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9:05 AM ET, March 4, 2013

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Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Exclusive: Mitt and Ann Romney on campaign mistakes, life after presidential election loss and political future  —  Special Guests: Mitt Romney, Ann Romney  —  The following is a rush transcript of the March 3, 2013, edition of “Fox News Sunday With Chris Wallace.”  This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
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Jessica Holzer / Wall Street Journal:
Romney Offers Explanation for Loss  —  Republican Mitt Romney, in his first television interview since he lost November's presidential election, said a failure to connect with minority voters doomed his bid for the White House.  —  “We weren't effective in taking my message primarily to minority voters …
Daniel Larison / The American Conservative:
The Story of Romney's Career: “What I Said Is Not What I Believe”  —  Earlier today, Mitt Romney addressed his well-known 47% remarks and said this: … The funny thing about this quote is how often his defenders and supporters would use this same argument during the election to protect him against criticism.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
Romney relays disappointment over loss, admits mistakes, in first sitdown since 2012 election
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Romney: I Lost Because Minorities Love Obamacare
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Gawker
bigstory.ap.org:
Romney: Heart told him he'd win, until he saw Fla.
Talking Points Memo:
Romney: ‘Obamacare’ Was Attractive To Minority, Low-Income Voters
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
HEAVYWEIGHT … - DOUBLE TAKE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - PAGE-TURNER - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - BOROWITZ - RICHARD BRODY
Discussion: Culture Desk
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder: Voting Rights Act Can't Be Called Unnecessary Yet  —  With the Supreme Court having heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act last week, the Obama administration weighed in again Sunday with another impassioned defense of the 1965 law.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Associated Press:   Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March
Law:
Voting Rights Act Takes Harsh Criticism In Court
Discussion: Firedoglake
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
G.O.P., Lacking Unity, Clings to Budget Goals  —  WASHINGTON — Conservative governors are signing on to provisions of what they once derisively dismissed as Obamacare.  Prominent Senate Republicans are taking positions on immigration that would have gotten the party's presidential candidates booted off …
Discussion: msnbc.com and Prairie Weather
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NBC News:
March 3: John Boehner, Gene Sperling, Raul Labrador, Kathleen Parker, Joy Reid, Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
John Boehner: No government shutdown
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Obama pushing to diversify federal judiciary amid GOP delays  —  In Florida, President Obama has nominated the first openly gay black man to sit on a federal district court.  In New York, he has nominated the first Asian American lesbian.  And his pick for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit?
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Michael Scherer / TIME:
Republican Consultants Plot New Tech-Savvy Infrastructure  —  Phone bank at Mitt Romney for President headquarters, in Springfield, Virginia, March 5, 2012.  —  After last year's blowout election, the Republican digital strategist Patrick Ruffini went on a not-so-secret mission to find out how to fix what was wrong with his party.
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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Quinn Norton / The Atlantic Online:
Life Inside the Aaron Swartz Investigation  —  A reluctant witness's account of a Federal prosecution.  If you haven't been following the case, start with the editor's note for context.  —  Quinn Norton's grand jury subpoena (Quinn Norton).  —  Once your life is inside a federal investigation, there is no space outside of it.
Discussion: Instapundit
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.”
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Recovery in U.S. Lifting Profits, Not Adding Jobs  —  With the Dow Jones industrial average flirting with a record high, the split between American workers and the companies that employ them is widening and could worsen in the next few months as federal budget cuts take hold.
Discussion: The Reaction and Prairie Weather
Darren Goode / Politico:
President Obama to pick Gina McCarthy, Ernest Moniz to lead EPA, DOE  —  President Barack Obama on Monday will nominate EPA air chief Gina McCarthy as the agency's next administrator and MIT physicist Ernest Moniz to take over the Energy Department.  —  The long-anticipated announcements …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Israel Lobby’ Author Addresses State Department  —  A controversial author and longtime critic of the U.S.-Israel alliance lectured at the State Department Friday on the eve of the AIPAC policy conference, Washington's largest annual pro-Israel gathering.  —  Stephen Walt, coauthor …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Opinion: Big drama guaranteed if Ashley Judd challenges McConnell in Kentucky  —  “Argo” and “Lincoln” won big at the Oscars.  Here's a pitch for the next Washington political story that is sure to be a Hollywood hit.  —  The plot goes like this: A young, liberal Democratic actress returns home to run for the U.S. Senate.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Rebecca English / Daily Mail:
Don't make a fuss! …
Discussion: BBC and Chicago Boyz
Christina D. Romer / New York Times:
The Business of the Minimum Wage
New York Times:
In Medical First, a Baby With H.I.V. Is Deemed Cured
Ali Shuaib / Reuters:
Gunmen attack church in Libya's Benghazi: state media
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Associated Press:
Kerry says US releasing millions in aid to Egypt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
The Sunday Times:
‘Bullying’ Britain fanning the flames, warns Assad
Discussion: New York Times, BBC and Guardian
 Earlier Items: 
Martinsburg Journa:
Q&A with Sen. Joe Manchin  —  Editor's note: This question …
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
Emma Thomasson / Reuters:
Swiss back executive pay curbs in referendum
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Tax bills for rich families approach 30-year high
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Virginia's Feast on U.S. Funds Nears an End