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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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Vodkapundit and The Daily Caller
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
BOB WOODWARD: A ‘Very Senior’ White House Person Warned Me I'd ‘Regret’ What I'm Doing
Politico:   Woodward at war
Politico:
Woodward at war: POLITICO's “Behind the Curtain”
Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
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
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.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Medicaid Expansion” Via the Exchanges
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Lars Hedegaard, Anti-Islamic Provocateur, Receives Support From Danish Muslims  —  COPENHAGEN — When a would-be assassin disguised as a postman shot at — and just missed — the head of Lars Hedegaard, an anti-Islam polemicist and former newspaper editor, this month, a cloud of suspicion immediately fell on Denmark's Muslim minority.
Chicago Tribune:
In 2nd District Republican squeaker, ex-convict looks to be winner  —  With lead of 23 votes and help from state GOP unlikely, McKinley prepares to face Kelly in Democratic stronghold … Republican voters are suggesting the 2nd Congressional District replace one felon with another …
The Week:
Chris Christie is the new Jon Huntsman  —  Once again, liberals are baffled that conservatives aren't leaping to embrace the left's favorite Republican  —  few years ago, when I would talk to liberals in various cable news greenrooms across Washington, the general consensus was clear …
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
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 …
Roll Call:
Republicans Working on Funding Bill  —  House Republican leaders seem to have averted a potential rift in the conference, garnering wide support for a continuing resolution that will move as soon as next week.  —  GOP leaders called a Wednesday afternoon meeting to brief members on the strategy for the CR …
Discussion: Politico and First Read
 
 
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