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8:40 AM ET, February 14, 2014

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Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Kansas' Anti-Gay Segregation Bill Is an Abomination  —  On Tuesday, the Kansas House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a measure designed to bring anti-gay segregation—under the guise of “religious liberty”—to the already deep-red state.  The bill, written out of fear that the state …
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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.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Federal judge strikes down Va. ban on gay marriage  —  A federal judge in Norfolk struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage Thursday night, saying it violates the constitution's guarantee of equal protection.  —  U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen stayed her decision …
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Gawker
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban  —  “We have arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect,” the judge wrote.  —  Spencer Geiger and Carl Johanson demonstrate outside Federal Court in Norfolk, Va., on Feb. 4, 2014.
Discussion: The Raw Story
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
FACEBOOK OFFERS NEW GENDER OPTIONS FOR USERS  —  You are here  —  Home » California » Facebook offers new gender options for users  —  MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — You don't have to be just male or female on Facebook anymore.  The social media giant has added a customizable option …
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Jezebel
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Rich Ferraro / GLAAD:
Facebook introduces custom gender field to allow users to more accurately reflect who they are
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Facebook goes beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’ with new gender options
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Clsiteadmin / Crooks and Liars:
Securities Fraud Investigation Nabs Ohio Republican Along With A ‘Secretive’ Church  —  A Republican Ohio state representative was indicted today on 53 counts, along with a Cincinnati based church, described as ‘secretive’  —  Ohio state representative, Peter Beck (R-54) was just indicted on 53 counts.
Discussion: Liberaland
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Cincinnati.com:
With 53 new felony counts, Rep. Beck faces pressure to resign
Discussion: The Raw Story
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.
Charles Riley / CNNMoney.com:
Tom Perkins' big idea: The rich should get more votes  —  Tom Perkins suggested Thursday that only taxpayers should have the right to vote — and that wealthy Americans who pay more in taxes should get more votes.  —  The venture capitalist offered the unorthodox proposal when asked to name …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Judge bans Wisconsin man from the Internet for harassing neighbor with fake Craigslist ad  —  A Wisconsin man was banned from using the Internet after being found guilty of using his neighbor's personal information to post an explicit fake online personal ad, WTMJ-TV reported.
Discussion: UPI, Mediaite, Liberaland and Gawker
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
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 …
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.
Stewart M. Powell / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP' immigration effort may have been scuttled by Sen. Cruz  —  Washington —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may have scuttled a compromise on immigration reform with just one sound bite.  —  House Republicans who supported the “principles” of immigration reform floated by Speaker John Boehner …
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators  —  The psychological origins of waiting (... and waiting, and waiting) to work  —  Like most writers, I am an inveterate procrastinator.  In the course of writing this one article, I have checked my e-mail approximately 3,000 times …
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: The Hill and Hot Air
Anna Waugh / Dallas Voice:
BREAKING: Texas appeals court rules in favor of trans widow Nikki Araguz  —  CORPUS CHRISTI — The 13th District Court of Appeals in Corpus Christi issued a landmark opinion Thursday in favor of Houston trans widow Nikki Araguz, ruling that Texas must recognize the marriages of trans people.
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and ThinkProgress
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
 
 
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William Galston / American Prospect:
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Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
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