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11:25 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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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.
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
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Cruz disagrees with Nugent, but doesn't rule out campaigning with him
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Politico
Andrea Drusch / Politico:
Wendy Davis fundraising off Ted Nugent
Discussion: CNN
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: White House Dossier and Hot Air
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Seumas Milne / Guardian:
Deniers grasp that markets can't fix the climate  —  The refusal to accept global warming is driven by corporate interests and the fear of what it will cost to try to stop it  —  It's an unmistakable taste of things to come.  The floods that have deluged Britain may be small beer on a global scale.
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 …
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Washington Post:
In 2014 midterms, parties see different issues and states as path to Senate majority
Discussion: ABC News
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
How Likely Are Democrats to Lose the Senate?
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
CNN:
Truce crumbles amid gunfire in Ukraine, protesters claim 100 dead  —  Are you in Ukraine?  Send us your photos and experiences but please stay safe.  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — A shaky truce crumbled Thursday as gunfire erupted at Independence Square, the center of anti-government protests …
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Is Ukraine the Cold War's final episode?
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Althouse
New York Times:
Kiev's Brief Truce Shatters in Bursts of Gunfire
Discussion: Business Insider and Althouse
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
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 canvas bag under the table where lawmakers sit.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Sequoia Capital:
Four Numbers That Explain Why Facebook Acquired WhatsApp  —  WhatsApp Co-Founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton  —  Earlier today, Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $16 billion.  It's a spectacular milestone for the company's co-founders Jan Koum and Brian Acton, and their remarkable team.
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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.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House GOP plots anti-reg blitz  —  House Republicans next week will pass a legislative package aimed at making federal regulations more transparent and less costly to the economy.  —  The legislation is the GOP's latest attempt to reduce the regulatory red tape that they say is stifling job creation.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: BillMoyers.com
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Start-Up Site Hires Critic of Wall St.  —  Matt Taibbi, who made a name as a fierce critic of Wall Street at Rolling Stone magazine, has joined First Look Media, the latest big-name journalist to leave an established brand to enter the thriving and well-financed world of news start-ups.
Lexington Herald-Leader:
Cockfighting enthusiasts angry with McConnell for supporting farm bill that stiffens penalties  —  Add cockfighters to the long list of Kentuckians angry with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  —  McConnell's vote in favor of the federal farm bill has left cockfighting enthusiasts furious …
 
 
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A difference of opinion about IRS suppression of speech.
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
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After Sisolak says no, Harry Reid says Nevada Democrats have another candidate for governor waiting in the wings
Columbia Daily Tribune:
State to buy tinfoil hats to combat Common Core
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