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2:55 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
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Congress Finally Passes the Violence Against Women Act  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) at a rally in support of VAWA.  —  Five hundred days since letting the Violence Against Women Act expire, House Republicans finally caved today and voted to reauthorize the bill …
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Tom Cohen / CNN:
House passes Violence Against Women Act after GOP version defeated
Discussion: AL.com
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  —  Senate leaders exchanged fire on Thursday morning ahead of dueling votes on plans to alter the looming $85 billion cut from sequestration.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) compared the GOP sequestration plan …
Discussion: Politico
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Manu Raju / Politico:
‘3 Amigos’ make life difficult for Mitch McConnell
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Sequester cuts are here to stay
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Medicaid Expansion” Via the Exchanges  —  In the wake of the deal whereby Rick Scott agreed to the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion in exchange for a waiver allowing him to contract with private managed care companies to handle the state's entire Medicaid population …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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: The Raw Story and Juanita Jean's
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
 
 
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Jessicamarcus / CBS New York:
Cuomo Announces Plans To Modify Gun Control Law To Exempt Film Industry
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Lars Hedegaard, Anti-Islamic Provocateur, Receives Support From Danish Muslims
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 …
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Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
Poll: 60% OK gay marriage; Taveras tops
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Obama to name Edith Ramirez to be next FTC chairman
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Oxford students reject Israel boycott call
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