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11:55 PM ET, February 18, 2014

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The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income  —  Increasing the minimum wage would have two principal effects on low-wage workers.  Most of them would receive higher pay that would increase their family's income, and some of those families would see their income rise above the federal poverty threshold.
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Brian Faler / Politico:
CBO: Wage hike will cause job loss  —  Raising the minimum wage would cost thousands of jobs while simultaneously lifting wages for millions more, according to a new report sure to inflame an election-year battle over income inequality.  —  In an analysis providing fodder to both Democrats and Republicans …
Discussion: Hot Air and CNN
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO report: Minimum wage hike to cost 500K jobs, boost income
Discussion: CNN and The Lonely Conservative
Alicia Eler / Hyperallergic:
President Obama Pens Personal Apology to an Art Historian  —  Art historian Ann Collins Johns of the University of Texas at Austin (image used with permission)  —  Professor Ann Collins Johns at the University of Texas at Austin was just as peeved as many people were about President Barack Obama's knock on art history majors.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: White House ‘hostile’ to marriage  —  Sen. Ted Cruz says President Barack Obama's administration is “hostile” to traditional marriage, calling it the most hostile White House in history.  —  The Texas Republican has been plugging his State Marriage Defense Act …
Discussion: Daily Kos and NOM Blog
Susan Ferrechio / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare changes may include extension of risk corridors  —  CONGRESS OBAMACARE HEALTH CARE PENNAVE  —  The Obama Administration may extend beyond 2016 a federal reimbursement program for health insurance companies that lose money by participating in the newly created health care exchanges.
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New York Times:
Kiev Protesters Set Square Ablaze to Thwart Police  —  KIEV, Ukraine — With hundreds of riot police officers advancing from all sides after a day of deadly mayhem here in the Ukrainian capital, antigovernment protesters mounted a final desperate and seemingly doomed act of defiance late on Tuesday evening …
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CNN:
Tensions high in Ukraine after at least 21 die in fiery clashes  —  From Victoria Butenko.  Greg Botelho and Phil Black, CNN  —  Ukraine protests turn deadly  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — Downtown Kiev was aglow in fire early Wednesday, as demonstrators undeterred by a bloody day on the streets staked …
Discussion: Mediaite, JHPolitics and Hot Air
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Ex-Rep. Baca bashes ‘bimbo’ Negrete McLeod, won't run for seat  —  Former Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) won't switch districts to run for Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod's (D-Calif.) seat.  —  “No, I'm running for the 31st Congressional seat,” Baca told The Hill when reached by phone shortly …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Democratic congresswoman to retire after one term
TIME:
It's True: Liberals Like Cats More Than Conservatives Do  —  Preferences for pets or particular kinds of food can accurately predict partisanship, research from more than 200,000 TIME readers shows  —  In January, TIME ran a 12-question quiz that guessed your politics based on things …
Discussion: Hot Air and Liberal Values
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Poll: 71% of Obama voters, 55% Democrats ‘regret’ voting for his re-election  —  WASHINGTON SECRETS BARACK OBAMA HILLARY CLINTON POLLS 2012 ELECTIONS 2016 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS MITT ROMNEY  —  Over seven in 10 Obama voters, and 55 percent of Democrats, regret voting for President Obama's reelection in 2012 …
KCTV:
Teachers could spank harder under bill pending in KS Legislature  —  A Kansas lawmaker wants to give school teachers and caregivers more power to spank children.  —  Kansas House member Gail Finney, D-Wichita, said the bill is designed to restore parental rights.
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul's Republican revolution  —  DALLAS — It's 7 a.m. on a Saturday, Rand Paul is exhausted and airport security has just confiscated his morning joe.  —  “The TSA took away my coffee,” the libertarian-leaning senator, Houston-bound for a day of events with GOP activists, complains of the federal agency he's proposed abolishing.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Holt, Science Advocate From New Jersey, Won't Seek Re-election to Congress  —  Representative Rush D. Holt Jr. of New Jersey, a research physicist who became Congress's chief advocate for scientific research over eight terms, announced on Tuesday that he is not seeking re-election this year.
ThinkProgress:
Michael Dunn Compares Himself To Rape Victim In Newly Released Calls From Jail  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool  —  In newly released audio of phone calls made by Michael Dunn while in jail, the man who shot 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a loud music dispute claiming self-defense …
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
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Pia Malbran / CBS News:
Michael Dunn, in just released phone calls, describes himself as victim after killing teenager
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Newt Gingrich calls for John Kerry to resign  —  Newt Gingrich tweeted on Monday calling for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign because of Kerry's recent comments on climate change. … He said his wife, Callista, pointed out he had misspelled Kerry's name, as if he were related to former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Nev.).
Steve Harrison / Raleigh News & Observer:
After comment to Gov. McCrory, food store cook fired in Charlotte  —  CHARLOTTE — An employee at a Myers Park gourmet food store was fired after Gov. Pat McCrory's security detail complained Sunday about a comment the worker made to the governor.  —  On Sunday afternoon …
Tom Loftus / Courier-Journal:
LRC employee fired for appearing in Grimes video  —  FRANKFORT, KY. — Charles Booker, a legislative employee who appeared in an online video of Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign for the U.S. Senate, was fired Monday for violating a staff policy against partisan political activity.
Associated Press:
Melvin Reynolds arrested in Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean official says  —  HARARE, Zimbabwe — Former U.S. Rep. Melvin Jay Reynolds has been arrested in Zimbabwe, said a Zimbabwean immigration official.  —  The official, Ario Mabika, told The Associated Press Tuesday that Reynolds is being investigated.
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Olga Khazan / The Atlantic Online:
Black Boy Interrupted  —  On the unfinished life of Jordan Davis  —  I got up at 5 a.m. today in hopes of making the gym before my train to D.C. I handled business and with some time to spare, walked over to my favorite bakery for a touch of that summer love, now lost to my life upon these shores.
Discussion: The Dish and The Monkey Cage
James Piereson / Wall Street Journal:
James Piereson: The Truth About the ‘One Percent’  —  The typical ‘rich’ person works for a salary.  Only 18% are in the financial industry.  —  'Income inequality" has emerged as the issue du jour in national politics, threatening to displace the unpopular health-care law and the slow-growing economy this election year.
Discussion: Cafe Hayek and Betsy's Page
The Intercept:
Snowden Documents Reveal Covert Surveillance and Pressure Tactics Aimed at WikiLeaks and Its Supporters  —  Top-secret documents from the National Security Agency and its British counterpart reveal for the first time how the governments of the United States and the United Kingdom targeted WikiLeaks …
Skschust / CBS New York:
Sen. Booker: New Jersey Will ‘Be Able To Get The Salt That It Needs’  —  JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - New Jersey was expected to receive a critical supply of rock salt that was held up by the Department of Homeland Security because it was being carried on a foreign ship.
CNN:
Members of Pussy Riot released in Sochi  —  Sochi, Russia (CNN) — Two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were detained briefly Tuesday in central Sochi, after apparently being considered suspects in a theft at their hotel, and then released.  —  “A survey in connection with the theft …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Noose Found Around The Neck Of Statue Honoring Civil Rights Icon At Ole Miss  —  Police at the University of Mississippi are investigating a racially inflammatory incident involving a statue depicting a civil rights icon.  —  According to The Daily Mississippian, the student-run newspaper at Ole Miss …
 
 
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