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1:30 PM ET, February 14, 2014

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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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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
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Political Connections Sun: Alex Sink says Americans working fewer hours because of Obamacare is ‘exciting prospect’
Discussion: The Plum Line
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Obama: ‘Will not wait’ on Congress
Discussion: CNN
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
At Dem retreat, Biden slams divided GOP
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obamacare's war on jobs
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Stewart M. Powell / San Francisco Chronicle:
GOP' immigration effort may have been scuttled by Sen. Cruz
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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Jamelle Bouie / The Daily Beast:
Anti-Gay Jim Crow Comes to Kansas
Discussion: The Dish and Guardian
Scott Lemieux / American Prospect:   Kansas's Radical Attack on Gays and Lesbians
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
Discussion: The Week and Vox Popoli
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Federal judge strikes down Virginia same-sex marriage ban
Discussion: Liberaland and Gawker
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
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Washington Times
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
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
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.
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
Court overturns restrictions on concealed guns in much of California  —  Appeals panel finds state rules allowing counties to restrict the right to carry concealed weapons in public violate the 2nd Amendment.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — In a significant victory for gun owners …
Discussion: Liberaland
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David Kopel / Washington Post:
Ninth Circuit strikes California's restrictive rule against licensed carry of handguns
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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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 and Washington Post
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New York Times:
Schumer Offers Long-Shot Option to Skirt House G.O.P. on Immigration
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.
American Prospect:
Lucky Duckies In the Crosshairs  —  Ed Kilgore explains that the working poor have become the new “welfare queens”: … The only thing that's missing is a pithy moniker to refer to these lucky duckies living on easy street — or, OK, living on Poverty Lane, but somehow screwing the rest of us.
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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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
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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