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4:50 PM ET, March 7, 2013

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Talking Points Memo:
Obama Administration Responds To Rand Paul On Drones  —  The U.S. government cannot target an American citizen who is not engaged in combat on American soil, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday during his daily press briefing.  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) …
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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.
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
IT'S WAR: John McCain And Lindsey Graham Just Ripped Into Rand Paul On The Senate Floor  —  U.S. Sen. John McCain blasted fellow Republican Rand Paul on the Senate floor this morning for his 13-hour filibuster to block John Brennan's confirmation as CIA Director.  —  “Calm down, Senator,” McCain said, in an apostrophe to Paul.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
White House, Holder respond to Rand Paul: ‘The answer is no’ … Attorney General Eric Holder wrote Sen. Rand Paul,R-Ky., to confirm that President Obama does not have the authority to kill an American on U.S. soil in a non-combat situation, Obama's spokesman announced today.
David Taintor / Talking Points Memo:
McCain, Graham Slam Rand Paul's ‘Ridiculous’ Filibuster  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Thursday went after Sen. Rand Paul's talking filibuster of CIA director nominee John Brennan, calling the Kentucky Republican's claim that the U.S. could have hypothetically conducted a drone strike on Jane Fonda during the Vietnam War “ridiculous.”
Discussion: American Spectator
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 …
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
McCain, Graham lambast ‘ridiculous’ drone filibuster by Paul
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Wired, Hot Air, Hullabaloo and The Week
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
Obama Has No Authority For Drone Strikes Against Americans On U.S. Soil, White House Says
Politico:
Rand Paul's moment
Discussion: Right Turn, News Desk and New Republic
Adam Serwer / Mother Jones:
Attorney General: Obama Can't Order Drone Attack on Americans on US Soil
Discussion: The Plum Line and Nashville Scene
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi: ‘Life is too short’ to watch Rand Paul filibuster
Discussion: CNN
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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Harry Hawkins / The Sun:
north korea says it will launch nuclear attack on america  —  Tensions ... North Korea leader Kim Jong-un  —  NORTH Korea led by tyrant Kim Jong-un has sensationally vowed to launch a NUCLEAR attack on the USA.  —  The provocative statement comes weeks after the country conducted underground nuclear tests …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Vodkapundit
Justin Sink / The Hill:
White House brushes off North Korea's nuclear threat
Discussion: Politico
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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ThinkProgress:   Paul Ryan Balances New Budget By Embracing Obama Policies
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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP's easy route to victory in fiscal fight
Discussion: PostPartisan and New Republic
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 …
Donovan Slack / Politico:
Source: Preparations underway for Obama vacation on Martha's Vineyard  —  President Obama and his family are likely headed to Martha's Vineyard for a summer sojourn again this year.  —  A source tells POLITICO that the Secret Service has started booking accommodations on the toney island off the Massachusetts coast.
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: msnbc.com, ABCNEWS and The Hill
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Chris Christie / CNN:
TRENDING: Poll: Clinton, Christie fare best in possible 2016 showdowns  —  Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton vs. Chris Christie.  —  It's an intriguing 2016 presidential showdown.  —  Follow @politicalticker  —  And according to a new national poll, Clinton would come out on top in such a hypothetical matchup.
Discussion: Politico
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Steve Lopez / Los Angeles Times:
L.A.'s walking dead  —  Most Angelenos couldn't summon the energy to cast a ballot.  That doesn't have to continue.  —  Olga Korn, 86, votes in Encino on Tuesday.  She was among just 16% of L.A. residents who did.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times / March 5, 2013)  —  Mark the date, remember the day.
Discussion: L.A. NOW and Taegan Goddard's …
Thomas B. Edsall / Opinionator:
The War On Entitlements  —  The debate over reform of Social Security and Medicare is taking place in a vacuum, without adequate consideration of fundamental facts.  —  These facts include the following: Two-thirds of Americans who are over the age of 65 depend on an average annual Social Security benefit …
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 …
Dan Friedman / NY Daily News:
New York National Rifle Association official barred from carrying a gun  —  An order of protection stemming from a domestic disturbance at his Long Island home in 2010 prevents Richard D'Alauro, the NRA's field representative for the city and its suburbs, from carrying the weapons.
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 …
 
 
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