Saturday, February 23, 2013

Top Links: One week until sequestration and the Republican strategy vs. Obama doesn't appear to be working

Republicans' attempt to blame President Obama for the sequester cuts doesn't appear to be working. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Republicans’ attempt to blame President Obama for the sequester cuts doesn’t appear to be working. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Top story: This time next Friday, Republicans may be ruing their sequestration strategy versus President Obama.
  • It seems the president’s message of what sequester cuts will cost communities is working, as evidenced by local media taking notice. (Buzzfeed)
  • President Obama “brings anti-sequestration message Tuesday to #Va, where quarter of economy tied to fedl spending.” (Jeff E. Shapiro)
  • “Why the sequester will probably take place (at least in short term): GOP needs to show its base it’s fighting Obama.” (Mark Murray)
  • “Conservatives want sequester bc they like things that make govt dysfunctional, so they can say govt is dysfunctional.” (Josh Barro)
  • If sequester hits, the FAA – including air traffic controllers – would be minus about 10 percent of its workforce. (The New York Times)
  • So when would people begin to notice the cuts? Difficult to say exactly. But by March 1, federal offices tell everybody who loses what; by March 7 unemployment checks will be lower; and by April 6 the Defense Department will begin layoffs and furloughs. (The New York Times)
  • Here’s the complete White House fact sheet on how the cuts would affect everything from education to food safety to mental health to emergency responders. (White House)
  • Here’s how you run a sequester: ‘Scrape five percent less poop’ (Wonkblog)
  • The silver lining to all this sequester talk? Unlike the debt ceiling and fiscal cliff fights, this one “will probably cost ‘only’ around 700,000 jobs.” (Paul Krugman)
  • And now for your Friday viewing pleasure, a video history of Paul Ryan supporting the sort of sequestration he now says is the president’s fault:

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