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12:40 AM ET, March 7, 2013

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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Rand Paul launches talking filibuster against CIA nominee  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is staging a talking filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  —  “I'm here to filibuster John Brennan's nomination to be director of CIA,” Paul said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Democrats Threaten To Reignite Filibuster Reform  —  The Senate's leading champion of filibuster reform called for renewing the effort to weaken the minority's obstruction power, concluding that a modest rules change enacted in January has failed to discourage Republicans from grinding the chamber to a halt.
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Rand Paul Does Not Go Quietly Into the Night  —  Updated WASHINGTON — A small group of Republicans, led by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, stalled the Senate on Wednesday by waging a nine-hours-and-counting, old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no- more filibuster over the government's use …
Discussion: Taking Note, AL.com and New York Times
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Rand Paul vows to speak ‘as long as it takes’ to block Brennan
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Filibuster Overhaul Effort Should Be Revived, Durbin Says
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul filibustering over drones: I will not let Obama ‘shred the Constitution’
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Barack Obama ‘has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil’
Discussion: Ops & Blogs and The Gateway Pundit
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rubio, NRSC heads join Rand Paul's filibuster — and could get political boost
Discussion: Wired, BuzzFeed, Hot Air, Politico and The Week
Josh Voorhees / Slate:
Rand Paul Has Started What Could Be an Epic Mr. Smith-Style Filibuster on the Senate Floor
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
‘A Big New Power’  —  Years from now, when the Supreme Court has come to its senses, justices then sitting will look back on the spring of 2013 in bewilderment.  On what basis, they will wonder, did five conservative justices, professed believers in judicial restraint, reach out to grab …
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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
RAND PAUL, IN DRONE FILIBUSTER, TELLS OBAMA TO REVISIT LOCHNER CASE  —  During his old-fashioned, “talking filibuster” of John Brennan's nomination as CIA Director, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called for President Barack Obama “to re-think the Lochner case” en route to strengthening protections …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Volokh Conspiracy
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Cops: Perp Had Loaded Revolver In Her Vagina  —  Handgun was found inside Oklahoman during strip search  —  An Oklahoma woman arrested Monday on drug charges had a loaded handgun hidden in her vagina, according to police.  —  The weapon was discovered during a search of Christie Dawn Harris …
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Joleen Chaney / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC: Woman packing heat, drugs in private parts  —  WARNING: Content could be considered graphic to some audiences.  —  ADA, Okla. - An unusual and graphic case in Pontotoc County leads police to a bizarre find inside a female suspect.  —  It began at Dairy Lou Drive Inn in Ada.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jake Novak / CNBC:
Boehner Wants Budget Deals ‘Out in the Open’  —  Supervising Producer for “The Kudlow Report”  —  House Speaker John Boehner told CNBC's Larry Kudlow on Wednesday that a long-term deal on entitlements is possible, and there's no good reason for the Obama team to have shut down the White House tour.
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David Nather / Politico:
Paul Ryan on budget: Your move, Obama
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
Stopgap Spending Bill Passed by House
Discussion: Roll Call
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Chief White House Calligrapher Gets Paid $96,725 Per Year  —  With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it's worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.  —  Like the “Chief Calligrapher,” …
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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Republicans emerge from dinner optimistic about deficit deal  —  Senate Republicans are more optimistic about the prospect of a grand bargain on the deficit after an intimate dinner with President Obama Wednesday evening in downtown Washington.  —  Obama and a dozen Republicans discussed …
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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama takes GOP lawmakers out on a deficit dinner date in downtown DC
Discussion: Politico
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Alvin Lee Is Going Home: ‘Ten Years After’ Guitarist Dies … Guitarist Alvin Lee, whose incendiary performance with the British band Ten Years After was one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival, has died. … He was 68.  Lee's website says he “passed away early this morning …
Discussion: BBC
Samuel Tadros / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama and John Kerry to Honor Anti-Semite and 9/11 Fan  —  On Friday March 8, Michelle Obama will join John Kerry at a special ceremony at the State Department to present ten women the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award.  The award, says the press release …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Arkansas Adopts Strictest Abortion Law in the U.S.  —  In the sharpest challenge yet to Roe v. Wade, Arkansas adopted Wednesday what is by far the country's most restrictive ban on abortion, at 12 weeks of pregnancy, around the time that a fetal heartbeat can be detected by abdominal ultrasound.
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Cut government spending?  Sure....in theory.  —  Americans broadly support an across-the-board cut in spending for a government often seen as wasteful, but there is wide opposition to blanket cuts to the military, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
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Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Virginia Republican: It Can Be Better To Be Uninsured Than On Medicaid … Wealthy investor and Republican candidate for Virginia Lt. Governor Pete Snyder released a new campaign ad Wednesday criticizing bipartisan efforts to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Over $8B of the Money You Spent Rebuilding Iraq Was Wasted Outright  —  The never-completed Khan Bani Sa'ad Prison in Diyala, Iraq.  Ultimately, the U.S. spent $40 million on the aborted project.  Photo courtesy of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
Discussion: The Dish
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Sam Baker / The Hill:
Cruz: Spending bill must defund Obama healthcare law  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that he will object to a government spending bill if it does not cut off funds for President Obama's signature healthcare law.  —  Cruz, a staunchly conservative freshman, said he will offer …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Zev Chafets / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive Excerpt: Roger Ailes Off Camera  —  Roger Ailes is one of the most powerful—and controversial—characters in television media, pilloried by critics and many in the mainstream media and lionized by conservative viewers who can't get enough of his posse of charismatic hosts.
Vince Cable / New Statesman:
When the facts change, should I change my mind?  —  The long economic stagnation of post-crisis Britain.  —  The British economy is still operating at levels around or below those before the 2008 financial crisis and roughly 15 per cent below an albeit unsustainable pre-crisis trend.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Spectator
Fox News:
Leaked email adds fuel to claims White House playing politics over impact of cuts  —  A leaked email from an Agriculture Department field officer adds fuel to claims President Obama's political strategy is to make the billions in recent federal budget cuts as painful as possible to win the public opinion battle against Republicans.
 
 
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