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10:35 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 …
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Discussion: The Raw Story
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 …
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
Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Facebook Cares More About Targeting Ads Than Affirming Your Gender Identity
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Week
Brandon Griggs / CNN:
Facebook goes beyond ‘male’ and ‘female’ with new gender options
Discussion: The Daily Caller
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
‘I Can Do Whatever I Want’  —  On February 11, writing for the Washington Post, Republican lobbyist Ed Rogers ably summarized the latest “bad week for Obamacare.”  The Congressional Budget Office concluded that Obamacare will cause “a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent workers …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obamacare's war on jobs  —  In the ongoing saga of the Affordable Care Act, oddly referred to by Democrats as the law of the land even as it is amended at will by presidential fiat, we are beginning to understand the extent of its war on jobs.  —  First, the Congressional Budget Office triples …
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 …
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
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.
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: Daily Kos
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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 …
Discussion: Politico
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: Liberaland and Outside the Beltway
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Anna Waugh / Dallas Voice:
BREAKING: Texas appeals court rules in favor of trans widow Nikki Araguz
Discussion: LGBTQ Nation and ThinkProgress
Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Judge bans Wisconsin man from the Internet for harassing neighbor with fake Craigslist ad
Discussion: UPI, Mediaite, Liberaland and Gawker
Will Rahn / The Daily Caller:
Cuomo aide caught breaking gun law, quickly receives waiver
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Silk Road 2.0 ‘Hack’ Blamed On Bitcoin Bug, All Funds Stolen
Discussion: The Verge and Hit & Run
Politico:
Icy blast heats up coal debate
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Politicker:
Teachers' Union and Elected Officials Blast de Blasio's School Day Call
Mark Z. Barabak / Los Angeles Times:
Iowa welcome mat awaits Christie, but not Jersey swagger
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Bobby Jindal to warn of ‘silent war’ on religion
David Weigel / Slate:
James O'Keefe Sued for “Wrongful Termination,” “Defamation”
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Republican Push for Black Voters Is (Mostly) Doomed to Fail
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Sad fake “millennial” anti-debt group completely broke and confused
Discussion: Firedoglake, Eschaton and Politico
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Ninth Circuit holds Second Amendment secures a right to carry a gun
Bernie Woodall / Reuters:
U.S. senator drops bombshell during VW plant union vote
Cassandra Sweet / Wall Street Journal:
The $2.2 Billion Bird-Scorching Solar Project
 

 
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If Gannett is a bellwether, 2014 will be another tough year for newspaper advertising

Áine Kerr / Storyful Blog:
Mandy Jenkins joins Storyful as Editor of the Open Newsroom

 
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