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Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Explains His Surprise Vote For Chuck Hagel  —  “The president gets to choose political appointees,” Paul says.  —  Image by Gary Cameron / Reuters  —  WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel's confirmation.
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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
A matter of principle  —  What the Hagel fight did  —  Now that President Obama will finally have the defense secretary he wanted in Chuck Hagel, the question arises: Was the anti-Hagel fight worth it?  Why did Republicans decide to fight it if they weren't going to win?
Talking Points Memo:
Senate Confirms Chuck Hagel As Defense Secretary
Discussion: Connecting.the.Dots
Fox News:
Senate approves Hagel for Defense secretary after historic nomination fight
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
No CPAC Invite for Christie Because of ‘Limited Future’ in Republican Party  —  New Jersey governor Chris Christie was not invited to address the Conservative Political Action Conference because of his position on gun control, according to a source familiar with CPAC's internal deliberations who requested anonymity to speak freely.
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Charles Krauthammer: Chris Christie CPAC snub a mistake  —  Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer says it was a “vast overreaction” and “mistake” that CPAC officials didn't invite GOP New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to its upcoming conference.  —  “I think this is a vast overreaction and it's a mistake.
Elahe Izadi / NationalJournal.com:
The Real Reason Why Chris Christie Wasn't Invited to CPAC
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Hot Air
CNN:
Christie's advice for Washington
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Jeffrey Young / The Huffington Post:
Chris Christie Medicaid Plan To Offer Coverage To Poor New Jersey Residents
Lindsey Boerma / CBS News:
Reason for mass release of illegal immigrants “hard to believe,” Boehner says  —  House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Tuesday in an interview with CBS News blasted the “outrageous” move by federal immigration officials to OK the release of hundreds of illegal immigrants as a way to save money ahead …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:   House expected to pass Senate version of VAWA bill this week
Virginia / CNN:
Obama: Cuts are a ‘self-inflicted wound’
Mark Murray / NBCNews.com:
NBC/WSJ poll: Public wary about sequester cuts, but Obama in stronger political position than GOP  —  With automatic, across-the-board spending cuts set to begin Friday, majorities of Americans believe they aren't a good idea and say the contentious budget negotiations make them less confident …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Republicans are losing the spending argument
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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James Hohmann / Politico:
Tweets on Mitch McConnell's wife's race condemned
Discussion: CNN
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Bloomberg's cash paves way to Jackson's seat  —  A multimillion-dollar ad blitz by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to stop an NRA-backed House candidate in Illinois paid off Tuesday night, as local official Robin Kelly crushed more than a dozen Democratic candidates vying to replace disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Discussion: msnbc.com and CNN
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Associated Press:   Ex-legislator Robin Kelly wins Democratic race for ex-US Rep. Jackson Jr.'s Chicago-area seat
Chicago Tribune:
Decision day in race to replace ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Discussion: Truthdig, Roll Call and First Read
Amy Rose / Rookie:
This Charming Man: An Interview With Morrissey  —  I don't think I really need to introduce you guys to Morrissey, but just in case: He's been an icon for, oh, more than three decades now.  He began his career in the early '80s as the frontman (and heart) of the Smiths before going solo in 1987 …
Wall Street Journal:
The Sequester Revelation  —  Obama has the legal power to avoid spending-cut damage.  —  And when the Republicans opened the seventh seal of the sequester, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black and the stars fell unto the Earth; and our nation's ability to forecast severe weather …
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Why Everything Republicans Are Saying About The Sequester Is Wrong
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As Budgets Face Cuts, Austerity Kills Government Jobs  —  WASHINGTON — The federal government, the nation's largest consumer and investor, is cutting back at a pace exceeded in the last half-century only by the military demobilizations after the Vietnam War and the cold war.
Dick Morris / The Hill:
Sequester: A secret plan  —  President Obama's massive and voluble campaign against the sequester has a deep political motivation that is not apparent on the surface.  He is engaging in a battle he knows he'll lose.  Republicans are not going to budge on agreeing to tax hikes to avoid …
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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Deadline Detroit:
U.P. State Senator Tom Casperson Is Some Kind Of Birther  —  State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, was on Michael Patrick Shiels' Lansing radio program today and had some fun and interesting things to say about where President Obama was born.  —  Casperson, whose name might sound familiar …
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Republicans: CIA nominee involved in Benghazi talking points  —  President Obama's pick to head the CIA was involved in crafting controversial talking points about last year's attack in Benghazi, Republicans said Tuesday after viewing intelligence documents.
Discussion: Townhall.com and Hot Air
Kyle Trygstad / Roll Call:
Senate's Democratic Class of '08 Faces New Challenges  —  First-term Democratic senators from competitive states are key to party keeping majority  —  The class of senators swept into office riding Barack Obama's coattails in 2008 — giving Democrats a supermajority in the process …
 
 
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