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March 4, 2013
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National Pulse
Obama: I won't let the budget fight derail my agenda
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President Barack Obama says he's pressing ahead with his second-term agenda, despite the ongoing congressional row over budget cuts and government funding. Obama believes issues such as gun control, the minimum wage and infrastructure investments are too important to put on hold or to water down in the face of GOP opposition, officials say. "I think he has learned from the intransigence of the Republicans that it takes two to compromise and that he's not going to negotiate against himself," says one senior administration official. USA Today/The Oval blog (3/4), The Hill (3/4)
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Reader Polls
This week's poll: Deal or no deal?
President Barack Obama signed the order Friday night for federal agencies to make $85 billion in across-the-board spending cuts as required under the process known as sequestration. Despite predictions of dire consequences to national security, safety and health, there doesn't seem to be a rush on the part of government leaders to reverse the process. This week's question: What do you think the president and Congress will do in the next 30 days regarding these budget cuts? Suggested answers are below. As always, if you answer "None of the above/other" or just want to share your reasons for voting the way you did, you can contact us via this link. Results will be posted Friday.
VoteReach an agreement on taxes and spending cuts to replace the sequestration
VoteReach an agreement to suspend the sequestration cuts while a deal is being worked out
VoteAllow sequestration to go forward while negotiating a new short-term budget agreement
VoteAllow sequestration to continue until new, long-term budget and tax reform legislation takes its place
VoteNothing. They will be unable to reach a new short- or long-term budget deal before the 2014 elections
VoteNone of the above/other
Agenda Items
Not being president "kills me," Romney says
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In his first major interview since the November election, Mitt Romney had sharp words both for President Barack Obama and for his own campaign. While wife Ann Romney blamed the media for her husband's loss, the former candidate admitted that he'd struggled to reach minorities, and had harmed his campaign with his "very unfortunate" 47% comment. “It kills me not to be there, not to be in the White House doing what needs to be done,” Romney said. FoxNews.com (3/3), The Christian Science Monitor/The Associated Press (3/4)
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Data Points
News cycle set to shift from Washington to Rome, but how many Americans care?
Learn more about Catholicism in the U.S.: http://smartblogs.com/leadership/2013/03/03/how-popula-is-catholicism-in-the-us/
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Headlines about sequestration and a government shutdown look certain to be interrupted by a news cycle featuring wall-to-wall coverage of the election of a new pope. But how many Americans really care who takes the helm of the Catholic church? This analysis maps the popularity of Catholicism within the U.S. It also maps which states have the most Catholics and suggests reasons for the regional popularity of the religion. SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Leadership (3/3)
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The Conversation
Daily Diversion
Michelle Obama busts some moves
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Michelle Obama put in an appearance on "Late Night" last week, joining a bewigged Jimmy Fallon in a demonstration of moms' dance moves through the ages. The clip proved a viral hit, with 14 million views so far. All Things D (3/3)
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-- Sam Houston, American politician and soldier
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