Let Me Start: The First Hit?

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By Hardball staff
President Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2013.
President Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C. on March 4, 2013.
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It’s still not entirely clear what damage – or how much damage – the sequester cuts will do. But the first casualty seems to be President Obama’s approval rating, which has tumbled to its lowest point since he won re-election. A new Gallup three-day tracking poll shows the president has fallen seven points since last week, to 46% approval.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold its vote today on the nomination of John Brennan for CIA director. Brennan’s nomination has been politicized by Republicans who say they want the administration to give more information about what they knew about the Sept. 11 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

The Washington Post reports that the Dominican escort who said Sen. Robert Menendez paid her for sex now says she made it up and never even met the senator.

The New York Times follows ex-South Carolina governor Mark Sanford as he attempts the mother of all political comebacks.

Watch msnbc’s Joe Scarborough sparring with Paul Krugman on “The Charlie Rose Show.”

What’s Jeb Bush really up to? Is he seriously considering a White House run in 2016? It sure looks that way. Why else would he change his stance on illegal immigration? He’s now to the right of several prominent Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Let Me Start: The First Hit?

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