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2:20 PM ET, February 10, 2014

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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Welcome to The Intercept  —  We are very excited to welcome everyone to The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media (FLM).  The Intercept, which the three of us created, is the first of what will be numerous digital magazines published by FLM.  —  As soon as we resolved to build The Intercept …
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Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept:
The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program  —  The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes - an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
John Branch / New York Times:
N.F.L. Prospect Michael Sam Proudly Says What Teammates Knew: He's Gay  —  Coaches at the University of Missouri divided players into small groups at a preseason football practice last year for a team-building exercise.  One by one, players were asked to talk about themselves — where they grew up …
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Chris Connelly / ESPN:
Mizzou's Michael Sam says he's gay
Cyd Zeigler / Outsports:
THE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORY OF HOW NFL PROSPECT MICHAEL SAM CAME OUT
Zach Wisniewski / Blogging Blue:
Why did Gov. Scott Walker lie about voting for Reagan?  —  As noted by James Rowen at The Political Environment, Gov. Scott Walker has once again demonstrated his tenuous relationship with the truth.  In an interview with a right-wing blog Gov. Walker noted how he voted for Ronald Reagan for president (emphasis added).
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:   Scott Walker Says He Voted For Reagan — But He Wasn't Old Enough
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
The Hillary Papers  —  On May 12, 1992, Stan Greenberg and Celinda Lake, top pollsters for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign, issued a confidential memo.  The memo's subject was “Research on Hillary Clinton.”  —  Voters admired the strength of the Arkansas first couple, the pollsters wrote.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Amid Christie Scandal, Buono Says Some Democrats Have 'Buyer's Remorse'  —  METUCHEN, N.J. — The former campaign workers who partied at the home of Barbara Buono this month were “just jubilant.”  The people she bumps into on the street “are just happier to greet me.”
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Shawn Boburg / NorthJersey.com:
Lawyers for Christie administration seeking documents, interview with Hoboken mayor
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
David W. Chen / New York Times:
In Inquiry, It's Christie Against Prosecutor
Discussion: Liberaland
Duraid Adnan / New York Times:
Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Iraqi Pupils  —  BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Chastened G.O.P. Tries to Foil Insurgents at Primary Level  —  WASHINGTON — Richard H. Black is a Republican state senator from the Northern Virginia suburbs who once sent plastic fetuses to his colleagues with a note attached: “Would you kill this child?”  He said a statue of Lincoln …
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James Hohmann / Politico:
GOP grows confident of Senate takeover
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid again eyes Senate rulebook  —  Liberal groups are agitating for another round of filibuster reform after Senate Majority Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) controversial triggering of the nuclear option last year has done little to alleviate Senate gridlock.  —  A coalition of labor and liberal groups …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Writing Off the Unemployed  —  Back in 1987 my Princeton colleague Alan Blinder published a very good book titled “Hard Heads, Soft Hearts.”  It was, as you might guess, a call for tough-minded but compassionate economic policy.  Unfortunately, what we actually got — especially …
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 10, 2014 - Legalized Marijuana Hurts Colorado's Image, Slim Majority Tells Quinnipiac University Poll; Only 10% Say They've Used Marijuana Since Legalization  —  Legalization of marijuana for recreational use is bad for the state's image, Colorado voters say 51 …
Discussion: Firedoglake, Politico and CNN
Examiner:
The shocking interrogation of Catherine Engelbrecht  —  During a House Oversight And Government Reform Committee hearing on IRS targeting Thursday, Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, was harshly interrogated by Rep. Elijah Cummings.  —  Cummings offered the standard assurances …
Discussion: Power Line and Doug Ross
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Economic Confidence Still Highest in D.C. in 2013  —  Confidence improved in most states; West Virginia still least confident  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Although scores on Gallup's Economic Confidence Index improved in most U.S. states in 2013, the index remained negative in all 50.
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The B.D.S. Threat  —  LONDON — Secretary of State John Kerry caused outrage in Israel recently when he declared: “For Israel there's an increasing delegitimization campaign that has been building up.  People are very sensitive to it.  There is talk of boycotts and other kinds of things.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Israel Matzav
Weekly Standard:
A Winning Alternative to Obamacare  —  Obamacare is failing.  Faced with this unpleasant reality, President Obama offered up during his State of the Union address his only remaining defense of his eponymous program: There is no alternative.  “[M]y Republican friends...if you have specific plans …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
 
 
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail
Discussion: Liberaland and The Huffington Post
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
Newest Senator Will Test (Historically Limited) Potency of Appointed Incumbency
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Scott Brown: Will he or won't he run for Senate in New Hampshire?
Discussion: Roll Call and OnPolitics
CNN:
Michael Smerconish Joins CNN
Marc Caputo / MiamiHerald.com:
Hillary Clinton's Univision ties met with near-silence in media; ‘pay-to-play’ claim from GOP
Discussion: Hot Air
Guardian:
US considers drone strike on American al-Qaida suspect abroad
Patti Neighmond / NPR:
It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Althouse
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Barbara Starr / CNN:
Source: U.S. debating targeted killing of American terror suspect overseas
Claudia Rosett / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Assault on the Catholic Church
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's New Money Man
Washington Post:
Accenture, hired to help fix HealthCare.gov, has had a series of stumbles
Washington Post:
Obama and Hollande: France and the U.S. enjoy a renewed alliance
Discussion: Jezebel, ABC News, CNN, Gawker and BBC
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Did Petraeus Just Endorse Hillary Clinton?