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1:05 PM ET, February 24, 2013


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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Senators near a deal on background checks for most private gun sales  —  A bipartisan group of senators is on the verge of a deal that would expand background checks to all private firearms sales with limited exemptions, but significant disagreements remain on the issue of keeping records …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Leahy: Immigration, gun bills can pass Congress this year  —  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that immigration and gun control measures could pass this year if the two parties work together.  —  “I think we will, if people want to come together …
Discussion: CNN
Washington Post:
The big sequester gamble: How badly will the cuts hurt?  —  Evan Vucci/AP - President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago Feb. 15, 2013.  The president and congressional Republicans each seem content with the political ground they hold and are prepared to let across-the-board spending cuts take effect on March 1.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Controllers must be cut in a week, LaHood says
Discussion: Politico
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
On the sequester, the American people ‘moved the goalposts’  —  I don't agree with my colleague Bob Woodward, who says the Obama administration is “moving the goalposts” when they insist on a sequester replacement that includes revenues.  I remember talking to both members of the Obama administration …
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Political movies look to win big at Oscars  —  Political movies are expected to rake in the trophies at Sunday night's Academy Awards ceremony.  —  “Argo,” a film about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, is favored to win the biggest prize of the night: Best Picture.
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
A 9/11 Victim's Family Raises New Objections to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Discussion: BBC and WFPL
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
McCain: Backing immigration reform won't hurt GOP lawmakers in primaries  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that he didn't think Republican lawmakers would be hurt in GOP primaries if they supported a comprehensive immigration overhaul.  —  McCain said he thought that GOP office holders …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Violent, Drunk and Holding a Gun  —  Multiple mass shootings by deranged young men have made keeping firearms out of the hands of mentally ill people a big part of the gun debate.  —  Given the enormity of those crimes, that is understandable.  Federal law does, in fact …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Daily Kos
Catherine Deveney / Guardian:
UK's top cardinal accused of ‘inappropriate acts’ by priests  —  Three priests and former priest report Cardinal Keith O'Brien to Vatican over claims stretching back 33 years  —  Three priests and a former priest in Scotland have reported the most senior Catholic clergyman in Britain …
Discussion: Gothamist and BBC
Jane Mayer / News Desk:
Ted Cruz Responds: Harvard Law Was Full of Communists  —  Ted Cruz has responded to The New Yorker's report that he accused Harvard Law School of having had “twelve” Communists who “believed in the overthrow of the U.S. Government” on its faculty when he attended in the early nineties.
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Week
Associated Press:
Court Finds No Right to Conceal a Firearm  —  DENVER (AP) — A federal appeals court has ruled that permits allowing people to carry concealed weapons are not protected by the Second Amendment.  —  The ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit was issued Friday …
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Michael Goldfarb Gleeful Provocateur at Intersection of Many Worlds  —  At 11:42 a.m. on Feb. 14, a conservative online magazine called The Washington Free Beacon posted a dispatch about a speech Chuck Hagel gave in 2007 in which it said he called the State Department “an adjunct to the Israeli foreign minister's office.”
Fox News:
Proposed design of NC illegal immigrant licenses sparks concern  —  RALEIGH, N.C. - A new driver's license expected to be issued to some illegal immigrants in North Carolina has prompted state lawmakers and immigrant rights groups to voice concerns over the proposal.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Grae Stafford / The Daily Caller:
Juan Williams: Liberal media will ‘shut you down, stab you, kill you, fire you’ if you disagree [VIDEO]  —  Fox News political analyst and “Special Report” panelist Juan Williams said in an interview with The Daily Caller's Ginni Thomas that mainstream media outlets “stab” and “kill” dissenting voices.
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Rick Perry: Texas Will Never Go Blue  —  For many, it's the country's ultimate over-the-horizon electoral question: Could Texas become a blue state?  —  To which Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry emits a hearty guffaw.  Texas going blue, he says, “is the biggest pipedream I have ever heard.”
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
13 GOP Pennsylvania Senators Introduce New Plan To Rig The Electoral College For Republicans
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
McCain predicts Hagel likely to get up-or-down Senate vote this week
Discussion: CNN
Associated Press:
John Kerry heading overseas
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
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Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and the ‘29ers’
Discussion: Power Line
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The Hollywood Tax Story They Won't Tell at the Oscars
Little Green Footballs:
Dumbest Man on Internet's New Paranoid Fantasy: VA Prohibits Veterans From Owning Guns!
Discussion: Hullabaloo