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9:35 PM ET, February 11, 2014

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Jake Sherman / Politico:
House passes clean debt ceiling bill  —  Democrats, again, saved John Boehner.  —  After a frantic few days, the House voted 221-201 to lift the debt ceiling until March 2015, removing the threat of a default until well after the November midterm election.  The bill was supported by 193 Democrats and just 28 Republicans.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP debt limit extortion is dead  —  So House Republican leaders are bowing to the inevitable and are going to allow a vote on a clean debt limit hike.  In a statement moments ago, Nancy Pelosi said she'd provide Democratic votes to help it pass, which seems very likely.
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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves clean debt hike
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP's Primal Fear of Primaries
Discussion: The Plum Line
Ken Ward Jr / Charleston Gazette:
‘Significant’ coal slurry spill blackens Kanawha County creek  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State officials were trying this morning to contain a “significant spill” of coal slurry from a Patriot Coal processing facility in eastern Kanawha County.  —  Emergency officials said that the spill …
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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 …
TheBlaze.com:
Tea Party Senate Candidate Accused of Being a Huge Fan of the Bailout - This Is How He Responded  —  U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin responded Tuesday to a report alleging he once signed off on a memo supporting the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
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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 …
Joe Klein / TIME:
The Hillary Clinton Papers: Not Much There  —  In February of 1998, in the midst of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, I interviewed Diane Blair about her dear friend Hillary Clinton.  —  Blair was ill then, suffering from cancer, but she was vehement about two things: that Hillary was a dynamite friend-smart …
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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 …
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
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.)
Fox News:
Thought Police: Firms must swear ObamaCare not a factor in firings  —  Buzz Cut:  —  Is the latest delay of ObamaCare regulations politically motivated?  Consider what administration officials announcing the new exemption for medium-sized employers had to say about firms that might fire workers …
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Wall Street Journal:
Another day, another lawless exemption, once again for business.
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 …
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
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Rachel La Corte / seattlepi.com:   Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Rising Cost of Not Going to College  —  Overview  —  For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today's young adults—members of the so-called Millennial generation—provide a compelling answer.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Will Demographics Really Destroy GOP?  —  Last week, Peter Wehner wrote a piece in Commentary magazine laying out a collection of data regarding recent elections and demographic trends.  He was mostly content to let the data speak for themselves, save for a codicil to the piece arguing …
Discussion: Riehl World News
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Store Owner: Employee Wore Banana Suit To Look ‘Less Alarming’ While Carrying AK-47  —  The owner of a Beaumont, Tex. gun shop on Tuesday explained why his employee was wearing a banana suit and an AK-47 to promote the store's grand opening this weekend.  —  “To help people know where the new spot is …
Discussion: Boing Boing, Gawker, Balloon Juice and KBMT
New York Times:
Before Coming Out, a Hard Time Coming Up  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Michael Sam was the loud country boy who wore a tank top and a cowboy hat.  He was the smooth-singing baritone who could irritate his coaches and crack up his teammates with his improvised songs.
NBC News:
Tom Brokaw Diagnosed with Cancer, Prognosis Encouraging - NBC News  —  In a personal note, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged w...
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 …
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Torch-Carrying Environmentalists Protest at Oil Exec's Home  —  Masked protesters carrying torches and threatening organized violence protested outside the home of an executive at a major oil pipeline company last week.  —  Eight environmental activists gathered on the lawn of Mark Maki …
 
 
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Christie in Chicago: Full-speed ahead
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Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times:
Anti-abortion arsonist sought; accused of groping girl at store
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ThinkProgress:
Florida County Eliminates Minority-Heavy Polling Places
Emily Schultheis / Politico:
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David Brooks / New York Times:
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
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