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5:15 PM ET, February 20, 2014

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Sarah Kendzior / Politico:
The Day We Pretended to Care About Ukraine  —  What does our addiction to disaster porn say about us?  —  Journalist Simon Shuster said it was “straight out of Hieronymus Bosch.”  Writer Philip Gourevitch thought it was more like Bruegel.  But the main word to describe the violent clashes …
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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 …
The Atlantic Online:   Kiev Truce Shattered, Dozens Killed
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About The Growing Crisis In Ukraine
Discussion: Hit & Run and Reuters
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Is Ukraine the Cold War's final episode?
WJHL-TV:
Bachmann has confidence tea party can best Clinton in 2016  —  With less than a year left in her fourth and final term in Congress, it's a little early for an exit interview, but not too early to get the views of Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., on issues dear to a “founding mother” …
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Natalie Villacorta / Politico:   Michele Bachmann: U.S. not ready for female president
Samantha Lachman / The Huffington Post:
Michele Bachmann's Bad News For Hillary Clinton: People 'Aren't Ready' For A Female President
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
OBAMA BUDGET TO DROP BUDGET COST-OF-LIVING TRIMS  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama's upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Four Reasons The GOP Has A Huge Advantage In The 2014 Elections
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
CBO Shoots an Arrow in the Heart of Obamanomics
Sarah Hurtubise / The Daily Caller:
White House adviser: Obamacare didn't kill jobs because people have been hired since it passed
Discussion: American Spectator and Hot Air
Ted Cruz / CNN:
Ted Cruz assails fellow Republican 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.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz backs Ukraine sanctions push
Discussion: CNN and The Heritage Foundation
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Ted Cruz slams GOP leadership for ‘show vote’ on debt ceiling
Discussion: The Hill, The Dish and Politico
Dylan Byers / Politico:
‘House of Cards’ is really bad  —  The second season of Netflix's “House of Cards” was a pretty big let down.  The storylines were preposterous.  The principle characters were flat and cliched.  The efforts at narrative transgression, either violent or sexual, were pathetic and unconvincing.
Discussion: CNN and FishbowlDC
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Howard Fischer Capitol / Arizona Daily Star:
Arizona Senate: Business owners can cite religion to refuse service to gays  —  PHOENIX — State senators voted Wednesday to let businesses refuse to serve gays based on owners' “sincerely held” religious beliefs.  —  The 17-13 vote along party lines, with Republicans in the majority …
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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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael Powell / New York Times:
A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools, Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace  —  KEARNY, N.J. — Mater Dei Academy sits shuttered, blue drapes pulled across its windows, atop a hill in this working-class city.  From its steps, you can peer across the mist-shrouded expanse of the Meadowlands to the distant spires of Manhattan.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Walker Aide Found Racist Email Comparing Welfare Recipients To Dogs ‘Hilarious’  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) deputy chief of staff from his days as Milwaukee County executive once called a racially charged email comparing welfare recipients to dogs “hilarious.”
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Matt Taibbi / Rolling Stone:
TAIBBLOG  —  Thank You, Rolling Stone  —  Today is my last day at Rolling Stone.  As of this week, I'm leaving to work for First Look Media, the new organization that's already home to reporters like Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.  —  I'll have plenty of time to talk about the new job elsewhere.
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic Online:
The Dark Power of Fraternities  —  A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame.  —  One warm spring night in 2011, a young man named Travis Hughes stood on the back deck …
Discussion: The Awl
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Rick Santorum Gathers Advisers to Plot 2016 Run  —  The 2012 contender is weighing another run for the White House, and a second chance to be as conservative and “unelectable” as mainstream Republicans fear.  —  Listening to pundits talk about the potential 2016 Republican field, you'd be forgiven for forgetting about Rick Santorum.
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Fox News:
Why the FCC should keep its nose out of TV newsrooms  —  What on earth is the FCC thinking?  —  The last thing we need is the government mucking around with news content.  —  The title of this Big Brother-ish effort by the Federal Communications Commission sounds innocuous enough: “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs.”
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Calif. beats ObamaCare sign-up goal weeks early  —  California announced Wednesday that it has beat its 2014 ObamaCare enrollment goals with roughly five weeks left before the first sign-up period closes.  —  Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace …
Discussion: CNN and New York Times
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Investor's Business Daily:   Sebelius Denies Well-Documented ObamaCare Joblessness
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal  —  WASHINGTON — The veal pen is becoming a dangerous place.  —  U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman — President Barack Obama's top trade official — ventured into it Tuesday evening, meeting with a group of liberal leaders …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Alan Berube / Brookings Institute:
All Cities Are Not Created Unequal  —  In December 2013, President Obama gave a speech on economic mobility, in which he called income inequality and lack of upward mobility “the defining challenge of our time.”  —  That challenge is front and center in America's big cities today.
 
 
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