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10:05 AM ET, February 20, 2013


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John Boehner / Wall Street Journal:
The President Is Raging Against a Budget Crisis He Created  —  Obama invented the ‘sequester’ in the summer of 2011 to avoid facing up to America's spending problem.  —  A week from now, a dramatic new federal policy is set to go into effect that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more.
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 20, 2013 - New Jersey Gov Flies High, Buries Unknown Dem, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Christie Close To Clinton, Leads Cuomo In '16 Pres Race  —  New Jersey voters today continue Gov. Christopher Christie's record-breaking 74 - 22 percent approval rating …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Congress Approval Holding Steady at 15%
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to consider limits on individual political contributions  —  The Supreme Court reentered the controversial field of campaign finance Tuesday, agreeing to consider a Republican challenge to decades-old limits on the total amount a person can contribute to candidates, political parties and political action committees.
Discussion: PostPartisan, SCOTUSblog and Ballot Box
Ariane De Vogue / ABCNEWS:
Indiana Farmer Takes on Seed Behemoth Monsanto; Justices Skeptical of Farmer's Claim
Discussion: New York Times
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Conan O'Brien to host White House press dinner for second time  —  Conan O'Brien will hold court as emcee of the 2013 White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner.  —  WHCA President and Fox News Channel senior White House correspondent Ed Henry announced the group's pick of the funnyman …
Discussion: Mediaite and
John Schwartz / New York Times:   Obama to Flesh Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Obama Works the Phones to Calm Tensions on Immigration Plan
Discussion: and National Network …
Jon.Ralston / Ralston Reports:
Fahrenkopf opines on GOP's “idotic” stances, Christie's “French kiss,” the media's bias and more  —  What better place than the Las Vegas Country Club, where time seems to have stopped in 1974 or so, for a group of conservatives to gather to figure out how to capture the glory days.
Discussion: First Read and The Fix
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
The Devil Made Them Do It  —  Senate Democrats try to dodge responsibility for ObamaCare.  —  “Powerful Democrats” subjected a top Obama administration health-care official “to withering criticism” last week, notes Walter Russell Mead.  When Gary Cohen, head of the Center for Consumer Information …
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Gas prices are on a mysterious climb  —  The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has jumped 45 cents in the past 31 days, according to AAA, the fastest run-up since 2005.  —  Retail gasoline prices have climbed for 33 days in a row.  A month ago, a gallon of regular gasoline cost $3.30 …
Discussion: Hot Air and Informed Comment
Greg Bishop / New York Times:
A Company That Runs Prisons Will Have Its Name on a Stadium  —  In recent years, where stadium naming rights could be sold, universities and professional sports teams have sold them — to airlines and banks and companies that sell beer, soda, doughnuts, cars, telecommunications, razors and baseball bats.
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
‘Friends of Hamas’: My role in the birth of a rumor  —  A Daily News reporter explains how he inadvertently created the myth that Chuck Hagel spoke to a non-existent group.  —  Daily News reporter Dan Friedman recounts the origin of a rumor he unwittingly started about Chuck Hagel (pictured) …
Discussion: The National Memo and Daily Kos
Cristina Silva / Associated Press:
McCain defends immigration plan to angry residents  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona took center stage in the national immigration debate Tuesday as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the state's border with Mexico and Sen. John McCain defended his proposed immigration overhaul to an angry crowd in suburban Phoenix.
Ulrike Putz / Spiegel Online:
How the Mossad Works: The Mystery of Israel's ‘Prisoner X’  —  An Israeli agent commits suicide in his prison cell.  Was he a traitor?  The mysterious case of “Prisoner X,” reported to be Australian-born Benjamin Zygier, provides an insight into the workings of the Mossad.
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Biden: Buy Shotguns, Not Assault Weapons  —  Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said Tuesday that parents interested in having firearms for protection should purchase shotguns instead of assault weapons.  —  “If you want to protect yourself, get a double-barrel shotgun,” …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans Say Preventing Terrorism Top Foreign Policy Goal  —  Nuclear weapons, energy also top foreign policy concerns for Americans  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Eighty-eight percent of Americans say preventing future acts of international terrorism should be a very important foreign policy goal of the U.S., top among nine issues.
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
Corrie MacLaggan / Reuters:
Republican Senator Cruz defends style a Democrat likened to McCarthyism  —  (Reuters) - First-term Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday staunchly defended his aggressive, in-your-face style that already is raising eyebrows in Washington and has led a Senate Democrat to suggest his tactics reminded her of McCarthyism.
Discussion: Politico and Washington Examiner
David R. Henderson / Wall Street Journal:
An Economist Who Made the Science Less Dismal  —  Armen Alchian never won a Nobel Prize in economics.  But no less than Friedrich Hayek said he ‘deserved’ one.  —  In 1975, I attended a week-long conference in Connecticut at which the star attraction was Friedrich Hayek.
Discussion: EconLog and Cafe Hayek
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Rand Paul: Obama ‘histrionics’ over cuts  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is charging that President Barack Obama is full of “histrionics” about what will happen if the sequester kicks in.  —  “I think the sequester happens and it will be in some ways a yawn because the histrionics that are coming …
Discussion: Reuters and Pirate's Cove
Katherine Skiba / Chicago Tribune:
Jesse Jackson Jr., Sandi Jackson expected to plead guilty  —  WASHINGTON — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife, former Chicago Ald.  Sandi Jackson, are expected to plead guilty to federal charges today, when more details may emerge about an alleged crime spree in which he is accused …
Discussion: First Read
Manu Raju / Politico:
Joe Miller's return gives GOP establishment heartburn  —  Republicans who don't want to witness GOP-on-GOP primary warfare in 2014 may want to keep their eyes trained on the Lower 48.  —  Alaska could be messy.  —  Joe Miller, the tea party favorite who was backed by Sarah Palin …
Discussion: The Hill
Tiger Woods: Obama Has ‘Amazing Touch’  —  When Tiger Woods is your teammate, it's hard to lose.  Still, President Obama has a pretty good game, according to the world's second-ranked golfer.  —  President Obama and Woods played golf over Presidents' Day weekend, and Woods divulged on Tuesday …
Martha T. Moore / USA Today:
Al Jazeera makes major U.S. expansion  —  The cable news network is building a new broadcast center in Washington and planning bureaus in eight cities across the USA.  —  Seven years after it arrived in the U.S., Al Jazeera is putting up its sign.  —  As it launches a major expansion …
Discussion: American Spectator
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Senate Minority Leader Fooled by Report in Military Version of The Onion  —  The best parody contains elements of truth.  Which might explain how the military's answer to The Onion suckered the Senate's Republican leader.  —  Meet The Duffel Blog, if you haven't already.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
John Duncan On VAWA: Most Men Can Handle Violence Better Than Most Women  —  Rep. John “Jimmy” Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) said he doesn't know if he will vote for a renewal of the Violence Against Women Act, a bill the congressman said has a nice name, and argued that men can handle violence better than women.
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