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2:40 PM ET, February 14, 2014

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Ronald Brownstein / NationalJournal.com:
What This Chevy Commercial Could Teach the GOP  —  To understand the rolling demographic and cultural trends threatening the GOP in presidential elections, a good place to start might be with the polychromatic ads Chevrolet is running during the Olympics.  —  First, consider the source.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Angry at Ted Cruz, Republicans should remember what he represents  —  SENATE REPUBLICAN PARTY JOHN BOEHNER MITCH MCCONNELL DEBT CEILING TED CRUZ  —  Republicans have a good chance to win control of the Senate this November.  Democrats are on the defensive over Obamacare, the president is unpopular …
Discussion: The Plum Line and ABC News
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Obama: ‘Will not wait’ on Congress
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Bloomberg:
Cruz Senate Stunt Goes Unpunished as Old Tools Don't Work
Discussion: The Federalist and CNN
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
At Dem retreat, Biden slams divided GOP
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inequality, Dignity and Freedom  —  Now that the Congressional Budget Office has explicitly denied saying that Obamacare destroys jobs, some (though by no means all) Republicans have stopped lying about that issue and turned to a different argument.  O.K., they concede, any reduction …
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Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Political Connections Sun: Alex Sink says Americans working fewer hours because of Obamacare is ‘exciting prospect’  —  Democratic congressional candidate Alex Sink appears Sunday on Political Connections on Bay News 9 at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. in Tampa Bay.  One can hardly turn on the TV …
Discussion: The Plum Line
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
‘I Can Do Whatever I Want’  —  On February 11, writing …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obamacare's war on jobs
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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 …
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 …
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Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Federal Judge Overturns Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
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Emma Margolin / msnbc.com:
Judge strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban
Discussion: Slate and The Raw Story
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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Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:   Kansas's Radical Attack on Gays and Lesbians
Erica Ritz / TheBlaze.com:
Rand Paul's Prediction About Future Presidential Elections May Frighten Half the Country  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) made a bold prediction about the remaining presidential elections in his lifetime during an interview with Glenn Beck that aired Thursday.  —  “I think Republicans will not win again …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Obama to pitch $1B climate change ‘resilience fund’ in California  —  President Obama will pitch a new $1 billion climate change resilience fund during a visit Friday to California.  —  The fund, which would need to be approved by Congress, is intended to help communities dealing …
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Alex Guillen / Politico:
Obama to propose $1 billion climate fund
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Robert Pear / New York Times:
One-Fifth of New Enrollees Under Health Care Law Fail to Pay First Premium  —  WASHINGTON — One in five people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January, insurance companies and industry experts say.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Golden Egg  —  The school of literary criticism known as reception theory holds that a text should be studied in light of its effect on its contemporaries, that a reader should be aware of the “horizon of expectations” in which a text is produced.  I was reminded of this the other day as I observed …
Scott A. Hodge / Wall Street Journal:
Scott Hodge: Here's What ‘Income Equality’ Would Look Like  —  Take about $4 trillion from the top 40% of families and give it to the bottom 60%—voilà, no more inequality.  —  President Obama has talked a lot recently about reducing income inequality.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Steny Hoyer wants wage discharge petition  —  House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says Democrats will try to bring a higher minimum wage bill to the floor using a discharge petition, as long as a few Republicans join the effort.  —  “We just announced that we're going to be going back to Congress …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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New York Times:
Schumer Offers Long-Shot Option to Skirt House G.O.P. on Immigration
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
6 Republican Senators Switched Their Debt Limit Votes (Image)  —  Six Senate Republicans switched from “nay” to “aye” on the critical vote allowing the nation's debt limit to be extended, a copy of the official Senate vote tally sheet provided to CQ Roll Call on Thursday suggests.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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Naomi Martin / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Former Saints star Darren Sharper charged with drugging, raping two women in Los Angeles  —  Former Saints star safety Darren Sharper was charged Friday with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, one in October and one in January, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. district attorney's office.
Chris Jones / Esquire:
HIS WORSHIP  —  You may have wondered how it is that Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has not been shamed from office.  Here's how.  And why, he tells us, things are likely to get even uglier. … Finn O'Hara  —  From the air, Toronto's iconic, late-modern City Hall looks like a wide …
Discussion: OnPolitics and TheBlaze.com
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Ralph Waite, Patriarch in TV Series ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 85  —  Ralph Waite, a multifaceted actor who became etched in the American imagination as the craggy-faced, big-hearted patriarch of a rustic, Depression-era clan in the popular 1970s television series, “The Waltons,” died Thursday.  He was 85.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Liberaland
J.D. Harrison / Washington Post:
California takes down online health insurance exchange for small businesses  —  The nation's most populous state has elected to temporarily shutter its new online health insurance marketplace for small business only four months after it launched, dealing yet another blow to a key element …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
 
 
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