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6:40 PM ET, February 12, 2014

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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Why the Speaker capitulated to Obama  —  Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) abrupt decision to capitulate and hand President Obama a straightforward debt-ceiling increase resulted from simmering divisions that have virtually paralyzed his majority.  —  On an issue that once defined his Speakership …
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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Someone's Been Sending GOP Lawmakers A Bizarre Threat Over The Debt Ceiling  —  House Republicans have been getting a weird email in recent weeks: a threat over the debt ceiling vote that's been sent to the lawmakers' closely guarded personal email addresses.  “It's got to be another member.
Eric Posner / The New Republic:
Now That Boehner Has Backed Down, Let's Fix The Debt Ceiling For Good
Robert Costa / The Fix:
How John Boehner decided to give up on the debt limit fight
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Wendy Davis backs 20-week abortion ban that defers to women  —  Wendy Davis said Tuesday that she would have supported a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, if the law adequately deferred to a woman and her doctor.  —  Davis, a Fort Worth senator and the likely Democratic nominee for governor …
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Robert Draper / New York Times:
One sunny Friday morning in late January, Wendy Davis took …
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CNN:
Former New Orleans mayor guilty of bribery, money laundering, fraud  —  (CNN) — Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, whose desperate pleas for help during Hurricane Katrina drew national attention, walked silently out of a courthouse Wednesday after a jury convicted him of federal corruption charges.
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
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Robert McClendon / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Live coverage: Ray Nagin convicted, guilty on 20 charges
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Hinterland Gazette
Associated Press:
Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky ban on gay marriages from other states struck down by federal judge  —  In a ruling that could open the door to gay marriage in Kentucky, a federal judge on Wednesday struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying it violates …
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Bevin Links KY Judge Behind Same-Sex Marriage Ruling To McConnell
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
Exclusive: Stop the NSA while we still can  —  Editor's note: Rand Paul is a Republican senator representing Kentucky.  Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks.  Ken Cuccinelli is former attorney general of Virginia and a former Republican candidate for governor.
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Jaime Fuller / Post Politics:
Rand Paul files suit against Obama, NSA Wednesday
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
‘Morning Joe’ Panelist Outraged That Chuck Todd Didn't Praise Chris Christie (VIDEO)  —  A “Morning Joe” panelist was shocked to learn Wednesday that some people weren't as dazzled by Chris Christie's visit to Chicago.  —  NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd stopped …
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New Jersey Online:
Chris Christie needs to step down as RGA chief: Editorial
Discussion: Politico, Talking Points Memo and CNN
Jenna Levy / Gallup:
U.S. Uninsured Rate Drops so Far in First Quarter of 2014  —  Rate among 26- to 34-year-olds continues to fall  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The percentage of uninsured Americans fell to 16.0% so far in the first quarter of 2014 from 17.1% in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's Newest Model: Barbie Mattel unveils new ‘Unapologetic’ campaign in advertorial By Emma Bazilian  —  This year, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue turns 50, which means that plenty of SI Swim Legends will be popping up to pay tribute to this all-American institution.
Discussion: The Verge and National Review
Mark Boxley / Courier-Journal:
Eight Corvettes swallowed by massive sink hole at National Corvette Museum  —  A 40-foot sink hole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green swallowed eight of the sports cars on display inside the the facility's iconic Sky Dome Wednesday morning, said executive director Wendell Strode.
Reporters Without Borders:
Biggest rises and falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index  —  The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists.  The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs …
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
No one can make ObamaCare work  —  I could rage on and on about Monday's gobsmacking announcement that the Obama administration is once again unilaterally delaying a key aspect of its health-care law and what this act of astonishing royalism suggests about the president and his fundamental disrespect …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Washington Post:
The Obama administration has a mandate on the health-care law, too
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Union Drive Doesn't Bother Management, but G.O.P. Fumes  —  As workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., prepare to vote this week on whether to join the United Automobile Workers, they are facing unusual pressure from the state's Republican legislators to reject the union.
ABC News:
Topless Images of Olympic Skier a Scandal in Lebanon  —  BEIRUT - Lebanon has long been known as the most liberal Arab country in the Middle East, many of its women unafraid of baring the kind of flesh that would invite scorn and outrage elsewhere in the region.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Both Sides Object to I.R.S. Plan to Restrict Nonprofits' Political Activity  —  WASHINGTON — With time running short, both progressive and conservative advocacy groups are raising serious objections to new rules proposed by the Obama administration to rein in political activity …
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
The plot to make Big Food pay  —  Lawyers are pitching state attorneys general in 16 states with a radical idea: make the food industry pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs.  —  It's a move straight from the playbook of the Big Tobacco takedown of the 1990s …
CNN:
First on CNN-Confidant's diary: Clinton wanted to keep records for ‘revenge’  —  Fayetteville, Arkansas (CNN) - Shortly before Hillary Clinton's effort to pass health care reform died in the summer of 1994, the first lady asked a close friend and confidant for advice on “how best to preserve …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
North Dakota Leads in Job Creation for Fifth Straight Year  —  Rhode Island replaced Maine in 2013 as state with lowest Job Creation Index  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the fifth consecutive year, North Dakota topped all other states in employee perceptions of job creation at their workplaces in 2013 …
 
 
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
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