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2:40 PM ET, February 27, 2013

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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.
Discussion: Shakesville
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court justices hint at striking Voting Rights Act provision  —  The Supreme Court signaled strongly on Wednesday that it might strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, as the court's conservative members cast the provision as outdated and unfair.
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
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.
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 …
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court raises doubts about Voting Rights Act
Discussion: The Raw Story
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Conservative Justices Voice Skepticism on Voting Law
Nina Totenberg / Law:
Supreme Court Weighs Future Of Voting Rights Act
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Chief Justice Roberts' Long War Against the Voting Rights Act
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
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Bob Woodward blasts President Obama ‘madness’  —  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward attacked President Barack Obama on Wednesday, saying the commander-in-chief's decision not to deploy an aircraft carrier because of budget cuts is “a kind of madness.”  —  “Can you imagine Ronald Reagan sitting …
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.
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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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
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 …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Sequester Revelation  —  Obama has the legal power to avoid spending-cut damage.
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Congressional leaders invited to W.H. on spending cuts deadline day
Discussion: Politico, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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.
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% …
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 …
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 …
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) …
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's Unwritten Memoir The Talk Of The Publishing World  —  As the former secretary of state begins work on her third book, editors brace for a seven- or eight-figure deal.  “A historic bidding war,” predicts one industry insider.  —  At a “global townterview” in Washington …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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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New York Times:
Corrections: February 27, 2013  —  Because of an editing error …
Discussion: Power Line
Bridget Doyle / Chicago Tribune:
Michelle Obama's reference to automatic weapons edited out by ABC
Discussion: The Hill and NewsBusters blogs
Amity Shlaes / Bloomberg:
Gatsby, Galbraith and the Myth of Coolidge's Crash
Discussion: Brad DeLong and AEIdeas
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Judiciary chairman rejects universal checks on gun purchases
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Talking Points Memo:
White House ‘Cannot Support’ House VAWA
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