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4:35 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.
Woodward at war  —  Bob Woodward called a senior White House official last week to tell him that in a piece in that weekend's Washington Post, he was going to question President Barack Obama's account of how sequestration came about - and got a major-league brushback.
WMAL EXCLUSIVE: Woodward's Not Alone - Fmr. Clinton Aide Davis Says He Received White House Threat  —  WASHINGTON — Bob Woodward isn't the only person who's received threats for airing the Obama administration's dirty laundry.  It seems anyone is a potential target of the White House these days …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Economic Official Sperling Warned Woodward
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Obama adviser didn't threaten Woodward, says White House
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
Mike Riggs / Hit & Run:   The Most Openly and Transparently Thin-Skinned Administration in History
David Jackson / USA Today:
New sequester battle: Woodward vs. White House
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and Vodkapundit
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.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Reid, McConnell exchange fire ahead of dueling sequester votes in Senate
Discussion: The Democratic Daily
Catalina Camia / USA Today:
Congress sends Violence Against Women Act to Obama
Discussion: The Page
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
The Nine Republican Men Who Won't Consider Any Version Of The Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: The Raw Story
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Congress Finally Passes the Violence Against Women Act
Tom Cohen / CNN:
House passes Violence Against Women Act after GOP version defeated
Discussion: LightBox and
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Domestic Violence Law Clears House, in Victory for Obama
Discussion: The Plum Line and The Week
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.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg Businessweek apologizes  —  Bloomberg Businessweek is apologizing for the cover of last week's issue, which has been criticized for its depiction of minorities.  —  “Our cover illustration last week got strong reactions, which we regret,” Josh Tyrangiel, the magazine's editor, wrote in a statement sent to POLITICO.
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.
EXCLUSIVE: CLINT EASTWOOD SIGNS BRIEF SUPPORTING SAME-SEX MARRIAGE  —  Breitbart News has learned exclusively that Clint Eastwood has signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, supporting the right of same-sex couples to marry.  The brief, which will be released later this evening …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Report: Obama Will Urge Supreme Court To Strike Down California's Marriage Ban
Chris Good / ABCNEWS:
Eric Holder: Gay Marriage Is the Next Civil Rights Issue
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Manu Raju / Politico:
‘3 Amigos’ make life difficult for Mitch McConnell
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air and Atlas Shrugs
Michelle Obama / Wall Street Journal:
The Business Case for Healthier Food Options  —  In recent years, they have generated more than 70% of the growth in sales for packaged-goods companies.  —  For years, America's childhood obesity crisis was viewed as an insurmountable problem, one that was too complicated and too entrenched to ever really solve.
Kathryn Smith / Politico:
Arkansas legislature passes 12-week abortion ban  —  The Arkansas Legislature has approved the earliest abortion ban in the nation.  —  And it's now up to Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe to decide what to do next.  If he vetoes the bill, his veto could be overridden by a simple majority …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
“Medicaid Expansion” Via the Exchanges
Discussion: Forbes, Politico and Mother Jones
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
Two Popes, One Secretary  —  The damage Benedict XVI has done to the Catholic church and the papacy may be far from over.  All I can say about yesterday's developments is that they seem potentially disastrous and also indicative to me of something truly weird going on underneath all of this.
Keith Koffler / Politico:
Republicans need to go negative  —  What a sad state Republicans are in.  Leaderless and rudderless, they flail about, trying to figure out who they are and which of various political Pied Pipers onstage today will lead them from the wilderness.  —  What they fail to see is that there will …
Discussion: Right Wing News
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.
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