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February 28, 2013
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Does sequestration fight give Obama a political edge?
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Issa/Reuters
Both sides are putting a brave face on the "sequester" spending cuts due to take effect Friday, but some Republicans say they're likely to come off markedly worse than Democrats if the cuts go ahead. President Barack Obama will have significant leeway to determine how the spending cuts are implemented, a power that GOP lawmakers expect the president to use for political gain. "The president having ability to reprogram, which means the ability to punish his enemies and reward his friends, is beyond any reasonable constitutional justification," says Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/27), Bloomberg Businessweek (2/28)
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Lobbyists say tax-reform battle will happen in 2013
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Reuters
The prospects for meaningful tax reform are better than at any time since at least the mid-1980s, Capitol watchers say, and lobbyists are gearing up to shape potential tax legislation. "Even if it’s not pushed over the finish line this year, this is going to create a framework for future policy, so you are naive if you are sitting this out," says lobbyist Rob Leonard, who served as a House staffer during the 1986 tax-reform push. The Hill (2/28)
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Data Points
Interactive map highlights America's electoral problems
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Reuters
With the Supreme Court poised to demand an overhaul of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Atlantic offers up an interactive map plotting voter wait times, minority turnout and other key metrics on a state-by-state basis. "The results show a picture of a nation with election efficiency that varies from state-to-state and election-to-election -- in 2012, not 1964," writes Philip Bump. The Atlantic Wire (2/27)
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Book demonstrates federal government's use of GIS
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ESRI
The 133 maps in a new Esri book show how federal agencies use geographic information systems to share information and involve the public on issues including national security, health, the environment, emergency management and transportation. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Finance (2/27)
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The Conversation
Daily Diversion
"Sasha and Malia" get their own YouTube show
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Malia and Sasha Obama/Reuters
What if Sasha and Malia Obama had their own YouTube show? In this spoof, Franchesca Ramsey and Abbi Crutchfield imagine the first children prank-calling Hillary Clinton, using drones to spy on cute boys and giving their Secret Service detail a makeover. YouTube/Barely Political (2/26)
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Editor's Note
SmartBrief blogs from FedGIS and ARPA-E
SmartBrief is blogging from the Esri Federal GIS Conference and the Department of Energy's ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit this week. Here are a few topics we're writing about on SmartBrief's SmartBlogs network.
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Without moral and intellectual independence, there is no anchor for national independence."
-- David Ben-Gurion, Israeli statesman
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