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9:20 PM ET, February 16, 2014


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Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Reality show snake-handling preacher dies — of snakebite  —  (CNN) — A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snakebite.  —  Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said.
Bill Estep / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Jamie Coots, well-known Middlesboro preacher, dies from snakebite  —  A well-known snake-handling preacher from Middlesboro died after being bitten during a church service Saturday evening, according to police.  —  Jamie Coots was bitten on his right hand by a snake, according to a news release.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Variety and Mashable
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Strickland stricken  —  Karl Rove demolished former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland on Fox News Sunday this morning in the course of responding to Strickland's critique of Governor Christie and Bridgegate.  Rove precisely demonstrated Strickland to be a critically flawed messenger of the Democratic Party talking points on Christie.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Rove: Dems fear Christie  —  Democrats are raising a fuss about the closure of the George Washington Bridge because they are afraid of Gov. Chris Christie's (R) chances in 2016, according to former President George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove.  —  “The reason the Democrats are doing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Another Christie childhood friend witnessed traffic surge
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Romney: Bill Clinton ‘Embarrassed the Nation,’ Shirked His Adult Responsibilities  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, appearing on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, was asked for his thoughts on the state of 2016 presidential politics and the renewed focus on the 1990s prompted by the prospect of Hillary Clinton candidacy.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Leigh Munsil / Politico:
Romney: Judge Hillary Clinton on her own record
Discussion: CNN
Corey Robin:
Look Who Nick Kristof's Saving Now  —  For the last few months, I've had a draft post sitting in my dashboard listing all the words and phrases I'd like to see banished from the English language.  At the top—jockeying for the #1 slot with “yummy,” “closure” and “it's all good”—is “public intellectual.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Professors, We Need You!  —  SOME of the smartest thinkers …
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Three Times in Two Months?’  - Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer  —  A lawyer who represents National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and has spoken on his behalf numerous times was detained while going through customs at Heathrow airport in London.
Fox News:
Republicans: Obama violating Constitution, but little can be done about it  —  FILE: July 6, 2012: President Obama speaks at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.AP  —  Washington Republicans on Sunday restated their argument that President Obama has violated the Constitution …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘Yes, I Am Pissed!’  Don Lemon Goes Off on Dunn Trial: We Need ‘Mind Your Business’ Law!  —  CNN's Don Lemon got really teed off on Saturday after the jury in the Michael Dunn case said they can't agree on a verdict for the first degree murder charge.  He repeatedly cried, “This is ridiculous! …
Discussion: Hinterland Gazette
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Shocking Interview With Michael Dunn's Neighbor: ‘He Always Wanted To Shoot Somebody’  —  John Phillips, the attorney for Jordan Davis' family, released video from an interview with a neighbor of Michael Dunn, the man charged in the shooting death of Davis.  —  Charles Hendrix …
Discussion: Liberaland
The Atlantic Online:
On The Killing Of Jordan Davis By Michael Dunn
Daniel Wallis / Reuters:
Police seek Venezuela opposition leader as he tweets defiance  —  (Reuters) - A Venezuelan opposition leader wanted by police in connection with deadly street protests told supporters via Twitter to keep demonstrating, but peacefully, and armed police visited his father's home, apparently seeking to arrest him.
Kirk Johnson / New York Times:
Crossing Borders and Changing Lives, Lured by Higher State Minimum Wages  —  ONTARIO, Ore. — Carly Lynch dreams of a life one day on the professional rodeo circuit, but for now she commutes 20 miles from Idaho to this small city in eastern Oregon to work as a waitress.
Discussion: JustOneMinute and Cafe Hayek
Jerusalem Post:
4 killed as tourist bus in Egypt's Sinai explodes en route to Israel  —  Egyptian Interior Ministry says bus with South Koreans was traveling from St. Catherine's Monastery in south Sinai to Israel when it was attacked.  —  An explosion tore through a bus carrying South Korean Christian tourists …
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Obama Condemns Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill: This Will ‘Complicate Our Valued Relationship’
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Globe and Mail:
Transgender kids: Have we gone too far?
Leigh Munsil / Politico:
McCain sees ‘viable’ options in Syria
Discussion: CNN
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