Ashley Judd asks: ‘Is there an elephant in the room?’

March 1, 2013

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Stephen Colbert on the development of sequestration (VIDEO)

We are through the sequestration looking glass here, people

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* President Obama and congressional Republican leaders failed to reach an agreement to avoid the sequester, which kicks in beginning today. Obama and Republicans also said they would back legislation that keeps the government operating in late March. What that means is that a government shutdown looks less and the deep spending cuts that kick in starting today will remain for the foreseeable future.

* Obama said that his personal evolution toward supporting gay marriage reflects broader public support for it and it convinced him that his administration could not stay on the sidelines in the Supreme Court case over California's gay marriage ban. “The same evolution that I’ve gone through is an evolution that the country as a whole has gone through,” Obama said. The Obama administration on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to overturn California's ban on same-sex marriage.

* Mitt Romney told "Fox News Sunday" 'that Obama should stop "berating" Republicans.

* Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey (R) says he will "strongly consider" running for Senate in Iowa.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS:

* At a speech in Washington about public health, Ashley Judd never directly addressed the possibility of her challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). But when one student noted Judd was thinking about running for political office, Judd responded: “Is there an elephant in the room?” Republicans, meanwhile, have already cut clips that they see as damaging, including one in which Judd says "we winter in Scotland."

* In an upcoming documentary about his political life, former vice president Dick Cheney criticizes former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice. It's not the first time Cheney has gone after Rice.

* Obama mixed sci-fi worlds when he referred to a "Jedi mind meld" on Friday. And even the White House is having fun with it.

* Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne (R) says he is thinking about challenging Sen Mary Landrieu (D).

THE FIX MIX:

What a Laos-y topic.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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