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12:15 PM ET, March 4, 2013

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First Read / NBCNews.com:
First Thoughts: A truce - for now  —  Both sides declare a budget truce — for now... How a Grand Bargain could still take place... And why achieving a Grand Bargain has been so difficult... NYT on a GOP that's united on just one issue right now: taxes and spending... Obama …
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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.
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.
Jessica Holzer / Wall Street Journal:   Romney Offers Explanation for Loss
Fox News:
Romney relays disappointment over loss, admits mistakes, in first sitdown since 2012 election
Jason Zengerle / New York Magazine:
Back on the Trail  —  When disgraced South Carolina governor Mark Sanford decided to run for office again, he asked his ex-wife, Jenny, for her blessing.  Whether he has her vote is another matter.  —  Late last year, a few days before Christmas, former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford embarked on a delicate political mission.
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New York Magazine:
Back on the Trail  —  According to Jenny, she had already told Mark she would be taking a pass on the race the day before, at the funeral of a mutual friend.  So when Mark came to visit her, he arrived with a proposal.  “Since you're not running, I want to know if you'll run my campaign,” he said.
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
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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Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
HEAVYWEIGHT … - DOUBLE TAKE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS - PAGE-TURNER - DAILY COMMENT - AMY DAVIDSON - JOHN CASSIDY - BOROWITZ - RICHARD BRODY
Discussion: Post Politics and Culture Desk
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Eric Holder: Voting Rights Act Can't Be Called Unnecessary Yet
Discussion: Associated Press and Taylor Marsh
Associated Press:   Biden Leads Re-enactment of Voting Rights March
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Obama's Fault  —  Our feckless leaders may be incapable of passing a budget, but, boy, can they pass the buck.  The White House spent last week in full campaign hysteria, blitzing online followers with the message that heartless Republicans are prepared to transform America into …
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans and Their Faulty Moral Arithmetic  —  Conservative values and money issues are worth less than concern for the poor.  —  In the waning days of the 1992 presidential campaign, President George H.W. Bush trailed Bill Clinton in the polls.  The conventional wisdom was that Mr. Bush seemed …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and AEIdeas
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.
Lara Seligman / The Hill:
Hill Poll: President's support for Israel found wanting by many voters  —  Three times as many voters believe the Obama administration is not supportive enough of Israel as believe it is too supportive, according to a new poll for the Hill.  —  The proportion of voters who now say the president does …
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Mooching Off Medicaid  —  Conservatives like to say that their position is all about economic freedom, and hence making government's role in general, and government spending in particular, as small as possible.  And no doubt there are individual conservatives who really have such idealistic motives.
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: The Moderate Voice
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Washington Post:
Deal to avert government shutdown likely, officials say
Discussion: New York Times
Daily Mail:
Priest burns picture of pope in CHURCH in protest at resignation as ‘rock star’ cardinals gather to choose successor  —  It ought to have been the most serene of days for the former Pope.  —  But Benedict XVI's first Sunday in retirement has been sullied by a village priest who burnt a photograph of him during Sunday mass.
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Behind the Doors of the Senate Gym  —  Early-rising lawmakers get better acquainted in ‘sweat-filled room’ — the Senate gym  —  Behind a discreet set of keypad-entry double doors on the first floor of the Russell Senate Office Building lies one of the last oases of what was once …
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 …
Michael R. Gordon / New York Times:
Kerry Announces $250 Million in U.S. Aid for Egypt  —  RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State John Kerry announced Sunday that the United States would provide $250 million in assistance to Egypt after Egypt's president promised to move ahead with negotiations with the International Monetary Fund over economic reforms.
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Associated Press:
Kerry says US releasing millions in aid to Egypt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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Thisistwitchy / Twitchy:
It's not just Rachel Maddow: Ed Schultz, Joe Scarborough have Twitter spambots, too
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
As Automatic Budget Cuts Go Into Effect, Poor May Be Hit Particularly Hard
Discussion: Firedoglake, Angry Bear and Daily Kos
John H. Cochrane / Wall Street Journal:
Treasury Needs a Better Long Game
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jeb Bush won't rule out 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Boston Globe:
State Representative Dan Winslow wins Republican straw poll for US Senate
Discussion: Ballot Box and Blue Mass Group
Michael Scherer / TIME:
Republican Consultants Plot New Tech-Savvy Infrastructure
Darren Goode / Politico:
President Obama to pick Gina McCarthy, Ernest Moniz to lead EPA, DOE
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and New York Times
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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
Quinn Norton / The Atlantic Online:
Life Inside the Aaron Swartz Investigation
Discussion: emptywheel, Boing Boing and Instapundit
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