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4:35 AM ET, February 18, 2013


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Zack Colman / The Hill:
Green groups rally on climate, urge Obama to reject Keystone project  —  Environmental groups gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Sunday and marched on the White House for a climate change rally largely aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
Obama tees off with Tiger Woods
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Weasel Zippers
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
President Obama plays golf with Tiger Woods
Discussion: CNN
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich: Republicans Will Oppose Any Immigration Plan Backed By Obama Because They Hate Obama  —  During an appearance on ABC's This Week on Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) admitted that Republicans are likely to oppose any immigration reform proposal introduced by President Obama …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
ABC News Calls Out Paul Ryan For Hypocrisy Over Looming Budget Cuts  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl confronted Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) over his past support for the sequester, just as the one-time GOP vice presidential candidate sought to blame President Obama for the automatic across-the-board cuts scheduled to go into effect on March 1.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and The Raw Story
Nicki Rossoll / ABCNEWS:
Newt Gingrich: 'I'll take a Paul Ryan Position' on the Possibility of a Political Run
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
McCain says Hagel will be confirmed  —  One of the leading critics of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), President Obama's embattled nominee to become defense secretary, told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that Hagel will end up being confirmed.  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) …
Michael O'Brien / First Read:
McCain concedes: Hagel ‘will probably have the votes necessary’  —  President Barack Obama's choice to lead the Pentagon, former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel, will likely be confirmed next week, one of his most dogged opponents said Sunday.  —  “I'm confident that Sen. Hagel will probably …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Hagel reassures Graham on Israel remark
Ashley Killough / CNN:   Republicans still question Hagel's nomination
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Alabama County's Challenge to Voting Rights Act  —  EVERGREEN, Ala. — Jerome Gray, a 74-year-old black man, has voted in every election since 1974 in this verdant little outpost of some 4,000 people halfway between Mobile and Montgomery.
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
Congressional staffers often travel on tabs of foreign governments  —  About a dozen congressional staffers flew business class on a trip to China last summer and stayed at luxury hotels while touring the Great Wall and the Forbidden City and receiving a “briefing on ancient artifacts and dynasties” at the Shanghai Museum.
Our Middle East / Morningstar News:
Muslim Villagers in Egypt Attack Church  —  Fayoum, Egypt.  —  CAIRO, Egypt (Morning Star News) - Muslim villagers in Egypt's Fayoum Province attacked a church this weekend - pelting four Christians with rocks, setting parts of the church building on fire and tearing down a cross atop the structure, witnesses said.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Marco Rubio Has Sold More Than 3100 Water Bottles, Raising $100,000  —  The Senator has used the viral hit to launch a successful fundraising drive for his PAC, taking in more than $100,000.  —  When Marco Rubio paused to take a sip from a water bottle during his response to the State …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
‘PM livid at Lapid-Bennett anti-haredi conspiracy’  —  Netanyahu tells ministers Lapid and Bennett are advancing themselves at the country's expense, according to Likud sources.  —  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is furious at what he believes is a conspiracy by Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and
Chuck Raasch / USA Today:
Gun dealers report shortages of ammunition  —  Retailers say much of the demand is from gun owners who are stockpiling in case certain weapons are banned.  —  Gun shops are running low on ammunition from a run by customers fearful of potential gun-control legislation, according to gun retailers and customers.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Robin Kelly wins rival Toi Hutchinson's support in Illinois race  —  Illinois congressional candidate Toi Hutchinson dropped out of the special election race for disgraced former Rep. Jesse Jackson's seat on Sunday and endorsed rival Democrat Robin Kelly.  —  Hutchinson's withdrawal means Kelly …
Chicago Tribune:
Hutchinson expected to drop out, endorse Kelly in Jackson Jr. contest
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
Pope Benedict XVI's leaked documents show fractured Vatican full of rivalries  —  VATICAN CITY — Guests at the going-away party for Carlo Maria Viganò couldn't understand why the archbishop looked so forlorn.  Pope Benedict XVI had appointed Viganò ambassador to the United States …
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Rand Paul: Voters ready for Libertarian Republican in 2016
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Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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Brendan Carlin / Daily Mail:
Now they want to tax jewellery: New Lib Dem wealth plan to target ALL assets - including buy-to-let homes
Discussion: BBC
Fighter jets chase down small planes near Obama's Florida resort
Discussion: The Hill
Manu Raju / Politico:
McCain: Support for gun checks
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Hadeel Al Shalchi / Reuters:
Libya militia linked to U.S. attack returns to Benghazi
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The End of a Catholic Moment
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo Bucks Tide With Bill to Ease Abortion Limits
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Sarah Jones / PoliticusUSA:
CPAC: White Supremacists and Wayne LaPierre are Welcome, but GOProud is Banned