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2:40 PM ET, March 3, 2013

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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney: I Lost Because Minorities Love Obamacare  —  Earlier today, Fox News Sunday broadcast former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney first post-campaign interview.  In it, he blamed his loss on his poor performance among minorities, who he claimed were seduced by the President's promise …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
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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 …
Discussion: CNN
Talking Points Memo:
Romney: ‘Obamacare’ Was Attractive To Minority, Low-Income Voters  —  Mitt Romney stood by his belief that President Obama was aided in his re-election by giving gifts to minority voters, during an interview that aired on “Fox News Sunday.”  —  “The president had the power of incumbency …
bigstory.ap.org:
Romney: Heart told him he'd win, until he saw Fla.
Elise Viebeck / Ballot Box:
Ann Romney: GOP never approached me about Kerry's seat
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: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
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Maureen Callahan / New York Post:
Beat the press  —  Reporters reveal how the Obama administration threatens and controls the media  —  As coverage of last week's flare-up between Bob Woodward and the White House devolved into the granular parsing of words and implications and extrapolations and possible intent …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
John Boehner: No government shutdown  —  The sequester is in effect, but House Speaker John Boehner says he won't force a government shutdown.  —  Boehner told “Meet the Press” the House will vote this week to keep the federal government operating through September, when the fiscal year ends …
Discussion: CNN and Outside the Beltway
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Sperling: I 'can't explain' Woodward's reaction
Washington Post:
Stymied by a GOP House, Obama looks ahead to 2014 to cement his legacy
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
McConnell: GOP standing firm against using ‘taxes to turn off the sequester’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Sperling on Woodward: 'I think he's a legend'
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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.
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 …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Scary Hidden Stressor  —  IN her introduction to a compelling new study, “The Arab Spring and Climate Change,” released Thursday, the Princeton scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter notes that crime shows often rely on the concept of a “stressor.”  A stressor, she explains, is a …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Vanessa Gera / Associated Press:
Lech Walesa Shocks Poland With Anti-Gay Words  —  Lech Walesa, the Polish democracy icon and Nobel peace prize winner, has sparked outrage in Poland by saying that gays have no right to a prominent role in politics and that as a minority they need to “adjust to smaller things.”
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
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
BREITBART.COM:
CPAC TURNS AWAY PAMELA GELLER  —  For the last four years, Pamela Geller of AtlasShrugs.com 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.
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Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
“CPAC Turns Away Pamela Geller”
 
 
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Katerina Nikolas / Digital Journal:
Egypt unleashes Islamic morality police force
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Virginia's Feast on U.S. Funds Nears an End
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
‘Fight Club Dems’ Gotta Fight!
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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David Cameron / Telegraph:
Conservatives will battle for Britain's future
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The Atlantic Online:
100 Years Ago, The 1913 Women's Suffrage Parade
Discussion: Hot Air
Nina Totenberg / Law:
In Voting Rights Arguments, Chief Justice Misconstrued Census Data