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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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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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court justices hint at striking Voting Rights Act provision
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and CNN
Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Voting Rights Act Supreme Court Case: Scalia Condemns The ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’ (UPDATE)
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Supreme Court raises doubts about Voting Rights Act
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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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 …
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.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Bob Woodward blasts President Obama ‘madness’
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Woodward: Obama's Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
White House Counts on G.O.P. to Bend as Cuts' Effects Are Felt
Discussion: National Review and Right Turn
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.
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
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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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) …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rep. Latham won't run for Senate  —  Rep. Tom Latham (R-Iowa) won't run for the Senate, a decision that could hurt Republican chances of picking up the state's open seat.  —  “The opportunity to serve Iowa in the U.S. Senate is appealing to this farm kid who grew up here, raised a family here …
Discussion: CNN, The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
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 …
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Rosa Parks statue dedicated at Capitol  —  Rosa Parks became the first African-American woman to receive a statue in the Capitol on Wednesday, in a ceremony where she was honored for her courage as a civil rights leader.  —  President Obama joined the congressional leadership in unveiling the statue …
Discussion: The Impolitic, Politico and Shakesville
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
Amity Shlaes / Bloomberg:
Gatsby, Galbraith and the Myth of Coolidge's Crash  —  What's next after the Oscars?  More Gatsby, of course.  “The Great Gatsby,” featuring Leonardo DiCaprio and coming in May, will be the fourth, or by some counts the fifth or sixth, movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel …
Discussion: Brad DeLong and AEIdeas
 
 
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Chinese environmentalist beaten after calling on official to swim in polluted creek
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ProPublica:
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Anthony Tommasini / New York Times:
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Sheila C. Bair / New York Times:
Grand Old Parity
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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
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's Unwritten Memoir The Talk Of The Publishing World
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Judiciary chairman rejects universal checks on gun purchases
Discussion: Politico
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Federal Appeals Court: There Is No Second Amendment Right To A Concealed Firearm
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Alleged rape victim in Maldives ‘to be flogged’
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