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11:40 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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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Federal judge strikes down Va. ban on gay marriage
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:   Kansas's Radical Attack on Gays and Lesbians
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Federal judge strikes down Virginia same-sex marriage ban
Discussion: Liberaland and Gawker
Jon Passantino / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Strikes Down Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban
Discussion: The Raw Story
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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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inequality, Dignity and Freedom
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:   Obamacare's war on jobs
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 …
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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
Facebook Cares More About Targeting Ads Than Affirming Your Gender Identity
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Week
Rich Ferraro / GLAAD:
Facebook introduces custom gender field to allow users to more accurately reflect who they are
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 and Post Politics
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: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
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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
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Joe Biden to Dems: 'I'm optmisitic'  —  CAMBRIDGE, MD. — Vice President Joe Biden delivered an upbeat message to House Democrats on Thursday, telling them the United States and the Democratic Party are in great shape.  —  “I'm optimistic about America's prospects, and I'm optimistic about our prospects …
Discussion: CNN
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg:
Factory Production in U.S. Falls by Most Since 2009  —  Factory production in the U.S. unexpectedly declined in January by the most since May 2009, adding to evidence severe winter weather weighed on the economy.  —  The .8 percent decrease at manufacturers followed a revised .3 percent gain …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
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 …
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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Joe Klein / TIME:
Obamacare: Economic Boon?
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Rutherford will not release independent investigator's report
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Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators
Stewart M. Powell / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP' immigration effort may have been scuttled by Sen. Cruz
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
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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
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
Discussion: Prairie Weather and The Dish
Alex Pareene / Salon:
Sad fake “millennial” anti-debt group completely broke and confused
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