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11:10 PM ET, February 20, 2014

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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
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Has Anyone in America Actually Been Harmed by Obamacare?  —  I'm beginning to think there's not actually a single person in America who's been harmed by Obamacare.  I know that seems unlikely, but take a look at the latest AFP ad pounding Obamacare.  It features Julie Boonstra …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Liberaland
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Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
A hard-hitting anti-Obamacare ad makes a claim that doesn't add up  —  “I was diagnosed with leukemia.  I found out I only have a 20 percent chance of surviving.  I found this wonderful doctor and a great health care plan.  I was doing fairly well fighting the cancer, fighting the leukemia, and then I received a letter.
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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BBC:
Ukraine unrest: At least 21 protesters dead in clashes  —  At least 21 protesters have been killed by security forces in Kiev following the breakdown of a truce agreed on Wednesday.  —  Witnesses have told the BBC that some died as a result of single gunshot wounds, typical of sniper fire.
ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About The Growing Crisis In Ukraine
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Hot Air
Reuters:
Ukraine truce shattered, death toll tops 50
The Atlantic Online:   Kiev Truce Shattered, Dozens Killed
Brian Beutler / Salon:
GOP's Social Security disaster: Conservatives just lost their chance to cut benefits  —  The president dropping Chained CPI from his budget is a reprieve for the left — and a message to the right  —  Back in November 2012, with the Bush tax cuts scheduled to expire and sequestration looming …
Discussion: Eschaton
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Associated Press:
Officials: Obama drops 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.
Discussion: Firedoglake and ThinkProgress
Edward Morrissey / The Fiscal Times:
CBO Shoots an Arrow in the Heart of Obamanomics
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.”
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Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Inside the Conservative Campaign to Launch “Jim Crow-Style” Bills Against Gay Americans  —  “In this new up-is-down world, anti-gay religious folks are ‘practicing their faith’ when they're baking cakes or renting out hotel rooms to travelers.”  —  Creatas/Thinkstock
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Francisco Toro / Caracas Chronicles:
Venezuela: The Game Changed Last Night  —  Listen and understand.  The game changed in Venezuela last night.  What had been a slow-motion unravelling that had stretched out over many years went kinetic all of a sudden.  —  What we have this morning is no longer the Venezuela story you thought you understood.
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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.
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Video: “I thought the Affordable Care Act would save $2500 per family?”  —  “What happened?”  —  Senator Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz came back to Mankato, MN yesterday to meet and greet constituents at South Central College, along with Rep. Collin Peterson.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
McCain: Obama the ‘most naive president’  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Thursday called President Obama “the most naïve president in history” because of his foreign policy tactics.  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin “played us so incredibly,” McCain said on a Phoenix radio station.
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
How Likely Are Democrats to Lose the Senate?  —  A few weeks ago, I produced two Senate analyses.  One focused on the relationship between the president's job approval, the fate of Senate Democrats during the 2010 and 2012 elections, and what that would mean if this relationship continues through 2014.
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Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Four Reasons The GOP Has A Huge Advantage In The 2014 Elections
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.
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
CBS 2 Exclusive: De Blasio's Caravan Caught Speeding, Violating Traffic Laws  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Just days after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced an aggressive plan to prevent traffic deaths, CBS 2 cameras caught the driver of a car carrying the mayor violating a number of traffic laws.
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.
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Steve King: I Was Right and I Won't Apologize  —  Rep. Steve King not only isn't sorry about his controversial comments about illegal immigrants, he's taking credit for correcting other lawmakers' statements.  —  In a recent interview with his local newspaper, the Spencer Daily Reporter …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law  —  WASHINGTON — Cities, counties, public schools and community colleges around the country have limited or reduced the work hours of part-time employees to avoid having to provide them with health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, state and local officials say.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
 
 
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J. Max Robins / Forbes:
Bill Maher: Still Politically Incorrect And Conservative About His Brand
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Rick Perry has ‘problems’ with Ted Nugent
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DeLay: Americans Have Forgotten That God Wrote The Constitution
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Sochi 2014 Olympics: Obama, Harper bet beer on games
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Reno Gazette-Journal:
Nevada's Dean Heller predicts immigration reform will pass U.S. House if it gets a floor vote
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Alan Berube / Brookings Institute:
All Cities Are Not Created Unequal
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic Online:
The Dark Power of Fraternities
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Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
Here's Why Obama Can't Get Democrats To Back His Trade Deal
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