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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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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 …
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
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Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Christian leader open to run for Vitter's seat  —  Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has some harsh criticism for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the GOP establishment's chosen candidate to take on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) this year.  —  But he also left the door open to jumping …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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:
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 …
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Third-ranking House Republican backs legal status for immigrants  —  The third-ranking House Republican, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), said he backs granting legal status, but not a new pathway to citizenship, to millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally.
Discussion: Right Turn and Hot Air
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Jose Gaspar / KBAK and KBFX News:
House Majority Whip: Legalize undocumented immigrants
Detroit Free Press:
Dave Agema skips GOP meetings in Washington amid rumors of resignation  —  WASHINGTON — Dave Agema, the Republican National Committee member under fire for comments and Facebook postings seen as intolerant, is bypassing this week's RNC meetings, saying his critics are using them as a pretext for a …
CNN:
Ukraine protest movement: At least 4 killed in clashes with police  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — At least four people have been shot dead and hundreds injured as demonstrators clash with police over new laws limiting the right to protest in Ukraine, the head of the protest movement's volunteer medical service …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
For the First Time, Ukraine Protests Lead to Deaths
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.
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.
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 …
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
The Loud Truth About Abortion Protesters  —  Justice Scalia calls the demonstrators “counselors” who are comforting women.  That's not what I found at one New Jersey clinic.  —  “Be a man-stop your woman from killing your baby!”  —  “Mommy, don't kill me!”  —  “You are going to be the father of a dead baby!”
Discussion: Yahoo! News
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
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.
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
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.
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
 
 
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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott gains 10 points on Crist
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Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
How revolving door lobbyists are taking over K Street
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In U.S., 65% Dissatisfied With How Gov't System Works
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Independent commission to investigate future of internet after NSA revelations
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