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LIVE AT FIVE: 02.26.13

Posted on | February 26, 2013 | 3 Comments

– compiled by Wombat-socho


TOP NEWS
Early Italian Election Results Point To Gridlock

Silvio Berlusconi shows off his ballot

Silvio Berlusconi shows off his ballot

Bersani’s center-left coalition will probably take lower house, Berlusconi’s bloc the Senate; comedian-turned-agitator Beppe Grillo’s Five Star Movement likely to form a powerful new force


GOP Pushes Back On Obama’s Sequester Warnings
House GOP, governors accuse President of preferring scare tactics and campaigning to negotiating a deal

Did Citigroup Pay Jack Lew A Government-Job Bounty?
Senate committee plans vote today on SecTreas nominee



POLITICS
Senator Cornyn Points Out Harsh Truth About Defense Budget Sequestration

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas)

Overall DoD funding will actually increase despite cuts

Sotomayor Chides Attorney For “Racially Charged” Question

Massachusetts Congressional Delegation Whines About Sequester’s Effect On Poor, Children, Elderly

Lindsey Graham Continues To Grow In Office, Urges Tax Hike In Exchange For Entitlement Reform

Chris Christie Snubbed By CPAC?

White House Deploys Cabinet Secretaries To Moan About Sequester Cuts

Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop Dies, 96

NC Nonprofit Faces Funding Loss After Memo On Plan To “Eviscerate” GOP

Calls Intensify For Obama To Break Ties With Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac



THE ECONOMY, STUPID
Uncertainty Over Italian Elections Saps Crude: NYMEX $92.07, Brent $113.31
Asian Stocks Fall On Italian Election Concern; Yen, Oil Decline
Disquiet Over Italy, And Wall Street Dives
IKEA Recalls Meatballs After Horse Meat Detected
Deutsche Boerse Says No Talks; Analysts See Merit In CME Deal
Macy’s CEO Says He Expected Martha Stewart Exclusivity
B&N Chairman Plans Offer For Bookstore Business
Ray Lane On Hot Seat As HP Chairman
Zynga Cutting Workers, Offices
Twitter Announces App For Firefox OS
HP Sells WebOS To LG For Smart TVs
Mophie Announces iPhone 5 Juice Pack Air
Apple To Offer $5 Credit To Parents Victimized By Bait Apps
Can Samsung’s Android Rivals Catch Up?
EMC Morphs Hadoop Elephant Into SQL Database Hawq
“Dishonored” DLC “The Other Side Of The Coin” Trophy List Leaks



SPORTS
Maple Leafs Hang On To Beat Flyers

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov pokes the puck away

Flyers goalie Bryzgalov pokes the puck away

Toronto wins 4-2

Tom Brady Gets Three-Year Extension From Patriots

NASCAR, Speedway To Oversee Crash Probe

Marlins Owner Jeff Loria Faces Media To Address Negative Fan Fallout

M’s Bonderman Optimistic In Comeback Attempt

Senators Rely On Ben Bishop To Beat Habs In Shootout

#12 Syracuse Loses On The Road To #22 Marquette

Nats’ Anthony Rendon Wants To Take Full Advantage Of Big League Time



FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS
Janet Jackson Secretly Married To Wissam Al Mana

The happy couple at Milan Fashion Week

The happy couple at Milan Fashion Week

Qatari billionaire is Miss Jackson’s third husband

The Onion Posts Apology To Quvenzhane Walls On Facebook

Ben Affleck On Wife Jennifer Garner: “She’s More Perfect Than I Am”

Heidi Klum Shows Off Her Goodies

Britney Spears Goes Brunette, Debuts New Hair Color At Elton John’s Party

Andy Dick Joins DWTS Cast: Riskiest Move Ever?

Prince Michael Jackson To Make Acting Debut On The CW’s “90210″

Lindsay Lohan’s Lawyer Moves To Dismiss Lying-To-Cops Case: She Wasn’t Mirandized



FOREIGNERS
Iceland’s Plan To Ban Internet Porn Sparks Uproar
Syrian Rebels To Meet SecState Kerry, Dismiss Damascus Offer
Palestinian Prisoner Buried As Israel, West Bank Leaders Work To Avert Clashes
Cardinal’s Resignation Sparks Vatican Conspiracy Theories
German Court To Decide The Future Of Technoviking
Major Powers To Offer Sanctions Relief If Iran Curbs Nuke Program
ROK President Park Geun-Hye Warns Norks In Inaugural Address
Cuba Under Raul Castro: He’s Tinkered, But It’s The Same Old Machine
Depardieu Visits Chechen Capital
NATO: No Evidence Of Afghan Misconduct Claims
Kenyan Presidential Candidates Hammered On Corruption At Debate



BLOGS & STUFF
Breitbart: FLOTUS Interruptus – Obamas Hijack The Oscars
This Ain’t Hell: Oscars? Meh.
Weasel Zippers: Hero Of The Working Class Sports $9K Dress To Oscars
Jesse Walker: Oscar Roundup 2013 (Or As They Call It At My House, Purim)
Twitchy: FLOTUS Prop Flop – Michelle Obama’s Use Of Military As Props Sparks Disgust
Allahpundit: Chris Christie’s Not Invited To CPAC This Year
Erick Erickson: Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell Thinks You’re An Idiot
NewsBusters: David Brooks Labels Republicans As “Mindless Anti-Government Fanatics”
Jim Pethokoukis: Is This The Real Reason Why Obama Is Worried About The Sequester’s Defense Cuts?
Legal Insurrection: The Firehouse Syndrome
Gateway Pundit: Senate Democrats Will Vote To Ban “Assault Weapons” Today
Betsy Woodruff: Farrakhan Cheers Hagel’s “Jewish Lobby” Comment
Hit & Run: WH Report Claims Sequestration Will Affect Federal Department That No Longer Exists
AmSpecBlog: Devastation – Washington Schools To Face 0.06% Sequester Cut
Ed Driscoll: “Turn Us Into These Last Men”
Protein Wisdom: DOJ Claims If You Operate A Corporation You Give Up Your First Amendment Rights
Nick Gillespie: If You Think The Sequester Cuts Will Tank The Economy, I’ve Got A Bridge In Brooklyn You Might Want To Buy
American Thinker: Secretary Kerry’s Maiden Speech
Lonely Conservative: Blue States Wither While Red States Prosper



(h/t Michael Z. Williamson)

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