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4:50 PM ET, March 2, 2013

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Steven Harmon / Daily Democrat:
California GOP leader steps into rape pregnancy controversy  —  Bay Area News Group  —  SACRAMENTO — A California Republican leader may have inadvertently revived the controversial subject of rape and pregnancy.  —  Before arriving at the state GOP's spring convention here …
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Andrea Peterson / ThinkProgress:
California GOP Leader: Pregnancies Resulting From Rape Are Rare Because ‘The Body Is Traumatized’  —  Celeste Greig, president of California Republican Assembly, the state's oldest and largest GOP volunteer organization told The Daily Democratthis week that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare …
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Jim Clyburn: Antonin Scalia Rejects Voting Rights Act Because He's ‘White And Proud’  —  WASHINGTON — Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Friday that he was “absolutely shocked” to hear Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia describe a key piece of the Voting Rights Act, one of the most significant achievements …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Voting Rights Act, stuck in the past
Discussion: CNN
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
A Divide on Voting Rights in a Town Where Blood Spilled
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Why the ‘threat’ on Bob Woodward matters  —  To the world beyond the Beltway, it might not mean much that Bob Woodward of the famed Watergate duo went public with his recent White House run-in.  —  This would be an oversight.  —  It also may not mean much that the White House press corps got teed off …
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bob Woodward Agrees With Hannity: Journalists Should Ask Obama About Bill Ayers
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
Icwhatudo / freerepublic.com:
Rachel Maddow Busted Using Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts To Boost Mentions Of Her Show  —  A poster on Twitter, upon seeing what he thought were very similar posts referencing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's show, did some searching and found out that Maddow has been using phony twitter accounts to boost her …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Kansas Bill To Drug Test Welfare Recipients Passes Senate With Amendment To Test Lawmakers, Too  —  A Kansas bill to drug test recipients of welfare and unemployment benefits is advancing, but not without an attempt to equalize the burden the invasive tests impose.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: NBC Discussing Jay Leno Exit Plan  —  With Jimmy Kimmel attracting younger viewers, Jimmy Fallon seems a logical choice to move into the coveted 11:35 time slot in 2014.  —  Is NBC preparing to announce Jay Leno's departure from The Tonight Show?  —  The network says categorically no …
Discussion: KDVR.com and Mediaite
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Obama blames Republicans for failing to stop sequester  —  In his weekly address on Saturday, Obama said the $85 billion sequester went into effect late Friday because congressional Republicans refused to compromise.  —  “These cuts are not smart,” Obama said.  —  “They will hurt our economy and cost us jobs.
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Republicans warn Obama has ‘poisoned’ relations with campaign-style attacks
Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
Popular Standard Shotgun Could Be Banned Under Proposed Bill  —  DENVER (CBS4) - A popular hunting shotgun could be banned under one of the bills moving through the state Capitol.  —  A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado use.
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking  —  THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.
CBS News:
U.S. Capitol official: Obama wrong on janitors' pay cut  —  During his news conference to announce that he and congressional leaders failed to avert the sequester cuts going into effect tonight, President Obama gave several examples of people who will be directly affected by the cuts.
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Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Sequester spin: Obama's incorrect claim of Capitol janitors receiving ‘a pay cut’
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Michelle Malkin
Alarabiya.net English:
Iraqi forces attack FSA positions inside Syria  —  For the first time, Iraqi forces opened fire on Syria shelling the positions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) days after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that a victory of the Syrian opposition would spread chaos in the region.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Will Smith among new additions to Obama campaign bundlers  —  Several big-name fundraisers stepped forward late in President Obama's reelection campaign, new campaign records show.  —  The Obama-Biden campaign released an updated list of bundlers from the fourth quarter of the 2012 campaign on Saturday.
Discussion: Politico
Paul Krugman:
Self-destructive Europe  —  I just wanted to flag two important articles on Europe.  First, Simon Wren-Lewis reminds us that while extreme austerity is being imposed on Europe's periphery, the core has also pursued contractionary fiscal policies.  Here's the IMF's estimate …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
CPAC's Exclusion Of Conservative Gay Group Sparks A Schism On The Right  —  Conservative speakers and organizers will flock to Washington, DC next week for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  But GOProud, an extreme right-wing gay organization, won't be invited this year …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Mass illegal immigrant release could be headache for Obama, tricky for GOP  —  The release of hundreds of illegal immigrants into a federal monitoring system this week may be an ongoing headache for the Obama administration, as Republicans focus their scrutiny on uncovering potential missteps.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:   AP Exclusive: DHS released over 2,000 immigrants
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
Church, State and Bible Class in Texas  —  It may be a little late for the holiday of Purim, but on Tuesday, in Eastland, Tex., Gay Hart will be baking hamantaschen — the traditional doughy, triangle-shaped pastries accented with dollops of prune, Nutella or some other delectable paste …
 
 
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James Lewis / American Thinker:
Dangerous Times: How Euro-socialism Set off a Fascist Bomb
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Fox News:
Boy, 7, suspended for shaping pastry into gun, dad says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Angus McDowall / Reuters:
Al Qaeda issues English-language advice magazine for militants
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Kerry to stress need for Egypt consensus for IMF deal
Discussion: The Hill
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House has some flexibility in choosing $85B spending cuts
Chris Greenwood / Daily Mail:
Four Islamic terrorists planned attack on British soil with guns and home-made bombs
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
“Equality Under the Law” Requires State-Sanctioned Marriage to Be Available to Same-Sex Couples
Discussion: Hot Air
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Patrick O'Shea / Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times:
Schools locked down over “ambiguous message” taken as threat
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Philip Hammond interview: The Defence Secretary's cold war on further military cuts
Discussion: Spectator
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Schwarzenegger flexes muscles again in bodybuilding world
CNN:
3 suspected Islamist terrorists arrested in France
Stevesaleeba / CBS Boston:
NH Gun Store Depicts Obama As ‘Firearms Salesman Of The Year’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Steve Neavling / Reuters:
Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit
Wall Street Journal:
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