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9:35 PM ET, March 5, 2013


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Frank Bajak / Associated Press:
HUGO CHAVEZ, FIERY VENEZUELAN LEADER, DIES AT 58  —  CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez dies  —  Army Lt. Col. Hugo Chavez, who led a 1992 attempted coup, speaks to reporters on March 26, 1994, after he was freed from jail.  Chavez was freed after charges were dropped against him for leading the first of two attempted coups against the government …
William Neuman / New York Times:
Chávez Dies, Leaving Bitterly Divided Nation  —  CARACAS, Venezuela — President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela died Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with cancer, the government announced, leaving behind a bitterly divided nation in the grip of a political crisis that grew …
The Carter Center:
Statement From Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on the Death of Hugo Chavez  —  Rosalynn and I extend our condolences to the family of Hugo Chávez Frías.  We met Hugo Chávez when he was campaigning for president in 1998 and The Carter Center was invited to observe elections for the first time in Venezuela.
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
Foul: Rep. Serrano tweets rest in peace; Praises Chavez as ‘empowering the powerless’; Update: Doubles down, photo with Chavez  —  Appalling.  —  As Twitchy reported, the Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez has died.  Rep. Serrano (D-N.Y.) grossly tweeted the above, upon learning of the news that had most freedom-lovers relieved.
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
José De Córdoba / Wall Street Journal:
Venezuelan Leader Chávez Dies After Cancer Battle
William Neuman / New York Times:
Chávez Dies, Leaving a Bitterly Divided Venezuela
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Obama Administration Says President Can Use Lethal Force Against Americans on US Soil  — Drones: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Always Afraid to Ask  — Here's Why Obama Won't Say Whether He Can Kill You With a Drone: Because He Probably Can  — 8 Drones That Aren't Out to Kill You
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Holder: Obama could order lethal force in U.S.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Brennan Vote by Senate Intelligence Panel
Discussion: News Desk
CNN's GUT CHECK for March 5, 2013
Discussion: Politico
Brennan, approved by committee, still faces battle from Republicans
Discussion: Politico
Mike Fleming Jr /
Jon Stewart Taking Summer ‘Daily Show’ Hiatus To Direct ‘Rosewater;’ John Oliver To Sub  —  EXCLUSIVE: Jon Stewart will take a 12-week hiatus from hosting Comedy Central's The Daily Show to make his feature directing debut this summer.  Stewart has written the script, and will direct Rosewater …
Brooks Barnes / ArtsBeat:
Jon Stewart to Direct Serious Film, Will Take Hiatus From ‘Daily Show’  —  LOS ANGELES — Jon Stewart, serious film director?  —  Mr. Stewart, the stand-up satirist and “Daily Show” host, said on Tuesday that he would direct his first movie, a drama called “Rosewater,” from a screenplay that he wrote.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP centrists balk at Ryan Medicare shift  —  House Republican centrists are furious that GOP leaders are considering abandoning their pledge not to change Medicare retirement benefits for people 55 years and older.  —  According to several sources, a handful of centrist GOP lawmakers attending …
Politico:   Sources: Ryan to reject Medicare age shift
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Paul Ryan Ups the Ante
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Email tells feds to make sequester as painful as promised  —  The Obama administration denied an appeal for flexibility in lessening the sequester's effects, with an email this week appearing to show officials in Washington that because they already had promised the cuts would be devastating, they now have to follow through on that.
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush Bashes Romney, Obamacare In New Book  —  Jeb Bush's new tome, “Immigration Wars: Forging An American Solution,” hit bookstores on Tuesday and is already making waves in the immigration debate and 2016 sweepstakes alike.  —  Bush's book, co-authored by Goldwater Institute director Clint Bolick …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Jeb Bush Disagrees With His Own Book Hours After It's Published
Benjy Sarlin / Talking Points Memo:
Is Jeb Bush Already Backing Down On A Path To Citizenship?
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Bill would forbid parents from getting no-fault divorce  —  Seven Republicans in the Iowa House are pushing a bill to prohibit parents of minor children from getting a “no fault” divorce and the proposal could be debated in a House committee this week.  —  A three-member subcommittee debated the bill today.
The Huffington Post:
Iowa GOP Lawmakers Try To Curtail Divorce, Worry It Makes Young Women More ‘Promiscuous’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
House Dems back down from strongly opposing GOP spending bill  —  House Democratic leaders have decided against uniting their party's rank and file in opposition to a Republican spending bill that would fund the government.  —  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the GOP's continuing resolution …
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
House spending bill requires Saturday mail delivery
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House cancels tours due to sequester  —  The White House announced Tuesday that it was canceling tours of the executive mansion beginning on Saturday until further notice due to “staffing reductions resulting from sequestration.”  —  An e-mail sent to lawmakers from the White House visitor's office …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
More sequester pain: White House cancels tours
FBI Seeks Public's Assistance in Identifying, Locating Unmanned Aircraft and Operator … On Monday, March, 4, 2013, at approximately 1:15 p.m., the pilot of Alitalia Flight #608 spotted a small, unmanned aircraft while on approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Yahoo! News:
Zimmerman Stuns Court, Waives Right to ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing in Trayvon Martin Case  —  ABC News - Zimmerman Stuns Court, Waives Right to ‘Stand Your Ground’ Hearing in Trayvon Martin Case (ABC News)  —  George Zimmerman's attorneys stunned court observers Tuesday when they waived …
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
Obama Admin Wants to Deport Christian Home School Family  —  The Romeike family fled their German homeland in 2008 seeking political asylum in the United States - where they hoped to home school their children.  Instead, the Obama administration wants the evangelical Christian family deported.
John Feehery / The Hill:
Tag-teaming Obama  —  Don't tell the Tea Party, but the tag team of John Boehner and Mitch McConnell are currently mopping the floor with Barack Obama.  —  The president convincingly won a second term in November, but since that time, the congressional Republican leadership has outfoxed …
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Hotel boots rowdy Rodman over Kim Jong Un scene  —  Dennis Rodman, just back from visiting Kim Jong Un, was escorted out of the Time Hotel in Midtown on Sunday after spending hours at the restaurant bar loudly telling anyone who would listen what a great guy the North Korean dictator is.
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