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10:35 AM ET, February 10, 2014

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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  —  Michael Sam, an All-American defensive lineman from Missouri Tigers and the Associated Press' SEC Defensive Player of the Year, said that he is gay in an interview with ESPN's “Outside the Lines” on Sunday.  —  Sam stated publicly what his teammates …
Cyd Zeigler / Outsports:
THE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES STORY OF HOW NFL PROSPECT MICHAEL SAM CAME OUT
Discussion: Capital New York
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 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.
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
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
With the clock ticking, Republicans seek a solution to raising debt limit, but not a fight  —  House Republicans return to Washington on Monday still struggling to find a path to raising the Treasury Department's borrowing authority, but the normally raucous caucus is in unusual agreement …
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Brendan Bordelon / The Daily Caller:
Laura Ingraham battles George Will as conservative civil war over immigration intensifies [VIDEO]
Discussion: Mediaite, The PJ Tatler and ParaPundit
Mary Grace Lucas / CNN:
Did Schumer call Boehner's bluff on immigration?
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Politico
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Jonathan Karl / ABC News:
Did Petraeus Just Endorse Hillary Clinton?  —  Among Republicans, there is no more popular general than David Petraeus, the commander credited for salvaging the Iraq war and the architect of the counter-insurgency strategy pursued by President Bush.  Petraeus has always shied away from politics …
Discussion: NY Daily News, Liberaland and Mediaite
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Book: Hillary rejected Bill's edits to speech
Discussion: Politico
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Hillary Clinton's New Money Man  —  DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg used to be close with the Clintons — until he threw them over for Barack Obama in 2007.  Now he wants to send Hillary to the White House in 2016.  —  Robert Galbraith / Reuters
Deanna Fei / Slate:
That “distressed baby” who Tim Armstrong blamed for benefit cuts?  She's my daughter.  —  Late last week, Tim Armstrong, the chief executive officer of AOL, landed himself in a media firestorm when he held a town hall with employees to explain why he was paring their retirement benefits.
Claudia Rosett / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Assault on the Catholic Church  —  A high-profile sex-abuse report is an attempt to bully the church into bowing before the altar of Turtle Bay.  —  In the name of protecting children,the United Nations is now preaching to the Vatican.  A report on the Holy See …
Washington Post:
Accenture, hired to help fix HealthCare.gov, has had a series of stumbles  —  Accenture, the contractor urgently tapped to help fix the federal health-insurance Web site, is a favorite of corporate America but has a record that includes troubled projects and allegations of ethical lapses …
 
 
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