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12:55 PM ET, February 27, 2013

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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.
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Wall Street Journal:
The Sequester Revelation  —  Obama has the legal power to avoid spending-cut damage.
Dana Bash / CNN:
Congressional leaders invited to W.H. on spending cuts deadline day
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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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Roger Parloff / Fortune:
Dozens of big U.S. companies to back gay marriage  —  Scores of corporations will file a Supreme Court brief favoring gay marriage later this week.  Signatories will include Apple, Facebook, Intel, and Morgan Stanley.  —  FORTUNE — On Thursday, dozens of American corporations, including Apple …
Lawrence Hurley / Reuters:
Corporations urge Supreme Court to embrace gay marriage
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
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Christie's Honeymoon With Conservatives Is Over
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
No CPAC Invite for Christie Because of ‘Limited Future’ in Republican Party
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?  After all, the GOP is the Party of Testosterone.  Democrats are the ones who are supposed to be wimpy and weepy.  But lately the Republicans have been a bunch of crybabies: Hey mama, President Obama is picking on us.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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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Nina Totenberg / Law:
Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act
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
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  —  Others have done an excellent job explaining why so many pundits and news analysts are constitutionally unable to describe the impasse over sequestration as anything other than a bipartisan failure — while also revealing, perhaps unintentionally …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Talking Points Memo:
White House ‘Cannot Support’ House VAWA  —  The White House said Tuesday that it “cannot support” the House version of the Violence Against Women Act and called on GOP leaders to allow a vote on the bipartisan Senate-passed reauthorization.  But it stopped short of a veto threat.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:   House expected to pass Senate version of VAWA bill this week
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 …
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% …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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
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:
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 …
 
 
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House Judiciary chairman rejects universal checks on gun purchases
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2 Police Officers Killed In California
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