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6:10 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.
Senator Ted Cruz:
Press Release of Senator Cruz … WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY) today introduced legislation to prohibit drone killings of U.S. citizens on U.S. soil if they do not represent an imminent threat.  —  “Our Constitution restrains government power,” Cruz said.
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
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
McCain, Graham lambast ‘ridiculous’ drone filibuster by Paul  —  Two veteran GOP senators say Sen. Rand Paul “cheapened” the debate over drone policy with “ridiculous” arguments in his filibuster on Wednesday.  —  A day after the Paul filibuster made headlines, Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) …
Discussion: Politico, CNN, Wired, Hot Air, Hullabaloo and The Week
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Harry Reid Winks At Revisiting Filibuster Reform  —  Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) nearly 13-hour long talking filibuster in protest of the Obama administration's drone policy instantly made him a folk hero with the right.  But the spectacle also provided a healthy dose of oxygen to reignite the cause of filibuster reform.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Holder's Letter to Rand Paul: ‘No,’ the U.S. Can't Use Drone to Kill Citizen Not Engaged in Combat on U.S. Soil  —  Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul's filibuster with this letter: … Here's an image of that letter:  —  UPDATE: Apparently, the White House and Justice Department failed …
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
David Weigel / Slate:
Everybody Loves Filibusters
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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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The GOP's easy route to victory in fiscal fight  —  It's this: Republicans are not going to get the serious entitlement cuts they say they want unless they agree to new revenues.  —  To put this in another way, there is no imaginable scenario in the next three years, and probably beyond, under which Republicans win a total victory.
Discussion: PostPartisan and New Republic
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First Read / NBCNews.com:
First Thoughts: A tale of two Senates
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
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 …
Devin Leonard / Businessweek:
How Disney Bought Lucasfilm—and Its Plans for ‘Star Wars’  —  One weekend last October, Robert Iger, chief executive officer of Walt Disney (DIS), sat through all six Star Wars films.  He'd seen them before, of course.  This time, he took notes.  Disney was in secret negotiations to acquire Lucasfilm …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Disney CEO rebuffs bias complaints
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Mediaite
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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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.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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