Opening Act: Forza Italia

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Feb. 25 2013 8:28 AM

Opening Act: Forza Italia

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A man exitsa voting booth at a polling station in Rome on February 25, 2013 during Italy's general elections. Italians fed up with austerity voted in the country's most important election in a generation, as Europe held its breath for signs of fresh instability in the eurozone's third economy.

Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images

The most important political developments of the day will happen in Italy, where ballots are being counted in an election expected to go to the center-left Democrats and their allies.

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David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

The second most important, from the Senate calendar:

On either Monday, February 25, 2013, or Tuesday, February 26, 2013, it will be in order for the Majority Leader and the Republican Leader to introduce their respective bills replacing the sequester required under the Budget Control Act, which will both be placed directly on the Legislative Calendar.
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