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9:15 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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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
CNN:
Bob Woodward says he was threatened by White House  —  (CNN) - Veteran journalist Bob Woodward said Wednesday he was threatened by a senior Obama administration official following his reporting on the White House's handling of the forced federal spending cuts set to take effect on Friday.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
BOB WOODWARD: Obama Is Showing 'A Kind Of Madness I Haven't Seen In A Long Time'
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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Morgan Whitaker / msnbc.com:
Scalia: Renewing Voting Rights Act a ‘perpetuation of racial entitlement’
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Supreme Court Poised to Declare Racism Over
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Argument recap: Voting law in peril — maybe
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Voting Rights Law Draws Skepticism From Justices
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
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
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
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 …
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
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
Oxford students reject Israel boycott call  —  Students at the prestigious UK university vote against motion calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions, goods and produce.  —  LONDON - A controversial motion calling for a boycott of Israeli institutions, goods and produce at Oxford University …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and normblog
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
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
 
 
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