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7:35 PM ET, March 7, 2013

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Talking Points Memo:
Obama Administration Responds To Rand Paul On Drones  —  The U.S. government cannot target an American citizen who is not engaged in combat on American soil, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday during his daily press briefing.  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
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Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
IT'S WAR: John McCain And Lindsey Graham Just Ripped Into Rand Paul On The Senate Floor  —  U.S. Sen. John McCain blasted fellow Republican Rand Paul on the Senate floor this morning for his 13-hour filibuster to block John Brennan's confirmation as CIA Director.  —  “Calm down, Senator,” McCain said, in an apostrophe to Paul.
Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul's Drone Rant  —  Give Rand Paul credit for theatrical timing.  As a snow storm descended on Washington, the Kentucky Republican's old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday filled the attention void on Twitter and cable TV.  If only his reasoning matched the showmanship.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
White House, Holder respond to Rand Paul: ‘The answer is no’ … Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation, Obama's spokesman announced today.
Senator Ted Cruz:
Press Release of Senator Cruz … WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) today introduced legislation to prohibit drone killings of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil if they do not represent an imminent threat.  —  “Our Constitution restrains government power,” Cruz said.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Holder's Letter to Rand Paul: ‘No,’ the U.S. Can't Use Drone to Kill Citizen Not Engaged in Combat on U.S. Soil  —  Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul's filibuster with this letter: … Here's an image of that letter:  —  UPDATE: Apparently, the White House and Justice Department failed …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
McCain, Graham lambast ‘ridiculous’ drone filibuster by Paul
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Wired, Hot Air, Hullabaloo and The Week
Politico:
Rand Paul's moment
Carlo Munoz / The Hill:
Brennan wins Senate confirmation to become director of the CIA
Discussion: Politico
Walter Shapiro / Yahoo! News:   Rand's stand: How the filibustering blusterer made the Senate (briefly) a better place
David Weigel / Slate:
Everybody Loves Filibusters
Carl Levin:
Sen. Carl Levin announces he will not seek re-election in 2014  —  WASHINGTON - Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., announced today that he will not seek re-election in 2014.  He released the following statement:  —  I have decided not to run for re-election in 2014.
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Carl Levin / CNN:
Sen. Levin won't seek re-election in 2014  —  Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Carl Levin, 78, announced Thursday that he will not run for a seventh term in 2014.  —  Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called it an “extremely difficult” decision and stated …
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Levin retirement leaves Dems defending fourth open seat in 2014 cycle
Chris Christie / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Clinton, Christie fare best in possible 2016 showdowns
Discussion: Politico
Harry Hawkins / The Sun:
north korea says it will launch nuclear attack on america  —  Tensions ... North Korea leader Kim Jong-un  —  NORTH Korea led by tyrant Kim Jong-un has sensationally vowed to launch a NUCLEAR attack on the USA.  —  The provocative statement comes weeks after the country conducted underground nuclear tests …
Discussion: Vodkapundit and Weekly Standard
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Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea warns U.S. of preemptive nuclear strike
Brian Ross / ABCNEWS:
Homeland Chair: Osama bin Laden's Son-in-Law ‘Cooperating’  —  Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, has been “cooperating” and has already revealed “key intelligence” about the current status, personnel and finances of al Qaeda even before he was secretly spirited to New York City, U.S. officials told ABC News today.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Mediaite
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New York Times:
New York Hearing Set as Son-in-Law of Bin Laden Is Caught
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Washington Post:
Administration debates stretching 9/11 law to go after new al-Qaeda offshoots
Discussion: Firedoglake, Wired, Hit & Run and Lawfare
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
The Good, Racist People  —  Last month the actor Forest Whitaker was stopped in a Manhattan delicatessen by an employee.  Whitaker is one of the pre-eminent actors of his generation, with a diverse and celebrated catalog ranging from “The Great Debaters” to “The Crying Game” to “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
New York National Rifle Association official barred from carrying a gun  —  An order of protection stemming from a domestic disturbance at his Long Island home in 2010 prevents Richard D'Alauro, the NRA's field representative for the city and its suburbs, from carrying the weapons.
ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Balances New Budget By Embracing Obama Policies  —  But next week, just four months after losing the November election, Ryan plans to unveil a budget that incorporates many of the policies he campaigned against, since the very changes he opposed as a vice presidential candidate …
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Devin Leonard / Businessweek:
How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for ‘Star Wars’  —  One weekend last October, Robert Iger, chief executive officer of Walt Disney (DIS), sat through all six Star Wars films.  He'd seen them before, of course.  This time, he took notes.  Disney was in secret negotiations to acquire Lucasfilm …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Al Gore Sued Over Current TV Sale to Al Jazeera (Exclusive)  —  A $5 million lawsuit claims Gore was “adamant” about not selling his network to oil-rich Qataris but had a “change of heart,” then stiffed the man who came up with the idea for the deal.  —  Current TV's $500 million sale …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Source: Preparations underway for Obama vacation on Martha's Vineyard  —  President Obama and his family are likely headed to Martha's Vineyard for a summer sojourn again this year.  —  A source tells POLITICO that the Secret Service has started booking accommodations on the toney island off the Massachusetts coast.
Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:
The War On Entitlements  —  The debate over reform of Social Security and Medicare is taking place in a vacuum, without adequate consideration of fundamental facts.  —  These facts include the following: Two-thirds of Americans who are over the age of 65 depend on an average annual Social Security benefit …
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP's easy route to victory in fiscal fight  —  It's this: Republicans are not going to get the serious entitlement cuts they say they want unless they agree to new revenues.  —  To put this in another way, there is no imaginable scenario in the next three years, and probably beyond, under which Republicans win a total victory.
Discussion: PostPartisan and New Republic
 
 
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
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