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10:05 PM ET, February 28, 2013


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Exclusive: The Woodward, Sperling emails revealed  —  POLITICO's “Behind the Curtain” column last night quoted Bob Woodward as saying that a senior White House official has told him in an email he would “regret” questioning White House statements on the origins of sequestration.
Ron Fournier /
Why Bob Woodward's Fight With The White House Matters to You  —  And why I iced a senior Obama White House official.  —  The fight between the White House and journalistic legend Bob Woodward is a silly distraction to a major problem: The failure of President Obama and House Republicans to lead the country under a budget deadline.
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama adviser didn't threaten Woodward, says White House
Discussion: Politico, Weasel Zippers and Doug Ross
David Jackson / USA Today:
New sequester battle: Woodward vs. White House
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
U.S. endorses limited gay marriage right  —  The Obama administration on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to rule in the case of California's Proposition 8 that same-sex marriage should be required in eight more states, beyond the nine that already permit it, although it stopped short …
New York Times:
U.S. Offers Broad Support for Gay Marriage Rights  —  The Obama administration threw its support behind a broad claim for marriage equality on Thursday, and urged the Supreme Court to rule that voters in California were not entitled to ban same-sex marriage there.
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Week
Pete Williams / First Read:
Obama administration to express support for gay marriage before Supreme Court  —  Administration officials say the Justice Department will urge the U.S. Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriage to resume in California, wading into the protracted legal battle over Proposition 8 and giving gay-rights advocates a new court ally.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Urges Supreme Court To Strike Down California's Marriage Ban
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Businessweek Warns That Minorities May Be Buying Houses Again  —  Bloomberg Businessweek is a genuinely great magazine that does an amazing job of making business and economics news accessible and interesting, but this way of illustrating a cover story about the return of aggressive mortgage lending products is really something else.
Ryan Chittum / Columbia Journalism Review:
A BusinessWeek cover crosses a line  —  Minorities as greedy grotesqueries fueling a new housing bubble  —  Bloomberg BusinessWeek is a lot edgier than its predecessor, at least where design is concerned.  Sometimes it's too edgy, like when it takes two minutes to read some headline intentionally designed to be barely legible.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg Businessweek apologizes
Katrina Trinko / National Review:
In Closed-Door Meeting, Cantor Warned of ‘Civil War’  —  House majority leader Eric Cantor is increasingly frustrated with a group of House Republicans who are working against the leadership, and he's not afraid of voicing his dismay.  —  In a closed-door conference meeting on Wednesday …
Kate Nocera / Politico:
House passes Violence Against Women Act  —  The Violence Against Women Act is finally headed to President Barack Obama's desk for his signature.  —  The House voted Thursday to accept the bipartisan Senate bill, 286-138.  Eighty-seven Republicans joined 199 Democrats to support the bill.
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
The Nine Republican Men Who Won't Consider Any Version Of The Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: Slate, The Raw Story and Booman Tribune
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell exchange fire ahead of dueling sequester votes in Senate
Discussion: Politico and The Democratic Daily
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Minnesota Republican Legislator: Homosexuality Is A ‘Sexual Addiction’ And An ‘Unscientific Lie’ … After a bipartisan group in Minnesota's state legislature introduced marriage equality legislation Wednesday, Republican State Rep. Glenn Gruenhagen is already on the warpath to prevent equality.
Discussion: Bluestem Prairie
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Pete King Can't Believe Rubio Has the ‘Balls’ to Fundraise in New York  —  Congressman Pete King was not pleased with his fellow Republicans who opposed the federal Hurricane Sandy relief package.  Accordingly, Mr. King told us he was shocked to learn that Florida Senator Marco Rubio …
Raphael Ahren / The Times of Israel:
Erdogan calls Zionism a ‘crime against humanity’  —  Turkish PM slammed for juxtaposing Jewish self-determination with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia; UN chief called out for remaining silent  —  Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday described Zionism as a “crime against humanity” on par with anti-Semitism and fascism.
Associated Press:
Dennis Rodman tells Kim Jong Un: ‘You have a friend for life’  —  SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - Ex-NBA star Dennis Rodman met North Korea's Kim Jong Un on Thursday on the third day of his improbable journey to Pyongyang, telling the leader “You have a friend for life,” a delegation spokesman said.
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Has Ted Cruz Hit The Tipping Point?  —  Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images  —  ABC's Michael Falcone reports:  —  The Ted Cruz headlines just won't stop.  —  “Sen. Ted Cruz says Obama wants immigration bill to fail to hurt GOP,” wrote the Dallas Morning News last week.
Brian Beutler http / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Republicans Kill Sequestration Alternative  —  Senate Republicans have filibustered a Democratic bill that would pay down sequestration's indiscriminate spending cuts for a year.  —  Though the vote outcome was never in doubt, the legislation's demise assures that Congress …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jan Brewer: Immigrant detainee release ‘wrong’  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday said it was “wrong” and “appalling” that she was not consulted about a federal decision to release hundreds of immigrant detainees to cut costs ahead of looming sequestration.
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
Max Fisher / Washington Post:
China is happy with John Kerry because it thinks he'll drop the ‘pivot to Asia’  —  John Kerry's first weeks as secretary of state, and even the weeks before he took the job, certainly gave the impression that he would focus on the Middle East- on restarting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks …
Discussion: Via Meadia and
Gretchen Reynolds / Well:
What Housework Has to Do With Waistlines  —  One reason so many American women are overweight may be that we are vacuuming and doing laundry less often, according to a new study that, while scrupulously even-handed, is likely to stir controversy and emotions.
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Shakesville
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Sam Masters / The Independent:
Green fatigue sets in: the world cools on global warming
Jim Avila / ABCNEWS:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Regrets Surprise Announcement of Immigrant Release
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ivory A. Toldson / The Root:
More Black Men in Jail Than in College? Wrong
Discussion: American Prospect
Michael Thompson / KLTV-TV:
Van ISD employee shot at handgun training class
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Soldier Admits Providing Files to WikiLeaks
Evan McMorris-Santoro / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep Ducks Transvaginal Ultrasound Question With: 'I Haven't Had One'
Discussion: The Raw Story
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Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Republican leaders' sequester ‘meeting’ with Obama: Seven minutes
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Rasmussen Reports:
Only 6% Rate News Media As Very Trustworthy
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 28, 2013 - New Yorkers Back Ban …
Kathryn Smith / Politico:
Arkansas legislature passes 12-week abortion ban
Ross Douthat:
Rand Paul, Realism and Republican Reform
Keith Koffler / Politico:
Republicans need to go negative
Discussion: Right Wing News