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4:40 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
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
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
Washington Post:
White House delays health insurance mandate for medium-sized employers until 2016  —  The Obama administration announced Monday it would give medium-sized employers an extra year, until 2016, before they must offer health insurance to their full-time workers.
Discussion: National Review
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
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
DOJ Disputes Report That Holder Will Resign  —  This post has been updated.  —  The New Yorker reported that U.S. attorney general Eric Holder plans to step down this year, but the U.S. Justice Department is pushing back on that report.  —  In a feature story for the magazine's Feb. 17 issue …
 
 
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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
CNN:
Michael Smerconish Joins CNN
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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
Examiner:
The shocking interrogation of Catherine Engelbrecht
Discussion: Power Line and Doug Ross
Claudia Rosett / Wall Street Journal:
The U.N. Assault on the Catholic Church
Weekly Standard:
A Winning Alternative to Obamacare
 

 
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