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10:05 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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Politico:
Exclusive: The Woodward, Sperling emails revealed  —  POLITICO's “Behind the Curtain” column last night quoted Bob Woodward as saying that a senior White House official has told him in an email he would “regret” questioning White House statements on the origins of sequestration.
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Woodward at war  —  The Woodward reporting has caused the White House spin machine to sputter at a crucial time.  The president was running around the country, campaign-style, warning that Republicans were at fault for the massive cuts set to hit Friday.  What Obama never says …
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 …
BREITBART.COM:
LANNY DAVIS: OBAMA WHITE HOUSE THREATENED WASHINGTON TIMES OVER MY COLUMN
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Rule of Law
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Bob Woodward Tears Into Obama With Veiled Nixonian Criticism: 'Madness That I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
BOB WOODWARD: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'
Manu Raju / Politico:
‘3 Amigos’ make life difficult for Mitch McConnell  —  Mitch McConnell wanted Republican senators to communicate a consistent and clear message and unite behind a single plan to overhaul the sequester spending cuts.  —  Then came the “Three Amigos.”  —  Three Republican senators …
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sequester cuts are here to stay  —  The sequester is here to stay — at least for a while.  —  Lawmakers and aides say they do not expect Congress to turn off budget sequestration before April and that negotiations to freeze the automatic spending cuts could drag into May or beyond.
Washington Post:
Obama to meet with congressional leaders on ways to avoid sequester
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Supreme Court Poised to Declare Racism Over  —  Conservative justices on the high court look set to scrap a key part of the Voting Rights Act.  —  Pop champagne: Racism is over.  —  “There is an old disease, and that disease is cured,” Bert Rein, the attorney leading the legal challenge …
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Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Voting law in peril — maybe
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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Jordy Yager / The Hill:   White House says it didn't approve release of illegal immigrants
Bill Frezza / Forbes:
Sequester This!  President Obama's Colossal Media Blunder  —  President Obama has gone all-in trying to get Republicans to blink and serve up another round of tax increases in lieu of the looming spending sequester.  Eschewing talks with Congress or any pretense of leadership …
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product, 4th quarter and annual 2012 (second estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of .1 percent …
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
5 False Assumptions Political Pundits Make All the Time  —  From voter polarization to campaign ads, a political scientist calls out the mistaken notions commonly perpetuated by election commentators.  —  If following the 2012 presidential election sometimes made you want to scream at your television …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Keith Koffler / Politico:
Republicans need to go negative  —  What a sad state Republicans are in.  Leaderless and rudderless, they flail about, trying to figure out who they are and which of various political Pied Pipers onstage today will lead them from the wilderness.  —  What they fail to see is that there will …
Discussion: Right Wing News
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Plutocrat Jack Lew Is Confirmed, But Sessions Embarrasses Democrats  —  Jack Lew, the plutocrat nominated as Secretary of the Treasury by Barack Obama, was confirmed by the Senate this afternoon on a 71-26 vote.  What was notable about the vote was not so much the outcome as the challenge …
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Kerry Says U.S. to Provide Food, Medicine to Syrian Fighters … ROME—Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. is preparing for the first time to directly provide nonlethal assistance, including food rations and medical supplies, to rebel Syrian fighters as part of a bid …
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Agonist
Baird Helgeson / Hot Dish Politics:
Gruenhagen: Homosexuality is a ‘sexual addiction’  —  One of the Legislature's most vocal opponents of same-sex marriage says homosexuality is a choice and form of sexual addiction.  —  “It's an unhealthy, sexual addiction,” state Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen said Wednesday.
Discussion: Addicting Info
Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Caroline Kennedy Said to Be Candidate for Envoy to Japan  —  Caroline Kennedy attends the 2013 Winter Antiques Show Opening Night Party at Park Avenue Armory in New York City.  Kennedy is the possible Obama nominee for U.S. ambassador to Japan.  —  Caroline Kennedy, the daughter …
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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