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11:20 AM ET, February 19, 2013


 Top Items: 
Obama, the puppet master  —  President Barack Obama is a master at limiting, shaping and manipulating media coverage of himself and his White House.  —  Not for the reason that conservatives suspect: namely, that a liberal press willingly and eagerly allows itself to get manipulated.
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Simpson and Bowles to Offer Up Deficit Fix  —  WASHINGTON—Deficit hawks Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles on Tuesday will propose a detailed plan for rewriting the tax code and implementing deep new spending cuts, hoping to offer a path to compromise for Democrats and Republicans, according to an outline of the plan.
Discussion: and Business Insider
Politico:   Erskine Bowles pessimistic about a ‘grand bargain’
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama to Turn Up Pressure for Deal on Budget Cuts
Discussion: Daily Kos
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:
Obama To Call On Congress To Avert Mandatory Spending Cuts — Again
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Reuters
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:   Simpson, Bowles to offer new $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction plan
Dana Loesch / RedState:
Colorado Democrat: Women Don't Need Guns If They 'Feel Like They're Going To Be Raped'  —  Chill, women, says Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar.  While arguing for the disarmament of college students, Salazar says that even if women feel like they're going to be raped, they may not, so who needs a firearm for protection?
Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
Colorado lawmaker Joe Salazar issues apology over rape remark
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:   Strategist Returns for Democrats' 2014 Senate Battles
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Marco Rubio: The Electable Conservative?  —  Some commentators have expressed surprise upon learning about the very conservative voting record of Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address last week.
New York Times:
Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.  —  On the outskirts of Shanghai, in a run-down neighborhood dominated by a 12-story white office tower, sits a People's Liberation Army base for China's growing corps of cyberwarriors.  —  The building off Datong Road …
Jennifer Kabbany / The College Fix:
Prof Strips, Shows 9/11 Footage, Impales Stuffed Animal (VIDEO)  —  A science professor at Columbia University on Monday began a quantum mechanics lecture by stripping into his boxers and eating a banana while rap music played in the background.  —  Then it got weird.
Alexandra Jaffe / Ballot Box:
Tea Party challenger to McConnell emerging  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) could see a primary challenge from local businessman Matt Bevin, who sources say is reaching out to Tea Party groups in the state to gauge support for a 2014 Senate run.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Lawmakers Look at Ban on High Capacity Gun Magazines  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Christopher S. Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, is haunted by many things that emerged from the investigation of the December mass shooting at a Newtown elementary school.  Among them is the nagging question …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama ignores DOJ researchers who conclude assault weapons ban won't cut gun violence
CBS News:
Newtown shooter motivated by Norway massacre, sources say  —  Law enforcement sources say Adam Lanza was motivated by violent video games and a strong desire to kill more people than another infamous mass murderer.  —  Sources say Lanza saw himself as being in direct competition with Anders Breivik …
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Filibuster Hagel  —  If Republicans refuse, they won't be standing on principle but capitulating to the president.  —  Chuck Hagel says he can't remember if he called the U.S. State Department “an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister's office” in the Q&A following a March 2007 speech …
New York Times:
Pistorius Denies Murdering Girlfriend  —  PRETORIA, South Africa — Facing a charge of premeditated murder in the death of his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star and one of the world's best-known athletes, denied on Tuesday that he intended to take her life when he opened fire …
David Rogers / Politico:
Why John McCain turned on Chuck Hagel  —  Tower, a Texas Republican, Navy veteran and powerhouse in the Senate Armed Services Committee, had befriended McCain as a young naval liaison to Congress and later helped him first run for the House in 1982.  As a freshman senator …
Discussion: The Dish
London Review of Books:
Royal Bodies  —  Last summer at the festival in Hay-on-Wye, I was asked to name a famous person and choose a book to give them.  I hate the leaden repetitiveness of these little quizzes: who would be the guests at your ideal dinner party, what book has changed your life, which fictional character do you most resemble?
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
What's News, and What Isn't  —  The liberal media manifest their bias not primarily by writing things that aren't true-although that sometimes happens-but rather, by selecting what they do and do not report as news.  Major scandals and events of great importance are simply ignored …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Arutz Sheva
Kristen A. Lee / NY Daily News:
Michelle Obama blames her chic new bangs on a midlife crisis on ‘Rachael Ray Show’  —  The First Lady debuted the new look on her 49th birthday.  —  Before and after: First Lady Michelle Obama joked to Rachael Ray that she cut her bangs because she couldn't get a sports car and her family would not let her bungee jump.
Discussion: First Read
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Erick Erickson / Fox News:
If Elizabeth Warren wants to lay blame for financial mess, she can look in the mirror
Discussion: Firedoglake, Salon and Boston Globe
Sarah Kliff / Washington Post:
It's official: The feds will run most Obamacare exchanges
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Shira Toeplitz / Roll Call:
House Democrats Cash In With Online Fundraising Program
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
New York Times:
Obama, in Addressing Syria, May Revisit Arms Policy
John Horgan / National Geographic Magazine:
Drones May Be Watching You  —  Unmanned aircraft have proved …
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Conservative columnist resigns after Kentucky paper refuses to run op-ed on publication's liberal bias
Montgomery Advertiser:
Ala. House of Representatives expected to take up abortion clinic bill Tuesday
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Push U.S. Satisfaction Up to 27%
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Reuters
 Earlier Items: 
Richard Epstein / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Ronald Dworkin: A Tribute from the Other Side of the Political Spectrum
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Mexican Supreme Court: American Cases Demand Marriage Equality
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
Steve Brusk / CNN:
Obama on the links: Did the lessons pay off?
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why Barron's Went With That Preposterous Cover About Obama Turning America Into Greece
Discussion: Paul Krugman