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7:05 PM ET, March 2, 2013


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Nina Totenberg / Law:
In Voting Rights Arguments, Chief Justice Misconstrued Census Data  —  At the voting rights argument in the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts tore into Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, grilling him on his knowledge of voting statistics.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
The Voting Rights Act, stuck in the past  —  Progressives are remarkably uninterested in progress.  Social Security is 78 years old, and myriad social improvements have added 17 years to life expectancy since 1935, yet progressives insist the program remain frozen, like a fly in amber.
Discussion: CNN
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
A Divide on Voting Rights in a Town Where Blood Spilled
Steven Harmon / Daily Democrat:
California GOP leader steps into rape pregnancy controversy  —  Bay Area News Group  —  SACRAMENTO — A California Republican leader may have inadvertently revived the controversial subject of rape and pregnancy.  —  Before arriving at the state GOP's spring convention here …
Andrea Peterson / ThinkProgress:
California GOP Leader: Pregnancies Resulting From Rape Are Rare Because ‘The Body Is Traumatized’  —  Celeste Greig, president of California Republican Assembly, the state's oldest and largest GOP volunteer organization told The Daily Democratthis week that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Why the ‘threat’ on Bob Woodward matters  —  To the world beyond the Beltway, it might not mean much that Bob Woodward of the famed Watergate duo went public with his recent White House run-in.  —  This would be an oversight.  —  It also may not mean much that the White House press corps got teed off …
Discussion: Hot Air, Roger Ailes and Althouse
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Bob Woodward Agrees With Hannity: Journalists Should Ask Obama About Bill Ayers
Discussion: NewsHounds blog
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: NBC Discussing Jay Leno Exit Plan  —  With Jimmy Kimmel attracting younger viewers, Jimmy Fallon seems a logical choice to move into the coveted 11:35 time slot in 2014.  —  Is NBC preparing to announce Jay Leno's departure from The Tonight Show?  —  The network says categorically no …
Discussion: and Mediaite
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking  —  THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.
Icwhatudo /
Rachel Maddow Busted Using Multiple Fake Twitter Accounts To Boost Mentions Of Her Show  —  A poster on Twitter, upon seeing what he thought were very similar posts referencing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's show, did some searching and found out that Maddow has been using phony twitter accounts to boost her …
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
Kansas Bill To Drug Test Welfare Recipients Passes Senate With Amendment To Test Lawmakers, Too  —  A Kansas bill to drug test recipients of welfare and unemployment benefits is advancing, but not without an attempt to equalize the burden the invasive tests impose.
Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
Popular Standard Shotgun Could Be Banned Under Proposed Bill  —  DENVER (CBS4) - A popular hunting shotgun could be banned under one of the bills moving through the state Capitol.  —  A pump or semi-automatic shotgun is the gun most hunters in Colorado use.
Paul Krugman:
Self-destructive Europe  —  I just wanted to flag two important articles on Europe.  First, Simon Wren-Lewis reminds us that while extreme austerity is being imposed on Europe's periphery, the core has also pursued contractionary fiscal policies.  Here's the IMF's estimate … English:
Iraqi forces attack FSA positions inside Syria  —  For the first time, Iraqi forces opened fire on Syria shelling the positions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) days after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki warned that a victory of the Syrian opposition would spread chaos in the region.
CBS News:
U.S. Capitol official: Obama wrong on janitors' pay cut  —  During his news conference to announce that he and congressional leaders failed to avert the sequester cuts going into effect tonight, President Obama gave several examples of people who will be directly affected by the cuts.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Sequester spin: Obama's incorrect claim of Capitol janitors receiving ‘a pay cut’
Discussion: Hot Air, Hit & Run and Michelle Malkin
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Republicans warn Obama has ‘poisoned’ relations with campaign-style attacks
CPAC TURNS AWAY PAMELA GELLER  —  For the last four years, Pamela Geller of and the American Freedom Defense Initiative have held events at CPAC featuring guests she invites to discuss the influence of Islamism on America.  But this year, the American Conservative Union (ACU) has no room for Geller or her message.
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
Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: DHS released over 2,000 immigrants
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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James Lewis / American Thinker:
Dangerous Times: How Euro-socialism Set off a Fascist Bomb
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Fox News:
Boy, 7, suspended for shaping pastry into gun, dad says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Angus McDowall / Reuters:
Al Qaeda issues English-language advice magazine for militants
Mark Oppenheimer / New York Times:
Church, State and Bible Class in Texas
Arshad Mohammed / Reuters:
Kerry to stress need for Egypt consensus for IMF deal
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
White House has some flexibility in choosing $85B spending cuts
Chris Greenwood / Daily Mail:
Four Islamic terrorists planned attack on British soil with guns and home-made bombs
Discussion: Jihad Watch
 Earlier Items: 
Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
CPAC's Exclusion Of Conservative Gay Group Sparks A Schism On The Right
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
Patrick O'Shea / Beaver County Times & Allegheny Times:
Schools locked down over “ambiguous message” taken as threat
Holly Watt / Telegraph:
Philip Hammond interview: The Defence Secretary's cold war on further military cuts
Discussion: Spectator
Jill Serjeant / Reuters:
Schwarzenegger flexes muscles again in bodybuilding world
3 suspected Islamist terrorists arrested in France
Steve Neavling / Reuters:
Michigan governor clears way for state takeover of Detroit