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10:10 AM ET, March 13, 2013


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Transcript: President Obama's Exclusive Interview With George Stephanopoulos  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  —  Mr. President, thank you for doing this.  —  PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:  —  It's great to be here.  —  GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS:  —  So, you've done all meetings on Capitol Hill …
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
President Obama Won't Balance Budget ‘Just for the Sake of Balance’  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Obama rejected calls to balance the federal budget in the next ten years and instead argued that his primary economic concern was not balancing the budget, but rather growing the economy.
George Stephanopoulos / ABCNEWS:
Obama: Gap Between Parties May Be ‘Too Wide’ for a Grand Bargain on Budget  —  In an exclusive interview with ABC News, President Obama spoke on a range of high-profile issues, including his outlook for the on-going budget negotiations, whether the Chinese government is behind the recent spate …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama: Goal is not ‘balanced budget just for the sake of balance’
Discussion: Jared Bernstein
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Paul Ryan's Tax Math Just Became More Magical  —  Paul Ryan's latest budget relies on even bigger unnamed savings  —  There's something breathtaking about any Paul Ryan budget.  There are the savage cuts to healthcare and safety-net spending for the young and poor.  The deep cuts to education, research, and infrastructure.
Juana Summers / Politico:
Paul Ryan budget aims to restore GOP image
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Dispute Over a Balanced Budget Is Philosophical as Much as Fiscal
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Jonathan Cohn / New Republic:
Paul Ryan Has Learned Nothing From His Loss
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Paul Ryan's budget: Social engineering with a side of deficit reduction
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Anchor Shouts Down Criticism Of Ryan Budget
Missed chance: Obama's tax problem  —  President Obama faces huge, and probably insurmountable, obstacles to reviving a grand bargain — none higher and more difficult to overcome than his decision to increase taxes by $600 billion in December.  —  At the time, Obama claimed victory …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Roll Call:
Obama Focuses on Elusive Grand Bargain in Hill Outreach
Discussion: Associated Press
Olivier Knox / Yahoo! News:
Obama meets with not-quite-united Senate Democrats
CPAC muddle mirrors GOP mess  —  It's not hard to make fun of CPAC.  From the presence of Donald Trump to a meaningless straw poll to a cavalcade of fringe-dwelling book merchants, the event has become more carnival than conservative salon.  —  What is more notable about this year's rendition …
Discussion:, First Read and
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Eric Cantor's move to the middle rankles leaders
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:   Ayotte in middle of Paul-McCain fight
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Applying for health care not easy  —  Associated Press/J. David Ake - A draft copy of the 21-page of a Health and Human Services Department form proposed for use to apply for low-cost insurance from Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program ...more
Dorsey Shaw / BuzzFeed:
Paul Ryan Accidentally Says He Is “Destroying The Health Care System”
Paul D. Thacker / Slate:
Where the Sun Don't Shine  —  President Obama promised transparency and open government.  He failed miserably.  So why do Washington watchdog groups look the other way?  —  President Obama has failed to deliver on few promises as miserably as his vow to create a more transparent and open government.
Discussion: The Volokh Conspiracy
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
How Bill Clinton Inspired The 47 Percent Filmmaker  —  WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton won the presidential election for Barack Obama.  But it wasn't his masterful Democratic National Convention speech or the advice he offered the president's reelection campaign.
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
2016 Hillary-Michelle ‘Dream Ticket’ floated … Hillary Clinton hasn't stepped into the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries yet and there's already buzz growing for the ultimate grrl power ticket: Clinton and first lady Michelle Obama.  —  “All due respect for President Obama and Vice President Biden …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Corbett in dire shape for reelection  —  Tom Corbett- already among the country's most unpopular Governors- has seen his position worsen considerably over the last two months.  Only 33% of voters now approve of his job performance, compared to 58% who disapprove.
Washington Post:
Obama's approval drops as Americans take a dimmer view of his economic policies  —  The afterglow of President Obama's reelection and inauguration appears to have vanished as increasingly negative views among Americans about his stewardship of the economy have forced his public approval rating …
Discussion: Hot Air, The Fix, ABCNEWS and Post Politics
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Obama looking for way to resume White House tours for school groups  —  President Obama said his administration was looking at ways to resume White House tours for school groups.  —  “This was not a decision that went up to the White House,” noted Obama in an ABC News interview aired on Wednesday …
The Sun:
chris huhne ridiculed on his first day in wandsworth jail  —  Shamed MP Huhne mocked by warder in jail Tannoy prank  —  DISGRACED MP Chris Huhne was ridiculed on his first day in Wandsworth jail yesterday — when a warder called him to breakfast by yelling: “Order!  Order!”
Discussion: Guardian, BBC and National Updates
Snipy / Wonkette:
Sadness Abounds: CPAC To Be Less Sexxxxxy This Year  —  Remember how last year's CPAC was teh hotttnesss?  You had boys getting drunk and hooking up and passing out.  You had ladies showing cleavage.  CLEAVAGE!  Does all this seem a bit deja vu to you, longtime Wonkians?
Kasie Hunt /
Sources: NRA won't oppose background check deal - if Democrats cede tough records fight  —  Senators negotiating a bill mandating background checks for all gun buyers are privately expecting the National Rifle Association not to fight the measure — provided the legislation does …
Will Sommer / City Desk:
See the Adams Morgan Sinkhole  —  The message from AlertDC was pretty ominous: “MPD reports a large sink hole in the 1900 block of Biltmore Street NW.  The sink hole is described as 25 feet deep and expanding from east to west.  Biltmore Street is closed between 19th Street and Cliffbourne Pl NW.
Discussion: Business Insider and Politico
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Washington Post:
NAACP chief slams Solicitor General
Discussion: Hot Air and Josh Blackman's Blog
We'll deal with cheap alcohol - PM
Discussion: Guardian and thetorydiary
Joe Nocera / New York Times:
Politics by Intimidation  —  Three days before the December massacre …
Discussion: New York:
State Rep. Says Robocalls About Taking ‘Homosexual Money’ Are Offensive
Discussion: The Raw Story
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
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