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10:30 AM ET, February 26, 2013


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Jake Sherman / Politico:
John Boehner's big bet  —  House Speaker John Boehner has dug in.  —  If the let-the-cuts-happen approach on the sequester seems risky — especially with President Barack Obama blaming Republicans for everything from kids not getting vaccines to long lines at the airport — the alternative for Boehner is worse.
Discussion: The Hill
Sabrina Siddiqui / The Huffington Post:
Ron Johnson: John Boehner Would Lose Speakership If He Caves On Taxes To Avert Sequester  —  Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) would lose his speakership if he agrees to new tax revenues to avert the across-the-board spending cuts that are set to kick in on March 1.
New York Times:
The States Get the Bad News  —  In Kentucky, home of the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, residents woke up on Monday to news articles like these: Widespread government spending cuts that begin on Friday will cost 21,484 jobs in the state.  A construction project at Fort Knox will come to a halt.
Fox News:
Dems, GOP at odds over portrayal of sequestration
Discussion: Business Insider
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
I don't understand the Republican position on the sequester
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 …
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.
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Chris Christie ‘Not Being Invited’ to CPAC
Discussion: The Week, Post Politics and
Arlette Saenz / ABCNEWS:
First Lady Michelle Obama Sees ‘Movement’ in Improving Childhood Obesity  —  As she celebrates the third anniversary of her Let's Move! initiative, first lady Michelle Obama told “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts that the country is seeing real “movement” on the issue of childhood obesity.
Discussion: White Blog
Entry 4: Forget Seth MacFarlane's sexist jokes. This was the End of Men Oscars.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
5 things to watch in crowded Illinois primary  —  Guns, racial politics and a billionaire out-of-town mayor: The special House election to succeed disgraced former Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has featured all of those things in spades.  —  A National Rifle Association-friendly ex-congresswoman …
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:   In Chicago election dominated by gun violence, New York's mayor makes big imprint
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Right cheers Bob Woodward ‘fact check’  —  Conservatives in the media have found themselves armed with political ammunition in their battle with President Barack Obama over the impending sequester from a surprising source — Bob Woodward.  —  The journalism icon's fact check on the sequester …
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Sens. McCain and Graham to meet with Obama for talks on immigration
Discussion: CNN, Weasel Zippers and Politico
Numbers / Pew Research Center for the People …:
Most Say Spending Cuts Would Have Major Impact on Economy, Military  —  Little Partisan Difference in Views of Sequester's Impact  —  OVERVIEW  —  While many Americans may be resigned to seeing automatic spending cuts in the budget sequester go into effect, the public is concerned about the potential impact of the reductions.
USA Today:
Former surgeon general C. Everett Koop dead at age 96 … Koop was surgeon general from 1982 to 1989.  —  C. Everett Koop, the former surgeon general who brought frank talk about AIDS into U.S. homes, has died at his home in Hanover, N.H., officials at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth said Monday.
Luke Johnson / The Huffington Post:
Walter Jones, GOP Congressman, Hits Dick Cheney Over Iraq War  —  Dick Cheney, Video, HuffPolitics Blog, Walter Jones, Dick Cheney Water Jones, Walter Jones Dick Cheney, Walter Jones Iraq, Walter Jones Iraq War, Politics News  —  Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.), an outspoken critic of the war in Afghanistan …
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 …
Yaakov Lappin / Reuters:
Gaza rocket slams South for first time since truce  —  Grad explodes in Ashkelon; first such attack by terrorists in Gaza since the ceasefire following Operation Pillar of Defense.  —  Palestinian terrorists broke a three month ceasefire on Tuesday and fired a rocket from Gaza into southern Israel.
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Democrats Enjoy 2-1 Advantage Over GOP Among Hispanics  —  Democratic dominance consistent across all age groups  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Hispanic adults are more than twice as likely to identify as or lean Democratic than Republican, according to Gallup Daily tracking data collected throughout 2012.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Denver Post:
Police: Man arrested for sending harassing e-mails to state Rep. Rhonda Fields  —  (Brennan Linsley, Associated Press file)  —  Denver police have arrested a Colorado Springs man for sending racially and sexually offensive e-mails to state Rep. Rhonda Fields, including one that said he hoped …
David Brooks / New York Times:
Our Second Adolescence  —  In Friday's column, I wrote that the Obama administration has no plan to avoid the sequester save raising taxes on the rich.  That was unfair.  The White House approach is not what I would like, but it is more balanced than I described.  —  Humiliation is a good teacher.
Discussion: The Plum Line and Mother Jones
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Dems, GOP tee up rival sequester bills in Senate as deadline nears  —  Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate are teeing up rival bills aimed at shielding their members from blame when an $85 billion cut to federal spending takes effect on Friday.  —  The Senate will vote this week …
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
DOJ to Federal Judge: We Can Force Your Wife to Violate Her Religion  —  ( - While presenting an oral argument in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia last fall, a lawyer for the U.S. Justice Department told a federal judge that the Obama administration believed …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and protein wisdom
Senate GOP debates sequester plan  —  Big Republican names in the Senate warned Monday against giving away congressional power in order to escape responsibility for the adverse impact of automatic spending cuts expected to go into effect Friday.  —  Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and John McCain …
Discussion: Washington Monthly, and CNN
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Robertson: Worth Praying Over Clothes to Rebuke Demons  —  Today on the 700 Club, televangelist Pat Robertson said that demons can attach themselves to material goods and therefore it's not a bad idea to rebuke them before bringing them into your home.  —  After a viewer, Carrie …
Palestinian Media Watch:
Protocols of the Elders of Zion alive and well in the PA  —  Old Antisemitic forgery alive and well in the PA:  —  The Protocols of the Elders of Zion  —  Op-ed published by Palestinian news agency Ma'an:  —  “One wonders if the Jews belong to some other kind of human species …
Discussion: Jihad Watch and The Jawa Report
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Zack Colman / The Hill:
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Discussion: Hot Air
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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