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9:15 AM 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 …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and Weasel Zippers
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Does Obama have a plan?  A conversation with David Brooks  —  David Brooks (David Burnett/Random House) … Ezra Klein: In the column, you said that the Obama administration doesn't have a plan to replace the sequester.  I feel like I've had to spend a substantial portion of my life reading …
Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
ABC: Devastating sequester cuts?  Give me a break!  —  If we lived in a perfect world, it would be Job No. 1 of every single news report on the sequester to give context to the cuts, so Americans know just how [huge] minuscule they are.  Unfortunately, instead of illuminating the numbers …
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
White House Open to Two-Month Sequester Deal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP Splits Over Pressure to Slash Defense Budget
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Top Dems Reject House GOP's Violence Against Women Act: ‘Simply Unacceptable’  —  Top Senate Democrats excoriated the competing House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act hours after it was unveiled Friday.  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the author of VAWA …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Unveils Competing Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
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.
Discussion: Flathead Memo and Prairie Weather
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Urges Supreme Court To Strike Down DOMA  —  “The Constitution ... requires that Section 3 be invalidated,” Obama's Supreme Court lawyer argues.  —  Edith Windsor  —  Image by Richard Drew / AP  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to strike …
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Bill Would Force Women To Undergo Two Transvaginal Probes To Take A Pill (UPDATED)  —  An abortion pill, officially known as RU-486, is the earliest available abortion option for a woman.  A patient could be as little as one week pregnant and take the pill to terminate.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
See Cartoon Instructions For How To Stone Adulterers  —  122 Facebook likes, 500 Facebook shares.  A very sanitized treatment of a bloody practice.  (Updated)  —  WASHINGTON — An Islamist Facebook page uploaded a cartoon explaining how to stone adulterers on Wednesday that is getting …
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 …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
New York Times exec outlines Boston Globe sale process to employees  —  New York Times Co. vice chairman Michael Golden told Boston Globe employees Friday that the company has a duty to seek the highest bidder in a sale but hopes to leave the newspaper in responsible hands.
Not Larry Sabato:
Fairfax County's Nightmare Is Over!!!  —  Great news breaking in Fairfax County this morning.  Electoral Boards are split 2-1 in Virginia, one Republican, one Democrat and one member of the Governor's party.  When Bob McDonnell was elected, the Fairfax GOP placed noted voter-fraud conspiracy …
Jay Mayfield / Federal Trade Commission:
HTC America Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Secure Millions of Mobile Devices Shipped to Consumers  —  Company Required to Patch Vulnerabilities on Smartphones and Tablets  —  Mobile device manufacturer HTC America has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company failed …
Hal Hodson / New Scientist:
Spidey-sense suit tingles when someone gets too close  —  FOR Peter Parker, it was a tingling sensation that alerted him to an imminent threat.  Now anyone can pretend to be Spider-Man by simply donning a suit that lets you feel how close you are to a nearby object.  It can even let the wearer navigate with their eyes closed.
Discussion: Mashable!, Daily Mail and The Raw Story
Bill Hoffmann /
Teddy Turner: Jane Fonda Turned My Dad Into a Liberal  —  More ways to share...  Mixx  —  Stumbled  —  LinkedIn  —  Vine  —  Buzzflash  —  Newstrust  —  Technocrati  —  Forward Article  —  Ted Turner was transformed from a staunch conservative into a bleeding-heart liberal …
David Weigel / Slate:
GOP Congressmen in Safe Seats Not Panicking About Sequestration  —  Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) (R) speaks as Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) (L) looks on during a news conference to announce the formation of the ‘Fix Congress Now Caucus’ May 16, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Why Oscar Will Snub ‘Zero Dark Thirty’  —  Sunday night is Oscar night, the 85th Academy Awards, high holy day for America's most influential cultural export.  “Zero Dark Thirty,” once thought to be a favorite for best picture, has been pummeled on the way to the finish line.
Discussion: Pressing Issues
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Oscar Predictions, Election-Style
Discussion: Wired, Poynter and Pressing Issues
Austin Wright / Politico:
F-35 grounding latest setback for troubled program  —  Defense officials have grounded Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II over an engine problem, POLITICO learned Friday, in the latest setback for the world's most expensive weapons program one week before automatic, across-the-board budget restrictions are set to take their bite.
Discussion: New York Times
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Jacqueline Armendariz / Monitor:
DPS changes helicopter policy after immigrants shot near La Joya
Discussion: The Raw Story
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
The Sequester Is Terrible For Traffic
Discussion: Gawker, The Fix and The Atlantic Wire
John Myers / KXTV:
Democrats lose supermajority as Fresno senator resigns
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
At National Zoo, sequester could threaten exhibits but not animal care
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
In First Big Speech, Kerry Sounds Like A Climate Hawk With The Courage To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: EcoWatch and Daily Kos
Washington Examiner:
Video* Keystone Pipeline protester: The sooner we get rid of cars, the better this planet will be
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Today is ‘Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day,’ for Virginians who openly carry guns in public
Discussion: CBS DC, The Week, Politico and
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Kimi Yoshino / Los Angeles Times:
Oakland rapper ‘Kenny Clutch’ killed in Las Vegas Strip shooting
Discussion: L.A. NOW and Clayton Cramer's Blog
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jen Wieczner / MarketWatch:
Why your boss is dumping your wife
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Economic Freedom
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Emanuel's poll rating turns negative
Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Is Senator Ted Cruz Our New McCarthy?