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9:15 PM ET, February 19, 2013


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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Campaign Finance Case  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a challenge to federal campaign contribution limits and issued decisions concerning a drug-sniffing dog, an international child-custody dispute and when the police may detain people while conducting a search.
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Indiana Farmer Takes on Seed Behemoth Monsanto; Justices Skeptical of Farmer's Claim
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Tarini Parti / Politico:
SCOTUS takes up donor limit case
Discussion: Ballot Box and CNN
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.
Joe Scarborough / Politico:
Tearing down the conservative echo chamber  —  A “Morning Joe” discussion from Tuesday is sure to set off extremists within the Republican Party who remain more interested in defending the GOP's losing ways than charting a new course to victory.  After Chuck Todd concluded that Republicans …
A BIPARTISAN PATH FORWARD TO SECURING AMERICA'S FUTURE  —  Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson are co-chairs of the Moment of Truth project and formerly co-chaired the President's bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.  —  The United States faces two big risks …
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Why Does the New Simpson-Bowles Deficit Plan Look So ... Republican?  —  Please see update at bottom.  —  The new deficit reduction plan from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles calls for $5 trillion in savings this decade — $6 trillion including interest — roughly the same as their outline in December 2010.
Discussion: The Dish and Hullabaloo
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Sequester
Discussion: Firedoglake and Booman Tribune
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THINGS IN POLITICO THAT MAKE ME WANT TO GUZZLE ANTIFREEZE, PART THE INFINITY  —  Every sportswriter learns one simple rule in a very quick hurry — namely, that nobody out in your readership cares how hard you think your job is.  People, to paraphrase Michael J. Fox's channelling …
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.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says it makes effort to grant press access to Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
More Republican Denial  —  Conservatives keep reminding everyone that the sequester was Obama's idea.  But, says Michael Tomasky, that doesn't mean he's to blame for the current crisis.  —  Whose “idea” was the sequester, and why should it matter?  My Twitter feed these last couple of weeks …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Tea party group pictures Rove in Nazi uniform  —  A top tea party group is taking its clash with Karl Rove to a new level, sending out a fundraising email Tuesday featuring a photoshopped image of the GOP operative in an SS uniform.  —  “Wipe the Smirk Off Karl Rove's Face,” …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Missouri Bill Makes It A Felony For Lawmakers To Propose Gun Safety Legislation  —  Yesterday, Missouri state Rep. Mike Leara (R) proposed legislation making it a felony for lawmakers to so much as propose many bills regulating guns.  Leara's bill provides that “[a]ny member of the general assembly …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Missouri Lawmaker Introduces Bill To Make It A Felony To Propose Gun Control Legislation
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Data Can't Do  —  Not long ago, I was at a dinner with the chief executive of a large bank.  He had just had to decide whether to pull out of Italy, given the weak economy and the prospect of a future euro crisis.  —  The C.E.O. had his economists project out a series of downside scenarios …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Paul Krugman:
Data, Stimulus, and Human Nature
Exclusive: Apple, Macs hit by hackers who targeted Facebook  —  (Reuters) - Apple Inc was recently attacked by hackers who infected the Macintosh computers of some employees, the company said on Tuesday in an unprecedented disclosure that described the widest known cyber attacks against Apple-made computers to date.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Hagel Said Israel Headed Toward Apartheid, Netanyahu a ‘Radical’  —  Secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel said Israel is on its way to becoming an apartheid state during an April 9, 2010, appearance at Rutgers University, according to a contemporaneous account by an attendee.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Approval Holding Steady at 15%  —  Up one point from January, but at the low end of the historical spectrum  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Americans' approval of Congress is at 15% in February, one percentage point higher than in January and exactly matching the 15% average for all of 2012.
Discussion: Politico and
DSWright / Firedoglake:
Aaron Swartz's FBI File  —  When I heard the news of Aaron Swartz's suicide I was deeply saddened or more accurately profoundly irritated.  Why had the government - or should I say U.S Attorney Carmen Ortiz - wasted so much time and resources destroying someone over such an inconsequential act?
Discussion: Guardian
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
Alabama Politician Thinks A Fetus Is The Largest Organ In A Woman's Body
Discussion: Montgomery Advertiser
NBC Southern California:
Police ID Gunman in OC Shooting Deaths  —  Four people are dead after a series of shootings and carjackings near freeways in Orange County that began after the slaying of a woman at a home in Ladera Ranch.  —  Map: Shooting Investigation Locations  —  The gunman was identified as Ali Syed …
Aaron Couch / Hollywood Reporter:
Donald Trump Threatens to Sue Macy's Protester for $25 Million (Exclusive)  —  “Dump Trump” organizer Angelo Carusone tells THR a cease and desist letter he received shows the “Apprentice” star engages in “bullying and intimidation.”  —  Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump can't fire …
Joan Walsh / Salon:
Targeted killings: OK if Obama does it?  —  Salon exclusive: Study finds “liberals” more likely to favor targeted killings once they know it's Obama's policy  —  Civil libertarians have worried that some of President Obama's comparatively hawkish national security policies are silencing …
Michael Lind / Salon:
Southern poverty pimps  —  The “original sin” of the Southern political class is cheap, powerless labor  —  Contemporary American politics cannot be understood apart from the North-South divide in the U.S., as I and others have argued.  Neither can contemporary American economic debates.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
NY Daily News:
WCBS-TV newsman Rob Morrison threatened to ‘kill his wife’ after he was arrested and accused of choking her; Police report paints angry anchorman as a boozy bully with an internet porn habit  —  Rob Morrison has a history of domestic violence and was arrested for assault in 2009 after a confrontation …
Discussion: Mediaite and Gawker
Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
59 percent of Americans oppose DOMA: poll  — Stumble upon something good?  Share it on StumbleUpon  — Send via Email  — Send this page to Print Friendly  —  New polls find growing support for marriage equality.  (Blade file photo by Michael Key)
Eric Shawn / Fox News:
Did Obama supporter vote 6 times in 2012?  Ohio poll worker target of investigation  —  The Obama/Biden lawn sign remains proudly planted in front of Melowese Richardson's Cincinnati home, three months after the presidential election.  —  It seems that President Obama has an especially ardent supporter …
Robert Higgs / The Beacon:
Armen Alchian (April 12, 1914 - February 19, 2013)  —  Arline Alchian Hoel reports that her father, Armen Alchian, “passed away peacefully in his sleep early this morning at his home in Los Angeles.”  He was 98 years old.  —  Armen Alchian was a major figure in the economics profession for more than half a century.
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and EconLog
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Jared A. Favole / Washington Wire:
Biden: 'You Don't Need 30 Rounds. Buy a Shotgun'
Discussion: Freedom's Lighthouse
Bruce Bartlett / Economix:
Who Pays the Corporate Income Tax
Discussion: Mother Jones and AEIdeas
Washington Examiner:
No, California's economy is not growing faster than the rest of the country
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar sorry for rape comment
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Where Rahm Emanuel Stands On 2nd District Race
Discussion: Ballot Box
Andrew C. Revkin / Dot Earth:
Is There Room for Varied Approaches to Energy and Climate Progress?
Discussion: Grist and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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How Not to Fix Climate Change
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Elhanan Miller / The Times of Israel:
‘Sharon was about to leave two-thirds of the West Bank’
Discussion: Israel Matzav
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
Weapons made with 3-D printers could test gun-control efforts
Discussion: Hot Air and AMERICAblog
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
War on women: Press secretary Carney sneers at female reporter; ‘I know you are just filling in’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Scott Brown blames phone for unusual ‘Bqhatevwr’ tweet
Discussion: CNN and Politico
New York Times:
Chinese Army Unit Is Seen as Tied to Hacking Against U.S.