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3:05 PM ET, March 11, 2013


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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Why Everyone Hates The White House Beat Now  —  BuzzFeed's new White House reporter explores the declining prestige of his “soul-killing” assignment.  —  The White House press corps is seen as Obama arrives to speak.  —  Image by Charles Dharapak / AP  —  WASHINGTON — Freshly minted …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Dems' big 2014 obstacle: President Obama  —  President Barack Obama says he's ready to do whatever it takes to help Democrats win the House next year — a feat that could make the difference between limping to the end of his presidency and going out with a bang.
Andrew Malcolm / Investor's Business Daily:
40 Obama White House aides owe the IRS $333,000 in back taxes  —  President Obama has done a lot of talking the last year about Americans paying their fair share of taxes.  —  Apparently he means, Do as I say, not as my staff does.  —  A new report from the Internal Revenue Service …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Kevin Cirilli / Politico:   Donald Trump willing to fund White House tours
Bryan Bender / The Boston Globe:
Chief of US Pacific forces calls climate biggest worry  —  CAMBRIDGE — America's top military officer in charge of monitoring hostile actions by North Korea, escalating tensions between China and Japan, and a spike in computer attacks traced to China provides an unexpected answer when asked …
Madison Park / CNN:
North Korea declares 1953 armistice invalid
Discussion: KFOR-TV
Chico Harlan / Washington Post:   N. Korea says it has scrapped armistice that ended Korean War
Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Reverses Himself Yet Again On Medicare Cuts  —  When he unveils his budget plan this week, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will complete a 720-degree flip on President Obama's cuts to Medicare providers in the Affordable Care Act.  —  As he revealed on “Fox News Sunday,” Ryan's upcoming budget will sustain the cuts.
Howard Kurtz / The Daily Beast:
Matt Lauer's Bruising Year After Ann Curry's Ouster Devastated the ‘Today’ Show  —  The Today host tells Howard Kurtz that NBC mishandled Ann Curry's ouster and describes how the network is rebuilding the show.  Plus, his secret talks with Katie Couric.  —  One day last fall …
Paul Krugman:
Breitbarted  —  OK, I'm an evil person — and my scheming has paid off.  —  On Friday I started hearing from friends about a fake story making the rounds about my allegedly filing for personal bankruptcy; I even got asked about the story by a reporter from Russian television, who was very embarrassed when I told him it was fake.
Kevin Robillard / Politico:
President Obama's numbers plummet in New York  —  President Barack Obama's approval rating in New York fell precipitously in the last month, according to a poll released Monday, and three-fifths of the state's registered voters now believe the country is heading in the wrong direction.
Peter Beinart / The Daily Beast:
Sunday Talk Interviews Show Why Jeb Bush Will Never Be President  —  The younger Bush may be flirting with a run, but for a Republican to seriously compete in 2016, he must publicly distance himself from George W. Bush—and in five interviews Sunday, Jeb showed he wouldn't do that if he could.
Discussion: Slate, The Dish and
Adrian Chen / Gawker:
Either Colin Powell's Facebook Was Hacked Or He Has Had a Sudden Change of Heart About George W. Bush
Discussion: The Verge
New York Times:
When to Say No  —  The State Department's latest environmental assessment of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline makes no recommendation about whether President Obama should approve it.  Here is ours.  He should say no, and for one overriding reason: A president who has repeatedly …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Harvard Search of E-Mail Stuns Its Faculty Members  —  Bewildered, and at times angry, faculty members at Harvard criticized the university on Sunday after revelations that administrators secretly searched the e-mail accounts of 16 resident deans in an effort to learn who leaked information …
Associated Press:
2 U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan insider attackhaha i  —  KABUL, Afghanistan - A police officer opened fire on U.S. and Afghan forces inside a police headquarters in eastern Afghanistan on Monday, sparking a firefight that killed two U.S. troops and two other Afghan policemen.
Two U.S. soldiers killed in “insider” attack in Afghanistan
Discussion: Firedoglake and Jihad Watch
Brian Beutler / Talking Points Memo:
Outside Washington, Sequestration Begins To Inflict Pain  —  If beltway news reflected events in the country at large, the worst consequences of sequestration would amount to griping over politically motivated spending cuts, or programs spared.  —  That kind of coverage stems from a GOP effort …
Discussion: The Maddow Blog and Daily Kos
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Smaller States Find Outsize Clout Growing in Senate  —  At left, the view toward Vermont from Washington County, N.Y., left.  Vermont got much more federal stimulus money than larger states.  “We never saw any of the positive impact of the stimulus funds,” said Peter Aust, top right …
Steven Thomma / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Poll: Sequester has not hit home  —  WASHINGTON — The budget cuts in Washington have not hit home in America, at least not yet.  —  A plurality of Americans think federal spending cuts will have no effect at all on them or their families, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.
Sofia Resnick / The Huffington Post:
New Family Structures Study Intended To Sway Supreme Court On Gay Marriage, Documents Show  —  Goal of conservative-backed parenting study was to influence SCOTUS decisions on gay marriage, docs show  —  WASHINGTON — The conservative funders who bankrolled a flawed and widely cited academic …
Discussion: Advocate and Holy Bullies …
Judson Berger / Fox News:
Lawmakers eye new taxes on guns, ammo in latest wave of legislation  —  If you can't ban 'em, tax 'em.  —  Lawmakers looking to more tightly regulate firearms in the wake of the Newtown school shooting and other massacres are moving at the state and federal levels to introduce new taxes on firearms and ammunition.
Brian Bennett / Los Angeles Times:
Senators agree on path to legal status for illegal immigrants  —  Senators crafting a bipartisan overhaul of immigration laws agree on a path to legal status, aides say, but other hurdles remain.  —  Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) speaks to journalists in January about a bipartisan immigration reform effort …
Discussion: The Hill and The Plum Line
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Mandatory Cuts Could Open Path to Deeper Defense Trims  —  WASHINGTON — At a time when $46 billion in mandatory budget cuts are causing anxiety at the Pentagon, administration officials see one potential benefit: there may be an opening to argue for deep reductions in programs long …
Kevin Bogardus / The Hill:
Scott Brown joins law and lobby firm  —  Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) is heading to the private sector.  —  Brown has joined Nixon Peabody, a law and lobby firm, as counsel in the firm's Boston office.  The Massachusetts Republican, also a former state senator, will concentrate his practice on …
Discussion: Politico
Mark Tapscott / Washington Examiner:
Why do the Koch Brothers get all the sunshine? … Here's a couple of data points that bear serious thought this week by transparency advocates celebrating Sunshine Week and by everybody else who cares about protecting and preserving a free and independent press:
Discussion: Secrecy News
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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Atlantic Online and NYT Bits
Michael A. Fletcher / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Spectator and DealBook
Joe Weisenthal / Business Insider:
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Discussion: MarketBeat, DealBook, Guardian and News Desk
Bill Keller / New York Times:
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Aslinn Scott / The College Fix:
University's ‘Tunnel of Oppression’ Exhibit Includes Bill O'Reilly
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Rep. Peter King fights kickboxing champion in fundraiser
Discussion: Politico, CNN and National Review
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard / Telegraph:
Germany's anti-euro party is a nasty shock for Angela Merkel