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10:30 AM ET, March 4, 2013

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Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
The Story of Romney's Career: “What I Said Is Not What I Believe”  —  Earlier today, Mitt Romney addressed his well-known 47% remarks and said this: … The funny thing about this quote is how often his defenders and supporters would use this same argument during the election to protect him against criticism.
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Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Exclusive: Mitt and Ann Romney on campaign mistakes, life after presidential election loss and political future  —  Special Guests: Mitt Romney, Ann Romney  —  The following is a rush transcript of the March 3, 2013, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
Jessica Holzer / Wall Street Journal:   Romney Offers Explanation for Loss
Fox News:
Romney relays disappointment over loss, admits mistakes, in first sitdown since 2012 election
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney: I Lost Because Minorities Love Obamacare
bigstory.ap.org:   Romney: Heart told him he'd win, until he saw Fla.
Talking Points Memo:
Romney: ‘Obamacare’ Was Attractive To Minority, Low-Income Voters
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
HEAVYWEIGHT … - DOUBLE TAKE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - PAGE-TURNER - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - BOROWITZ - RICHARD BRODY
Discussion: Post Politics and Culture Desk
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder: Voting Rights Act Can't Be Called Unnecessary Yet
Discussion: Associated Press and Taylor Marsh
Associated Press:   Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March
Law:
Voting Rights Act Takes Harsh Criticism In Court
Discussion: Firedoglake
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Recovery in U.S. Lifting Profits, Not Adding Jobs  —  With the Dow Jones industrial average flirting with a record high, the split between American workers and the companies that employ them is widening and could worsen in the next few months as federal budget cuts take hold.
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays  —  In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court.  In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian.  And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit?
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Bill Keller / New York Times:
Obama's Fault  —  Our feckless leaders may be incapable of passing a budget, but, boy, can they pass the buck.  The White House spent last week in full campaign hysteria, blitzing online followers with the message that heartless Republicans are prepared to transform America into …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
G.O.P., Lacking Unity, Clings to Budget Goals  —  WASHINGTON — Conservative governors are signing on to provisions of what they once derisively dismissed as Obamacare.  Prominent Senate Republicans are taking positions on immigration that would have gotten the party's presidential candidates booted off …
Jason Zengerle / New York Magazine:
Back on the Trail  —  When disgraced South Carolina governor Mark Sanford decided to run for office again, he asked his ex-wife, Jenny, for her blessing.  Whether he has her vote is another matter.  —  Late last year, a few days before Christmas, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford embarked on a delicate political mission.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mooching Off Medicaid  —  Conservatives like to say that their position is all about economic freedom, and hence making government's role in general, and government spending in particular, as small as possible.  And no doubt there are individual conservatives who really have such idealistic motives.
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Behind the Doors of the Senate Gym  —  Early-rising lawmakers get better acquainted in ‘sweat-filled room’ — the Senate gym  —  Behind a discreet set of keypad-entry double doors on the first floor of the Russell Senate Office Building lies one of the last oases of what was once …
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Republican Consultants Plot New Tech-Savvy Infrastructure  —  Phone bank at Mitt Romney for President headquarters, in Springfield, Virginia, March 5, 2012.  —  After last year's blowout election, the Republican digital strategist Patrick Ruffini went on a not-so-secret mission to find out how to fix what was wrong with his party.
Daily Mail:
Priest burns picture of pope in CHURCH in protest at resignation as ‘rock star’ cardinals gather to choose successor  —  It ought to have been the most serene of days for the former Pope.  —  But Benedict XVI's first Sunday in retirement has been sullied by a village priest who burnt a photograph of him during Sunday mass.
Darren Goode / Politico:
President Obama to pick Gina McCarthy, Ernest Moniz to lead EPA, DOE  —  President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate EPA air chief Gina McCarthy as the agency's next administrator and MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to take over the Energy Department.  —  The long-anticipated announcements …
Discussion: CNN
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP's Largest Campaign Contributor Admits To Bribing Foreign Officials  —  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who spent as much as $150 million on independent expenditures to bolster Republicans in the 2012 election, has informed the Securities and Exchange Commission that his Las Vegas Sands Corporation …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jeb Bush won't rule out 2016 presidential bid
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Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
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State Representative Dan Winslow wins Republican straw poll for US Senate
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Opinion: Big drama guaranteed if Ashley Judd challenges McConnell in Kentucky
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