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9:50 AM ET, March 2, 2013

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Politico:
W.H. green allies slam Keystone report  —  The State Department's long-awaited environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline leaves President Barack Obama with no real scientific reason to reject the nation's most fiercely debated energy project.  —  The sprawling 2,000-page report …
Discussion: CNN
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DSWright / Firedoglake:   State Department Clears Keystone Pipeline For Approval
CNN:
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013
Discussion: msnbc.com and The Raw Story
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
Obama blames Republicans for failing to stop sequester  —  In his weekly address on Saturday, Obama said the $85 billion sequester went into effect late Friday because congressional Republicans refused to compromise.  —  “These cuts are not smart,” Obama said.  —  “They will hurt our economy and cost us jobs.
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Brian Beutler http / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Tips His Hand In Sequestration Fight
Discussion: The Plum Line
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Republicans warn Obama has ‘poisoned’ relations with campaign-style attacks
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
CPAC's Exclusion Of Conservative Gay Group Sparks A Schism On The Right  —  Conservative speakers and organizers will flock to Washington, DC next week for the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).  But GOProud, an extreme right-wing gay organization, won't be invited this year …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
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Steve Neavling / Reuters:
Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit  —  (Reuters) - Michigan Governor Rick Snyder cleared the way for a state takeover of Detroit, declaring that the birthplace of the U.S. automotive industry faces a fiscal emergency and that he has identified a top candidate to assume its management.
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Monica Davey / New York Times:
Michigan to Appoint Emergency Fiscal Manager for Detroit
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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Jordy Yager / The Hill:
Mass illegal immigrant release could be headache for Obama, tricky for GOP  —  The release of hundreds of illegal immigrants into a federal monitoring system this week may be an ongoing headache for the Obama administration, as Republicans focus their scrutiny on uncovering potential missteps.
Discussion: Jammie Wearing Fools
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 …
Sarah Desprat / Twitchy:
Sci-fail: Genius Obama says he 'can't do a Jedi mind meld' [video]  —  Set your phasers to “facepalm.”  While speaking this morning on sequestration, President Obama dropped this little nugget: … No, Mr. President.  You can't do a “Jedi mind meld” — because there's no such thing:
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Ed Driscoll
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David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
Obama: I Can't Use ‘Jedi Mindmeld’ On Congress To Fix Sequestration
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Philip Hammond interview: The Defence Secretary's cold war on further military cuts  —  First, you befriend your chicken, says a Royal Marine, before explaining exactly how you then break its neck.  As the marine talks, he begins to gut a bird he killed earlier.  Suddenly, the Eastleigh by-election doesn't seem quite so brutal.
Discussion: Spectator and BBC
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Al Qaeda Hits Obama for Supporting Marriage Equality  —  Al Qaeda says the United States has another crime to add to its litany of atrocities: support for same-sex marriage.  —  In the latest issue of Inspire, the Al Qaeda-produced English-language magazine that teaches readers …
Stevesaleeba / CBS Boston:
NH Gun Store Depicts Obama As ‘Firearms Salesman Of The Year’  —  MERRIMACK, NH (CBS) - One of the posters in the front window of a New Hampshire gun shop depicts President Obama as “Firearms Salesman of the Year.”  Below the president are two AK-47 rifles.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bob Woodward Agrees With Hannity: Journalists Should Ask Obama About Bill Ayers  —  The Washington Post's Bob Woodward appeared on Fox News' Hannity on Thursday evening to complain about National Economic Council director Gene Sperling's email disputing his characterization of the White House's role …
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
CNN:
3 suspected Islamist terrorists arrested in France  —  Madrid (CNN) — Three Chechens suspected of Islamist terrorist activity were arrested in France this week in a joint French-Spanish operation, Spain's Interior Ministry said Friday.  —  The arrests Tuesday were a follow-up to raids …
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
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Schwarzenegger flexes muscles again in bodybuilding world  —  LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Arnold Schwarzenegger is going back to his bodybuilding roots.  —  The action movie star turned politician will become group executive editor for the magazines Flex, and Muscle & Fitness …
Wall Street Journal:
Talks Over Future of Hulu Site  —  News Corp . and Walt Disney Co. have begun discussions about resolving uncertainty over their jointly controlled online video site Hulu LLC, with one possible outcome being that one or the other company sells their stake.  —  The two companies …
Discussion: Deadline.com and AllThingsD
 
 
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Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
“Equality Under the Law” Requires State-Sanctioned Marriage to Be Available to Same-Sex Couples
Discussion: Hot Air
Patrick O'Shea / Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times:
Schools locked down over “ambiguous message” taken as threat
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Neatorama
Rob Richie / The Huffington Post:
True the Vote Presents False Findings
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John Doe probe of Scott Walker office closed with no new charges
Katharine Weymouth / Washington Post:
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Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
Sequester Real Talk: The 3 Dumbest Things About This Truly Dumb Law
Discussion: Addicting Info
Paul Krugman:
Disastrous Predictions and Predictable Disasters
Discussion: Business Insider and Hullabaloo
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