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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Republicans Keep Calling Women Sluts  —  As you've heard, yesterday Mike Huckabee stepped up to the plate and smacked a stand-up double in the GOP's ongoing effort to alienate every woman in America, when he said, “If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe …
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Does the Republican Party Have to Change?  —  The members of the Republican National Committee gathered in Washington this week.  On Thursday, Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor and former presidential candidate, was the featured speaker.  “The Democrats,” Huckabee declared …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Rebranding: Who Needs It?  —  The Mike Huckabee brouhaha yesterday offered about the 155th recent opportunity for non-conservatives to observe that the “rebranding” exercise of the Republican Party isn't going that well.  But as The Atlantic's Molly Ball observes today, Republicans really just don't care:
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Post Politics
Fox News:
Huckabee rips critics of ‘libido’ comments  —  Jan. 23, 2014: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee sits down for lunch before speaking at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Washington.AP  —  WASHINGTON - Mike Huckabee says he is mystified by the liberal criticism of his remarks on women …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC moves toward 2016 changes despite conservative outrage
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Republicans Vote to Streamline Nominating Process
Discussion: Washington Post and She The People
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
RNC tightens 2016 primary calendar, rules
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
James Hohmann / Politico:   Reince Priebus calls on GOP to improve ‘tone’
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Supreme Court grants temporary reprieve from contraceptive mandate  —  The Obama administration cannot enforce the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage requirements against a Catholic nuns' order for the time being, if the nuns tell the government they object to providing that coverage, the Supreme Court ruled Friday afternoon.
Discussion: CNN and The Heritage Foundation
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Associated Press:
Court gives nuns a compromise on health care issue
Discussion: NPR
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court Exempts Religious Nonprofits From Contraception Mandate Paperwork During Appeal
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court says nuns are exempt for now from Obamacare contraceptives rule
Robert Pear / New York Times:
In Nuns' Suit, Justices Block Key Mandate In Health Law
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Judge Orders Hospital to Remove Pregnant Woman From Life Support  —  FORT WORTH — A Texas judge ruled on Friday that a Fort Worth hospital must remove the life support of a pregnant brain-dead woman, siding with the husband and family in a case that has drawn national attention.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Althouse
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Diane Jennings / The Scoop Blog:
Judge orders JPS Hospital to withdraw life support for brain-dead pregnant woman  —  Erick Munoz declined to comment as he was escorted out of the courthouse following a judge's ruling.  (Tom Fox/Staff Photographer)  —  Marlise Muñoz, with husband Erick and their son Mateo (Kathy Chruscielski)
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Raw Story and NPR
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Glitch Is Causing Thousands Of Emails To Be Sent To One Man's Hotmail Account  —  David S. Peck is getting a lot of emails.  In a glitch possibly related to the massive Gmail outage underway right now, there's an odd bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to his personal email address.
BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: POLITICO TRIES TO MANIPULATE HANNITY COMMENT ON MICHAEL SAVAGE  —  On Friday, Politico was set to release a puff piece on Michael Savage, the polarizing host tapped by Cumulus to replace iconic talker Sean Hannity on its affiliates.  In the process of putting together that puff piece, Politico contacted Hannity for comment.
Discussion: American Spectator
Politico:
Ryan Loskarn believed to have committed suicide  —  Jesse Ryan Loskarn, a one-time star staffer who was the former top aide to Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, was found dead Thursday afternoon following charges he possessed and distributed child pornography, according to the sheriff's office in Carroll County, Maryland.
Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
Milestone: 3 Million in Marketplaces  —  Since the beginning of open enrollment, millions of Americans are gaining access to health coverage-many for the very first time—thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  The most recent data indicates that approximately 3. million people have now enrolled …
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Jeff Weiner / Orlando Sentinel:
Attorney: George Zimmerman stole photographer's work to make painting  —  Lawyer for photographer who took picture of Angela Corey: “You just can't do that.”  —  The special prosecutor who charged George Zimmerman with second-degree murder in the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House to launch new political office  —  Democratic campaign operatives have been getting worried that the White House wasn't doing enough to help them in the midterms, and that President Barack Obama didn't care enough to change that.  —  Friday, Obama is will provide the answer …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Romney Says Putin ‘Outperformed’ Obama On Foreign Policy  —  As Mitt Romney sees it, Russian President Vladimir Putin is way ahead of President Barack Obama when it comes to foreign policy.  —  “I think Putin has outperformed our president time and time again on the world stage,” …
Discussion: Liberaland and Associated Press
Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press:
Pope Francis Is Drafting An Encyclical On The Environment  —  VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has begun drafting an encyclical on ecology.  —  The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the document was still very much in its early stages and that no publication date has been set.
Discussion: Liberaland
Burgess Everett / Politico:
No progress on UI in Senate  —  A proposal to extend expired jobless benefits that can garner 60 votes in the Senate continues to elude lawmakers involved in bipartisan negotiations.  —  After the week-long congressional recess and ahead of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Satan at the State House  —  On statues, statutes, and civil society  —  The Constitution is powerless against Satan.  —  Earlier this month, the state of Oklahoma received a proposal from New York-based Satanists to build near the state capitol a seven-foot-high statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed pagan idol.
Discussion: alicublog
Wall Street Journal:
Olympic Athletes Cautioned on Wearing Team USA Clothing Outside Venues  —  USOC Memo Warns Athletes Amid Security Concerns  —  The U.S. unveiled more of its Winter Olympic uniforms Thursday, but officials are cautioning athletes to keep theirs under wraps outside the games' venues.
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
Virginia State Legislature Bans American Flags On Sticks, But Lets Guns In
Discussion: Daily Kos
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Schumer Suggests ‘Electoral Reform’ As Way to ‘Lessen the Grip of the Tea Party’
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Faith Karimi / CNN:
Sheriff Joe Arpaio: 38 Arizona inmates who defaced flag to eat only bread, water
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
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The Real Reasons Recruits Don't Run
Michelle Malkin:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce vs. America
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Dem Congressional Candidate ‘Likes’ Graphic With N-Word and ‘Ching Chong’ on Facebook