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5:05 AM ET, February 20, 2013


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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: Politico and Ballot Box
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
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.
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Obama, DC Press Corps Locked in Mutual Loathing Pact  —  Over at Politico, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen have a long piece today about press corps unhappiness with their access to President Obama.  Their timing is unfortunate, coming just a day after the press corps embarrassed itself by coming completely unglued over.....
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says it makes effort to grant press access to Obama
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Politico
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Sequester  —  THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody.  (Applause.)  Please have a seat.  Well, welcome to the White House.  —  As I said in my State of the Union address last week, our top priority must be to do everything we can to grow the economy and create good, middle-class jobs.
Discussion: Firedoglake and Booman Tribune
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
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
WV MetroNews:
Carte Goodwin out for 2014  —  Charleston Attorney Carte Goodwin has decided NOT to run for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate in West Virginia in 2014.  —  Goodwin tells Metronews that his decision to stay out of the race was driven by family concerns.  He and his wife have two young children.
Discussion: Roll Call and Post Politics
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.
Discussion: CNN
Paul Krugman:
Data, Stimulus, and Human Nature  —  David Brooks writes about the limitations of Big Data, and makes some good points.  But he goes astray, I think, when he touches on a subject near and dear to my own data-driven heart: … Actually, he's not quite right there, as I'll explain in a minute.
David Brooks / New York Times:
What Data Can't Do  —  Not long ago, I was at a dinner …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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,” …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Guardian, The Raw Story and Daily Kos
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
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: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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.
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)
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Warren Lee Hill, and His Cause, Live to Fight Another Day  —  30 minutes before the moment of his lethal injection, two courts stay the execution of a mentally retarded prisoner so that they can evaluate his case.  —  Members of the Georgia Board of Pardons at Hill's July clemency hearing (David Goldman/AP)
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.
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
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
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Tom Miles / Reuters:
North Korea threatens South with “final destruction”
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Cosmos may be ‘inherently unstable’
Discussion: Firedoglake and The Agonist
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
Beltway Foreign Policy
Chinese official offered huge reward... if he can swim in polluted river
Discussion: AMERICAblog and Via Meadia
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
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Michael Lind / Salon:
Southern poverty pimps
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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