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10:45 AM ET, March 2, 2013

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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
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
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
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House has some flexibility in choosing $85B spending cuts  —  The White House says its hands are tied by the $85 billion sequester, but budget experts counter that it will have some flexibility to choose what to cut and what to save.  —  The wiggle-room is inviting accusations …
Chris Greenwood / Daily Mail:
Four Islamic terrorists planned attack on British soil with guns and home-made bombs  —  Four Islamic extremists admitted plotting a terrorist attack on British soil armed with guns and home-made bombs.  —  The men were caught after in a massive multi-million pound surveillance operation by police and the security services.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Jihad Watch
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
David Seifman / New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg says to lose weight you have to eat less  —  Meet Mayor Bloomberg, diet guru.  —  Only you're probably not going to like his advice for losing weight — just eat less.  —  “If you eat less than 2,000 calories you'll lose weight,” the mayor said on his weekly WOR radio show today.
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 …
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
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 …
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
Patrick O'Shea / Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times:
Schools locked down over “ambiguous message” taken as threat  —  AMBRIDGE — Beaver County schools had their lives “flipped, turned upside down” Thursday morning when a phone greeting involving the theme song from the 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” was taken as a threat.
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
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 …
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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Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
“Equality Under the Law” Requires State-Sanctioned Marriage to Be Available to Same-Sex Couples
Discussion: Hot Air
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Schwarzenegger flexes muscles again in bodybuilding world
Wall Street Journal:
Talks Over Future of Hulu Site
Discussion: Deadline.com and AllThingsD
Rob Richie / The Huffington Post:
True the Vote Presents False Findings
Sharif Durhams / JSOnline:
John Doe probe of Scott Walker office closed with no new charges
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Judd: ‘Is there an elephant in the room?’
Discussion: Politico
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:
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