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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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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.
Discussion: Roll Call and The Caucus
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 …
Dana Bash / CNN:
Congressional leaders invited to W.H. on spending cuts deadline day
Discussion: Politico
Michael Kinsley / New Republic:
Annihilate!  —  Whoever could have imagined that Republicans could be such wussies?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Politico:
Jim Messina to open consulting firm
Discussion: Post Politics
Elahe Izadi / NationalJournal.com:
The Real Reason Why Chris Christie Wasn't Invited to CPAC  —  ACU Chairman Al Cardenas criticizes New Jersey's Republican governor for supporting Sandy aid bill, Medicaid expansion.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was not invited to speak at the annual CPAC conference this year …
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Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Charles Krauthammer: Chris Christie CPAC snub a mistake
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Joe. My. God.
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Al Cardenas defends Chris Christie CPAC snub
Discussion: Daily Kos and CNN
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
No CPAC Invite for Christie Because of ‘Limited Future’ in Republican Party
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Christie's Honeymoon With Conservatives Is Over
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 …
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Eli Stokols / KDVR.com:
Marilyn Musgrave denies NYT report that she supports gay marriage  —  DENVER — Finally, a concession from Marilyn Musgrave.  —  Or so it seemed, according to the New York Times, which reported Wednesday that the former Colorado Congresswoman, who never officially conceded her 2008 defeat …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Corporations urge Supreme Court to embrace gay marriage
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.
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Liberty Street Economics:
State Unemployment and the Allocation of Federal Stimulus Spending
Discussion: AEIdeas
Nina Totenberg / Law:
Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act … Once again, race is front and center at the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.  And once again, the bull's eye is the 1965 Voting Rights Act, widely viewed as the most effective and successful civil rights legislation in American history.
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Voting Act Challenge Hinges on a Formula
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 …
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 …
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 …
Philip Pullella / Reuters:
Pope speaks of “rough seas” of papacy at emotional farewell  —  (Reuters) - Pope Benedict bid an emotional farewell at his last general audience on Wednesday, acknowledging the “rough seas” that marked his papacy “when it seemed that the Lord was sleeping.”  —  In an unusually public outpouring …
Discussion: New York Times, Gothamist, WFPL and Gawker
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.
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 …
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?
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.
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Appeals Court: There Is No Second Amendment Right To A Concealed Firearm  —  A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which included a Reagan and a George W. Bush appointee, held unanimously on Friday that the Second Amendment does not protect a right to carry a concealed firearm:
Jonathan S. Tobin / Commentary Magazine:
The Day the War on America Began  —  Exactly 20 years ago on this date, a terrorist attack at the World Trade Center took the lives of six people and injured more than a thousand others.  The tragedy shocked the nation but, as with other al-Qaeda attacks in the years that followed …
 
 
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