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12:15 PM ET, March 3, 2013

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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Sperling Admits Obama Misled in Debate: The President Did Propose the Sequester  —  White House economic adviser Gene Sperling admits that, yes, in fact, the sequestration was President Obama's plan:  —  “We put forth the design of” the sequestration, Sperling finally admits after a long back-and-forth.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Sperling: I 'can't explain' Woodward's reaction  —  White House economic adviser Gene Sperling said Sunday he “can't explain” why Bob Woodward reacted strongly to an apparently innocuous e-mail exchange.  —  “I can't explain that entirely, but I'll say the following: I think he's a legend …
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Sperling on Woodward: 'I think he's a legend'  —  (CNN) - Gene Sperling, a senior economic aide to the president, said he hopes he and veteran journalist Bob Woodward can look past their recent dustup, which made national headlines and divided the inside-the-Beltway crowd over the interpretation of one word: “regret.”
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Why the ‘threat’ on Bob Woodward matters
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Mitt Romney: ‘It kills me’ not to be president  —  Four months after he lost to President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney says “it kills me” not to be in the White House finding solutions to the nation's problems.  —  In his first television interview since the election, the former Massachusetts governor …
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Elise Viebeck / Ballot Box:
Ann Romney: GOP never approached me about Kerry's seat  —  Ann Romney denied rumors Sunday that the Republican Party had approached her about running for Secretary of State John Kerry's former Senate seat.  —  “No, they didn't approach me,” Romney said.  “I think there was a thought, 'Oh …
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
McConnell slams liberal super-PAC for tweet about wife's ethnicity  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Saturday blasted a liberal super-PAC for a tweet targeting his wife's ethnicity.  —  “They will not get away with attacking my wife in this campaign,” …
Discussion: CNN and Post Politics
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Vicki Needham / The Hill:
McConnell: GOP standing firm against using ‘taxes to turn off the sequester’  —  The Senate's top Republican said his party is still open to reconfiguring billions in automatic spending cuts but without raising taxes.  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Sunday …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DISARMS GUNMAN...GETS SUSPENDED? … A Florida high school student wrestled a loaded gun away from another teen on the bus ride home this week and was slapped with a suspension in return.  —  The 16-year-old Cypress Lake High student in Fort Myers, Fla. told WFTX-TV there was …
Garrett Quinn / Mediaite:
Dennis Rodman 'Won't Apologize' For ‘My Friend’ Kim Jong Un's Murderous Regime: ‘We Do The Same Thing Here’  —  Former NBA start Dennis Rodman stood by his controversial trip to North Korea and remarks about its dictator Kim Jong-Un on ABC's This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
This is why Obama can't make a deal with Republicans  —  File this under “Jonathan Chait is right.”  —  My column this weekend is about the almost comically poor lines of communication between the White House and the Hill.  The opening anecdote was drawn from a background briefing I attended …
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Virginia's Feast on U.S. Funds Nears an End  —  ARLINGTON, Va. — To listen to the human side of sequestration, wait in line here for the 595 bus to Reston, Va., a journey across a suburbia grown fat and happy on a federal spending boom in the past decade, primarily military.
Washington Post:
Stymied by a GOP House, Obama looks ahead to 2014 to cement his legacy  —  Video: President Barack Obama warned Friday that the pain of the sequester “will be real.”  He called the steep budget cuts “dumb” and “arbitrary” in a news conference following a meeting with Congressional leaders …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Prairie Weather
Abdul Haq Omari / Afghanistan News-TOLOnews.com:
Pakistan Ulema Permits Suicide Attacks  —  The Chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council on Friday said that suicide attacks in Afghanistan are permitted as long as US forces are present in the country.  —  “Palestine is occupied by Israel, Kashmir by India, and Afghanistan by the US.
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Lisa Lundquist / The Long War Journal:
Pakistani clerics endorse suicide bombings, reject proposed peace conference
Discussion: americanthinker.com
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
“CPAC Turns Away Pamela Geller”  —  I won't be at CPAC this year.  Every year AFDI organizes a must-see event, addressing issues that the Grover Norquist/Suhail Khan cabal refuse to address (jihad, sharia, the war on freedom in the West).  —  This year, I applied to speak and was ignored.
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BREITBART.COM:
CPAC TURNS AWAY PAMELA GELLER
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Joe. My. God.
 
 
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David Cameron / Telegraph:
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