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2:30 PM ET, February 24, 2013


 Top Items: 
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
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?  —  Speaker John A. Boehner's decision to wait on the Senate before taking up a sequester replacement bill may be more tied to his own difficulties getting the votes for one than to a calculated political messaging strategy.
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
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
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 …
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.”
Jessica Silver-Greenberg / New York Times:
Major Banks Aid in Payday Loans Banned by States  —  Major banks have quickly become behind-the-scenes allies of Internet-based payday lenders that offer short-term loans with interest rates sometimes exceeding 500 percent.  —  With 15 states banning payday loans, a growing number of the lenders …
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
Glen Owen / Daily Mail:
Bombshell email: Nick Clegg was told about Lib Dem sex scandal four years ago  —  Nick Clegg knew more than four years ago that a top Liberal Democrat official had been accused of molesting women, a bombshell email claims.  —  The Deputy Prime Minister has always denied knowing about the allegations …
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
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: New York Times, AMERICAblog, Gawker and BBC
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.
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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
Associated Press:
John Kerry heading overseas
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Coming Up on ‘This Week’: Two Powerhouse Roundtables
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
ObamaCare and the ‘29ers’
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
Court Finds No Right to Conceal a Firearm
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Rick Perry: Texas Will Never Go Blue
Little Green Footballs:
Dumbest Man on Internet's New Paranoid Fantasy: VA Prohibits Veterans From Owning Guns!
Discussion: Hullabaloo