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9:15 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: Gawker and The Moderate Voice
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bigstory.ap.org:
Romney: Heart told him he'd win, until he saw Fla.  —  You are here  —  Home » Mitt Romney » Romney: Heart told him he'd win, until he saw Fla.  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Mitt Romney says his heart said he was going to win the presidency, but when early results came in on election night, he knew it was not to be.
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, more at Mediagazer »
Talking Points Memo:
Romney: ‘Obamacare’ Was Attractive To Minority, Low-Income Voters
Fox News:
Romney relays disappointment over loss, admits mistakes, in first sitdown since 2012 election
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and msnbc.com
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.
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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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and CNN
NBC News:
March 3: John Boehner, Gene Sperling, Raul Labrador, Kathleen Parker, Joy Reid, Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
McConnell slams liberal super-PAC for tweet about wife's ethnicity
Discussion: CNN
Kevin Robillard / Politico:   Sperling: I 'can't explain' Woodward's reaction
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Sperling on Woodward: 'I think he's a legend'
Discussion: Politico
Matt Grant / Local News:
Cypress HS students suspended for disarming gunman?  —  Student gets 3 day suspension after wrestling away gun  —  FORT MYERS, Fla. - A 16-year-old Cypress Lake High School student, who wrestled a loaded revolver away from a teen threatening to shoot, is being punished.
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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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP's Largest Campaign Contributor Admits To Bribing Foreign Officials  —  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who spent as much as $150 million on independent expenditures to bolster Republicans in the 2012 election, has informed the Securities and Exchange Commission that his Las Vegas Sands Corporation …
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Adam Nossiter / Associated Press:
In Filing, Casino Operator Admits Likely Violation of an Antibribery Law
Tom Fucoloro / Seattle Bike Blog:
State lawmaker defends bike tax, says bicycling is not good for the environment  —  Representative Ed Orcutt (R - Kalama) does not think bicycling is environmentally friendly because the activity causes cyclists to have “an increased heart rate and respiration.”
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.
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Associated Press:
Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March  —  SELMA, Ala. (AP) — The vice president and black leaders commemorating a famous civil rights march on Sunday said efforts to diminish the impact of African-Americans' votes haven't stopped in the years since the 1965 Voting Rights Act added millions to Southern voter rolls.
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Law:
Voting Rights Act Takes Harsh Criticism In Court
Discussion: Firedoglake
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.”
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high  —  Chart shows share of federal taxes by income  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The poor rich.  —  With Washington gridlocked again over whether to raise their taxes, it turns out wealthy families already are paying some of their biggest federal tax bills …
 
 
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Ali Shuaib / Reuters:
Gunmen attack church in Libya's Benghazi: state media
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Associated Press:
Kerry says US releasing millions in aid to Egypt
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The Sunday Times:
‘Bullying’ Britain fanning the flames, warns Assad
Discussion: BBC, New York Times and Guardian
Martinsburg Journa:
Q&A with Sen. Joe Manchin  —  Editor's note: This question …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Hot Air
Mark Helprin / Wall Street Journal:
Psalm 23, Newly Revised According to Modern Principles
Discussion: Power Line
Emma Thomasson / Reuters:
Swiss back executive pay curbs in referendum
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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Washington Post:
Stymied by a GOP House, Obama looks ahead to 2014 to cement his legacy