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5:30 PM ET, March 4, 2013

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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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush says revenue increase could be part of budget deal
Discussion: The National Memo
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.
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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: Taegan Goddard's … and Politico
New York Magazine:
Back on the Trail  —  According to Jenny, she had already told Mark …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Hill
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.
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Apple's watch will run iOS and arrive later this year, say sources
Discussion: TechCrunch
Steve Kornacki / Salon:
“In the real world we were kidding ourselves”  —  Newt Gingrich talks to Salon about why he and his party were so wrong about the election and the future of the GOP  —  There was a popular theory for much of the 2012 Republican presidential campaign that Newt Gingrich wasn't actually running …
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Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Asian-Americans Solidly Prefer Democrats
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bill Cosby Slams Republicans Who Sat Through SOTU: As Bad As Civil Rights-Era Segregationists  —  One of the key issues currently being decided by the Supreme Court is whether or not racism has ended sufficiently to gut the Voting Rights Act, or as conservative hero Justice Antonin Scalia calls it, “racial entitlement.”
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Pundits blowing it on sequester debate
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.
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Derek Thompson / The Atlantic Online:   Corporate Profits Are Eating the Economy
David Rogers / Politico:
House GOP rolls out stop gap spending plan  —  House Republicans rolled out their answer Monday to keeping the government funded through September: a six-month stop gap bill that addresses some of the hot spots after sequestration but still locks in non-defense appropriations below even what Rep. Paul Ryan's budget demanded last spring.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Erik Wasson / The Hill:   House government funding bill seeks to soften sequester's blow
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?
ThinkProgress:
GOP Congresswoman: I Opposed Domestic Violence Bill Because It Protected Too Many Groups  —  Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday openly admitted that she opposed the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it included protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence.
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
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.
Brian X. Chen / NYT Bits:
Samsung's New Smartphone Will Track Eyes to Scroll Pages  —  Samsung's next big smartphone, to be introduced next month, will have a strong focus on software.  A person who has tried the phone, called the Galaxy S IV, described one feature as particularly new and exciting: Eye scrolling.
Discussion: The Verge, TechCrunch and Mashable!
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 …
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 …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Hostile Teacher Writes ‘The Guns Are Loaded’ On Chalkboard, Asks Kids If They'd ‘Care To Try Me?’  —  An Indiana teacher is on leave today after he wrote a variety of threats for his students on his classroom's chalkboard.  After calling his student's idiots, he noted that his “guns are loaded.”
Discussion: nbcchicago.com and The Raw Story
James Andrew Miller / New York Times:
Olbermann Angling for Return to ESPN  —  Keith Olbermann was in Los Angeles on Friday being deposed for a reported $70 million lawsuit he filed against his most recent employer, Current TV, with the trial expected to begin in May.  Whether the court rules in favor of Olbermann or the network …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Jeff Sessions Isn't a Wonk McCarthyite, or a Wonk Anything  —  Jeff Sessions, probably not ordering up a subscription to New York.  —  Last week, I wrote an item that made what can only be called a highly unflattering assessment of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions.
Discussion: Brad DeLong
 
 
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Obama DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armored Tanks to Go With Their 1.6 Billion Bullet Stockpile
Martha Stoddard / Omaha World-Herald:
Jon Bruning to seek re-election as Nebraska's top prosecutor
Discussion: Ballot Box and Roll Call
Jeffrey D. Sachs / The Huffington Post:
How Obama's Politics Led to Sequestration
Discussion: Achenblog and NewsBusters
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Trump: Rodman a better diplomat than Obama administration officials
Discussion: Politico
Craig Giammona / NBCNews.com:
Alabama police chief apologizes to Freedom Rider congressman
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Perry Starts Ahead of Abbott in 2014 Race
Discussion: Politico
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
New Obama strategy: Take no prisoners
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Emmanuel Touhey / Foreign Policy:
‘Israel lobby’ to push for aid despite sequestration cuts
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
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Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Exclusive: Mitt and Ann Romney on campaign mistakes, life after presidential election loss and political future