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3:20 PM ET, February 23, 2013


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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Obama's sequester deal-changer  —  Bob Woodward ( is an associate editor of The Post.  His latest book is “The Price of Politics.”  Evelyn M. Duffy contributed to this column.  —  Misunderstanding, misstatements and all the classic contortions of partisan message management surround …
Bill Wilson / Forbes:
The Non-Existent Spending Cuts Wrought By The ‘Devastating’ Sequester  —  In a city known for its perpetual evasion of responsibility and chronic shifting of blame, Washington D.C.'s sequester debate is more of the same - albeit with an interesting twist.  —  Ordinarily spending debates …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
13 GOP Pennsylvania Senators Introduce New Plan To Rig The Electoral College For Republicans … Earlier this year, Republican National Committee Chair urged Republican lawmakers in states “that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red” — i.e. blue states with Republican legislatures …
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Strip Protections From LGBT Victims In New Violence Against Women Act  —  The Violence Against Women Act expired at the end of 2012 after House Republicans refused to accept the Senate bill's protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Bill Would Force Women To Undergo Two Transvaginal Probes To Take A Pill (UPDATED)
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Chris Hayes /
My ultimatum on accepting CPAC's invitation  —  So last week, I was surprised and oddly delighted by something that my friend Rachel Maddow also picked up on: … Yes, the legendary Conservative Political Action Conference had invited yours truly to participate at its 40th annual conference this March.
Zack Beauchamp / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Claims He Has A List Of Communists Who Have Infiltrated Harvard Law  —  During the confirmation hearing for Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Sen. Ted Cruz engaged in guilt-by-association tactics that reminded several observers (including this author) of former Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-WI) …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote … A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections: … The idea that “corporations are people, my friend” as Mitt Romney put it, is sadly common among conservative lawmakers.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
DOMA: U.S. takes tough line on marriage denial  —  The Obama administration, in a sweeping defense of marriage rights for same-sex couples, argued on Friday that the denial by states of those rights over the last decade is proof that discrimination against gays and lesbians still continues.
Discussion: Althouse, Politico and U.S. News
D.B. Grady / The Atlantic Online:
Today Is Bradley Manning's 1,000th Day Without a Trial  —  What the treatment of the WikiLeaks detainee says about our government's most damning secret  —  Saturday, February 23, marks Bradley Manning's 1,000th day in prison without a trial.  In 2010, he was arrested for allegedly passing …
Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America's Most Miserable Cities  —  Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.”  The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround.  —  “Right now, it's all about survival,” Bing told Forbes.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Obama's Backers Seek Big Donors to Press Agenda  —  President Obama's political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group …
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Ryan J. Reilly / The Huffington Post:
Aaron Swartz Prosecutors Weighed ‘Guerilla’ Manifesto, Justice Official Tells Congressional Committee
Discussion: Wired and emptywheel
Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
New York Times exec outlines Boston Globe sale process to employees
Hal Hodson / New Scientist:
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Discussion: Mashable!, Daily Mail and The Raw Story
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Discussion: Althouse and Doug Ross