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11:25 AM ET, March 1, 2013


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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
House Republicans Cheer Boehner's Refusal to Negotiate on Cuts  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner, the man who spent significant portions of the last Congress shuttling to and from the White House for fiscal talks with President Obama that ultimately failed twice to produce a grand bargain …
First Read:
First Thoughts: Sequester Day caps off an absurd week  —  It's Sequester Day, and what an absurd week it's been... The GOP's mixed message: Some in the party are denouncing the cuts, while others are cheering them on... What happens next?  Folks, Bill Bolling WANTS to run in Virginia's gubernatorial contest …
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
A Cheer or Two for Sequestration  —  From left, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, and House Speaker John Boehner speak at a news conference on Tuesday in Washington.  —  A lot of liberals I read are very hot to trot with the idea that Congress should just repeal sequestration tout court.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
212 Members Of Congress Ask Court To Strike Down DOMA
Discussion: Good As You
Deadline day: The latest on the forced spending cuts
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Sequester begins, with no end in sight for across-the-board cuts
Discussion: The Moderate Voice, CNN and The Week
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate rejects rival bills to prevent $85B sequester spending cuts
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Woodward vs. White House: Washington at its weirdest  —  Only in Washington does a tempest turn on the meaning of the word “regret.”  —  Only in Washington does the back and forth between a legendary journalist and a White House wonk turn into an epic talking-head fest and trending Twitter topic.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Press corps to Woodward: Really?  —  Bob Woodward has suggested that the White House threatened him.  Many of his colleagues in the press corps aren't buying it.  —  By the standards of this White House, a statement like the one senior White House official Gene Sperling wrote to Woodward last week …
John Cook / Gawker:
Goodbye, Bob  —  Bob Woodward is not a reliable reporter.
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:
The White House Joins the Fight
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and The Week
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ben Bernanke, Hippie  —  We're just a few weeks away from a milestone I suspect most of Washington would like to forget: the start of the Iraq war.  What I remember from that time is the utter impenetrability of the elite prowar consensus.  If you tried to point out that the Bush administration …
Harvard News:
If you might want to insult Harvard down the line, go elsewhere  —  If you think Harvard is a revolutionary communist hotbed, don't apply.  If you think Harvard is full of “pinheaded” professors, don't enroll.  And if you think Harvard pollutes the minds of its students …
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Has Ted Cruz Hit The Tipping Point?
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Why Scalia's ‘Racial Entitlement’ Quote Is Even Scarier Than You Think  —  Justice Antonin Scalia quite deservedly came under fire yesterday for his claim that a key provision of the Voting Rights Act is a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”  If the justice were looking to confirm every suspicion …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
10 best ‘sequestration’ anagrams  —  Any way you dice it, sequestration is roiling Washington as the Friday deadline for a deal looms — and it turns out you can dice it about 15,000 ways.  The website turned up 15,080 results for a search of “sequestration” anagrams.
Fox News:
Romney likens 2012 race to ‘roller coaster,’ in exclusive ‘Fox News Sunday’ interview  —  Mitt Romney, in an exclusive interview with “Fox News Sunday,” said the end of the 2012 presidential race was like getting off a roller coaster.  —  “We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling, ups and downs.
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Hail Armageddon  —  “The worst-case scenario for us,” a leading anti-budget-cuts lobbyist told The Post, “is the sequester hits and nothing bad really happens.”  —  Think about that.  Worst case?  That a government drowning in debt should cut back by 2.2 percent — and the country survives.
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Irked lawmakers say Kerry left them in the dark on Syria aid  —  Lawmakers on Thursday said the State Department left Congress in the dark about the administration's decision to aid rebel forces in Syria.  —  The leaders of the panels that cover foreign policy told The Hill they weren't briefed ahead …
Discussion: Hot Air and DownWithTyranny!
Horsemeat scandal: Four new products test positive  —  Nearly 2,000 tests for horsemeat have been carried out by British retailers  —  Four beef products sold by Bird's Eye, Taco Bell and catering supplier Brakes have been found to contain horse DNA, the Food Standards Agency says.
Darlene Superville / Talking Points Memo:
Michelle Obama Not Surprised By Reaction To Oscars Appearance  —  CHICAGO (AP) — Michelle Obama says it was “absolutely not surprising” to her that her satellite appearance at the Academy Awards ceremony provoked a national conversation about whether it was appropriate …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Many Steps to Be Taken When ‘Sequester’ Is Law  —  WASHINGTON — At some point on Friday (no one will say precisely when), President Obama will formally notify government agencies that an obscure process known as sequestration is in effect, triggering deep, across-the-board budget cuts that will force federal spending to shrink.
Discussion: Guardian
Michelle Jamrisko / Bloomberg:
Consumer Spending in U.S. Climbs Even as Taxes Hurt Incomes  —  Consumer spending in the U.S. rose in January even as incomes dropped by the most in 20 years, showing households were weathering the payroll-tax increase by socking away less money in the bank.
Sam Masters / The Independent:
Green fatigue sets in: the world cools on global warming  —  Worldwide concerns about climate change have dropped dramatically since 2009  —  Public concern about environmental issues including climate change has slumped to a 20-year low since the financial crisis, a global study reveals.
Bruce Henderson / The Charlotte Observer:
Duke Energy won't be repaid $10 million from DNC  —  Duke Energy won't be repaid the $10 million line of credit it guaranteed for Charlotte to host last year's Democratic National Convention, the company confirmed Thursday.  —  As the credit line came due, Duke made official what it had signaled …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Post Politics
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David Weigel / Slate:
Why the Republican Party's sequestration strategy only makes Obama stronger.
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Bolling polling ‘friends’ to help make decision on independent bid for governor
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
An Economic Tragedy That Everyone Saw Coming Is Now Unfolding In Europe...
Discussion: Paul Krugman and Hullabaloo
Mike Konczal / Bloomberg:
Conservatives Hindered by Ownership-Society Ideal
Discussion: AEIdeas
Chelsea J. Carter / CNN:
Judge orders Fort Hood shooter to stand trial in 3 months
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Hilary Leila Krieger / Jerusalem Post:
New report details al-Qaida membership in the US
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Jan Brewer: Immigrant detainee release ‘wrong’
Discussion: CNN and Crooks and Liars
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Avila / ABCNEWS:
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Regrets Surprise Announcement of Immigrant Release
Ivory A. Toldson / The Root:
More Black Men in Jail Than in College? Wrong
Discussion: American Prospect
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
Minnesota Republican Legislator: Homosexuality Is A ‘Sexual Addiction’ And An ‘Unscientific Lie’
Gretchen Reynolds / Well:
What Housework Has to Do With Waistlines
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Shakesville