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10:20 AM ET, February 23, 2013

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Bob Woodward / Washington Post:
Obama's sequester deal-changer  —  Bob Woodward (woodwardb@washpost.com) is an associate editor of The Post.  His latest book is “The Price of Politics.”  Evelyn M. Duffy contributed to this column.  —  Misunderstanding, misstatements and all the classic contortions of partisan message management surround …
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Mary Katharine Ham / Hot Air:
ABC: Devastating sequester cuts?  Give me a break!  —  If we lived in a perfect world, it would be Job No. 1 of every single news report on the sequester to give context to the cuts, so Americans know just how [huge] minuscule they are.  Unfortunately, instead of illuminating the numbers …
Ezra Klein / Wonkblog:
Does Obama have a plan?  A conversation with David Brooks  —  David Brooks (David Burnett/Random House) … Ezra Klein: In the column, you said that the Obama administration doesn't have a plan to replace the sequester.  I feel like I've had to spend a substantial portion of my life reading …
Steven T. Dennis / Roll Call:
White House Open to Two-Month Sequester Deal
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Top Dems Reject House GOP's Violence Against Women Act: ‘Simply Unacceptable’  —  Top Senate Democrats excoriated the competing House Republican version of the Violence Against Women Act hours after it was unveiled Friday.  —  Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the author of VAWA …
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
House Republicans Strip Protections From LGBT Victims In New Violence Against Women Act  —  The Violence Against Women Act expired at the end of 2012 after House Republicans refused to accept the Senate bill's protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Indiana Bill Would Force Women To Undergo Two Transvaginal Probes To Take A Pill (UPDATED)  —  An abortion pill, officially known as RU-486, is the earliest available abortion option for a woman.  A patient could be as little as one week pregnant and take the pill to terminate.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
VAWA 2013: House GOP Unveils Bill With No LGBT Protections, Modified Tribal Provision
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
House GOP Unveils Competing Violence Against Women Act
Discussion: The Maddow Blog
Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America's Most Miserable Cities  —  Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.”  The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround.  —  “Right now, it's all about survival,” Bing told Forbes.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Obama's Backers Seek Big Donors to Press Agenda  —  President Obama's political team is fanning out across the country in pursuit of an ambitious goal: raising $50 million to convert his re-election campaign into a powerhouse national advocacy network, a sum that would rank the new group …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Montana Bill Would Give Corporations The Right To Vote … A bill introduced by Montana state Rep. Steve Lavin would give corporations the right to vote in municipal elections: … The idea that “corporations are people, my friend” as Mitt Romney put it, is sadly common among conservative lawmakers.
Discussion: Flathead Memo and Prairie Weather
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Obama Administration Urges Supreme Court To Strike Down DOMA  —  “The Constitution ... requires that Section 3 be invalidated,” Obama's Supreme Court lawyer argues.  —  Edith Windsor  —  Image by Richard Drew / AP  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration urged the Supreme Court to strike …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
See Cartoon Instructions For How To Stone Adulterers  —  122 Facebook likes, 500 Facebook shares.  A very sanitized treatment of a bloody practice.  (Updated)  —  WASHINGTON — An Islamist Facebook page uploaded a cartoon explaining how to stone adulterers on Wednesday that is getting …
Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
New York Times exec outlines Boston Globe sale process to employees  —  New York Times Co. vice chairman Michael Golden told Boston Globe employees Friday that the company has a duty to seek the highest bidder in a sale but hopes to leave the newspaper in responsible hands.
Hal Hodson / New Scientist:
Spidey-sense suit tingles when someone gets too close  —  FOR Peter Parker, it was a tingling sensation that alerted him to an imminent threat.  Now anyone can pretend to be Spider-Man by simply donning a suit that lets you feel how close you are to a nearby object.  It can even let the wearer navigate with their eyes closed.
Discussion: Mashable!, Daily Mail and The Raw Story
Not Larry Sabato:
Fairfax County's Nightmare Is Over!!!  —  Great news breaking in Fairfax County this morning.  Electoral Boards are split 2-1 in Virginia, one Republican, one Democrat and one member of the Governor's party.  When Bob McDonnell was elected, the Fairfax GOP placed noted voter-fraud conspiracy …
Jay Mayfield / Federal Trade Commission:
HTC America Settles FTC Charges It Failed to Secure Millions of Mobile Devices Shipped to Consumers  —  Company Required to Patch Vulnerabilities on Smartphones and Tablets  —  Mobile device manufacturer HTC America has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that the company failed …
David Weigel / Slate:
GOP Congressmen in Safe Seats Not Panicking About Sequestration  —  Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA) (R) speaks as Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI) (L) looks on during a news conference to announce the formation of the ‘Fix Congress Now Caucus’ May 16, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Jacqueline Armendariz / Monitor:
DPS changes helicopter policy after immigrants shot near La Joya  —  McALLEN — The head of the Texas Department of Public Safety denied its new policy prohibiting troopers in helicopters from shooting, unless they've been fired upon first, is connected to the fatal chase near La Joya nearly four months ago.
Discussion: The Raw Story
 
 
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Austin Wright / Politico:
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Timothy Egan / Opinionator:
Why Oscar Will Snub ‘Zero Dark Thirty’
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McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
The Sequester Is Terrible For Traffic
Discussion: Gawker, The Fix and The Atlantic Wire
John Myers / KXTV:
Democrats lose supermajority as Fresno senator resigns
Steve Hendrix / Washington Post:
At National Zoo, sequester could threaten exhibits but not animal care
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
In First Big Speech, Kerry Sounds Like A Climate Hawk With The Courage To Reject Keystone XL Pipeline
Discussion: EcoWatch and Daily Kos
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Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Today is ‘Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day,’ for Virginians who openly carry guns in public
Discussion: CBS DC, The Week, alan.com and Politico
Kimi Yoshino / Los Angeles Times:
Oakland rapper ‘Kenny Clutch’ killed in Las Vegas Strip shooting
Discussion: L.A. NOW and Clayton Cramer's Blog
Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
Organizing for Action targets GOP lawmakers in first ad buy
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jen Wieczner / MarketWatch:
Why your boss is dumping your wife
Discussion: Hot Air, Economic Freedom and Hit & Run
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Is Senator Ted Cruz Our New McCarthy?
 

 
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