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2:40 AM ET, February 28, 2013

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Politico:
Woodward at war  —  Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend's Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama's account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback.
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RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Woodward: White House Warned Me “You Will Regret Doing This”  —  WOLF BLITZER, CNN: You're used to this kind of stuff, but share with our viewers what's going on between you and the White House.  —  BOB WOODWARD: Well, they're not happy at all and some people kind of, you know, said, look …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
BOB WOODWARD: A ‘Very Senior’ White House Person Warned Me I'd ‘Regret’ What I'm Doing  —  Bob Woodward said this evening on CNN that a “very senior person” at the White House warned him in an email that he would “regret doing this,” the same day he has continued to slam President Barack Obama …
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 …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Economic Official Sperling Warned Woodward  —  The meaning of the word “regret.”  —  Source: whitehouse.gov  —  The White House official whom Bob Woodward charged had crosssed a line by saying he would “regret” printing his version of a set of Washington negotiations was Gene Sperling …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Woodward claims White House threatened him  —  Bob Woodward said Wednesday that a “very senior person” at the White House told the veteran journalist and author “you will regret” faulting the Obama administration for the present fight over sequestration.  —  “It was said very clearly …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Bob Woodward Tears Into Obama With Veiled Nixonian Criticism: 'Madness That I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
The Establishment's Obama Derangement Syndrome
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Woodward: Obama's Decision Not To Deploy Carrier “A Kind Of Madness”
ThinkProgress:
Scalia: Voting Rights Act Is ‘Perpetuation Of Racial Entitlement’  —  WASHINGTON, DC — There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court's lawyers' 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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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 …
Morgan Whitaker / msnbc.com:
Scalia: Renewing Voting Rights Act a ‘perpetuation of racial entitlement’  —  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the renewal of the Voting Rights Act as the “perpetuation of racial entitlement,” during Wednesday's Supreme Court hearing on the law.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Voting Rights Law Draws Skepticism From Justices
Alicia A. Caldwell / bigstory.ap.org:
DHS official retires after immigrants are freed  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » DHS official retires after immigrants are freed  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The senior Homeland Security Department official in charge of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants announced …
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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 …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Behold Movement Conservatism's Information Disadvantage: Chuck Hagel Edition  —  His confirmation was widely anticipated.  Yet Jennifer Rubin and other neocons repeatedly published analysis that led their readers astray.  —  Richard Bloom  —  When Chuck Hagel was confirmed Tuesday …
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Josh Rogin / Foreign Policy:
Kerry: Iran has an ‘elected’ government
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Examiner
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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama warns looming spending cuts are ‘going to take a big hit on our economy’  —  President Obama warned on Wednesday evening that the spending cuts set to take place at the end of the week are “going to take a big hit on our economy.”  —  Delivering remarks before the Business Council …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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.
New York Times:
Austerity Is Already Here  —  Federal government spending often falls after recessions and wars, but the current round of cuts in investment and spending on goods and services is unusually deep.  Combined with cuts by state and local governments, the drop in government's contribution …
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Binyamin Appelbaum / New York Times:
As Budgets Face Cuts, Austerity Kills Government Jobs
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Newtown Victim's Dad Testifies He's Still Waiting For An Answer On Guns (VIDEO)  —  During an emotional testimony Wednesday at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on guns, the father of a boy slain in the Newtown, Conn. massacre said he is still waiting for an answer on why assault weapons are legal under current law.
Discussion: The Raw Story
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% …
 
 
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