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3:50 PM ET, February 19, 2014

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Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Scott Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from probes as ex-aide's e-mails are released  —  MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been eyeing a 2016 presidential run since his battles with labor unions made him a Republican star, is in the midst of dealing with the fallout …
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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Unsealed email ties Scott Walker to secret email system  —  By Patrick Marley, Daniel Bice and Bill Glauber of the Journal Sentinel  —  Madison — Included in more than 27,000 emails unsealed Wednesday is one that for the first time directly ties Gov. Scott Walker to a secret email system used …
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.
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Roger Simon / Politico:
Who are the real thugs?  —  Let's play a game.  It's called: “Who's the Thug?”  —  It's the day after Thanksgiving 2012, and four teenagers are sitting in a Dodge Durango outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Fla.  —  The Durango is red, which is unimportant.  The teenagers are black, which is important.
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Towleroad News #gay
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Associated Press:
RUSSIAN SECURITY FORCES ATTACK PUSSY RIOT MEMBERS
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Mashable
Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
READING THE NUMBERS  —  Last week's report about the declining abortion rate in the United States was potentially good news for everyone, especially, one would think, for right-to-life groups.  Most of them, though, weren't cheering.  A statement from Americans United for Life called the report …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Early-Term Abortions and the Anti-Choicers
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
New York Times:
Ukraine Puts ‘Extremists’ on Notice After Deadly Clashes  —  KIEV, Ukraine — The security authorities in Ukraine offered the first indication on Wednesday that the deadly political violence afflicting Kiev had spread far beyond the city limits, announcing a crackdown on what the Interior Ministry called …
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Victoria Butenko / CNN:
After 25 die, Ukrainian protesters dig in
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.
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.
Mariano Castillo / CNN:
Venezuelan opposition leader Lopez due in court after surrendering  —  iReport: Have you witnessed the protests in Venezuela?  Share your experiences, but please stay safe.  —  (CNN) — Facing the largest anti-government protests in his 11 months in power, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appears ready …
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: Right Turn, Yahoo! News and Politico
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
Chicago Tribune:
The IRS targets political speech again  —  Discouraging debate and curbing information … The Internal Revenue Service is used to being universally disliked every April 15.  But this year, the widespread denunciations have started early, and for good reason.
Washington Post:
Homeland Security is seeking a national license plate tracking system  —  The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to provide a national license-plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More Americans Now View Afghanistan War as a Mistake  —  Republicans most likely to say the war was not a mistake  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time since the U.S. initially became involved in Afghanistan in 2001, Americans are as likely to say U.S. military involvement there was a mistake as to say it was not.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Blair advised Brooks on phone-hacking scandal, court hears  —  Former prime minister suggested setting up ‘Hutton style’ inquiry, according to email from former News International chief  —  Read Rebekah Brooks's email to James Murdoch in full (PDF)  —  Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks to launch a …
KFDM-TV:
Candidate For Orange County GOP Chairman Arrested On Assault Charge After Dispute At Polling Place  —  ORANGE COUNTY - A candidate for Orange County GOP Chairman was arrested Tuesday and released from jail on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond after he was charged with assaulting a man at an early voting location.
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 …
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Jim Crow laws for gays and lesbians?  Column  —  Kansas legislation could make discrimination easy.  —  What's the matter with Kansas?  A bill protecting the religious freedom of businesses and individuals to refuse services to same-sex couples passed the state House of Representatives last week.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Mississippi 2014 Senate election: Anatomy of a takedown  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  OXFORD, Miss. — As Sen. Thad Cochran faces a potentially career-ending primary challenge, his strategy for victory is straightforward …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
Scott Brown no longer under contract with Fox News  —  Ex-senator mum on whether he will run in N.H.  —  Former US senator Scott Brown, a frequent presence on Fox News, is no longer under contract with the widely watched cable station, a development sure to fan flames of speculation about his potential US Senate bid in New Hampshire.
NESTLÉ® USA:
Nestlé USA Announces Voluntary Recall of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese  —  Nestlé USA's Prepared Foods Division today announced the voluntary recall of HOT POCKETS® brand Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and HOT POCKETS® brand Croissant …
Michael S. Rosenwald / Washington Post:
‘We need the iPhone of guns’: Will smart guns transform the gun industry?  —  Video: Not long ago, smart guns — personalized weapons that only fired for authorized users — were seen only in the movies.  Today, after millions of dollars and more than 10 years of research, there are finally smart guns for the public.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
David Weigel / Slate:
John Cornyn Says His Opponent's Win-by-Not-Campaigning Strategy Is “Unique”  —  HOUSTON—Early voting in Texas' party primaries commenced today and ends on March 4.  Sen. John Cornyn, who is facing seven challengers (none of whom he's debated at voter forums), started the day with an endorsement …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Michael D. Shear / New York Times:
Obama's Vote-Getting Tactics Struggle to Find the Uninsured
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Michelle Millhollon / Baton Rouge news …:
Poll: Jindal unpopular; Vitter leads in 2015 race
Craig Lucie / WSB-TV:
Attorney: Teen was shot for having Wii controller in hand
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
NSA, DHS drop parody complaint
Discussion: New York Times
John Nichols / thenation.com/blogs/117:
Rand Paul Is Wrong: Why the GOP Should Be Moving Backward, Not Forward
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Marco Rubio: Obama art apology ‘pathetic’
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Jobless benefits: The GOP's search for an exit
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