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8:45 AM ET, February 18, 2014

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Ben Geman / NationalJournal.com:
‘Meet the Press’ Host: Climate Segment Meant as Debate on ‘Policies’  —  After excoriating “Meet the Press” in advance for its planned climate change “debate,” environmentalists came away with a mixed bag.  —  They feared the “debate” format would cast undue doubt on the scientific consensus …
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Andrea Peyser / New York Post:
Al Gore's global-warming rhetoric is put on ice
Discussion: his vorpal sword
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
New ‘climate change’ tack: It's the economy, stupid
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Spy Chief: We Should've Told You We Track Your Calls  —  The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans' call records to be a state secret.  Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place.
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.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Financier Plans Big Ad Campaign on Climate Change  —  A billionaire retired investor is forging plans to spend as much as $100 million during the 2014 election, seeking to pressure federal and state officials to enact climate change measures through a hard-edge campaign of attack ads against governors and lawmakers.
Bret Stephens / Wall Street Journal:
Stephens: Climate Prophets and Profiteers  —  The most cynical part of John Kerry's climate-change speech.  —  The weirdest thing about John Kerry's weekend speech on climate-change—other than the fact that this is the same guy who in 1997 voted to forbid the U.S. from signing the Kyoto Protocol …
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ABC News:
John Kerry Calls Climate Change a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’
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 …
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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
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Bible’ Producers Cut Satan Scenes From ‘Son of God’ Following Obama Controversy (Video)  —  Eager to avoid a controversy about the devil looking like the president, Roma Downey and Mark Burnett decided to leave the character out of their film, which is based on “The Bible” miniseries.
Discussion: Guardian
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
Unemployment Rises to Top Problem in the U.S.  —  Fewer Americans name the government as the most important problem in February  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans have a new No. 1 problem.  Nearly one in four Americans mention jobs and unemployment as the most important problem facing the country, up from 16% in January.
Naomi Schaefer Riley / New York Post:
The economics of sex: Has the price gotten too cheap?  —  With the romantic haze of Valentine's Day behind us, can we return to the reality of relations between the sexes?  —  Start with a new film short, “The Economics of Sex,” from the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture.
Discussion: The Big Picture and Althouse
Politico:
Exclusive: Mega-donors plan GOP war council  —  A group of major GOP donors, led by New York billionaire Paul Singer, is quietly expanding its political footprint ahead of the midterm elections in an increasingly assertive effort to shape the direction of the Republican Party.
James Hohmann / Politico:
NRSC raised $4.62 million in January  —  The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $4.62 million in January, a source told POLITICO, the group's best haul so far this election cycle.  —  NRSC officials plan to announce that they have more than $10 million cash on hand and no debt.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Republicans open investigations into ObamaCare's disaster sites  —  Republicans are launching investigations into three state-run ObamaCare exchanges that are failing disastrously.  —  Lawmakers are setting their sites on exchanges in Oregon, Maryland and Massachusetts where Democratic governors embraced …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Mitch McConnell / The Great Debate:
Despite stimulus, middle class still struggles  —  Five years ago Monday, President Barack Obama signed the signature economic proposal of his presidency, saying that the passage of the $787 billion economic stimulus package heralded the “the beginning of the end” of the Great Recession.
Discussion: Post Politics
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Adam Aigner-Treworgy / CNN:
Obama to take next step in fuel efficiency for trucks  —  Washington (CNN) - The Obama administration will take the next step on Tuesday in its multi-year effort to cut emissions and reduce oil use by getting better fuel economy from trucks.  —  President Barack Obama is set to announce …
Discussion: Politico
Sarah Jean Seman / Townhall.com:
Pelosi: the Founding Fathers Would Totally Support Obamacare  —  America's Founding Fathers fiercely held to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—values which Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed align seamlessly with Obamacare.  —  Pelosi explained why the law is “very sound policy” during a press conference Friday:
Discussion: Right Wing News
Tom Troy / Toledo Blade:
‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher gets union job with Chrysler Group  —  Samuel Wurzelbacher he was recently hired at Chrysler.  —  Samuel “Joe” Wurzelbacher - a.k.a., “Joe the Plumber” - announced today on Facebook and earlier on his Web site that he has landed a union job with Chrysler Group LLC.
Keli Goff / The Daily Beast:
How Wendy Davis Became America's Conscience on Abortion  —  The Texas gubernatorial candidate didn't flip-flop, she just voiced what a large percentage of Americans already think of this hot button issue.  —  Wendy Davis, Texas gubernatorial candidate, and feminist icon in the making …
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Obama Plays Water Guzzling Desert Golf Courses Amid California Drought  —  After preaching shared sacrifice to assuage the California water shortage, Obama has played some of the country's thirstiest golf courses.  —  President Barack Obama traveled to California Friday to highlight …
 
 
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Mia De Graaf / Daily Mail:
Iranian mullah revives death fatwa against Salman Rushdie over Satanic Verses 25 years after it was issued
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Mike Gonzalez / The Federalist:
The New Contras: Understanding The Left's Grip On Media
Discussion: Vox Popoli
George Monbiot / Guardian:
How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes
Discussion: Spectator
Eliana Johnson / National Review:
Proposed IRS Rule Change Fractures the Left
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
Rutgers Prof Suspended for Telling Students He Was Made to Teach a Course in Which He Had Zero Expertise
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
George Zimmerman Refuses to Say Whether He Regrets Killing Trayvon Martin
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Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton sees progress on LGBT rights
Discussion: Liberaland
Al Gore / New York Times:
‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert
Rich Calder / New York Post:
GOP operative asks judge to delay trial until after elections
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Natalie Musumeci / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Groupon gaffe: Alexander Hamilton was president
Discussion: Mashable
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Failing Liberals Turn To Oppression To Hold On To Power
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
 

 
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