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12:25 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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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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
BREITBART.COM:
LANNY DAVIS: OBAMA WHITE HOUSE THREATENED WASHINGTON TIMES OVER MY COLUMN  —  Lanny Davis, who served under President Bill Clinton as special counsel to the White House, told Washington, D.C.'s WMAL this morning that the Obama White House had threatened the Washington Times over his column …
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
BOB WOODWARD: A ‘Very Senior’ White House Person Warned Me I'd ‘Regret’ What I'm Doing
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Woodward: White House Warned Me “You Will Regret Doing This”
Politico:   Woodward at war
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Woodward claims White House threatened him
Politico:
Woodward at war: POLITICO's “Behind the Curtain”
Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
Journalist Bob Woodward Clashes With White House Over Sequester Report
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and The Week
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
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Senate confirms Lew as Treasury secretary
Washington Post:
Obama to meet with congressional leaders on ways to avoid sequester
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
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Strata-Sphere
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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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.
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Poll: 60% OK gay marriage; Taveras tops  —  Survey finds 94% of voters glum about RI economy  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - More than half of Rhode Island voters support allowing same-sex marriage in the state, while most opponents of the idea say it conflicts with their religious beliefs …
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.
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
Politico:
Arkansas gets OK on insurance funds  —  Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe's office says the state has received approval from Health and Human Services to take federal Medicaid expansion money and use it to buy private coverage for low-income residents through the state's insurance exchange.
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 …
Mike Flynn / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: CLINT EASTWOOD SIGNS BRIEF SUPPORTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE  —  Breitbart News has learned exclusively that Clint Eastwood has signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry.  The brief, which will be released later this evening …
Discussion: Associated Press and Joe. My. God.
Kenneth dean / Tyler Morning Telegraph:
Van school worker shot during gun training class  —  The Tyler Morning Telegraph has learned that a Van Independent School District employee accidentally was shot during a district-sponsored concealed handgun license class on Wednesday.  —  The class was part of an effort to permit teachers to carry firearms on VISD campuses.
Discussion: Juanita Jean's and The Raw Story
 
 
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Liberals call for $10.10 minimum wage - more than Obama requested
Robert M. Solow / New York Times:
Our Debt, Ourselves  —  THE significance of America's national debt …
Discussion: Daniel W. Drezner and Mother Jones
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Obama to name Edith Ramirez to be next FTC chairman
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Parties Focus on the Positive as Cuts Near
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Reaction
Roll Call:
Republicans Working on Funding Bill
Discussion: Politico and First Read
New York Sun:
Hagel Without Tears
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Karl Rove defends move to get involved in GOP primaries, saying Republicans can rebound
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
Kerry Says U.S. to Provide Food, Medicine to Syrian Fighters
Discussion: The Jawa Report and The Agonist
Russell Gold / Wall Street Journal:
Gas Boom Projected to Grow for Decades
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Hans Nichols / Bloomberg:
Caroline Kennedy Said to Be Candidate for Envoy to Japan
Discussion: Politico
Jonny Paul / Jerusalem Post:
Oxford students reject Israel boycott call
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David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Newtown Victim's Dad Testifies He's Still Waiting For An Answer On Guns (VIDEO)
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