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12:10 AM ET, February 26, 2013


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Jennifer Rubin / Right Turn:
Why was Michelle Obama at the Oscars?  —  It was the average too-long, unfunny, over-produced Academy Awards TV show and then, after suffering through the 10-hour (well, it seemed like it) show, there was the first lady.  In a ball gown.  With military service personnel in dress uniform behind her.
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
FLOTUS prop flop: Michelle Obama's use of military as props sparks disgust … No, it wasn't your imagination.  As Twitchy reported last night, the White House-Hollywood industrial complex jumped the shark when Michelle Obama appeared to announce the best picture winner at the Oscars.
Discussion: This ain't Hell … and Doug Ross
Entry 4: Forget Seth MacFarlane's sexist jokes. This was the End of Men Oscars.
Iranian News Agency Alters Image Of Michelle Obama
Hunter Walker / Politicker:
Dov Hikind Parties Down for Purim in ‘Black Basketball Player’ Costume  —  Dov Hikind and his family in their Purim costumes.  (Photo: Facebook)  —  Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind hosted a massive Purim party at his home yesterday that featured over fourteen hours of food and drink and …
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Assemblyman Defends Wearing Blackface to Party  —  A prominent Brooklyn assemblyman defended himself on Monday after attracting attention for wearing blackface to a party he hosted this weekend to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim.  —  The assemblyman, Dov Hikind, a Democrat …
Assemblyman Dov Hikind:
It's Purim. People Dress Up.
Associated Press:
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USA Today:
Former surgeon general C. Everett Koop dead at age 96
Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Dana Ford / CNN:
Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop dies at age 96
NBC's Taylor Hiegel / First Read:
CPAC to feature potential presidential candidates, GOP internal battle, and no Christie  —  Just months after their losses in the 2012 election, Republicans and conservatives are setting a vibrant — and crowded — stage at next month's closely watched political cattle call.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Twitchy and Hot Air
Jim Acosta / CNN:
TRENDING: Christie not on CPAC's guest list
The Onion  · 2,265,644 like this  —  On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars.  It was crude and offensive—not to mention inconsistent …
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Virginia's Governor Bob McDonnell Thinks You're an Idiot  —  at 8:00 a.m. Bob McDonnell will go to CPAC and address the Faith & Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast.  For those of you who attend this event, you will be sitting staring at a liar.  —  If you are a conservative, remember Bob McDonnell thinks you're an idiot.
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 …
Dan Mitchell / International Liberty:
Earth to New York Times: Please Show Us these “Deep Spending Cuts” You Keep Writing About
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company Announces Plan to Rebrand the International Herald Tribune …
Discussion: Politico
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Assault weapons ban could get committee vote Thursday  —  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) stands next to a display of assault weapons during a news conference in January on Capitol Hill.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)  —  A proposed ban on military-style assault weapons faces a key test vote …
Senate Judiciary Committee to consider assault weapons ban
Discussion: CNN
Betsy Woodruff / National Review:
Farrakhan Cheers Hagel's ‘Jewish Lobby’ Comment  —  Chuck Hagel may not be having much luck winning over Republican senators, but at least someone is aware of his moral fiber — Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam.  Yesterday he delivered his annual address at the Saviours …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Obama using fake Twitter messages in fight over gun control  —  A Texas Republican on Monday said President Obama's gun control campaign is a fraud based on fake messages over Twitter.  —  Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) accused Obama of trying to make support for his position look stronger …
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:
White House Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists  —  If you want a thorough agency-by-agency rundown of the budget cuts sequestration would deliver, the Office of Management and Budget has you covered.  In compliance with The Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 …
Joe Picard / The Hill:
House GOP rips Obama as ‘road show president’ without a plan for sequester  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team returned to Washington in attack mode on Monday, putting the onus on President Obama to hammer out a plan with Senate Democrats to replace $85 billion …
Discussion: Politico
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
White House Breaks Down Sequester Damage In Each State
Discussion: driftglass and American Prospect
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Judd Makes Steps Toward Senate Bid  —  The beautiful movie star tries to take on Washington by defeating a powerful Republican leader.  It's not a plot line, it's reality: The actress Ashley Judd is making moves to take on GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
David Zurawik / Daily Download:
MSNBC, With Ex-Obama Aides, Now Almost ‘A Bona Fide Organ of State Propaganda’  —  MSNBC has long been as bad as Fox News when it comes to ideological bias.  But with the hiring of longtime Team Obama loyalists David Axelrod and Robert Gibbs, it's official: MSNBC is worse.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Republicans Sign Brief in Support of Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a constitutional right to marry …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Clearing the Field”  —  Jonathan Martin's Politico piece today wherein he asks a bunch of ambitious Democratic governors if they think Hillary Clinton could “clear the field” if she runs for president in 2016 is the first of many along these lines we will likely see in the months and maybe years ahead.
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Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Indiana House Passes Mandatory Drug Tests For Welfare Recipients
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Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
DOJ to Federal Judge: We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion
Discussion: protein wisdom and Weasel Zippers
Russell Wheeler / The Atlantic Online:
The Tortuous, Protracted Wait to Confirm Judges—From Abe to Obama
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Senate Intelligence Committee drops bin Laden film probe
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sens. McCain and Graham to meet with Obama for talks on immigration
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Weasel Zippers
Stephen Castle / New York Times:
Ikea Withdraws Meatballs After Horse Meat Is Found
Discussion: The Week
Daniel Foster / National Review:
GOProud or Go Home  —  For the second straight year …
Nick Gillespie / Hit & Run:
If You Think the Sequester Cuts Will Tank the Economy, I've Got a Bridge In Brooklyn You Might Want to Buy
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