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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Target announces it will drop part-time employees from its healthcare plan  —  Target Corp. announced on Tuesday it would no longer offer healthcare coverage to its part-time employees.  —  In a blog post on the company's website, Jodee Kozlak, the executive vice president of human resources …
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Emily Rudisill / A Bullseye View:
Talking Health Care with EVP of Human Resources Jodee Kozlak  —  At Target, we have a longstanding commitment to our team members' health and well-being.  We have been researching and evaluating how the transforming health care landscape will impact our team members and our company.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The real problem with the American right: Aging, white radicals  —  But less understood is the true reason why  —  The Republican Party's total failure to make even cosmetic changes to its image and policy agenda last year has at this point become the kind of cliché-cum-running joke …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep.: Wife Should ‘Voluntarily Submit’ To Her Husband  —  Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) believes that although a wife is supposed to “voluntarily submit” to her husband, she is not inferior to him, according to the Washington Post.  —  “The wife is to voluntarily submit …
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
GOP congressman's book: ‘The wife is to voluntarily submit’ to her husband  —  A Republican member of Congress says in a recently released book that a wife is to “voluntarily submit” to her husband, but that it doesn't make her inferior to him.  —  Rep. Steve Pearce's (R-N.M.) memoir …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
CNN:
Ex-husband: Wendy Davis would be a ‘very capable governor’  —  Dallas (CNN) - Wendy Davis' second ex-husband, Jeff Davis, says he doesn't want to talk any more about his ex-wife, adding he wasn't pleased with the explosive debate that originated from his recent comments about the Texas gubernatorial candidate.
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Dallas Morning News:
The Wendy Davis story
Washington Post:
Experts: McDonnell's corruption trial will test line between political favors, official action  —  Prosecutors laid out a startling corruption case against former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, but the government faces a high bar in proving that the couple committed a crime, legal experts said Wednesday.
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eagletonpollblog:
NEW POLLING ON CHRISTIE RATINGS  —  A PDF of Questions, Tables, and Full Text of this release is available here  —  WHILE MOST NJ REPUBLICANS STAND BY CHRISTIE, DEMOCRATS ABANDON HIM  —  Favorability and Job Ratings Drop to Pre-Sandy Levels  —  Note: Two-thirds of this poll was completed …
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Melissa Hayes / The Political State:
Poll: Christie favorability rating drops after George Washington Bridge controversy
Discussion: Truthdig
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Obama's Job Approval Points to 2014 Trouble for Democrats  —  With the advent of this election year, the time to turn from generalities/playing field pieces to tracking specific races is fast approaching.  But before picking up my series on competitive Senate races (I wrote on three …
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Ben Jacobs / The Daily Beast:
Where Is Rep Steve Stockman?  —  The Texas congressman mounting a long shot campaign for Senate hasn't appeared on Capitol Hill for weeks.  —  Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa and Steve Stockman?  —  The Tea Party Texas congressman challenging incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn in March's primary …
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Bernie Madoff recovering from heart attack, battling kidney cancer as he rots in federal prison  —  The 75-year-old mastermind behind the epic Ponzi scheme has stage four kidney cancer, meaning it could have spread to the tissue and other parts of the body.  —  Bernard Madoff …
Discussion: Liberaland and Gothamist
Nicole Perlroth / NYT Bits:
Chinese Internet Traffic Redirected to Wyoming Shell Company  —  Updated: This post was updated to include the new location of the registered agent for Sophidea Inc., Wyoming Corporate Services, as well as additional reporting.  —  In one of the more bizarre twists in recent Internet memory …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue  —  Last Wednesday, Scott Gottlieb and I debated Jonathan Chait and Douglas Kamerow on this proposition: “Resolved: Obamacare Is Now Beyond Rescue.”  I was feeling a little trepid, for three reasons: First, I've never done any formal debate; second …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
There's No Getting Rid of David Vitter, America's Most Contemptible Senator  —  After surviving a prostitution scandal and a dead madam, the Republican wants to be the Bayou State's next governor.  —  I was once shooting the breeze with a Democratic senator I knew fairly well.
Discussion: NewsBusters, The Week and Yahoo! News
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Unrest Deepens in Ukraine as Protests Turn Deadly  —  KIEV, Ukraine — A deepening civil uprising in Ukraine turned deadly on Wednesday, and this embattled capital veered toward chaos, after at least three demonstrators died during clashes with the police and the first direct negotiations …
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Lydia DePillis / Wonkblog:
Miami Beach mayor: Take your tech start-up gospel, and shove it  —  In the chatter around urban revitalization over the past few years, no idea has caught local officials' imaginations more than the idea of filling their downtowns with tech start-ups, in hopes of growing the next Google or Facebook.
Discussion: Riptide 2.0 and Naked Politics
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott gains 10 points on Crist  —  PPP's newest look at the Florida Governor's race finds that it has tightened considerably over the last three months.  What was a 12 point lead for Charlie Crist over incumbent Rick Scott in September at 50/38 is now just a 2 point advantage at 43/41.
Discussion: Firedoglake
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
'We're Dancing on Deck of the Titanic': Touré Kills Co-Hosts' Snow Buzz with ‘Heavy’ Climate Change Rant  —  On Wednesday, the hosts MSNBC's The Cycle were engaging in a lighthearted discussion about the joys of snowfall and how childhood memories come flooding back when the frozen precipitation begins to pour.
New York Post:
Turmoil as de Blasio botches early snow  —  Mayor de Blasio bungled the second winter storm of his administration when the snow hit a few hours earlier than expected Tuesday — causing a rash of car crashes and snarling traffic across the city.  —  The snow had stopped by Wednesday …
The White House:
Statement by the President on Roe v. Wade Anniversary  —  Today, as we reflect on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, we recommit ourselves to the decision's guiding principle: that every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Seek To Sabotage Obamacare With Higher Premiums  —  Conservative wonks and Republican lawmakers are coalescing around a new strategy to sabotage Obamacare by repealing a temporary piece of the law designed to hold down premiums in the event of major market disruptions.
worldnews.nbcnews.com:
US and other Olympic teams get terror threat ahead of Sochi Games  —  Delegations in some countries, including Hungary, have reported receiving letters warning that Sochi, the location for the upcoming Olympic Winter games, is not safe.  The U.S. continues to take precautions to protect Americans at the event.
Reuters:
Angry Geithner once warned S&P about U.S. downgrade - filing  —  Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner angrily warned the chairman of Standard & Poor's parent that the rating agency would be held accountable for its 2011 decision to strip the United States of its coveted “triple-A” rating, a new court filing shows.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Court to paper: Reveal commenter ID  —  A federal judge Tuesday ordered a New Orleans newspaper to turn over information about anonymous commenters on its website in a case related to an investigation into prosecutorial misconduct in the famous Hurricane Katrina bridge shootings case.
Melissa Silverberg / Daily Herald:
9th congressional GOP hopefuls differ on many issues  —  Voters in the Republican primary will have two very different candidates to choose from in the 9th Congressional District, as David Earl Williams III and Susanne Atanus vie for the right to face Rep. Jan Schakowsky in the fall.
Courtney Astolfi / Sandusky Register:
Trooper gives sex lesson  —  Sandusky County prosecutor Stierwalt: No crime in highway patrolman's sexual encounter with pre-teen  —  An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper with a history of domestic violence won't face charges related to alleged sexual encounters involving a boy, Sandusky County Sheriff's Deputy Sean O'Connell said.
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
 
 
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Christian leader open to run for Vitter's seat
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Third-ranking House Republican backs legal status for immigrants
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