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11:05 AM ET, March 8, 2013


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Lois Romano / Politico:
Rand Paul: ‘Seriously’ weighing 2016 bid  —  Before Thursday, Rand Paul — tea party firebrand — hadn't vaulted into the top tier of Republican power players.  —  But all that seemed to change this week.  The Kentucky Republican senator showed serious clout by holding a 13-hour filibuster …
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:
Newt Gingrich: John McCain attacks on Rand Paul ‘sad’  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is slamming Sen. John McCain for criticizing Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, saying it's “sad” for someone who was once known as a maverick in Congress.  —  “What I find sad about Sen. McCain's recent comments …
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
John McCain: Getting Back To Maverick, With An Eye On Retirement  —  WASHINGTON — Last August, a few minutes before GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan took the stage at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., I was hurrying down a flight of stairs to get to the floor to watch.   Inside the Rand Paul Filibuster
Justin Sink / The Hill:   Holder: US has no authority to kill Americans with drones on US soil
Bill Clinton / Washington Post:
It's time to overturn DOMA  —  In 1996, I signed the Defense of Marriage Act.  Although that was only 17 years ago, it was a very different time.  In no state in the union was same-sex marriage recognized, much less available as a legal right, but some were moving in that direction.
How the GOP forced Obama's hand  —  President Barack Obama used to want a grand deficit deal because he philosophically believed it was best for the country, and politically believed it was best for him.  —  Now he needs it because he has no choice.  —  Obama's failure to avert $85 billion …
Discussion: CNN
Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Host Offer To Pay For One Week Of White House Tours  —  Fox News Host Eric Bolling on Thursday offered to pay for one week's worth of White House tours after the administration temporarily suspended them due to cutbacks under sequestration.  “If I can get the White House doors open …
Discussion: Mediaite and NewsBusters
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Obama sets end-of-July goal for bipartisan agreement on deficit
Discussion: First Read
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
Obama on His Heels  —  In January, pretty much all of respectable …
Discussion: PJ Media
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Messina: Obama may meet with OFA donors amid controversy
Discussion: Weasel Zippers, and Hot Air
Tim McDonnell / Mother Jones:
The Scariest Climate Change Graph Just Got Scarier … Back in 1999, Penn State University climate scientist Michael Mann released the climate change movement's most potent symbol: The “hockey stick,” a line graph of global temperature over the last 1,500 years that shows an unmistakable …
Discussion: jobsanger and Hullabaloo
Gautam Naik / Wall Street Journal:
In Study, Past Decade Ranks Among Hottest  —  New research suggests average global temperatures were higher in the past decade than over most of the previous 11,300 years, a finding that offers a long-term context for assessing modern-day climate change.  —  The study, published Thursday …
A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years
Discussion: Guardian and Dot Earth
Bill McBride / Calculated Risk:
February Employment Report: 236,000 Jobs, 7.7% Unemployment Rate  —  From the BLS: … Click on graph for larger image.  —  The headline number was above expectations of 171,000 payroll jobs added.  Employment for January was revised lower, but jobs added in December was revised higher.
Wonket Sexclusive: Totally Blameless Crime-Stopper James O'Keefe To Pay $100,000 To ACORN Criminal  —  James O'Keefe—the blonde bombshell who set the conservative world of hidden-camera YouTube movies ablaze—has just agreed to a $100,000 settlement to calm down the unjustly fired …
Tony Perry / Los Angeles Times:
Conservative activist pays $100,000 to former ACORN worker  —  James O'Keefe says he ‘regrets any pain’ suffered by a man in a widely seen sting video in which the smuggling of underage prostitutes was discussed.  —  SAN DIEGO — James O'Keefe, the conservative activist whose hidden-camera stings …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Praises Horrendous Supreme Court Decision, Would Let Employers Ruthlessly Exploit Workers  —  Lochner v. New York is widely viewed as one of the worst Supreme Court decisions in American history.  It is taught in law schools, alongside decisions upholding segregation …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Wonkette
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
New Study Finds Firearms Laws Do Nothing to Prevent Homicides  —  That's the headline you should be seeing, but won't.  Instead, you will see headlines like this one, on CNN: “Study links gun laws and lower gun mortality.”  Or this one, from the Chicago Tribune: “States with strict gun laws found to have fewer shooting deaths.”
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths, Study Finds
Lee Smith / Weekly Standard:
Samira Ibrahim Speaks  —  Yesterday, THE WEEKLY STANDARD first reported that the State Department was about to bestow an International Woman of Courage Award on an anti-Semite and 9/11 fan.  Egypt women's rights activist Samira Ibrahim had left a record on her Twitter feed of statements quoting Hitler …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / New York Times:
The Good, Racist People  —  Last month the actor Forest Whitaker was stopped in a Manhattan delicatessen by an employee.  Whitaker is one of the pre-eminent actors of his generation, with a diverse and celebrated catalog ranging from “The Great Debaters” to “The Crying Game” to “Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.”
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Racism of “Good People”
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Des Moines Register:
Priebus: GOP needs new strategy  —  He says party must look beyond early caucuses, primaries.  —  If the GOP is going to win presidential elections, candidates can't compete just in Iowa and the seven other early states, the party's national chairman said during a visit here Thursday.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Politico
Mark Gongloff / The Huffington Post:
Elizabeth Warren: Banks Get Wrist Slaps While Drug Dealers Get Jail  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren unloaded on bank regulators Thursday about the fact that British bank HSBC is still doing business in the U.S., with no criminal charges filed against it, despite confessing to what one regulator called “egregious” money laundering violations.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Senators blast financial regulators over ‘prosecution-free zone for large banks’
North Korea says it ends peace pacts with South  —  North Korea says it is scrapping all non-aggression pacts with South Korea, closing its hotline with Seoul and the crossing point between the countries.  —  The announcement follows a fresh round of UN sanctions against Pyongyang over its controversial nuclear programme.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Fox News:
North Korea vows nuclear attack on US, saying Washington will be ‘engulfed in a sea of fire’
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Patrick Brennan / National Review:
‘Study Proves Energy Boom Is Happening in Spite of Obama’
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Juan Williams' plagiarism problem
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
No, the United States Will Never, Ever Turn Into Greece
Amir Efrati / Wall Street Journal:
Google's Motorola Unit to Cut 10% of Workforce
Discussion: VentureBeat, AllThingsD and Mashable!
Mike Moore /
Lexington man accused of embezzling $274,000 in campaign donations
Discussion: Politico
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Markey who? GOP: Poll ‘speaks volumes’
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Cliff Asness / AMERICAN.COM:
Yes, Labels  —  No Labels' goal of arguing less and getting …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Quote of the Day: Joe Scarborough vs. Joe Scarborough
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Dow 36,000 Is Attainable Again
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Pelosi Backs Bill That Would Raise Minimum Wage To $10 An Hour
Discussion: The Raw Story and The Hill
Lisa Madigan moves toward run in Illinois
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
In Supreme Court Debate on Voting Rights Act, a Dubious Use of Statistics
Discussion: Mother Jones and JustOneMinute