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11:55 AM ET, March 7, 2013

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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Republicans emerge from Obama dinner optimistic about deficit deal  —  Senate Republicans are more optimistic about the prospect of a grand bargain on the deficit after an intimate dinner with President Obama Wednesday evening in downtown Washington.  —  Obama and a dozen Republicans discussed …
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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Obama invites Paul Ryan to lunch  —  President Barack Obama —seeking to sell Republicans on a revival of “grand bargain” talks — has invited 2012 GOP veep candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, over to the White House for lunch on Thursday, POLITICO has learned.
Discussion: Hot Air and Wall Street Journal
ThinkProgress:
Paul Ryan Balances New Budget By Embracing Obama Policies  —  But next week, just four months after losing the November election, Ryan plans to unveil a budget that incorporates many of the policies he campaigned against, since the very changes he opposed as a vice presidential candidate …
First Read / NBCNews.com:
First Thoughts: A tale of two Senates  —  A tale of two Senates on display last night... Obama's dinner with 12 GOP senators vs. Rand Paul's filibuster... Paul's filibuster actually forces a debate... Principle vs. politics... Obama's dinner gets positive reviews, but it raises three questions …
Jim Messina / CNN:
Why we're raising money to support Obama agenda
Jackie Calmes / The Caucus:
G.O.P. Senators Give Obama Dinner Thumbs Up
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Politico
Washington Post:
House votes to avert shutdown as Obama looks for big deal
Ashley Parker / The Caucus:
Republicans, Led by Rand Paul, Finally End Filibuster  —  Updated WASHINGTON — A small group of Republicans, led by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, stalled the Senate on Wednesday by waging a nearly 13-hour old-school, speak-until-you-can-speak-no- more filibuster over the government's use …
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Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul's Drone Rant  —  Give Rand Paul credit for theatrical timing.  As a snow storm descended on Washington, the Kentucky Republican's old-fashioned filibuster Wednesday filled the attention void on Twitter and cable TV.  If only his reasoning matched the showmanship.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
McConnell extends Rand Paul filibuster: It'll take 60 votes to proceed with Brennan nomination
Washington Post:
Paul's filibuster in opposition to Brennan, drone policy ends after nearly 13 hours
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Barack Obama ‘has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Longest Senate filibusters went on and on ... and on
Jack Kim / Reuters:
North Korea warns U.S. of preemptive nuclear strike  —  SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea threatened the United States on Thursday with a preemptive nuclear strike, raising the level of rhetoric while the U.N. Security Council considers new sanctions against the reclusive country.
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New York Times:
New Sanctions Imposed on North Korea as it Warns of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack  —  The United Nations Security Council approved a new regimen of sanctions on Thursday against North Korea for its underground nuclear test last month, imposing penalties on North Korean banking …
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
Furious over sanctions, NKorea vows to nuke US
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Al Gore Sued Over Current TV Sale to Al Jazeera (Exclusive)  —  A $5 million lawsuit claims Gore was “adamant” about not selling his network to oil-rich Qataris but had a “change of heart,” then stiffed the man who came up with the idea for the deal.  —  Current TV's $500 million sale …
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
How the White House silenced gun control groups  —  President Barack Obama's gun control agenda is looking more doomed by the day, but gun control advocates still haven't said a word to complain.  —  That's no accident.  —  The White House knew its post-Newtown effort would require bringing key gun-control groups into the fold.
Discussion: ABCNEWS
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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Kirk and Manchin don't support Schumer background-check proposal
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Fox News-iest Segment in Fox News History  —  If you have never seen Fox News before, here is a four-minute clip that captures the essence of the network so perfectly that you need never watch anything on it again.  It's all here.  At the center, you have an old conservative white guy …
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
GOP Governor Begs Her Party To Expand Medicaid: 'The Human Cost Of This Tragedy Can't Be Calculated'  —  Jan Brewer (R), Arizona's combative GOP governor, stunned political observers and health care reform advocates when she became the third Republican governor to endorse Obamacare's expansion of the public Medicaid program.
Discussion: The People's View
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
A Devastating 26-Word Challenge to President Obama's Leadership  —  A single sentence from Senator Ron Wyden sums up the radicalism of the administration's national-security policies.  —  Reuters  —  When Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, stopped by the Senate floor Wednesday to help …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Texas GOP: Planned Parenthood Is Convincing Teens To Get Pregnant So It Can Perform Their Abortions  —  Texas has already spent the past year targeting Planned Parenthood, effectively defunding the organization's affiliates and forcing thousands of women to search for new doctors.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
‘A Big New Power’  —  Years from now, when the Supreme Court has come to its senses, justices then sitting will look back on the spring of 2013 in bewilderment.  On what basis, they will wonder, did five conservative justices, professed believers in judicial restraint, reach out to grab …
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Joel B. Pollak / BREITBART.COM:
RAND PAUL, IN DRONE FILIBUSTER, TELLS OBAMA TO REVISIT LOCHNER CASE
Discussion: Hot Air and The Volokh Conspiracy
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Samuel Tadros / Weekly Standard:
Michelle Obama and John Kerry to Honor Anti-Semite and 9/11 Fan  —  On Friday March 8, Michelle Obama will join John Kerry at a special ceremony at the State Department to present ten women the Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award.  The award, says the press release …
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.
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Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama takes GOP lawmakers out on a deficit dinner date in downtown DC
 
 
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