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10:10 PM ET, February 24, 2013


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Alex Pareene / Salon:
Watching the Sunday shows so you don't have to  —  Today, some centrist pundits and legislators solved the sequester by demanding “balance” and “leadership”  —  Here's what I learned this morning on “the Sunday shows,” the three network news panel programs that define the parameters …
Discussion: driftglass and The Impolitic
‘This Week’ Transcript: Two Powerhouse Roundtables  —  Intelligence Committee Chair Representative Mike Rogers, (R) Michigan, Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Representative Eliot Engel (D) New York, ABC News' George Will, and ABC News' Global Affairs Anchor Christiane Amanpour on ‘This Week’ (ABC News)
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hullabaloo
Hamid Shalizi / Reuters:
Afghan president to expel U.S. special forces from key province  —  KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has given U.S. special forces two weeks to leave a key battleground province after some U.S. soldiers there were found to have tortured or even killed innocent people, the president's spokesman said on Sunday.
US forces ‘must leave’ Afghan region  —  The Afghan president has ordered US special forces to leave Wardak province within two weeks over allegations of disappearances and torture.  —  The measures were being taken due to the actions of Afghans considered to be part of US special forces, said a spokesman for Hamid Karzai.
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Afghanistan Orders U.S. Troops to Leave Crucial Province
Discussion: CNN and Gawker
New York Post:
Bloomberg's ban prohibits 2-liter soda with your pizza and some nightclub mixers  —  Take a big gulp, New York: Hizzoner is about to give you a pop.  —  Nanny Bloomberg unleashes his ban on large sodas on March 12 — and there are some nasty surprises lurking for hardworking families.
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 …
Roll Call:   Does Boehner Even Have the Votes to Replace the Sequester?
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bobby Jindal: Republicans Can Continue Discriminating Against Gays And Still Win Elections  —  Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) — a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016 — rejected former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's argument that conservatives must embrace marriage equality for gays …
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Father goes to strip club, leaves 2-year-old in cold car, LAPD says  —  A father allegedly left his 2-year-old daughter in a truck while he went inside a strip club to drink, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.  —  Santos Barillas, 24, of Canoga Park, faces several charges …
Discussion: Associated Press
The Raw Story:
Emotional Pope says God asked him to retire  —  Pope Benedict XVI delivered an emotional last Sunday prayer in St Peter's Square, saying God had told him to devote himself to prayer but assuring supporters he would not “abandon” the Church.  —  Tens of thousands of supporters turned …
Discussion: Addicting Info
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How Mexico Got Back in the Game  —  IN India, people ask you about China, and, in China, people ask you about India: Which country will become the more dominant economic power in the 21st century?  I now have the answer: Mexico.  —  Impossible, you say?  Well, yes, Mexico …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Via Meadia
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.”
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Plague Years, in Film and Memory  —  What it's like when the worst years of your life get rolled up into an Oscar-nominated documentary  —  That look on my face pretty much encapsulates the year, 1991, in a nutshell.  (Bob Huff/YouTube)  —  “Remember when they burnt those people's house down?”
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.
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
A 9/11 Victim's Family Raises New Objections to ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
Discussion: WFPL and BBC
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.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Controllers must be cut in a week, LaHood says
Discussion: Politico
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
Discussion: CNN
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Brian M. Carney / Wall Street Journal:
Why the Euro Crisis Isn't Over  —  The economist who dared …
Patrick B. Pexton / Washington Post:
Is the Post ‘pro-gay’?  —  I get a steady stream of e-mails …
Discussion: NewsBusters blogs
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / New York Times:
Major Banks Aid in Payday Loans Banned by States
Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
Bombshell email: Nick Clegg was told about Lib Dem sex scandal four years ago
Discussion: Guardian and BBC
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
McCain: Backing immigration reform won't hurt GOP lawmakers in primaries
Discussion: Politico
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
McCain predicts Hagel likely to get up-or-down Senate vote this week
Discussion: CNN and Weasel Zippers
Grae Stafford / The Daily Caller:
Juan Williams: Liberal media will ‘shut you down, stab you, kill you, fire you’ if you disagree [VIDEO]
 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
Proposed design of NC illegal immigrant licenses sparks concern
Discussion: The Raw Story and Right Wing News
Associated Press:
John Kerry heading overseas
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and CNN
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Two Powerhouse Roundtables
Discussion: ABCNEWS
New York Times:
Violent, Drunk and Holding a Gun
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and the ‘29ers’
Discussion: Power Line