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11:55 PM ET, March 4, 2013

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Washington Post:
Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up  —  View Photo Gallery — Sen. Robert Menendez: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has been embroiled in a controversy involving his relations with a Miami campaign contributor and the awarding of a security contract at a port in the Dominican Republic.
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Theatrical Slut Shaming: Daily Caller Attacks Ashley Judd For Nude Scenes  —  It's a sign of how anxious the right wing is about the possibility that Ashley Judd might run for Senate against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the attacks on her have geared up before she's even formally entered the race.
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Taylor Bigler / The Daily Caller:
Ashley Judd, potential U.S. Senate candidate, sure has done a lot of on-screen nudity  —  Ashley Judd has been making the political rounds as the Democratic actress reportedly contemplates a run against Republican Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell in 2014.  —  As she considers a run against McConnell …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ashley Judd's War With Kentucky's Coal Industry Could Doom Candidacy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush's Immigration Flip Flop Stuns Reformers  —  After years of building a reputation as the “good” Republican on immigration, Jeb Bush shocked the reform community on Monday by ruling out a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a position solidly to the right of prominent GOPers like Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pundits blowing it on sequester debate  —  Republicans are waving around a column by the New York Times' Bill Keller that pins the blame for the sequester on the President.  The title is “Obama's fault,” and Keller's effort is reminiscent of plenty of other punditry we've seen that adopts …
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David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Deficit reduction target reached, but no one's happy
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama job approval tumbles  —  President Obama's job approval rating took a hit over the weekend, falling to its lowest level in the Gallup three-day average since his reelection.  —  His approval rating was 46 percent between Feb 29 and March 2, down from 53 percent a week earlier.
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
“In the real world we were kidding ourselves”  —  Newt Gingrich talks to Salon about why he and his party were so wrong about the election and the future of the GOP  —  There was a popular theory for much of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign that Newt Gingrich wasn't actually running …
Bloomberg:
Apple's Planned ‘IWatch’ Could Be More Profitable Than TV  —  While Tim Cook has dropped hints that Apple Inc. (AAPL) is hard at work on a television to drive the next era of growth, the company's wristwatch-style device, still in development, may prove more profitable.
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple's watch will run iOS and arrive later this year, say sources
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
Pastor Scott / Scott Lively Ministries:
The Bi-Sexual T**d in the Gay Wedding Punchbowl  —  The next time you're at a “gay ' wedding with political, media or other important pro-gay-marriage celebrities, and one of them gets up with a glass of wedding punch to toast Partner A and Partner B for their courage to “be themselves,” …
Discussion: Firedoglake
ThinkProgress:
GOP Congresswoman: I Opposed Domestic Violence Bill Because It Protected Too Many Groups  —  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday openly admitted that she opposed the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it included protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence.
David Rogers / Politico:
House GOP rolls out stop gap spending plan  —  House Republicans rolled out their answer Monday to keeping the government funded through September: a six-month stop gap bill that addresses some of the hot spots after sequestration but still locks in non-defense appropriations below even what Rep. Paul Ryan's budget demanded last spring.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
House government funding bill seeks to soften sequester's blow
Discussion: CNN
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Corporate Profits Are Eating the Economy  —  Here are two things that are true about the economy today.  —  (1) The Dow Jones industrial average is poised to set a new record as corporate profits stretch to all-time highs.  —  (2) There are still fewer working Americans today than there were before the start of the Great Recession.
Discussion: msnbc.com
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Empathy For the Devil  —  At New York Magazine, Jason Zengerle's got a long article on Mark Sanford's fall and rise, focusing on his very touchy relationship with his ex-wife Jenny, who could have easily preempted his comeback congressional campaign with one of her own, and could sink his today with a few tart words.
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Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
One study explains why it's tough to pass liberal laws  —  Last year, a group of political scientists took a random sample of state legislators and asked them a slew of questions, most of which boiled down to: “What do your constituents think about policy?”  Do they support gay marriage?
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bill Cosby Slams Republicans Who Sat Through SOTU: As Bad As Civil Rights-Era Segregationists  —  One of the key issues currently being decided by the Supreme Court is whether or not racism has ended sufficiently to gut the Voting Rights Act, or as conservative hero Justice Antonin Scalia calls it, “racial entitlement.”
Bill Cotterell / Reuters:
Florida Medicaid expansion suffers legislative setback  —  (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott's plan to expand Medicaid coverage to cover about 1 million more poor people suffered a setback on Monday when the proposal failed to make it out of a key state legislative committee hearing.
James Andrew Miller / New York Times:
Olbermann Angling for Return to ESPN  —  Keith Olbermann was in Los Angeles on Friday being deposed for a reported $70 million lawsuit he filed against his most recent employer, Current TV, with the trial expected to begin in May.  Whether the court rules in favor of Olbermann or the network …
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
The Reverse-Joads of California  —  Low- and middle-income residents are fleeing the state.  Sacramento's liberal policies may bear much of the blame.  —  During the Great Depression, some 1.3 million Americans—epitomized by the Joad family in John Steinbeck's “The Grapes of Wrath”—flocked to California from the heartland.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Thirteen Words  —  Remember George W. Bush's famous “16 words”?  They came from Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech, where Bush said: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”
Charlie Spiering / Washington Examiner:
Michelle Obama: American Dogs need balanced diets, exercise too … During her Google Hangout today, First Lady Michelle Obama reminded the audience that dogs need a proper diet and exercise, just like children do.  —  The First Lady admitted that President Obama liked to tease their own dog …
BBC:
‘Batman’ brings in suspect to Bradford police  —  Police said the costumed man did not reveal his identity  —  A man dressed as the caped crusader Batman has handed over a wanted man at a Bradford police station before disappearing into the night.  —  Police said the costumed crime-fighter marched …
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Gov. Chris Christie fumes over sequester  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday ripped Washington, D.C., for failing to get a deal to avert the sequester, charging “real leadership” was AWOL.  —  “I don't understand it, I don't understand why they haven't fixed it already.
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS and BuzzFeed
 
 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Michaud ‘looking at’ gubernatorial run
Discussion: Bangor Daily News
Washington Post:
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Holbrook Mohr / Talking Points Memo:
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Another Journalist Tells Fox About White House Abuse: ‘Like My Mother Giving Me A Guilt Trip’
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks to Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile
Martha Stoddard / Omaha World-Herald:
Jon Bruning to seek re-election as Nebraska's top prosecutor
Discussion: Roll Call and Ballot Box
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Hostile Teacher Writes ‘The Guns Are Loaded’ On Chalkboard, Asks Kids If They'd ‘Care To Try Me?’
Discussion: nbcchicago.com and The Raw Story
Jeffrey D. Sachs / The Huffington Post:
How Obama's Politics Led to Sequestration
Discussion: Achenblog and NewsBusters
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Samsung's New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages
Discussion: TechCrunch, The Verge and Mashable!
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
New Obama strategy: Take no prisoners