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4:40 PM ET, February 17, 2014

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Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Man Allegedly Shoots And Kills 15-Year-Old Girl For Egging A Car  —  Adrian Broadway.  —  CREDIT: Fox 16  —  An Arkansas man faces a murder charge for allegedly gunning down a car filled with teenagers who had wanted to play a prank on his son.  One of the passengers, 15-year-old Adrian Broadway …
Discussion: Liberaland and Little Rock News
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Arkansas man guns down 15-year-old girl for egging son's car as a prank  —  An Arkansas man is facing first degree murder charges after he allegedly shot a 15-year-old girl to death over the weekend because she was participating in a prank on his 16-year-old son.
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
In first, Minnesota poll finds Obama unpopular  —  Half of the residents of Minnesota now disapprove of President Obama's performance, according to a new poll.  —  Results of The Star Tribune survey represent the first time that his approval rating has turned negative in the state since the president took office in 2009.
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Signing Up for Obamacare Is ‘Just Part of Growing Up’
Discussion: Hot Air
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll results: Obama job approval
Discussion: BizPac Review
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
GOP slams stimulus on fifth anniversary  —  Washington (CNN) - Five years after the signing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law, the measure, which is better known as the Stimulus or Recovery Act, was roundly criticized once again by Republicans.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jose DelReal / Politico:
Marco Rubio on stimulus: 5 years of failure
Discussion: The Plum Line
Long Island University:
LIU ANNOUNCES 2013 GEORGE POLK AWARDS IN JOURNALISM  —  Winners include four reporters who broke the story on secret NSA surveillance.  —  Brooklyn, N.Y. - Four reporters who revealed the extent of secret surveillance and massive data collected by the National Security Agency are winners …
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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
Why Lewinsky Shouldn't Be a GOP Talking Point  —  Clinton-bashing makes the Republican Party look desperate and out of control.  —  Bill Clinton uses a car-racing metaphor to explain the difference between rash and calm decision-making in politics.  “The great drivers, when the cars get close …
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Simon Bowers / Guardian:
Abba admit outrageous outfits were worn to avoid tax  —  New book reveals band's style was influenced by Swedish laws that allowed cost of outfits to be deducted against tax  —  The glittering hotpants, sequined jumpsuits and platform heels that Abba wore at the peak of their fame were designed …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Althouse
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Bill Nye Scolds GOP Congresswoman on Global Warming  —  “We need you to change things, not deny what's happening,” he told Representative Marsha Blackburn on Meet the Press  —  Bill Nye “The Science Guy” told Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee to stop questioning …
James Hohmann / Politico:
Dems' new 2014 plan: Neutralize Obamacare  —  Democrats know their biggest problem in this year's midterm election is Obamacare.  So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP's advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse …
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
On Health Act, Democrats Run in Fix-It Mode
Natalie Musumeci / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear  —  As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Brooklyn Thursday, membership at the country's largest clown organizations has plunged over the past decade amid declining interest, old age and higher standards for the jokesters.
Discussion: Power Line, Liberaland and Gothamist
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Failing Liberals Turn To Oppression To Hold On To Power  —  If you're a conservative, you don't need to silence the opposition.  —  In fact, we conservatives want liberals to talk, to make buffoons of themselves, to prove their folly.  We want liberals to expound upon their ridiculous ideas …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Al Baker / New York Times:
Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left  —  The Common Core has been applauded by education leaders and promoted by the Obama administration as a way to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of rigorous learning goals.  Though 45 states and the District of Columbia …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Microaggression Mania: McGill U. student leader apologizes for .gif of Obama kicking open door  —  “Microagression” is the latest craze in racial grievance, something we highlighted when a UCLA professor was accused of the transgression for correcting grammar on minority students' papers.
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Ken Buck, the presumed front-runner for the GOP Senate nomination in Colorado, is fighting back against the “war on women” narrative that helped doom his Senate campaign in 2010.  And the opening salvo in the battle to reclaim his name is coming in the form of a two-minute video entitled, Stephanie's Story.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael E. Miller / Riptide 2.0:
Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM “Only Displays International Artists”  —  Yesterday, art lovers around the world were shocked when someone strolled into the Pérez Art Museum Miami and destroyed a $1 million vase by Ai Weiwei.  —  Well, the story gets even more shocking.
 
 
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Rich Calder / New York Post:
GOP operative asks judge to delay trial until after elections
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Groupon gaffe: Alexander Hamilton was president
Discussion: Mashable
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Breitbart News Network Plans Global Expansion
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Kerry Tours Giant Mosque In Indonesia
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Republican campaign group tweaks websites, makes them less misleading
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Zimmerman: I didn't follow Dunn trial
John Eligon / New York Times:
In Kansas, Right Joins Left to Halt Bill on Gays
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Missouri gun murders ‘rose after law repeal’
Discussion: The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest Podcast:
Slaughter in the Cities, Ineffectual Mumbling in the White House
Discussion: Power Line and Right Turn
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Seattle 1-percenter a leader in push for $15 minimum wage
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Barons of Broadband  —  Last week's big business news …
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Republican leaders must keep Tea Party on the run
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Same-sex marriage moving swiftly back toward Supreme Court
Discussion: National Review