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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Emails link Scott Walker to secret email system  —  By Patrick Marley, Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber and Kevin Crowe of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Thousands of documents unsealed Wednesday revealed the closest links yet between Gov. Scott Walker and a secret email system used in his office when he was Milwaukee County executive.
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Highly Racist Email Forward Found In Scott Walker Investigation Documents  —  “THE NIGHTMARE ... 'I can handle being a black, disabled, one armed, drug-addicted Jewish homosexual ... but please, oh dear God, don't make me a Democrat.'” A 2010 email forward from then Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker's …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Scott Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from probes as ex-aide's e-mails are released
Bloomberg:
Wal-Mart Says ‘Looking’ at Support of Federal Minimum Wage Rise  —  Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), the largest private employer in the U.S., said it's looking at supporting an increase in the federal minimum wage, breaking with business and industry groups that oppose such a measure.
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Why Gap Is Raising Its Minimum Wage To $10
Craig Schneider / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
New Confederate license plate brings skirmishes  —  Georgia's new license plate commemorating the Sons of the Confederacy features the Confederate battle flag more prominently than in the prior design.  The emblem, incorrectly referred to in popular culture as the “Confederate flag,” …
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
What's Happening in Kiev Right Now Is Vladimir Putin's Worst Nightmare  —  I will not explain to you what is happening in Kiev tonight other than to say that it is Vladimir Putin's worst nightmare.  —  The last time that this many people came out to the Independence Square (the Maidan) …
Adam Alter / Currency:
The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking  —  Since publishing “The Secret,” in 2006, the Australian author Rhonda Byrne has been writing self-help manifestos based on the idea that people who think positive thoughts are rewarded with happiness, wealth, influence, wisdom, and success.
Discussion: The Agonist
Christopher Aluka Berry / Reuters:
VW workers may block southern U.S. deals if no unions: labor chief  —  (Reuters) - Volkswagen's top labor representative threatened on Wednesday to try to block further investments by the German carmaker in the southern United States if its workers there are not unionized.
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Breaking the grip of the unions
Seni Tienabeso / ABC News:
Juror in ‘Loud Music’ Trial Wanted Murder Conviction … A juror in the controversial Florida “loud music” trial says there was no chance from the start of a murder conviction in the shooting of an unarmed teen at a gas station because several jurors were convinced Michael Dunn acted in self-defense.
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Whip-wielding Russian Cossacks attack Pussy Riot members near Sochi Olympics  —  SOCHI, Russia — Members of the performance-art group Pussy Riot were attacked on a public plaza Wednesday by Cossacks brandishing whips and discharging pepper spray, a day after police picked them up and held them for nearly four hours without charges.
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Associated Press:
RUSSIAN SECURITY FORCES ATTACK PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS
Deena Winter / Watchdog.org:
Judge throws out Nebraska pipeline law, complicating Keystone XL plans  —  LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska judge has declared unconstitutional a 2012 law that gave the governor and state environmental regulators the authority to approve oil pipeline routes, throwing yet another obstacle in the path of the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Gateway Pundit
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Texas, it starts with you!  —  2014 is here.  The choices are becoming clearer, and the battle lines are being drawn.  The GOP Beltway crowd has convinced itself that the way to maintain or retake the majority is through compromise and capitulation on important issues like amnesty, Obamacare, and the ever-increasing federal debt.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Endless Third-Party Fantasy  —  Since third-party fantasies reemerge every time there is evidence Americans hold their elected officials in minimum high regard, Brendan Nyhan provides a public service with a compendium of “here comes a third party!” predictions dating back to 2005.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Right Turn
Bloomberg:
Ex-Con Ex-Governor Running for Congress  —  You're wrong if you think politics couldn't get saucier in Louisiana, where the ex-Democratic mayor of New Orleans was just convicted for bribery and the religious-right-supporting senator who got caught with hookers is a favorite to win the governorship …
The City / thecitywire.com:
Poll: Cotton gains edge over Pryor, Ross and Hutchinson remain tied  —  A recent poll shows U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Dardanelle, gaining ground in his bid to unseat Democrat U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.  The poll results also show the Arkansas' governors race to be tied up, and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin …
Beth Reinhard / NationalJournal.com:
CPAC Welcomes Gay-Rights Groups After Years of Exclusion  —  Meet the kinder, gentler Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, snubbed last year after palling around with President Obama, is coming.  So is GOProud, the gay-rights group that was banned …
Columbia Daily Tribune:
State to buy tinfoil hats to combat Common Core  —  JEFFERSON CITY - The House Appropriations - Education Committee cut deeply today into Gov. Jay Nixon's proposals for public schools and higher education, slashing his planned increases by more than $200 million.
Discussion: Right Wing News
Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Wendy Davis fundraising off Ted Nugent  —  Texas gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott might be making waves with his Ted Nugent tour this week, but his opponent Wendy Davis is making money.  —  Specifically, her campaign is seeking to harness the controversial rocker's presence on the trail …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
George W. Bush: ‘I miss Air Force One’  —  Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that there isn't much he misses about being president, except for one big perk.  —  “A lot of people ask me, you know, do I miss much about being president,” Bush said.  “The answer's really no. I mean I miss the people I served with.
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Iowa Newspaper Drops Brent Bozell's Column, Nobody Complains  —  Nobody seemed to mind when an Iowa newspaper dropped Brent Bozell's syndicated column from its pages last weekend.  —  The Quad-City Times announced Saturday that it will no longer run the column after it was revealed …
Discussion: Quad City Times and The Raw Story
Craig Lucie / WSB-TV:
Attorney: Teen was shot for having Wii controller in hand  —  EUHARLEE, Ga. —  The family of a 17-year-old shot and killed by a Euharlee police officer has hired an attorney, and they say he had a remote control in his hand.  They say it was not a gun.
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Will the Roberts Court Follow Its Own Religious-Freedom Precedent?  —  The cases challenging the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate challenge the conservative majority on the Court: Will they respect precedent if it pushes them toward upholding the mandate, or brush by it in their eagerness to carve out a religious exception?
Brian Maffly / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah lawmaker: Our atmosphere needs more carbon dioxide  —  Air quality » Bill would exempt CO2 and other “natural” gases from regulation.  —  | The Salt Lake Tribune  —  Arguing that we need more carbon dioxide, not less, in the atmosphere, Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price …
Ray Hagar / Inside Nevada Politics:
After Sisolak says no, Harry Reid says Nevada Democrats have another candidate for governor waiting in the wings  —  The news that Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak said he unequivocally won't run for governor as a Democrat did not seem to bother Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Tuesday in Carson City
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Our Decadent Elites  —  Watching Season 2 of “House of Cards.”  Not to be a scold or humorless, but do Washington politicians understand how they make themselves look when they embrace the show and become part of its promotion by spouting its famous lines?  Congressmen only work three days a week.
 
 
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Activists include immigration in ‘war on women’
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Hillary Clinton surfaces as issue in Republican Senate race
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Emily DePrang / The Texas Observer:
Dem Candidate for Harris County DA Says Domestic Violence is ‘Overrated’
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Another Chance for the Justices to Say No to Prosecutorial Misconduct
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Colorado Same-Sex Couples Sue For Marriage Rights
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Michelle Millhollon / Baton Rouge news …:
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NSA, DHS drop parody complaint
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