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8:40 PM ET, March 8, 2013


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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.
Rachel Weiner / Post Politics:
McCain calls Paul, Cruz, Amash ‘wacko birds’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is continuing to criticize his fellow Republicans for their filibuster of incoming CIA Director John Brennan over drone policy.  In an interview with the Huffington Post, McCain referred to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) …
Washington Post:
More oversight and disclosure on drones  —  AFTER SEN. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) held the Senate hostage Wednesday in order to warn that American citizens could be targeted by drone strikes on U.S. soil, he was rightly taken to task for gross and irresponsible mischaracterizations of the Obama administration's policy.
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Rand Paul Exploits Drones Grandstanding With False Fundraising Letter  —  Though foes of drones on the right and left cheered Sen. Rand Paul's filibuster this week, with the tea partier delaying confirmation of CIA director John Brennan for a day, Paul's rant targeted a nonexistent dispute …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Rand Paul: McCain doesn't always respect me
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Rand Paul's moment and the end of Obama envy
Discussion: Right Wing News
Alex Seitz-Wald / Salon:
Juan Williams' plagiarism problem  —  EXCLUSIVE: Fox News pundit blames researcher for word-for-word similarities.  “Unacceptable,” says Hill editor  —  In a case of apparent plagiarism, Fox News pundit Juan Williams lifted — sometimes word for word — from a Center for American Progress report …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
How Many Big-Time Pundits Are Plagiarists?  —  Not long ago I was getting a shiatsu massage in my office when my assistant came in to tell me that he'd gathered the data on government spending that I'd asked for, and written it up in text form so I could drop it into my next column.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Juan Williams lifts work, blames assistant
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Outside the Beltway
How the GOP forced President 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.
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
First Person: White House reporter balances working and breastfeeding
Discussion: Wonkblog and FishbowlDC
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Obama's budget delayed until April
John Boehner / CNN:
GOP on jobs report: What about the debt?
Discussion: The Plum Line and Politico
Elizabeth Harrington / CNSNews:
Record 89,304,000 Americans ‘Not in Labor Force’ — 296,000 Fewer Employed Since January  —  ( - The number of Americans designated as “not in the labor force” in February was 89,304,000, a record high, up from 89,008,000 in January, according to the Department of Labor.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
James Pethokoukis / AEIdeas:
To praise the February jobs report is to embrace the New Normal economy
Joyce Chen / Us Weekly:
Exclusive: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Leaving The View After Nine Years, Viewers Found Her “Too Extreme and Right Wing”  —  The people have spoken.  Elisabeth Hasselbeck, one of the five cohorts of ABC's daytime talk show The View, will not be returning to the couch next season …
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Andrew Breitbart and James O'Keefe Ruined Him, and Now He Gets $100,000  —  Former ACORN employee Juan Carlos Vera sued after being wrongly portrayed as a willing participant in an underage sex-trafficking scheme.  Breitbart still hasn't corrected the item!
John Brennan Sworn in as CIA Director Using Constitution Lacking Bill of Rights  —  According to the White House, John Brennan was sworn in as CIA Director on a “first draft” of the Constitution including notations from George Washington, dating to 1787.
Olivier Knox / Yahoo! News:
Brennan takes oath on draft Constitution—without Bill of Rights
Discussion: Gawker
A Reconstruction of Regional and Global Temperature for the Past 11,300 Years  —  1College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA.  —  2Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Secret supper  —  President Barack Obama has been hosting a lot of high-profile dinner companions lately, but here's one guest list that didn't leak for a week:  —  On March 1st, the president, First Lady Michelle, former President Bill Clinton and outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoyed …
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and Post Politics
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Obama's Israel visit to go as planned
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Dow 36,000 Author: I Was Right!  —  James K. Glassman is an interesting and noble figure on the American right for his willingness to continue to defend the symbols of right-wing economic thought that have been discarded by fellow conservatives because they expose the ridiculousness of the whole project.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Market Speaks  —  Four years ago, as a newly elected president began his efforts to rescue the economy and strengthen the social safety net, conservative economic pundits — people who claimed to understand markets and know how to satisfy them — warned of imminent financial disaster.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Prairie Weather
Toddstarnes / Fox News:
School Confiscates Cupcakes Decorated with Toy Soldiers  —  A Michigan elementary school is defending its decision to confiscate a third-graders batch of homemade cupcakes because the birthday treats were decorated with plastic green Army soldiers.  —  FOLLOW TODD ON FACEBOOK FOR CULTURE WAR NEWS.
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Anti-Confidence Man  —  Just when America needs a boost, we're stuck with Dr. Doom in the White House.  —  It's not a debt and deficit crisis, it's a jobs crisis.  The debt and the deficit are part of it, part of the general fear that we're on a long slide and can't turn it around.
Willie Herrmann / BuzzFeed:
The Jobs Report Is Wrong  —  What headlines say about the monthly jobs numbers is actually no more accurate than chance.  A BuzzFeed original analysis.  —  Months in red are months where initial headlines said the jobs numbers fell short of economists' expectations, but then the revised …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
Google to Pay $7M to Settle Wi-Spy Case With More Than 30 U.S. Attorneys General
Discussion: Guardian and The Verge
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Durbin telling top Democrats he'll seek re-election in 2014
Discussion: Politico, Ballot Box and Roll Call
Harry J Enten / Guardian:
President Obama is about to lose the PR battle on the sequester | Harry J Enten
Discussion: The Dish
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Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Source: Ashley Judd moving forward with run for Mitch McConnell's Senate seat in Kentucky
Discussion: FP Passport, Weasel Zippers and Hot Air
Bruno Waterfield / Telegraph:
MEPs to vote on EU ‘ban on all forms of pornography’
Nicole Flatow / ThinkProgress:
States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths, Study Finds
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Praises Horrendous Supreme Court Decision, Would Let Employers Ruthlessly Exploit Workers