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4:35 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.
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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John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Correction: Scott Walker Didn't Say He Voted For Reagan  —  Last month, I did an interview with Scott Walker.  Here's an excerpt from that interview which seemed insignificant at the time that has gotten a lot of attention from liberal blogs today.  I remember, I was a teenager …
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker Says He Voted For Reagan — But He Wasn't Old Enough  —  During an interview with Right Wing News last month Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) reminisced about conservative darling Ronald Reagan and made an interesting claim.  —  “I remember, I was a teenager …
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite and Roger Ailes
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.
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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Sports Illustrated:
How will news that Michael Sam is gay affect his NFL draft stock?
Brandon Wade / The Atlantic Online:
The NFL Will Never Be ‘Ready’ for an Openly Gay Player
Discussion: Hit & Run, Deadspin and CBS New York
Chris Connelly / ESPN:
Mizzou's Michael Sam says he's gay
Shawn Boburg / NorthJersey.com:
Lawyers for Christie administration seeking documents, interview with Hoboken mayor  —  A team of attorneys retained by Governor Christie's office in the aftermath of the George Washington Bridge scandal is seeking documents and a private interview with the Hoboken mayor, whose explosive allegations have added to the governor's woes.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Liberaland
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Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Amid Christie Scandal, Buono Says Some Democrats Have 'Buyer's Remorse'
New York Post:
Bridgegate probe to check Christie chopper rides
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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.
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
Dodai Stewart / Jezebel:
French Media Convinced Beyoncé and President Obama Are Having Affair  —  Today in WHAT?????!!!!, a French photographer named Pascal Rostain claims that the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is embroiled in a love affair with internationally famous pop star Beyoncé.
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Washington Post:
Obama and Hollande: France and the U.S. enjoy a renewed alliance
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
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
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Joe Scarborough believed to be taking idea of 2016 presidential bid seriously  —  Sources close to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough think he is seriously considering the prospect of leaving morning television to run for president in 2016.  —  Last week, Scarborough was all smiles …
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 …
Guardian:
US considers drone strike on American al-Qaida suspect abroad  —  Officials say member of-Qaida is actively planning terror attacks, but CIA drone cannot strike him because he is a US citizen  —  An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas …
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Barbara Starr / CNN:   Source: U.S. debating targeted killing of American terror suspect overseas
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
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 …
 
 
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
GOP Rep.: Give Our Nominees 'Duct Tape to Put Over Their Mouths So They Don't Say Stupid Things'
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obamacare's $70 billion pay cut
Ryan Cooper / The Plum Line:
Should progressives support tax cuts as economic stimulus?
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
An economic school has led to gridlock in Washington
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Democrats pushing poetry over jobs?
Discussion: American Prospect and Hullabaloo
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Chuck Schumer: No Urgency on Immigration
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Inside a Mental Hospital Called Jail
Discussion: Liberaland and The Huffington Post
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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
Roger Cohen / New York Times:
The B.D.S. Threat  —  LONDON — Secretary of State John Kerry …
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Taylor Marsh
Patti Neighmond / NPR:
It Takes More Than A Produce Aisle To Refresh A Food Desert
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Althouse
Claudia Rosett / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Assault on the Catholic Church
 

 
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