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9:40 AM ET, February 19, 2013


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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.
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
GOP senators waiting for Obama outreach  —  President Barack Obama will need Republican senators to pass his ambitious agenda — and the White House has even identified the top prospects.  —  But after months of buildup and a week since his State of the Union address, key aides on the Hill …
Zeke Miller / BuzzFeed:   Obama To Call On Congress To Avert Mandatory Spending Cuts — Again
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?
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Strategist Returns for Democrats' 2014 Senate Battles  —  WASHINGTON — After two grueling election cycles, Guy Cecil, the brains behind the Democrats' improbable Senate showings in 2010 and 2012, was expected to set aside his political combat boots for tasseled loafers and a sinecure somewhere …
Lynn Bartels / Denver Post:
Colorado lawmaker Joe Salazar issues apology over rape remark
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama ignores DOJ researchers who conclude assault weapons ban won't cut gun violence … Justice Department researchers have concluded that an assault weapons ban is “unlikely to have an effect on gun violence,” but President Obama has not accepted their report as his administration's official position.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Lawmakers Look at Ban on High Capacity Gun Magazines
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Right Turn and Weekly Standard
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.
Discussion: CNN, First Read and Firedoglake
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 …
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?
Discussion: Guardian, Spectator, BBC and Telegraph
J. Lester Feder / BuzzFeed:
Mexican Supreme Court: American Cases Demand Marriage Equality  —  In a sweeping ruling striking down a ban on same-sex couples' marriages in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico's Supreme Court says U.S. Supreme Court cases support marriage equality.  —  A gay couple takes part in a mock wedding in Monterrey, Mexico, on February 16, 2013.
Discussion: Joe. My. God.
New York Times:   Sidebar: Bucking Trend, Supreme Court Still Rejects Video Coverage
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
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
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire  —  Heineman gave few hints about his thinking in a Monday press conference, in which he thanked Johanns for his service.  The governor said he was considering getting into the race but had not made a final decision and that he had yet to speak to his wife …
Discussion: Roll Call and Daily Kos
Nebraska Sen. Mike Johanns to retire
Montgomery Advertiser:
Ala. House of Representatives expected to take up abortion clinic bill Tuesday  —  The House is expected to take up an abortion clinic bill Tuesday.  This file photo shows a 2010 abortion protest in front of Montgomery's Saint Bede the Venerable Catholic Church.  / Lloyd Gallman/Advertiser file
Richard Epstein / Ricochet Conversations Feed:
Ronald Dworkin: A Tribute from the Other Side of the Political Spectrum  —  This past week brought the sad news of the death of my NYU colleague, the philosopher and legal scholar Ronald Dworkin, who passed away in London after a struggle with leukemia.  —  Dworkin must rate …
Terrence T. McDonald / New Jersey Online:
Jersey City assemblyman ‘likes’ two racy, violent Facebook pages  —  Assemblyman Charles Mainor, seen here in June 2011, is in hot water after a constituent complained about two websites Mainor (Photo by The Jersey Journal)  —  Jersey City Assemblyman Charles Mainor is in hot water again …
Discussion: NY Daily News and
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
Why Barron's Went With That Preposterous Cover About Obama Turning America Into Greece  —  In case you missed it, quiet financial newspaper Barron's took a huge swipe at Obama in its latest cover, promising that if he got his way, the US would be on the road to Greece.
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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John Horgan / National Geographic Magazine:
Drones May Be Watching You  —  Unmanned aircraft have proved …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and emptywheel
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Conservative columnist resigns after Kentucky paper refuses to run op-ed on publication's liberal bias
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Democrats Push U.S. Satisfaction Up to 27%
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Reuters
Steve Brusk / CNN:
TRENDING: Obama on the links: Did the lessons pay off?
Valerie Volcovici / Reuters:
Thousands at climate rally in Washington call on Obama to reject Keystone pipeline
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmakers propose $30 million a year to fund Cops in Schools program
 Earlier Items: 
David Frum / CNN:
Obama needs a ‘Plan B’ on guns
Thomas E. Donilon / New York Times:
Hezbollah Unmasked  —  ON FEB. 5, after more than six months …
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Peres to give Obama Medal of Distinction
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
In GOP Civil War, No Easy Answers
Discussion: Booman Tribune