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7:50 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 …
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Brian Beutler http / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Tips His Hand In Sequestration Fight  —  After meeting with congressional leaders from both parties about sequestration spending cuts that take effect Friday, President Obama mapped out future negotiations with Republicans, which he hopes will yield an alternative deficit reduction package …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Our deeply unbalanced fiscal debate  —  At a presser today, President Obama was peppered with questions from reporters who demanded to know if there is anything he can do to dislodge Republicans from their no-compromise stance.  One suggested locking Republicans in a room until a deal is reached.
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
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013
Discussion: Politico, ABCNEWS and CBS New York
David Weigel / Slate:
Why the Republican Party's sequestration strategy only makes Obama stronger.
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
212 Members Of Congress Ask Court To Strike Down DOMA
Politico:
When will it end? Sequestration deal may take months
Discussion: CNN, msnbc.com and Reuters
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.
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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 …
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 …
Jeff Spross / ThinkProgress:
State Department Report: Keystone XL Is Environmentally Sound  —  The State Department released an environmental impact assessment on the Keystone XL pipeline Friday afternoon, concluding that the project is environmentally sound and “is unlikely to have a substantial impact on the rate …
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DSWright / Firedoglake:
State Department Clears Keystone Pipeline For Approval
Discussion: DeSmogBlog and Progressive Alaska
Paul Krugman:
Disastrous Predictions and Predictable Disasters  —  How's that austerity doing?  —  Joe Weisenthal is wrong.  He writes that the unfolding economic disaster in Europe is what everyone predicted.  Not so.  It's what he predicted, it's what I predicted, but it's not at all what many people were predicting.
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Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
An Economic Tragedy That Everyone Saw Coming Is Now Unfolding In Europe...
Discussion: Economist's View and Hullabaloo
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Judd: ‘Is there an elephant in the room?’  —  (CNN) - Ashley Judd was fully aware she was under the Washington media spotlight Friday when she spoke about public health issues at George Washington University.  —  “I'm a lot more nervous than y'all are, I promise,” she told a group of students who were asking questions at the event.
Discussion: Politico
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.
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
More than 700 pages of healthcare rules released  —  The Obama administration on Friday released more than 700 pages of new regulations to implement portions of the Affordable Care Act.  —  The four rules, which are scheduled for publication in mid-March, finalize both major and minor parts …
Katharine Weymouth / Washington Post:
A reader representative for The Post  —  The world has changed, and we at The Post must change with it.  We have been privileged to have had the service of many talented ombudsmen (and women) who have addressed readers' concerns, answered their questions and held The Post to the highest standards of journalism.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: Obama Is Playing a New Game  —  He seems to think the way to win is by trying not to make a deal.  —  Everyone has been wondering how the public will react when the sequester kicks in.  The American people are in the position of hostages who'll have to decide who the hostage-taker is.
Discussion: TheBlaze.com
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.
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 msnbc.com
National Review:
CPAC's Empty Chairs  —  The sponsors and organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) are voluntary associations that are of course entitled to advocate conservative causes as they see fit, including by controlling who is and who is not invited to participate in the conference.
Politico:
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
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Watch This Robotic Dog Throw Cinder Blocks With Its Head  —  Flesh-and-blood dogs merely fetch.  The robotic pooch that Darpa funded can throw.  —  Boston Dynamics' BigDog started life as a headless four-legged robot capable of hauling soldiers' gear along rough and uneven terrain.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Sean Hannity Launches Islamophobic Attack Against Keith Ellison  —  Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity launched an Islampophobic attack against Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) during his Fox News show on Thursday night, implying that the Muslim Congressman is a racist and an anti-Semite.
Scottie Thomaston / Equality On Trial:
BREAKING: Solicitor General asks Supreme Court for time to participate in Prop 8 argument  —  Plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case.  Attribution: LGBTQ Nation  —  The Solicitor General of the United States, who filed an amicus brief at the Supreme Court yesterday in Hollingsworth v. Perry …
Discussion: Joe. My. God., Advocate and Firedoglake
Sharif Durhams / JSOnline:
John Doe probe of Scott Walker office closed with no new charges  —  By Sharif Durhams and Daniel Bice of the Journal Sentinel  —  The nearly three-year-old John Doe investigation into aides and associates of Gov. Scott Walker is closed, the judge who is overseeing that probe said Friday.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Sequester Real Talk: The 3 Dumbest Things About This Truly Dumb Law  —  Washington's addiction to manufactured crises is the result of one party's stubborn economic ignorance — time for the press to call it out.  —  Reuters  —  The sequester is happening, people.
Discussion: Addicting Info
 
 
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Senator: Obama's Golf Weekend With Tiger Cost As Much As 341 Federal Workers Furloughed
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Michigan to Appoint Emergency Fiscal Manager for Detroit
Joseph Patrick McCormick / PinkNews.co.uk:
Finland: Parliamentary committee narrowly rejects equal marriage bill
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
NRA president: Gun owners will do 'whatever's necessary' to ‘get rid of’ anti-gun lawmakers
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Chinese TV Special on Executions Stirs Debate
Discussion: Althouse
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CNN:
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Irked lawmakers say Kerry left them in the dark on Syria aid