UP: Sequester cuts. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on “Meet the Press”: “Why haven’t Senate Democrats passed the president’s plan? The House has passed a plan twice, over the last 10 months, to replace the sequester. Senate Democrats have done nothing. It’s time for them to vote. It’s time for us to get back to regular order here in Congress. … We have this sequester because the president demanded it and because Senate Democrats have refused to act.”

Safe! (Gail Burton, Associated Press)

DOWN: Sequester hysteria.

UP: Republican leadership.

DOWN: President Obama’s poll numbers.

UP: Conservatives speaking out against the Conservative Political Action Conference’s excluding gays and New Jersey Gov. Christ Christie (R) from its gathering.

DOWN: George Stephanopoulos for giving basketball celebrity Dennis Rodman a platform to spout ludicrous praise of the North Korean dictator.

UP: Reporting on White House untruths about the sequester.

DOWN: Ragging on Bob Woodward.