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3:55 PM 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 …
Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama Signals He'd Let Cuts Stand to Avoid U.S. Shutdown  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama and Congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting on Friday without resolution to the budget impasse, meaning that the across-the-board spending cuts that take effect Friday could remain in place for weeks if not months.
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and TalkLeft
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Liberals See A Trap After The Sequester  —  What really scares progressives isn't the automatic spending cuts; it's the grand compromise that may replace them.  “Entitlements may get ensnared when we go to an alternate fix,” says Rep. Nadler.  —  Image by AP
President Obama's real agenda  —  “Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go,” President Obama said last week, flanked by uniformed firefighters and law-enforcement officers.  “Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids.”
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Scared Monkeys and The Hill
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Sequestration deal may take months
Discussion: CNN and
David Weigel / Slate:
Why the Republican Party's sequestration strategy only makes Obama stronger.
First Read:
First Thoughts: Sequester Day caps off an absurd week
Discussion: Yahoo! News and The Plum Line
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
Lawmaker Makes Lewd Remark to Teenage Girl  —  Connecticut state Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) made an inappropriate remark to a 17 year old girl testifying about a program that helped her overcome her shyness and get over her fear of snakes, the New London Day reports.
Johanna Somers / The Day newspaper:
Republican chairman calls on Hewett to resign  —  Connecticut Republican party chairman Jerry Labriola Jr. said today that state Rep. Ernest Hewett, D-New London, should resign after making an inappropriate remark to a teenage girl.  —  “I urge Rep. Hewett to save the legislature some valuable …
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.
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 …
Akilah Johnson / Boston Globe:
Massachusetts official challenges Chief Justice Roberts' claim about voting  —  Galvin rebukes nation's top judge  —  Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. certainly sounded authoritative when he made a striking, though unflattering, declaration about Massachusetts …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and First Read
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
An Economic Tragedy That Everyone Saw Coming Is Now Unfolding In Europe...  The European economy has been a trainwreck for a long time, but there have been varying stages of it.  —  From 2007 through 2010 or so, the European economy basically went through the same trajectory as the US.
Discussion: Economist's View and Hullabaloo
Paul Krugman:   Disastrous Predictions and Predictable Disasters
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.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Slams Obama Over Sequestration (VIDEO)
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Covert Malaysian Campaign Touched A Wide Range Of American Media  —  Outlets from Huffington Post to National Review carried pieces financed by the Malaysian government.  An international campaign against Anwar Ibrahim.  —  Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) talks …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
212 Members Of Congress Ask Court To Strike Down DOMA  —  “DOMA imposes a sweeping and unjustifiable federal disability on married same-sex couples,” the Democratic members of Congress write.  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Discussion: Equality On Trial and Good As You
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Sequester begins, with no end in sight for across-the-board cuts
Discussion: The Week, CNN and The Moderate Voice
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 …
Discussion: Vox Popoli, and The Plum Line
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 …
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: I Can't Use ‘Jedi Mindmeld’ On Congress To Fix Sequestration  —  Asked why he doesn't just sit down with congressional leaders until a sequestration deal is reached, President Obama said Friday that he can't lock lawmakers in a room.  —  “I am not a dictator, I'm the President,” Obama said.
Discussion: American Prospect
Tampa Bay Times:
Man sucked into rubble as sinkhole opens under Seffner home  —  SEFFNER — Hopes for the rescue of a man sucked into a sinkhole were dimming Friday as authorities tried to determine whether the ground nearby was stable enough for a rescue operation.  —  In their efforts to determine the extent …
Harlem shake reaches new heights; FAA not amused  —  Washington (CNN) — It's the dance sensation that's sweeping above the nation — at 30,000 feet.  —  The Harlem shake has gone aloft, breaking out on commercial airline flights, and appearing in dozens of YouTube videos.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
Colin Campbell / Politicker:
Mayor Bloomberg: Don't Panic About the Sequester  —  Mayor Bloomberg in Washington earlier this week.  (Photo: Getty)  —  At midnight tonight, a bevy of steep spending cuts will hit the federal government unless Congress and the White House agree to an alternative deficit-cutting proposal.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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.
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
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Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Taegan Goddard's …
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
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