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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.
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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Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Is Politico telling the full story about Wendy Davis?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL POLITICO TEXAS 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS CHRIS CHRISTIE WENDY DAVIS  —  There has been lots of coverage in Politico on the charges against New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie and members of his staff.
Dallas Morning News:
The Wendy Davis story  —  The details of Wendy Davis' early years were compelling without the discrepancies.  —  The bare-bones Wendy Davis story — the one without embellishment — is sufficiently inspiring as a matrix for defying expectations.  The daughter of a teenage mother …
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 …
New York Post:
De Blasio ‘getting back at us’ by not plowing: UES residents  —  It really is a tale of two cities — this time with the tony Upper East Side getting the shaft!  —  Huge swaths of the city's wealthiest neighborhood had been not been plowed by early Tuesday evening, leaving 1-percenters out in the cold …
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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.
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Ronald D. Rotunda / Chicago Tribune:
On deep background 41 years later
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
The ugly, sordid, damning details in the Bob McDonnell indictment  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL VIRGINIA CORRUPTION BOB MCDONNELL  —  If the prosecutors' case in United States v. Robert F. McDonnell and Maureen G. McDonnell is correct, the corrupt acts of the 71st governor of Virginia and his wife …
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: The Week, NewsBusters and Yahoo! News
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 …
Ben S. Carson / Washington Times:
A physician's view on the sanctity of life  —  The thought of abortion for convenience is repugnant  —  Several years ago, I was consulted by a young woman who was 33 weeks pregnant and was on her way to Kansas get an abortion.  I informed her of the multiple options available to her outside …
Discussion: National Review
American Prospect:
When Public Opinions Collide  —  The progressive challenge of adjusting to a new climate of public opinion on deficits, entitlements, and jobs. … A major problem that confronts progressives and Democrats in dealing with deficits, entitlements and jobs is the extraordinary degree …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
McCain Says Obama Is Worse Than Carter  —  “I thought Jimmy Carter was bad.”  —  That's what Sen. John McCain said Tuesday, speaking about the Syria policy of President Barack Obama's administration.  The Arizona Republican went further, saying the Syria situation could ultimately pose a terrorist threat to the United States.
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Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:   McCain Says Obama is Worse Than Carter
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
The Supreme Court Case That Could Clobber Public-Sector Unions  —  William Messenger of the National Right to Work Committee asked the Supreme Court today to hold that public employee unions are unconstitutional.  —  “This is—I'm just going to use the word here, it is a radical argument.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Morning Plum: Mitch McConnell and the moral argument over Obamacare  —  The ongoing implementation of health care reform in Kentucky is a riveting story, with broad implications both for the 2014 elections and for health reform's broader future.  In this deep red state …
Tania Dall / WWL-TV:
Musician in coma after brutal attack in French Quarter  —  NEW ORLEANS — A well-known New Orleans musician is hospitalized and unconscious after being jumped in the French Quarter.  —  Doug Potter's family and friends believe he may have been a target of the “knockout” game.  —  “Always here when we needed him.
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: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Patrick Temple-West / Reuters:
Republican Party to vote for repeal of U.S. anti-tax dodging law  —  (Reuters) - The Republican Party is expected to approve a resolution this week, calling for repeal of an Obama administration law that is designed to crack down on offshore tax dodging.  —  In what would be the party's first appeal to scrap the law -
Politico:
A Big Fracking Lie  —  President Obama isn't just not fixing climate change—he's making it worse.  —  If you want to know just how bad an idea it is for America to ship “fracked” natural gas to overseas markets, travel the 65 miles from the White House to a place called Cove Point in southern Maryland.
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
3 east Jerusalem al-Qaida recruits arrested, ‘planned massive bombings’  —  Shin Bet nabs men recruited online by Gaza operative working for al-Qaida chief; targets included Jerusalem Convention Center.  —  The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) announced on Wednesday that it arrested three Palestinians …
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Pentagon Workers Strike Over Poverty Wages Paid By Federal Contracts  —  Food service and janitorial staff at the Pentagon are going on strike Wednesday morning, opening a new front in the ongoing fight to get President Obama to end the federal government's practice of paying poverty wages to contract employees at federal facilities.
Discussion: Liberaland and Salon
Adam Ozimek / Forbes:
The Minimum Wage Means Less Hiring  —  A seeming point of among agreement among minimum wage researchers is that higher minimum wages lead to lower turnover.  Dube et al (2012) find that “[a]verage separations, hires and turnover rates decline significantly among teen workers and restaurant establishments.”
Discussion: PolicyShop and naked capitalism
Frances Robles / New York Times:
A Movie Date, a Text Message and a Fatal Shot  —  WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — There's a sticker on the door of the Grove 16 Theater just outside Tampa: no weapons.  —  Curtis J. Reeves Jr. must have walked right past it on Jan. 13 when he went to a matinee with his wife, carrying a .380 handgun.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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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Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
K Street mines for gold in Silicon Valley
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Capitol Report
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Inside the “Lines Commission,” an Answer for Elections?
Discussion: The Plum Line
Steven Mufson / Washington Post:
Keystone pipeline's southern leg to begin transporting oil to U.S. Gulf Coast
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Jose Gaspar / KBAK and KBFX News:
House Majority Whip: Legalize undocumented immigrants
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH to spotlight college sexual assaults
Discussion: Politico and Jammie Wearing Fools
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
GOP candidate calling for Obama's hanging gets called out by Gov, called in by Secret Service
Washington Post:
Obama goal for quick revamp of NSA program may be unworkable, some U.S. officials fear
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air and emptywheel
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Report: Obama can advance climate agenda without Congress
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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Google chief ‘outraged’ by NSA activities
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CBC to lose another 400 jobs by March

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