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3:15 PM ET, February 28, 2013

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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.
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Why Bob Woodward's Fight With The White House Matters to You  —  And why I iced a senior Obama White House official.  —  The fight between the White House and journalistic legend Bob Woodward is a silly distraction to a major problem: The failure of President Obama and House Republicans to lead the country under a budget deadline.
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.
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Economic Official Sperling Warned Woodward  —  The meaning of the word “regret.”  —  Source: whitehouse.gov  —  The White House official who Bob Woodward charged had crossed a line by saying he would “regret” printing his version of a set of Washington negotiations was Gene Sperling …
WMAL:
WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Woodward's Not Alone - Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat  —  WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward isn't the only person who's received threats for airing the Obama administration's dirty laundry.  It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days …
BREITBART.COM:
LANNY DAVIS: OBAMA WHITE HOUSE THREATENED WASHINGTON TIMES OVER MY COLUMN
Kate Nocera / Politico:
House passes Violence Against Women Act  —  The Violence Against Women Act is finally headed to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.  —  The House voted Thursday to accept the bipartisan Senate bill, 286-138.  Eighty-seven Republicans joined 199 Democrats to support the bill.
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Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Congress Finally Passes the Violence Against Women Act
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
The Nine Republican Men Who Won't Consider Any Version Of The Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: The Raw Story
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:   Reid, McConnell exchange fire ahead of dueling sequester votes in Senate
Tom Cohen / CNN:
House passes Violence Against Women Act after GOP version defeated
Discussion: AL.com
Kathryn Smith / Politico:
Arkansas legislature passes 12-week abortion ban  —  The Arkansas Legislature has approved the earliest abortion ban in the nation.  —  And it's now up to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe to decide what to do next.  If he vetoes the bill, his veto could be overridden by a simple majority …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Medicaid Expansion” Via the Exchanges
Discussion: Mother Jones
Pete Williams / First Read:
Obama administration to express support for gay marriage before Supreme Court  —  Administration officials say the Justice Department will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, wading into the protracted legal battle over Proposition 8 and giving gay-rights advocates a new court ally.
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Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: CLINT EASTWOOD SIGNS BRIEF SUPPORTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Businessweek Warns That Minorities May Be Buying Houses Again  —  Bloomberg Businessweek is a genuinely great magazine that does an amazing job of making business and economics news accessible and interesting, but this way of illustrating a cover story about the return of aggressive mortgage lending products is really something else.
Michelle Obama / Wall Street Journal:
The Business Case for Healthier Food Options  —  In recent years, they have generated more than 70% of the growth in sales for packaged-goods companies.  —  For years, America's childhood obesity crisis was viewed as an insurmountable problem, one that was too complicated and too entrenched to ever really solve.
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
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
Discussion: Firedoglake
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Two Popes, One Secretary  —  The damage Benedict XVI has done to the Catholic church and the papacy may be far from over.  All I can say about yesterday's developments is that they seem potentially disastrous and also indicative to me of something truly weird going on underneath all of this.
Associated Press:
Dennis Rodman tells Kim Jong Un: ‘You have a friend for life’  —  SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman met North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Thursday on the third day of his improbable journey to Pyongyang, telling the leader “You have a friend for life,” a delegation spokesman said.
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.
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Erdogan calls Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’  —  Turkish PM slammed for juxtaposing Jewish self-determination with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia; UN chief called out for remaining silent  —  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday described Zionism as a “crime against humanity” on par with anti-Semitism and fascism.
Ross Douthat:
Rand Paul, Realism and Republican Reform  —  A few weeks ago, during Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearings, the American Conservative's Daniel McCarthy wrote a post arguing that Hagel's treatment at the hands of various Republican senators demonstrates that the space for a less bellicose foreign policy …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Assault weapons proposal delayed  —  The Senate Judiciary Committee postponed a markup for new gun control legislation for one week, delaying action on a controversial proposal to ban assault weapons.  —  The postponement also allows more time for bipartisan negotiations between Sens. Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: Clayton Cramer's Blog
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 28, 2013 - New Yorkers Back Ban On Take-Out Foam More Than 2-1, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Giuliani Ranked Best Mayor, With Koch, Bloomberg Tied  —  New York City voters support 69 - 26 percent Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on plastic foam food …
Discussion: Gothamist, CNN and Politicker
 
 
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