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7:45 AM ET, February 17, 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.
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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, Galesburg and Mashable
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.
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
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Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Strickland stricken  —  Karl Rove demolished former Ohio …
msnbc.com:
Another Christie childhood friend witnessed traffic surge
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bloomberg:
You Wouldn't Believe What I Saw in the Dachau Gift Shop  —  This is a piece about a photograph I took in the gift shop at the Dachau concentration camp a couple of weeks ago.  —  Before I go any further, a confession: This photograph would get me fired by the Associated Press, which has strict rules about manipulating imagery.
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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.
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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
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Professors, We Need You!  —  SOME of the smartest thinkers …
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
John Steele Gordon / Commentary Magazine:
The UAW's Waterloo  —  The United Auto Workers Union suffered a devastating defeat on Friday, when its attempt to organize the workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga failed on a vote of 712-626 (53-47 percent).  The company had agreed not to resist the organizing effort and gave the union access to the plant and its workers.
James Barron / New York Times:
Polk Awards Honor Articles on N.S.A. Surveillance  —  Four journalists who revealed the National Security Agency's vast electronic data mining operation were among the winners of the George Polk Awards in Journalism for 2013, announced on Sunday by Long Island University, which administers the prizes.
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Same-sex marriage moving swiftly back toward Supreme Court  —  Lower-court rulings have struck down state bans, meaning the issue could face a definitive test before justices as early as next year.  —  Demonstrators support same-sex marriage outside a federal courthouse in Virginia.
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.
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 …
 
 
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Obama Condemns Uganda's Anti-Gay Bill: This Will ‘Complicate Our Valued Relationship’
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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
‘Yes, I Am Pissed!’ Don Lemon Goes Off on Dunn Trial: We Need ‘Mind Your Business’ Law!
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