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8:05 PM ET, March 6, 2013


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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Chief White House Calligrapher Gets Paid $96,725 Per Year  —  With the White House closing its doors to public tour groups in order to save money for the sequester, it's worth remembering some of the other costs the White House incurs annually.  —  Like the “Chief Calligrapher,” …
Jake Novak / CNBC:
Boehner Wants Budget Deals ‘Out in the Open’  —  Supervising Producer for “The Kudlow Report”  —  House Speaker John Boehner told CNBC's Larry Kudlow on Wednesday that a long-term deal on entitlements is possible, and there's no good reason for the Obama team to have shut down the White House tour.
New York Times:
Trying to Revive Talks, Obama Goes Around G.O.P. Leaders  —  WASHINGTON — With Republican leaders in Congress forswearing budget negotiations over new revenues, President Obama has begun reaching around them to Republican lawmakers with a history of willingness to cut bipartisan deals.
Donovan Slack / Politico:
6 Obama administration sequester claims shot down by fact checkers
U.S. Capitol to Continue Welcoming Visitors for Public Tours
Discussion: New York Times and National Review
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Rand Paul launches talking filibuster against CIA nominee  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is staging a talking filibuster against the nomination of John Brennan to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).  —  “I'm here to filibuster John Brennan's nomination to be director of CIA,” Paul said on the Senate floor Wednesday.
Niels Lesniewski / Roll Call:
Filibuster Overhaul Effort Should Be Revived, Durbin Says
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Rubio, NRSC heads join Rand Paul's filibuster — and could get political boost
Discussion: Politico
Josh Voorhees / Slate:
Rand Paul Has Started What Could Be an Epic Mr. Smith-Style Filibuster on the Senate Floor
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Senate Democrats Threaten To Reignite Filibuster Reform
William J. Dobson / Slate:
How his economically disastrous, politically effective ideology will haunt the country he ruined.  —  Even before Hugo Chávez died, he had become a ghost.  A strange, unfamiliar quiet had fallen on Venezuela for weeks as people waited to hear the voice of the president who had been part of their daily lives for nearly 14 years.
Rory Carroll / New York Times:
In the End, an Awful Manager
Joleen Chaney / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC: Woman packing heat, drugs in private parts  —  WARNING: Content could be considered graphic to some audiences.  —  ADA, Okla. - An unusual and graphic case in Pontotoc County leads police to a bizarre find inside a female suspect.  —  It began at Dairy Lou Drive Inn in Ada.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Agoldberg / The Smoking Gun:
Cops: Perp Had Loaded Revolver In Her Vagina  —  Handgun was found inside Oklahoman during strip search  —  An Oklahoma woman arrested Monday on drug charges had a loaded handgun hidden in her vagina, according to police.  —  The weapon was discovered during a search of Christie Dawn Harris …
Zev Chafets / Vanity Fair:
Exclusive Excerpt: Roger Ailes Off Camera  —  Roger Ailes is one of the most powerful—and controversial—characters in television media, pilloried by critics and many in the mainstream media and lionized by conservative viewers who can't get enough of his posse of charismatic hosts.
John Bachman / WSB-TV:
City looks to make gun ownership mandatory  —  Every homeowner in a local town could soon have to own a gun or break the law.  It's a controversial new plan for the city of Nelson.  —  NELSON, Ga. —  Every homeowner in a local town could soon have to own a gun or break the law.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
City In Georgia Would Mandate That Everyone Own A Gun
Discussion: Shakesville
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Have Won a Budget Battle, But Not the War  —  As sequestration begins, Republicans have been overtaken with something close to giddiness, and Democrats seized with gloom.  It appeared as recently as a few months ago that the threat of across-the-board cuts, disproportionately hurting defense …
Jon Cohen / The Fix:
Cut government spending? theory.
Discussion: Firedoglake, CNN, Politico and Hot Air
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Lindsey Graham: Hurricane Victims Need Assault Weapons To Shoot ‘Roaming Gangs’  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) pushed back against efforts to limit the availability of assault weapons during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday by echoing the paranoia of the National Rifle Association …
Discussion: Video Cafe blogs
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Graham on Obama invite: ‘How do you say no to the president?’
Discussion: Politico
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Ted Cruz Goads Eric Holder Into Admitting That Killing Americans With Drones On U.S. Soil Is Unconstitutional  —  On Tuesday, the Department of Justice sent shockwaves through the nation when Attorney General Eric Holder informed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in writing that the White House …
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Mayor Bloomberg's new health crusade: too-loud earbuds  —  Now listen up, if you can.  —  Mayor Bloomberg — who has already cracked down on smoking, junk food, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks — is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.
Spencer Ackerman / Wired:
Over $8B of the Money You Spent Rebuilding Iraq Was Wasted Outright  —  The never-completed Khan Bani Sa'ad Prison in Diyala, Iraq.  Ultimately, the U.S. spent $40 million on the aborted project.  Photo courtesy of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction
Discussion: The Dish
Revealed: Pentagon link to Iraq torture centres  —  Exclusive: General David Petraeus and ‘dirty wars’ veteran behind commando units implicated in detainee abuse  —  See the full-length documentary film of the 15-month investigation  —  The Pentagon sent a US veteran of the “dirty wars” …
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Arkansas Adopts Strictest Abortion Law in the U.S.  —  In the sharpest challenge yet to Roe v. Wade, Arkansas adopted Wednesday what is by far the country's most restrictive ban on abortion, at 12 weeks of pregnancy, around the time that a fetal heartbeat can be detected by abdominal ultrasound.
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Cruz: Spending bill must defund Obama healthcare law  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that he will object to a government spending bill if it does not cut off funds for President Obama's signature healthcare law.  —  Cruz, a staunchly conservative freshman, said he will offer …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Vince Cable / New Statesman:
When the facts change, should I change my mind?  —  The long economic stagnation of post-crisis Britain.  —  The British economy is still operating at levels around or below those before the 2008 financial crisis and roughly 15 per cent below an albeit unsustainable pre-crisis trend.
Discussion: BBC, Guardian and Spectator
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Mitt Romney takes job at son Tagg's investment firm  —  Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will be returning to work, joining his son Tagg's investment firm.  —  Romney will serve as chairman of the executive committee for Solamere Capital, where he'll work for one week …
Discussion: Politico, and CNN
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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: Hot Air and The Volokh Conspiracy
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kirk and Manchin don't support Schumer background check proposal
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Corey Boles / Wall Street Journal:
House Approves Stopgap Budget Deal
Discussion: Roll Call
David Nather / Politico:
Paul Ryan on budget: Your move, Obama
Jason Horowitz / Washington Post:
College of Cardinals imposes media blackout
Discussion: Hot Air and Shakesville
 Earlier Items: 
Jeb Bush / CNN:
Jeb Bush opposed to Florida Medicaid expansion
Joshua Rhett Miller / Fox News:
Florida bill would require anger management courses for bullet buyers
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
Holder defends prosecution of Web activist Swartz
Discussion: Politico and TalkLeft