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11:05 AM ET, March 5, 2013


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Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush Disagrees With His Own Book Hours After It's Published  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) told MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday that he would support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants “if you can craft that in law where you can have a path to citizenship …
Beth Reinhard /
Jeb Bush's Poorly Timed Flip -Flop on Immigration  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush's new book was aimed at nudging a reluctant Republican Party toward reforms that would allow illegal immigrants to live and work without fear of deportation.  —  But by recommending only legal residency …
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
Jeb Bush: Heartbroken by Mitt Romney loss  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday that while Mitt Romney didn't run the best campaign, his loss “breaks my heart.”  —  “I wish Mitt Romney was president right now because I think we'd have someone who would be in the midst of trying to forge consensus …
Discussion: American Prospect
Byron York / Washington Examiner:   Jeb Bush immigration flip could upend amnesty debate
Marc Caputo /
Jeb Bush reverses stance on immigration: No citizenship path for undocumented
Discussion: Post Politics
David Martosko / The Daily Caller:
Washington Post report confuses one prostitute with another in bid to debunk Menendez allegations  —  The Washington Post mistook one prostitute for another Monday in a report that initially seemed to debunk a November 2012 Daily Caller exposé of New Jersey Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.
Washington Post:
Escort says Menendez prostitution claims were made up  —  View Photo Gallery — Sen. Robert Menendez: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has been embroiled in a controversy involving his relations with a Miami campaign contributor and the awarding of a security contract at a port in the Dominican Republic.
Ryan Lizza / News Desk:
The Powerless Presidency  —  Last Friday's press conference by Barack Obama marked the end of an era.  It was March 1st, the day that the sequester was set to kick in, and the President had just come from a meeting with congressional leaders in the Oval Office.
Andrea Peterson / ThinkProgress:
The White House Agrees: It's Time to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking
Discussion: and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Obama's second-term Cabinet to play bigger policy role
North Korea threatens to scrap armistice ending war  —  (Reuters) - North Korea threatened on Tuesday to scrap an armistice that ended the 1950-53 civil war and sever a military “hotline” with the United States if South Korea and Washington pressed on with two-month-long war games.
Associated Press:
North Korea vows to cancel Korean War cease-fire amid talk of new sanctions, continued U.S. military drills
Discussion: Gawker, Hot Air and The Raw Story
Neil Munro / The Daily Caller:
Napolitano promises to release more illegals
Paul Krugman:
Urk, Charlie Rose Edition  —  Well, we'll see how it comes out after editing, but I feel that I just had my Denver debate moment: I was tired, cranky, and unready for the blizzard of misleading factoids and diversionary stuff (In 1997 you said that the aging population was a big problem!
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
2012 blame game: Will it ever end?  —  Four months after taking an electoral pounding, Republicans can't agree on what went wrong in 2012 — let alone on a path to recovery.  —  Each week brings a new diagnosis of the party's woes.  Karl Rove says it's candidate quality.
Discussion: Booman Tribune
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama's Thirteen Words  —  Remember George W. Bush's famous “16 words”?  They came from Bush's 2003 State of the Union speech, where Bush said: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”
Discussion: The Other McCain and Whiskey Fire
Pew Research Center:
Twitter Reaction to Events Often at Odds with Overall Public Opinion  —  The reaction on Twitter to major political events and policy decisions often differs a great deal from public opinion as measured by surveys.  This is the conclusion of a year-long Pew Research Center study that compared …
Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
Theatrical Slut Shaming: Daily Caller Attacks Ashley Judd For Nude Scenes  —  It's a sign of how anxious the right wing is about the possibility that Ashley Judd might run for Senate against Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that the attacks on her have geared up before she's even formally entered the race.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ashley Judd's War With Kentucky's Coal Industry Could Doom Candidacy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Roger Simon / Politico:
GOP wants crazy after all these years  —  In politics, snubs are more important than invites.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican and social conservative, has been refused a speaking spot at the Conservative Political Action Conference to be held next week just outside Washington .
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Yahoo! News:
Is your vanity license plate banned in D.C.?  —  Getting a politics-themed slogan on a vanity license plate in Washington, D.C. may be harder than you think.  —  According to the official list of banned D.C. plate combinations, it may take some extra creativity to get your idea accepted by the city's meticulous censors.
Discussion: Washington Examiner
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Gun talks hit a snag in Senate over universal background checks  —  The centerpiece of President Obama's gun violence agenda is in peril amid a deadlock among Senate negotiators over how to implement and enforce a proposal requiring background checks for private gun sales.
Talking Points Memo:
Florida House Committee Blocks Medicaid Expansion  —  A key committee in the Florida House of Representatives on Monday rejected an expansion of the state's Medicaid program as proposed by Gov. Rick Scott (R) last month, Reuters reports: … Republicans currently hold majorities of 26-14 in the Senate and 76-44 in the House.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Balloon Juice
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Feds keep hiring with sequesters in place: 400 jobs posted on first day back  —  The sequester cuts are now officially in place, but many government agencies appear to be hiring freely anyway.  —  The U.S. Forest Service on Monday posted help-wanted ads for a few good men and women to work as …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and The PJ Tatler
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Obama job approval tumbles  —  President Obama's job approval rating took a hit over the weekend, falling to its lowest level in the Gallup three-day average since his reelection.  —  His approval rating was 46 percent between Feb 29 and March 2, down from 53 percent a week earlier.
CBS News:
Poll: Most feel sequester will personally affect them  —  Analysis by the CBS News Polling Unit: Sarah Dutton, Jennifer De Pinto, Anthony Salvanto and Fred Backus  —  Congress and President Obama continue to remain at odds on how best to reduce the federal deficit — causing …
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Luisa Kroll / Forbes:
Inside The 2013 Billionaires List: Facts and Figures
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and
Jackie Kucinich / Associated Press:
Senators strike deal on gun trafficking
Associated Press:
Florida Imam Convicted in Pakistani Taliban Case
Allysia Finley / Wall Street Journal:
The Reverse-Joads of California  —  Low- and middle-income residents …
David Lauter / Los Angeles Times:
Deficit reduction target reached, but no one's happy
 Earlier Items: 
Breanna Edwards / Politico:
Gov. Chris Christie fumes over sequester
Discussion: CNN, ABCNEWS, Althouse and BuzzFeed
Wall Street Journal:
U. S. Boosts War Role in Africa
New York Times:
Qualified Private Activity Bonds Come Under New Scrutiny
Pastor Scott / Scott Lively Ministries:
The Bi-Sexual T**d in the Gay Wedding Punchbowl
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Bill Cosby Slams Republicans Who Sat Through SOTU: As Bad As Civil Rights-Era Segregationists