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10:45 AM ET, March 7, 2013

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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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Washington Post:
Paul's filibuster in opposition to Brennan, drone policy ends after nearly 13 hours  —  One of the oldest and most storied traditions of the Senate made a sudden return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday when a junior senator seized control of the chamber with an hours-long ­filibuster involving …
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Longest Senate filibusters went on and on ... and on
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Rand Paul vows to speak ‘as long as it takes’ to block Brennan
Discussion: Firedoglake and Vox Popoli
Jon Swaine / Telegraph:
Barack Obama ‘has authority to use drone strikes to kill Americans on US soil’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul filibustering over drones: I will not let Obama ‘shred the Constitution’
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.
Jesse Helfrich / The Hill:
Obama takes GOP lawmakers out on a deficit dinner date in downtown DC
Washington Post:
House votes to avert shutdown as Obama looks for big deal
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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Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
North Korea Warns of Pre-emptive Nuclear Attack  —  SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea on Thursday threatened for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea, issuing the warning as the United Nations was preparing tough new sanctions over its nuclear program.
Discussion: The Hill and The Week
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
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 …
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.
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Kathryn Smith / Reuters:
Legal fight brewing over strict Arkansas abortion law
Discussion: The Raw Story
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
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 …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
In U.S., 71% Back Raising Minimum Wage  —  Most Democrats and independents, and half of Republicans, favor increase to $9  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Seven in 10 Americans say they would vote “for” raising the minimum wage to $9 per hour if given the opportunity, while 27% would vote against such a bill.
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Jim Messina / CNN:
Why we're raising money to support Obama agenda  —  Jim Messina says among the policies that Organizing for Action has pushed support to is Obama's plan to curb gun violence … (CNN) — You can't change Washington from the inside.  President Obama was criticized for stating that simple truth during …
Discussion: The Hill
Mark Memmott / NPR:
Alvin Lee Is Going Home: ‘Ten Years After’ Guitarist Dies … Guitarist Alvin Lee, whose incendiary performance with the British band Ten Years After was one of the highlights of the 1969 Woodstock festival, has died. … He was 68.  Lee's website says he “passed away early this morning …
Discussion: BBC
 
 
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Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
A Devastating 26-Word Challenge to President Obama's Leadership
Sy Mukherjee / ThinkProgress:
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Discussion: The People's View
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
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Discussion: Weekly Standard
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
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Mike McIntire / New York Times:
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
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Fox News:
Leaked email adds fuel to claims White House playing politics over impact of cuts
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Cruz: Spending bill must defund Obama healthcare law
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Report: Mitt Romney takes job at son Tagg's investment firm
Vince Cable / New Statesman:
When the facts change, should I change my mind?
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and Spectator
Joleen Chaney / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC: Woman packing heat, drugs in private parts