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2:20 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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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Jeb Bush pushes back against pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants  —  Former Florida governor - and potential GOP presidential candidate - Jeb Bush said this week that a pathway to citizenship should not be a component of an overhaul of the nation's immigration system.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush says revenue increase could be part of budget deal
Discussion: The National Memo
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Jeb Bush won't rule out 2016 presidential bid
Discussion: American Prospect, CNN and Politico
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.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Empathy For the Devil  —  At New York Magazine, Jason Zengerle's got a long article on Mark Sanford's fall and rise, focusing on his very touchy relationship with his ex-wife Jenny, who could have easily preempted his comeback congressional campaign with one of her own, and could sink his today with a few tart words.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
New York Magazine:
Back on the Trail  —  According to Jenny, she had already told Mark …
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
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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Emmanuel Touhey / Foreign Policy:
‘Israel lobby’ to push for aid despite sequestration cuts
Discussion: CNN
Matthew Lee / Associated Press:
US, SAUDI PRESENT UNITED FRONT ON SYRIA, IRAN
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Israel Lobby’ Author Addresses State Department
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Right Turn
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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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.
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.
Bloomberg:
Apple's Planned ‘IWatch’ Could Be More Profitable Than TV  —  While Tim Cook has dropped hints that Apple Inc. (AAPL) is hard at work on a television to drive the next era of growth, the company's wristwatch-style device, still in development, may prove more profitable.
Discussion: ABCNEWS, Fortune, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple's watch will run iOS and arrive later this year, say sources
Discussion: The Week and TechCrunch
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.
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John F. Burns / New York Times:
Following Resignation, Top British Cardinal Acknowledges Sexual Misconduct
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Ernest Moniz, MIT physicist, nominated as energy secretary  —  It's tempting to think that President Obama picked Ernest Moniz to be his next energy secretary because Moniz's long wavy mop of mostly-white hair might distract people who have been obsessed with Michelle Obama's bangs.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
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Darren Goode / Politico:
President Obama to pick Gina McCarthy, Ernest Moniz to lead EPA, DOE
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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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
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 …
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
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
As Automatic Budget Cuts Go Into Effect, Poor May Be Hit Particularly Hard  —  WASHINGTON — The $85 billion in automatic cuts working their way through the federal budget spare many programs that aid the poorest and most vulnerable Americans, including the Children's Health Insurance Program and food stamps.
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.
Dylan Matthews / Wonkblog:
One study explains why it's tough to pass liberal laws  —  Last year, a group of political scientists took a random sample of state legislators and asked them a slew of questions, most of which boiled down to: “What do your constituents think about policy?”  Do they support gay marriage?
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hullabaloo
 
 
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Wall Street Journal:
Student-Loan Securities Stay Hot
Discussion: Hullabaloo, naked capitalism and Gawker
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bill Cosby Slams Republicans Who Sat Through SOTU: As Bad As Civil Rights-Era Segregationists
Associated Press:
Sen. Menendez-sponsored bill could have aided donor's investment, report says
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Asian-Americans Solidly Prefer Democrats
Alan Peppard / Dallas Morning News:
Kinky Friedman doesn't rule out running for Texas governor, jokes 'I want my ashes spread on Rick Perry's hair'
Discussion: Post Politics and The Raw Story
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Ultra-assertive Obama adopts new strategy: Taking no prisoners
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Jeff Sessions Isn't a Wonk McCarthyite, or a Wonk Anything
Discussion: Brad DeLong
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
YouTube's Show-Me-the-Money Problem
Thisistwitchy / Twitchy:
It's not just Rachel Maddow: Ed Schultz, Joe Scarborough have Twitter spambots, too
Meredith Shiner / Roll Call:
Behind the Doors of the Senate Gym
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
HEAVYWEIGHT … - DOUBLE TAKE - PHOTO BOOTH - DAILY SHOUTS …
Discussion: Post Politics and Culture Desk
Richard W. Stevenson / New York Times:
G.O.P., Lacking Unity, Clings to Budget Goals