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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 …
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  —  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 …
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 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
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
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 …
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
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.
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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Mike Broomhead / 550 KFYI:
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Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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.
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.
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
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
In U.S., 65% Dissatisfied With How Gov't System Works  —  Republicans and independents most likely to be dissatisfied  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sixty-five percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the nation's system of government and how well it works, the highest percentage in Gallup's trend since 2001.
Discussion: Politico and Weasel Zippers
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
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria  —  In the 1970s, I got both my bachelor's and master's degrees in modern Middle East studies, and I can assure you that at no time did environmental or climate issues appear anywhere in the syllabi of my courses.  Today, you can't understand the Arab awakenings …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 -
Michael Gordon / The Charlotte Observer:
Grand jury asks for lesser charge for officer accused in shooting  —  In a rare and unexpected move, a grand jury declined to indict Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick for voluntary manslaughter Tuesday, instead asking prosecutors to submit a lesser charge.  —  The defense claimed victory.
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Inside the “Lines Commission,” an Answer for Elections?  —  The world's greatest democracy is not so great at running elections, as we all saw in 2012.  There were, among other things, long lines at polling places, botched registrations, and mysterious rules on absentee ballots.
Discussion: The Plum Line
 
 
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Independent commission to investigate future of internet after NSA revelations
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A Big Fracking Lie
New York Times:
U.S. Military Eyes Afghan Force of 10,000, or a Pullout
Discussion: The Diplomat and RT
Yaakov Lappin / Jerusalem Post:
3 east Jerusalem al-Qaida recruits arrested, ‘planned massive bombings’
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Pentagon Workers Strike Over Poverty Wages Paid By Federal Contracts
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House Majority Whip: Legalize undocumented immigrants
Frances Robles / New York Times:
A Movie Date, a Text Message and a Fatal Shot
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
WH to spotlight college sexual assaults
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
GOP candidate calling for Obama's hanging gets called out by Gov, called in by Secret Service
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Obama goal for quick revamp of NSA program may be unworkable, some U.S. officials fear
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