide evenly, used the phrase …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: How's that GOP “makeover” going?  —  How's that GOP “makeover” going?  Not too well, according to the internals of the new NBC/WSJ poll.  If these findings aren't enough to persuade Republican strategists that the party needs a rethink on the issues …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Conservative Justices Voice Skepticism on Voting Law  —  WASHINGTON — A central provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 may be in peril, judging from tough questioning on Wednesday from the Supreme Court's more conservative members.  —  Justice Antonin Scalia called the provision …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Conservative Justices Hammer The Voting Rights Act  —  The Voting Rights Act took a beating from conservative justices Wednesday during oral arguments at the Supreme Court.  —  At issue is the constitutionality of Section 5 of the 1965 law, which requires state and local governments …
Tom Goldstein / SCOTUSblog:
From the Shelby County argument  —  Following through on the deep constitutional concerns stated in its prior Northwest Austin decision, a majority of the Court seems committed to invalidating Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and requiring Congress to revisit the formula for requiring preclearance of voting changes.
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Voting Rights Act Supreme Court Case: Scalia Condemns The ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’ (UPDATE)
Discussion: CNN, The Moderate Voice and SCOTUSblog
Jess Bravin / Wall Street Journal:   Voting Act Under Scrutiny
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court justices hint at striking Voting Rights Act provision
Discussion: Reuters, Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
Alicia A. Caldwell / bigstory.ap.org:
DHS official retires after immigrants are freed  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » DHS official retires after immigrants are freed  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced …
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Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
W.H. says no part in ICE decision  —  The White House and the Department of Homeland Security were unaware of Immigration Customs and Enforcement's decision to release detainees until the agency announced it, administration officials said Wednesday.  —  “This was a decision made by career officials …
National Review:
Obama's Sequester Scare Tactics
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Counts on G.O.P. to Bend as Cuts' Effects Are Felt
Discussion: Right Turn
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
BOB WOODWARD: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'  —  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward ripped into President Barack Obama on “Morning Joe” today, saying he's exhibiting a “kind of madness I haven't seen in a long time” for a decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Bob Woodward Tears Into Obama With Veiled Nixonian Criticism: 'Madness That I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Woodward: Obama's Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A political DUI  —  Some of us can recall the helpless feeling of being in a vehicle driven by someone who is intoxicated.  If you're like me, you don't want to cause a scene unless the driving is really erratic.  But there comes a moment when you need to say: Stop the car.  You're going to hurt someone.
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Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
The Establishment's Obama Derangement Syndrome
CNN:
Christie dismisses lack of CPAC invite  —  (CNN) - Gov. Chris Christie, the outspoken Republican from New Jersey, says he isn't offended that an invite to the Conservative Political Action Conference was not offered to him this year.  —  “Listen, I wish then all the best.
Discussion: Politico
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Elahe Izadi / NationalJournal.com:
The Real Reason Why Chris Christie Wasn't Invited to CPAC
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Brief Supporting Same-Sex Marriage Gets More Republican Support  —  More than two dozen Republicans — including a top adviser to Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, and a former congresswoman who made banning same-sex marriage her signature issue — have added their names …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Sarah Palin: Feds ‘stockpiling bullets’ to use against us  —  Sarah Palin says America will eventually default on its debt and claims that the federal government is “stockpiling bullets in case of civil unrest” to prepare.  —  “If we are going to wet our proverbial pants over .3% …
Politico:
Senate GOP ponders shifting power to Obama  —  Days before the March 1 deadline, Senate Republicans are circulating a draft bill that would cancel $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts and instead turn over authority to President Barack Obama to achieve the same level of savings under a plan to be filed by March 8.
Washington Post:
Teacher pink slips claim by Duncan not backed by evidence  —  The descriptions of the post-sequester landscape that have been coming out of the Obama Administration have been alarming, specific—and, in at least some cases, hyped.  —  “There are literally teachers now who are getting pink slips …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans are losing the spending argument  —  For the past several years, congressional Republicans have focused relentlessly on a single message: Washington — led by President Obama — is spending too much money, and it needs to stop.  —  But according to new Washington Post-ABC News polling …
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Michael Kinsley / New Republic:
Annihilate!  —  Whoever could have imagined that Republicans could be such wussies?
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Woodward: White House Warned Me “You Will Regret Doing This”  —  WOLF BLITZER, CNN: You're used to this kind of stuff, but share with our viewers what's going on between you and the White House.  —  BOB WOODWARD: Well, they're not happy at all and some people kind of, you know, said, look …
Discussion: Power Line and Weasel Zippers
Erick Erickson / RedState:
W5 + H = A Baseline for Integrity  —  UPDATE: Let me add up top an update out of the gate.  The issue here is not RedState, but a larger issue among conservatives as we keep growing new and expanding existing outlets for reporting the news.  With our jobs board up (if you haven't noticed) …
Ben Leubsdorf / Concord Monitor:
N.H. state representative says some people may ‘like being in abusive relationships’  —  Some people may like being in abusive relationships, and they're free to leave them at any time, a state representative said yesterday during a debate on a bill to reduce the penalty for simple assault in some cases.
Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
The story of Pope Benedict's controversial red shoes, which he will give up  —  Shoemaker Antonio Arellano poses with a red shoe he made for Pope Benedict XVI.  (Tony Gentile/Reuters)  —  Pope Benedict XVI will give up his Swiss Guard protection, his Twitter account and even the name “Benedict” when he officially abdicates Wednesday.
Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Kerry: Iran has an ‘elected’ government  —  Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that Iran has an “elected” government, echoing a comment for which Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was pilloried in his confirmation hearing last month. … “Iran is a country with a government …
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Examiner
 
 
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