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6:20 PM ET, February 13, 2014

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Wall Street Journal:
The Minority Maker  —  Ted Cruz hurts his party by forcing a meaningless debt-ceiling vote.
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Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2014 House Forecast Update: No Wave in Sight  —  The results of a simple but extremely accurate midterm election forecasting model indicate that the 2014 U.S. House elections are likely to result in minimal change in the party balance of power.  The forecasting model uses three predictors …
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
‘Vote No, Hope Yes’ Defines Dysfunction in Congress
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Hypocrite's Corner
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 …
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?!
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The Hill:
Before O-Care debacle, Sebelius made many trips to White House  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in frequent contact with President Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Hit & Run, Mediaite and Politico
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:   Karl Rove: Behind the White House's Health-Law Dodges
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Yep, The Supreme Court Lit A Fuse To End Gay Marriage Bans Across USA
Discussion: Off the Kuff and Associated Press
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
How the Case of an Amish Farmer Could Doom Hobby Lobby in Court
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Another senior House Republican announces retirement  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Rep. Doc Hastings of Washington state announced Thursday that he'll retire at the end of this year rather than run for re-election in November.  —  Hastings, who currently serves as the chairman …
Discussion: Politico
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John Bresnahan / Politico:
President Obama to raise money for House Democrats
Discussion: CNN
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Facebook goes beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’ with new gender options  —  (CNN) — You don't have to be strictly a man or a woman on Facebook anymore.  —  In a nod to the “it's complicated” sexual identities of many of its users, the social network on Thursday added a third “custom” gender option for people's profiles.
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Digits
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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.
ThinkProgress:
How Comcast Buying Time Warner Cable Could Impact You — And The Entire Entertainment Industry  —  Comcast Cable President and CEO Neil Smit.  —  CREDIT: AP Images/Evan Agostini  —  Today, Comcast, already the country's largest provider of cable television, announced that it would spend $45 billion …
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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
USA Today:
Some snow is on the ground at the highest elevations of the Big Island of Hawaii.  —  Snow is on the ground in 49 out of the 50 states — only the Sunshine State of Florida is completely snow-free, according to a map produced Thursday morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Thomas Speaks ... Blindly About Race  —  Associate Justice Clarence Thomas doesn't often speak during oral arguments before the Supreme Court.  —  But often what he says outside the chamber is eyebrow-raising.  Such was the case Tuesday when Thomas told an audience at Palm Beach Atlantic University:
Discussion: TheBlaze.com, CNN and Clash Daily
Damon Linker / The Week:
Is opposing gay marriage the same as being a racist?  —  Conservative opposition to same sex marriage is deeply rooted in religious belief  —  W  —  riting at The New Republic, Isaac Chotiner doesn't much appreciate my argument about the growing cockiness of secular liberals.
Erika Eichelberger / Mother Jones:
Wednesday Was Full of Good News for Obamacare.  Here Are the Charts That Prove It.  —  More Americans enrolled in Obamacare plans in January than expected, according to data released Wednesday by the Obama administration.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) had expected to sign up 1,059,900 people last month.
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...
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rand Paul and Ken Cuccinelli accused of stealing NSA lawsuit  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been caught using purloined passages in several of his speeches.  Now the aspiring presidential candidate stands accused of filing a lawsuit stolen from its author.  —  Since December …
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.
Seth Barron / City Journal:
Progressive Values in Action?  —  New York's city council has some strange priorities.  —  At her January inauguration, New York city council speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito told her colleagues, “Now is the time to embrace our progressive moment and put our values into action.”
 
 
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David Weigel / Slate:
James O'Keefe Sued for “Wrongful Termination,” “Defamation”
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Bill Hoffmann / NewsMax.com:
Larry King: 'I've Never Seen Bias' on or off Air
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Eight Police Officers Fire 103 Times At Two Unarmed Women Delivering Newspapers …
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William Galston / American Prospect:
Kuttner, Galston, and the Debate Over the Social Safety Net
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Cassandra Sweet / Wall Street Journal:
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project
Discussion: Power Line and The Verge
Uri Friedman / The Atlantic Online:
Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World?
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
Obama's Newspeak  —  The nightmare societies portrayed …
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Why The Senate STILL Isn't Able To Get Anything Done Even After The ‘Nuclear Option’
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