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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Fact-Checks Republicans On Obamacare Job ‘Costs’  —  At least one Republican is setting the record straight on what the Congressional Budget Office actually said this week about Obamacare and its effect on jobs.  —  House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained in a Wednesday hearing …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CBO director: Obamacare will reduce unemployment  —  As noted here yesterday, Republicans went mad with glee at the new Congressional Budget Office report on deficits and the Affordable Care Act, with multiple GOP officials claiming it showed the law will kill over two million jobs.  That was false.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The media's massive revisions on CBO-Obamacare story  —  The Post's Glenn Kessler today published a fact-checking post breaking some news: No, he wrote, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) never, ever reported that Obamacare would somehow or other kill more than 2 million U.S. jobs.
Bloomberg:
Will Obamacare Kill Jobs?  —  You've probably already read that the Congressional Budget Office thinks the U.S. health-care overhaul will reduce employment by the equivalent of about 2 million jobs in 2017.  Republicans are saying it will cost 2 million jobs; the White House, meanwhile …
Discussion: Ross Douthat, Hot Air and VodkaPundit
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Key Democratic Group Will Sit Out Midterm Elections  —  Priorities USA Action, the super PAC now backing Hillary Clinton, won't spend to help Democrats in the House and Senate this year, a spokesperson confirms.  —  Mike Theiler / Reuters  —  The Democratic Party's biggest super PAC …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Paul says GOP infighting is a good thing  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a crowd of social conservatives Wednesday that fighting within the GOP is for the best.  —  Although Paul pointed out that the debate should not be “impolite” or “rude,” …
Discussion: Politico
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP stymied on debt limit
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
Olympic Threat: US Warns Airlines About Toothpaste Tube Bomb … The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to U.S. and some foreign airlines traveling to Russia for the Olympic Games to be on the lookout for toothpaste containers, which some intelligence indicates …
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Democrat And Chronicle:
Russia won't let Chobani yogurt in Sochi for Olympics
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Head of Mormon church Thomas Monson summoned by British magistrates' court over Adam and Eve teaching  —  Thomas S Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ordered to appear before British magistrate's court amid claims that the organisation's teaching amounts to ‘fraud’
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Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Legal experts gobsmacked after British judge orders Mormon leader to prove faith's origins
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Chris Christie leaves Bridgegate and heads to Texas to help GOP — Rick Perry and Greg Abbott send regrets  —  Chris Christie is coming to Texas to raise some money - and it's not a bridge he wants to sell you.  The embattled New Jersey governor is head of the Republican Governors Association …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Is Chris Christie Being Treated Unfairly?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Boston Globe:
Realistic statue of man in his underwear at Wellesley College sparks controversy  —  Tony Matelli's Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit at Wellesley College's Davis Museum.  —  By Jaclyn Reiss, Boston.com Staff  —  A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near …
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
The Worst Idea in the World  —  Five years after the Bolshevik Revolution, Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises predicted that the Soviet project was doomed to fail.  In his classic work Socialism, Mises explained that the attempt to replace the market system with central economic planning could not succeed …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Cafe Hayek
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Obama not ‘offended’ if vulnerable Dems stay away  —  President Obama huddled with Senate Democrats at a ballpark Wednesday, but the only game they discussed were the 2014 midterm elections.  —  Obama spent about an hour Wednesday afternoon behind closed doors at the Diamond Club …
Dylan Howard / RADAR:
Hurley's Ex-Lover Caught On Bombshell Audio Recording Revealing Ex-Prez's White House Sex Romps Behind Wife Hillary's Back  —  As Hillary Clinton prepares to run for President in 2016, RadarOnline.com has uncovered bombshell new information that could torpedo her White House dreams …
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Even Pat Robertson Thinks Young Earth Creationism Is A ‘Joke’  —  Back in 2012, televangelist Pat Robertson provoked the ire of Young Earth Creationists when he rejected their claim that the earth is approximately 6,000 years old.  Today on the 700 Club, Robertson responded to the debate between Bill Nye …
Mother Jones:
The Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference—Read It Here  —  A list of one-on-one meetings between VIP donors and the Kochs and their operatives offers a revealing look into their mighty political machine.  —  Charles Koch: Bo Rader/ZUMA; David Koch: Sonia Moskowitz/ZUMA
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Breaking: Union rule despised by right-wingers now roaring back to life  —  A rule that Romney scorched and judges killed is being revived by Obama appointees  —  A proposal to streamline union elections that was slammed by Mitt Romney and scrapped by a Woody Allen-quoting judge is being revived …
Discussion: Daily Kos and BillMoyers.com
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences  —  Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics (here are 15 alarming signs that Russia might not be ready) reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post's Brad Plumer, Sarah Kliff Joining Ezra Klein's Vox Venture  —  NEW YORK — The Washington Post's Brad Plumer and Sarah Kliff are joining Ezra Klein's new venture to be launched with Vox Media, according to newsroom sources familiar with the plans.
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Obamacare's Attack on the Work Ethic  —  There is a point in almost every debate at which the losing party recognizes its predicament and concludes that its only remaining play is to try to corrupt the language.  In Texas, pro-choice hero Wendy Davis has begun, risibly, to describe herself as …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Don't Go It Alone, Obama  —  The president's new unilateral approach is bad politics  —  On Tuesday the president trekked to a middle school in suburban Maryland to unveil $750 million worth of corporate grants for wiring schools across the country.  In keeping with his general theme …
Discussion: The Dish
 
 
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Colleen Jenkins / Reuters:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
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Ryan Holeywell / Fuel Fix:
Former Obama official: Fracking has never been an environmental problem
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
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