February 2013

Feb 22, 2013

Counting Down to the Sequester

With John Harwood, CNBC and The New York Times

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Feb 21, 2013

Pecking at News Crumbs as Obama Feeds Anchors

By Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics

Wednesday at the White House, and not for the first time, I felt like a seagull . . . a flighty, familiar, noisy pest, flapping around the president’s press briefing room, picking up news crumbs from Wichita, Oklahoma City and San Francisco.

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Fed Uneasy About Fueling Credit Bubble

With David Wessel, Wall Street Journal

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Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to fraud

With Pete Williams, NBC News

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A More Perfect Poll

By Molly Ball, The Atlantic

In the 2012 presidential election, we all thought we were smarter than the pollsters. Conservatives flocked to a site called UnskewedPolls.com, whose proprietor reconstituted the polls of major media organizations in proportions better suited to his vision of the American electorate—that is, one with more Republicans in it. Liberals, for their part, elevated to demigod status the statistician and New York Times blogger Nate Silver, who poured those same polls into a meat grinder and produced a neatly encased pronouncement that Barack Obama was overwhelmingly likely to win.

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Trade Secret Protection Plan

With Eamon Javers, CNBC

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White House adopts new strategy to safeguard intellectual property

By Christi Parsons and Ken Dilanian, Los Angeles Times

Amid growing evidence that China and other countries are stealing U.S. trade secrets and technology through cyber attacks, the White House announced what it billed as a new strategy Wednesday to protect intellectual property.

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White House Tactic for C.I.A. Bid Holds Back Drone Memos

By Mark Mazzetti and Scott Shane, The New York Times

The White House is refusing to share fully with Congress the legal opinions that justify targeted killings, while maneuvering to make sure its stance does not do anything to endanger the confirmation of John O. Brennan as C.I.A. director.

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Feb 20, 2013

Obama Can't Kick His Legacy Down the Road

By Gloria Borger, CNN

So let's try to recount why we are where we are. In August 2011, Washington was trying to figure out how to raise the debt ceiling -- so the US might continue to pay its bills -- when a stunt was hatched: Kick the can down the road.

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Can Obama and Rubio Be Immigration Frenemies?

By Beth Reinhard, National Journal

President Obama and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, arguably the two most important people in a potential immigration deal, aren’t exactly pals.

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With Cutbacks Days Away, Obama Tries to Pressure G.O.P.

By Jackie Calmes, The New York Times

Days away from another fiscal crisis and with Congress on vacation, President Obama began marshaling the powers of the presidency on Tuesday to try to shame Republicans into a compromise that could avoid further self-inflicted job losses and damage to the fragile recovery. But so far, Republicans were declining to engage.

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New Deficit Reduction Plan: Is it the Last Straw?

WSJ's David Wessel explains the likelihood that a new deficit-reduction plan from Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles will lead to a budget compromise in Washington.

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