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1:15 PM ET, March 3, 2013

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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 …
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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
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: The PJ Tatler and Weasel Zippers
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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'
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 …
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’
Discussion: CNN and Politico
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
Katerina Nikolas / Digital Journal:
Egypt unleashes Islamic morality police force  —  Cairo - A new informal police force has been launched in Cairo, to ensure Islamic morals are adhered to.  The Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice denies it is linked to Saudi's dreaded morality police, which share the same name.
Discussion: The Jawa Report and Weasel Zippers
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: Prairie Weather and Booman Tribune
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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Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
‘Fight Club Dems’ Gotta Fight!
Discussion: Washington Examiner
David Cameron / Telegraph:
Conservatives will battle for Britain's future
Discussion: Daily Mail, Guardian and BBC
Declan McCullagh / CNET:
DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones
The Atlantic Online:
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Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
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