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10:55 AM ET, February 25, 2013


 Top Items: 
Washington Post:
White House releases state-by-state breakdown of sequester's effects  —  The White House on Sunday detailed how deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District, as President Obama launched a last-ditch effort to pressure congressional Republicans …
Wall Street Journal:
Fresh Front in Budget Battle  —  Congressional Leaders Discuss Deal to Avert Shutdown at Cost of Extending Cuts  —  Already looking past the current budget impasse gripping the capital, congressional leaders are quietly considering a deal to avert a government shutdown next month …
Discussion: Hot Air
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Sen. Warner: Public does not realize how ‘stupid’ sequester cuts are  —  Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Monday expressed frustration over the $85 billion in sequester cuts slated to take effect on Friday, warning the cuts could compound the nation's fiscal problems.
Discussion: Politico
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Gibbs: I was ordered not to acknowledge drone program existed
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Gibbs: I was told not to acknowledge existence of drone program
Discussion: and Hullabaloo
Mark Hoffman / JSOnline:
Scott Walker sees little Wisconsin impact from federal cuts
David Rogers / Politico:
Dim sequestration outlook: Cuts before compromise
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama tells nation's governors: 'We've got more work to do'
Discussion: Politico
Nikki Finke /
Nikki Finke's Oscar Live-Snark: Four Hours Of Unfunny Seth MacFarlane; Unnecessary Michelle Obama; ‘Argo’ Wins Best Picture  —  I'm live-snarking the 85th Oscars for the outstanding film achievements of 2012 starting at 5:30 PM PT tonight.  Comments will open when the show starts inside the Dolby Theatre.
Jordan Zakarin / Hollywood Reporter:
Michelle Obama Makes Surprise Oscars Appearance, Reads Best Picture  —  The first lady made an appearance via video to paid tribute to Hollywood.  —  Argo was the expected best picture winner; the presenter, Michelle Obama, was the big surprise.  —  The first lady appeared via video screen …
Dominic Patten /
OSCARS: How Michelle Obama's Surprise Appearance Came Together - Video
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Harvey Weinstein Arranged Michelle Obama's Best Picture Oscars Surprise
Discussion: Right Turn, CNN and
New York Times:
Democrats and Republicans Miscalculate on Automatic Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — With Congress unlikely to stop deep automatic spending cuts that will strike hard at the military, the fiscal stalemate is highlighting a significant shift in the Republican Party: lawmakers most keenly dedicated …
Julian Zelizer / CNN:
If spending is cut, GOP will get the blame  —  Editor's note: Julian Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University.  He is the author of “Jimmy Carter” and “Governing America.”  —  (CNN) — Until now “sequestration” has been a word that only means something …
Discussion: The Agonist and The Reaction
David Nather / Politico:
GOP govs to Hill: Get back to bargaining table
Discussion: New York Times
Robert Pigott / BBC:
Cardinal Keith O'Brien resigns as Archbishop  —  Cardinal Keith O'Brien was to be Britain's only representative at the papal vote  —  Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is stepping down as the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh.
Scmo /
Pope accepts Cardinal O'Brien's resignation
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Austerity, Italian Style  —  Two months ago, when Mario Monti stepped down as Italy's prime minister, The Economist opined that “The coming election campaign will be, above all, a test of the maturity and realism of Italian voters.”  The mature, realistic action, presumably …
Discussion: Business Insider and Paul Krugman
Jonathan Martin / Politico:
Dems 2016: Will Hillary Clinton clear the field?  —  The ranks of Democratic governors are filled with ambitious politicians boasting records that would probably play well with primary voters in 2016.  —  But even as they eye a move from the statehouse to the White House …
Discussion: Shakesville
The Daily Caller:
Long-time escort confirms Senator Bob Menendez paid her for sex  —  A professional escort who travels the East Coast seeing clients in cities from Miami to Boston has identified a photo of Senator Bob Menendez as a man who paid her for sex.  The woman, in her late 30s, told The Daily Caller prior …
Kenneth Lovett / NY Daily News:
Gov. Cuomo using state Democratic Party to raise money to promote his agenda, a departure from reliance on a secret lobbying committee  —  Cuomo wants to raise $5 million to advance his policy goals, has been talking to big shots like George Soros  —  Gov. Cuomo is raising money to fund promotion …
Jonathan Earle / Telegraph:
John Kerry invents country of Kyrzakhstan  —  John Kerry has suffered his first gaffe as the new US secretary of state, inventing the nation of ‘Kyrzakhstan’  —  In an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Mr Kerry last week praised US diplomats working to secure “democratic institutions” in the Central Asian country, which does not exist.
Discussion: American Thinker
Stuart Stevens / Washington Post:
The GOP revival must go beyond joining Twitter  —  There seems to be a desire to blame Republicans' electoral difficulties and the Romney campaign's loss on technological failings.  I wish this were the problem, because it would be relatively easy to fix.  But it's not.
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David Segal / New York Times:
High Debt and Falling Demand Trap New Vets
Discussion: Gawker
Marc Frank / Reuters:
Cuban leader Raul Castro says he will retire in 2018
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
VIEWPOINT: The Debt Everyone Is Freaking Out About Does Not Exist
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Trade protectionism looms next as central banks exhaust QE
Joe Palazzolo / Wall Street Journal:
Generic-Drugs Court Decision Irks Businesses
Discussion: AEIdeas
Canadian Press:
Canada deserves Argo Oscar mention, ex-ambassador says
Discussion: Weekly Standard and
David Barrett / Telegraph:
Christian group challenges ban on gay poster campaign
 Earlier Items: 
James Wagner / Emory University:
From the President
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Alexei Oreskovic / Reuters:
Firefox OS Will Take On Apple And Google In The Smartphone Wars, Starting This Summer
Garance Franke-Ruta / The Atlantic Online:
The Plague Years, in Film and Memory
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
How Mexico Got Back in the Game
Discussion: Firedoglake and Via Meadia
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Watching the Sunday shows so you don't have to
Shelby Grad / L.A. NOW:
Father goes to strip club, leaves 2-year-old in cold car, LAPD says
US forces ‘must leave’ Afghan region