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9:25 AM ET, February 20, 2014

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Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Cruz: I didn't want to throw GOP under bus  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Wednesday that he did want to throw any of his colleagues under the bus by forcing a 60-vote threshold on a bill to increase the debt ceiling earlier this month.  —  Cruz said in a CNN interview that he heard …
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Ted Cruz slams GOP leadership for ‘show vote’ on debt ceiling  —  (CNN) - Ted Cruz sharpened his critique against the Republican establishment in Washington, taking leaders in his party to task for allowing GOP senators to cast a “show vote” on the debt ceiling and misleading constituents.
Discussion: Politico
Ted Cruz / CNN:
Ted Cruz assails fellow Republicans senators for ‘trickery’  —  Beaumont, Texas (CNN) - Sen. Ted Cruz accused his own Republican leadership of “trickery” in trying to force a “show vote” on raising the debt ceiling last week, warning Republicans will get “clobbered in the polls” for not standing up for principle.
Wall Street Journal:
McNider and Christy: Why Kerry Is Flat Wrong on Climate Change  —  It was the scientific skeptics who bucked the ‘consensus’ and said the Earth was round.  —  In a Feb. 16 speech in Indonesia, Secretary of State John Kerry assailed climate-change skeptics as members of the “Flat Earth Society” …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Seumas Milne / Guardian:   Climate change deniers have grasped that markets can't fix the climate
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 …
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Patrick Marley / JSOnline:
Emails link Scott Walker to secret email system
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 …
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Rothman: CPAC's Sprint Toward Irrelevance
Discussion: Daily Kos and VodkaPundit
New York Times:
The Clear Benefits of a Higher Wage  —  Republicans sputtered with outrage when the Congressional Budget Office said that immigration reform would lower the deficit, strengthen Social Security and speed up economic growth.  They called for the office to be abolished when it dared to point …
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Aviva Shen / ThinkProgress:
Why Gap Is Raising Its Minimum Wage To $10
Discussion: Consumerist
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: CANNONFIRE and The Agonist
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 20, 2014 - Clinton Sweeps 2016 Ohio Field As Christie Drops, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Approval Goes From Terrible To Bad  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sweeps the 2016 presidential field in Ohio as New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie …
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,” …
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Dems press Holder on secret FBI letters  —  Two House Democrats are calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to make changes to secret letters that the FBI uses to get information.  —  In a letter on Wednesday, the lawmakers demanded answers about the FBI's National Security Letters …
Manu Raju / Politico:
Senate battle in Michigan: Whiskey and sled rides  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  MARQUETTE, Mich. — Braving sub-zero temperatures at the annual dog sled race here, Democratic Senate candidate Gary Peters happily indulged …
Kurtis Lee / The Spot:
Rep. Jared Wright leaves loaded handgun in House committee room  —  In the moments after lawmakers and visitors cleared a committee room Feb. 6 following a debate on concealed handgun permits, Rep. Jonathan Singer found a black canvass bag under the table where lawmakers sit.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Trail Blazers Blog
Markos Moulitsas / The Hill:
A blue Georgia  —  Demographic changes are inevitably driving Texas and Arizona into purple — and eventually blue — territory.  The growth of the Latino population is poised to overwhelm predominantly conservative white voters in both states, absent a genuine and successful rebranding by the Republican Party.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Four Reasons The GOP Has A Huge Advantage In The 2014 Elections  —  For all their internal divisions and long-term worries as a party, political scientists and historical trends give Republicans a clear edge in the upcoming 2014 congressional elections.  —  Forget Obamacare …
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) …
Associated Press:
Joe Biden: Obamacare enrollment may miss mark  —  MINNEAPOLIS — Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that it would be a good start for the federal health care law if 5 million to 6 million people sign up by the end of March, an acknowledgement that enrollments might fall significantly short …
Discussion: Mediaite
Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Law and Politics  —  I first read about Robert A. Dahl's death earlier this month in the Yale Daily News.  Why would the editors of a student newspaper publish a Page 1 obituary of a 98-year-old political science professor who had retired from teaching well before any of today's undergraduates were born?
Discussion: The Monkey Cage
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.
Politico:
Exclusive: Mega-donors plan GOP war council  —  Sources say the genesis for the American Opportunity Alliance can be traced to a late September meeting in New York City.  That gathering, which drew roughly 20 major donors whose views spanned the GOP political spectrum, was organized by Singer, Ricketts and energy executive Joe Craft.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Audrey M. Dacosta / Caracas Chronicles:
19F - The Night Venezuela Finally Imploded  —  Tonight, Venezuela is seeing a spasm of violence that's unlike anything the country has experienced since 1989.  Information is fragmented, since an almost complete media black-out is in place, but you don't need the media to hear your neighbor's screams.
Discussion: Babalú Blog
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A difference of opinion about IRS suppression of speech.
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Russ Smith / SPLICETODAY.com:
The Left Wing Can't Contain Its Fantasies
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Ed Tibbetts / Quad City Times:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry to return to Iowa next week
Discussion: The Iowa Republican and Politico
Ray Hagar / Inside Nevada Politics:
After Sisolak says no, Harry Reid says Nevada Democrats have another candidate for governor waiting in the wings
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Activists include immigration in ‘war on women’
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Iowa Newspaper Drops Brent Bozell's Column, Nobody Complains
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‘We need the iPhone of guns’: Will smart guns transform the gun industry?
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