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8:00 AM ET, February 12, 2014

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Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Immigration wimps  —  This is not complicated: There will be no immigration reform legislation this year.  —  Why?  Because a minority of House Republicans believe that doing anything about immigration would only hurt them in this year's Republican primaries.
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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.
Politico:
The GOP's debt ceiling surrender  —  Less than three years ago, House Speaker John Boehner boldly demanded “trillions” in spending cuts in exchange for raising the national borrowing limit.  —  “Let me be as clear as I can be,” Boehner told the Economic Club of New York in May 2011.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves clean debt hike
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why the Tea Party Is Folding on the Debt Limit
Charlie Cook / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP's Primal Fear of Primaries
Discussion: The Plum Line
New York Times:
Michael Sam's Troubled Upbringing in Texas  —  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.
Ed Rogers / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: Obamacare creates new ways to prosecute American business  —  It's been a bad week for Obamacare.  Incredibly, the White House has had to grant yet another delay in the employer mandate.  This time, employers with between 50 to 99 employees who don't already offer health insurance …
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Politico:
Nancy Pelosi's play for women  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to make the midterm elections all about women.  —  Armed with Democratic polling, the California Democrat has for months been touting a “women's economic agenda” in more than two dozen events across the country, with more planned soon.
Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
De Blasio Called Police Over Pastor's Arrest  —  A Member of the Mayor's Inaugural Committee Who Had Two Outstanding Warrants Was Arrested  —  A member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's inaugural committee who had two outstanding warrants was arrested Monday night after a traffic stop …
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 …
Discussion: Philly.com, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Democrats, Media Slam President Romney Over Health Care Law Changes  —  Washington D. C.  — In a move certain to please his conservative supporters and infuriate his critics, President Romney announced this afternoon that his administration would make yet another change to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Hot Air
Tanner Colby / Slate:
Part 2: Affirmative action doesn't work.  It never did.  It's time for a new solution.  —  I.  —  In 2009, I attended the NAACP's 100th annual convention at the Midtown Hilton in New York.  Not just the centenary celebration for the nation's oldest civil rights organization …
Discussion: Althouse and National Review
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 …
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
From Snowy Atlanta to Sunny Sochi, This Winter Is All About Global Weirding  —  Every time the thermometer drops, another anti-science politician mocks climate change as a fallacy.  Here's why they're wrong.  —  So much for “HotLanta.”  Georgia is starting to look a lot like the opening scene from The Day After Tomorrow.
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Faulconer wins mayor's race  —  Alvarez says works goes on whether as mayor or city councilman  —  SAN DIEGO — Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in the San Diego mayor's race Tuesday night.  —  Faulconer had 55.2 percent compared …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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 …
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.)
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.
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
Rachel La Corte / seattlepi.com:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.”
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Jennifer Sullivan / The Seattle Times:
Inslee halts executions in state while he is governor
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
Bing censoring Chinese language search results for users in the US
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Shaun White Is Fourth as Swiss Wins Halfpipe Gold
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Will Demographics Really Destroy GOP?
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Store Owner: Employee Wore Banana Suit To Look ‘Less Alarming’ While Carrying AK-47
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Christie in Chicago: Full-speed ahead
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Anti-abortion arsonist sought; accused of groping girl at store
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Florida County Eliminates Minority-Heavy Polling Places
 

 
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