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5:30 PM ET, February 11, 2014

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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why the Tea Party Is Folding on the Debt Limit  —  They were never irrational, just delusional  —  “You've got to know when to hold them and when to fold them”—thus spake Michele Bachmann in an interview with The Washington Post last week.  Bachmann is, of course, the high priestess of not knowing when to fold them.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hullabaloo
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Politico:
House plans clean debt bill vote  —  House Republicans are abandoning their plan to tie a debt limit increase to a restoration of military pension cuts, and will instead try to pass a “clean” debt limit bill on Tuesday night.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made the announcement …
Politico:
Immigration groups turn to anger  —  Immigration reform advocates are done playing nice with House Republicans.  —  After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right.
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP's Primal Fear of Primaries
Discussion: The Plum Line
Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Why I'm Getting Sick of Defending Obamacare  —  Incompetence, politics, and delays frustrate advocates of health care reform.  —  It's getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act.  The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists …
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Wall Street Journal:
Another day, another lawless exemption, once again for business.  —  'ObamaCare" is useful shorthand for the Affordable Care Act not least because the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given day.  His latest lawless rewrite arrived on Monday as the White House decided …
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:
Cruz Does Boehner No Favors
Discussion: New York Times and The Reaction
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Dies at 85  —  Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.
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Valerie J. Nelson / Los Angeles Times:
Shirley Temple Black, iconic child star, dies at 85
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Eric M. Johnson / Reuters:
Shirley Temple Black, child star who became diplomat, dies at 85
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
‘Anti-Clinton website:’ NBC affiliates across country refuse to say ‘Washington Free Beacon’  —  MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, and local NBC affiliates across the country are uniformly referring to the Washington Free Beacon as an “anti-Clinton website,” without even mentioning the site's name.
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Joe Klein / TIME:
The Hillary Clinton Papers: Not Much There
Discussion: American Spectator
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
The Left Fights Back  —  This weekend's massive protest in North Carolina shows that the GOP doesn't own morality.  —  I spent most of this past weekend answering two questions: “Why are you so interested in what happens in North Carolina?”  (Posed mainly by people not from North Carolina.)
ThinkProgress:
BREAKING: Pipe Break At Coal Facility Contaminates West Virginia Waterway  —  A West Virginia coal slurry impoundment that collapsed in 2012.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/W.Va. Department of Environmental Protection  —  A coal preparation facility spilled an unknown quantity of coal slurry …
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Yahoo! News:
Clarence Thomas: Society is overly sensitive about race  —  Americans today are too sensitive about race, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a gathering of college students in Florida on Tuesday.  —  Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thomas …
Sam Borden / New York Times:
American Lugers Annoyed by Group's Gay Rights Video  —  KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — There was a ripple of discontent over a gay rights issue at the Sochi Games on Tuesday, but it had nothing to do with Russia.  —  Several American doubles lugers said they were irritated …
Discussion: Gawker, Mediaite, Deadspin and Althouse
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Karl Rove hits Rand Paul for Bill Clinton bashing  —  Karl Rove took a shot at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday for attacking Bill Clinton over his “predatory” behavior toward Monica Lewinsky, saying that it's not good strategy for running for president.  —  “Frankly, Rand Paul spending …
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Holder Urges States to Repeal Bans on Felons' Voting  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday urged states to repeal laws that prohibit felons from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to millions of people.  —  The call was mostly symbolic …
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
What AOL's Tim Armstrong Got Right  —  Wonder why it's so hard to “bend the cost curve” in health care?  Look no further than the universal freakout over AOL Inc. chief executive officer Tim Armstrong's recent remarks.  —  For those who haven't been following along at home, a recap …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Bevin, McConnell and TARP  —  Matt Bevin, who is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary, calls the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it as a senator.  —  Yet back in 2008, as an investment fund president …
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A balanced look at college sex offenses.  —  The headline in the New York Times's Education Life section reads “Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault.”  The story, by reporter Michael Winerip, is more balanced than that.  —  Unlike many journalists writing about this subject, Winerip acknowledges the problem of wrongful accusation.
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Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault
Discussion: Slate and Gawker
ThinkProgress:
Florida County Eliminates Minority-Heavy Polling Places  —  Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Mike Bennett (R)  —  On a party-line vote, a Florida county's Republican majority Board of County Commissioners voted Tuesday to eliminate almost one-third of Manatee County's voting sites.
Jennifer Sullivan / The Seattle Times:
Inslee halts executions in state while he is governor  —  Gov. Jay Inslee this morning announced a moratorium on executions while he is in office: “During my term we will not be executing people.”  —  Gov. Jay Inslee is calling a moratorium on executions while he is governor.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Taegan Goddard's …
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Christie in Chicago: Full-speed ahead  —  CHICAGO — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered a full-speed ahead message to business leaders here Tuesday, attempting to swing the spotlight away from the traffic scandal dogging his administration and threatening his 2016 presidential prospects.
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
David Brooks / New York Times:
The American Precariat  —  When foreign visitors used to describe American culture, they generally settled on different versions of one trait: energy.  Whether driven by crass motivations or spiritual ones, Americans, visitors agreed, worked more frantically, moved more and switched jobs more than just about anybody else on earth.
 
 
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Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times:
Anti-abortion arsonist sought; accused of groping girl at store
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
David Dayen / The New Republic:
Obama's Partly to Blame for the Postal Service's Backward Ways
Discussion: Firedoglake
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
Lindsey Graham launching 6-figure ad blitz
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Rep. Bill Shuster / The Hill:
Cellphones on planes? Tap, don't talk
Discussion: CNN
Marty Graham / Reuters:
Toss-up seen in race to succeed San Diego's disgraced ex-mayor
Discussion: The Fix
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won't say how many days he spends in Kansas
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Nevada State Officials Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Appeal
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
President Obama to launch major new effort to help young men of color
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCaskill: I Wouldn't Campaign With Obama This Year