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11:20 PM ET, February 13, 2014

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CNN:
Kansas House passes bill allowing refusal of service to same-sex couples  —  (CNN) — Denying services to same-sex couples may soon become legal in Kansas.  —  House Bill 2453 explicitly protects religious individuals, groups and businesses that refuse services to same-sex couples, particularly those looking to tie the knot.
Discussion: Jezebel and BuzzFeed
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Yep, The Supreme Court Lit A Fuse To End Gay Marriage Bans Across USA
Associated Press:
Facebook adds FIFTY new options for users to describe their gender  — Site has also updated its setting to allow users to select a neutral pronoun referring to them as they, their or them  — Facebook came up with its range of terms after consulting with leading gay and transgender activists
Discussion: Liberaland and The Daily Caller
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Alex Pareene / Salon:
Sad fake “millennial” anti-debt group completely broke and confused  —  The Can Kicks Back is confronting both funding and identity crises  —  Everyone is having a bit of a laugh today at the expense of “The Can Kicks Back,” the youth-oriented affiliate of the group known as “Fix the Debt …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Eschaton
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Anti-debt group finds itself in red
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Chris Christie's Entire Career Reeks  —  It's not just the bridge  —  Has there ever been a political reversal of fortune as rapid and as absolute as the one just experienced by Chris Christie?  At warp speed, the governor of New Jersey has gone from the most popular politician in the country …
David Weigel / Slate:
James O'Keefe Sued for “Wrongful Termination,” “Defamation”  —  February started off quite well for James O'Keefe and Project Veritas.  The New York Department of Labor had been requesting information from PV, the hidden-camera investigation outfit founded by the conservative undercover journalist.
Jim Romenesko:
Brent Bozell urges liberal media to ‘tell the truth,’ while he fibs about writing a column  —  that appears under his byline.  —  Brent Bozell (pictured here) wants the media to tell the truth  —  It is longtime MRC media analysis director Tim Graham who writes “almost everything published under …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Bobby Jindal to warn of ‘silent war’ on religion  —  In a Thursday night speech at Ronald Reagan's presidential library, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will warn of a “silent war” on religious liberty in America and urge states to pass laws designed to block overreach by the Obama administration.
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Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
How the Case of an Amish Farmer Could Doom Hobby Lobby in Court
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Silk Road 2.0 ‘Hack’ Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen  —  The same bug that has plagued several of the biggest players in the Bitcoin economy may have just bitten the Silk Road.  —  On Thursday, one of the recently-reincarnated drug-selling black market site's administrators posted …
Discussion: The Verge and Hit & Run
Wall Street Journal:
The Minority Maker  —  Ted Cruz hurts his party by forcing a meaningless debt-ceiling vote.
NBC News:
Exclusive: Snowden Swiped Password From NSA Coworker - NBC News  —  A civilian NSA employee recently resigned after being stripped of his security clearance for allowing former agency contractor Edward Snowden to use his pers...
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Ninth Circuit holds Second Amendment secures a right to carry a gun  —  So holds today's Peruta v. County of San Diego (9th Cir. Feb. 13, 2014) (2-1 vote).  The court concludes that California's broad limits on both open and concealed carry of loaded guns — with no “shall-issue” …
Discussion: Sister Toldjah and National Review
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Iowa welcome mat awaits Christie, but not Jersey swagger  —  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said he would gladly campaign alongside beleaguered New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  But he suggested he leave some of his New Jersey attitude at home if he hopes to do well in the state's presidential caucus.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Maddow Defends Bridge Coverage Following ‘Morning Joe’ Criticism (VIDEO)
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Republican Push for Black Voters Is (Mostly) Doomed to Fail  —  As long as the GOP is pushing voter-ID laws that make it harder for African Americans to vote, the party's appeal to identity politics will come up short.  —  The GOP has a new strategy for turning African Americans into Republicans.
Discussion: The Dish and BizPac Review
Cassandra Sweet / Wall Street Journal:
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project  —  At California's Ivanpah Plant, Mirrors Produce Heat and Electricity—And Kill Wildlife  —  A giant solar-power project officially opening this week in the California desert is the first of its kind, and may be among the last …
Discussion: The Verge and Power Line
Politicker:
Teachers' Union and Elected Officials Blast de Blasio's School Day Call  —  A man attempts to brave the snow in Manhattan Thursday.  (Photo: John Moore/Getty)  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio's decision to keep schools open during today's blizzard received a cold response from the city's teachers' union and elected officials.
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Cuomo aide caught breaking gun law, quickly receives waiver  —  Jerome Hauer, a top aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, appears to have regularly carried a firearm to work in violation of state law.  —  Hauer runs New York's Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Latest Obamacare Delay Is Probably Illegal  —  The Barack Obama administration recently announced that it is going to delay the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's employer mandate for medium-size companies and reduce the requirements for larger businesses.  Again?  What does it all mean?!
Politico:
Icy blast heats up coal debate  —  As another snowstorm socks the East Coast, the coal industry has a message for the nation's electricity customers: We told you so.  —  Signs of growing pains have abounded in the past few weeks of frigid weather, which struck a U.S. electrical grid that's …
Discussion: Hot Air
Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee said on Wednesday he has been “assured” that if workers at the Volkswagen AG plant in his hometown of Chattanooga reject United Auto Worker representation, the company will reward the plant with a new product to build.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
President Obama to raise money for House Democrats  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. — President Barack Obama will headline at least six fundraisers for House Democrats this year, with “the potential for more,” according to Democratic sources.  —  Rep. Steve Israel (N.Y.), chairman of the Democratic …
Discussion: CNN
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Another senior House Republican announces retirement
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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Thomas Speaks ... Blindly About Race
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Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World?
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USA Today:
Some snow is on the ground at the highest elevations of the Big Island of Hawaii.
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Obama's Newspeak  —  The nightmare societies portrayed …
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