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11:45 AM ET, February 21, 2014

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Jon Terbush / The Week:
Obama is done even pretending to work with Republicans  —  If you can't beat 'em, ignore 'em  —  P  —  resident Obama is going solo.  —  Having seen his ambitious agenda run aground against Republican recalcitrance, Obama is pivoting to a more unilateral approach to achieve his goals.
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
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Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
With 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to era of austerity  —  President Obama's forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits.
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:   Budget drops lower benefits, adds $56B in spending
The Hill:
Boehner: I'd rather kill myself than raise the minimum wage  —  Speaker John Boehner is so against raising the minimum wage that he once said he would rather commit suicide than vote for a “clean” increase.  —  The Ohio Republican and son of a barkeep has repeatedly opposed federally mandated hike increases …
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Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
John Boehner just bought a condo in Florida. Hello, retirement?
Discussion: OpenSecrets.org
Art Swift / Gallup:
Hillary Clinton Maintains Positive Image in U.S.  —  American public's opinion of Vice President Joe Biden is mixed  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — A clear majority of Americans, 59%, still view Hillary Clinton favorably a year after she left her post as secretary of state.
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Hillary Clinton favorability at 59 percent
Discussion: Daily Kos
Andrew Shain / The State:
SC colleges under fire about book, course choices  —  Some S.C. public colleges are coming under fire for the books they assign students and whether they follow a state law requiring instruction on the U.S. founding documents.  —  S.C. House budget writers voted Wednesday to take away nearly $70,000 …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
‘House of Cards’ threatens to leave if Maryland comes up short on tax credits  —  A few weeks before Season 2 of “House of Cards” debuted online, the show's production company sent Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley a letter with this warning: Give us millions more dollars in tax credits, or we will …
Discussion: ABC News, Hot Air and Mediaite
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ThinkProgress:   How Tax Credits Change Shows Like ‘House Of Cards’ And ‘Homeland’
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
The myth of ‘settled science’  —  Irepeat: I'm not a global warming believer.  I'm not a global warming denier.  I've long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.  I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly …
Washington Post:
Negotiators reach deal to end Ukraine crisis  —  The Post's Will Englund gives a first-person account of what it's like on the ground for protesters and citizens in Kiev.  (The Washington Post)  —  KIEV, Ukraine — A deal designed to end Ukraine's long-running crisis was reached Friday …
Discussion: Lawfare, ABC News, RIA Novosti and Hot Air
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New York Times:
Accord Is Signed in Ukraine but Doubts Are Strong
BBC:
Ukraine rivals agree early election
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Jawa Report
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg:
Go Ahead, Let Your Kids Fail  —  I'm on the road this week, giving talks on my new book about learning to fail better: that is, first, to give ourselves the permission to take on challenges where we might very well fail; second, to pick ourselves up as quickly as possible and move on when things don't work out.
Discussion: Althouse
Alia Beard Rau / Arizona Republic:
Measure pits freedom against discrimination  —  FONT:  —  The Arizona Legislature has passed a controversial religion bill that is again thrusting Arizona into the national spotlight in a debate over discrimination.  —  House Bill 2153, written by the conservative advocacy group Center …
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
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The First Lady Did A Sketch With Jimmy Fallon And Will Ferrell In Drag (VIDEO)  —  First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show” on Thursday with newly minted host Jimmy Fallon.  The two eventually discussed Obamacare and the first lady's “Let's Move” campaign …
Discussion: Mediaite and Weekly Standard
Elizabeth Dias / TIME:
Exclusive: The Dalai Lama Talks Pot, Facebook and the Pope With TIME  —  The Tibetan spiritual leader also offers surprising praise for China's new leader  —  Ahead of a lengthy two-week tour of the U.S. west coast, the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, spoke with TIME religion …
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rips feds in Sherrod-Breitbart lawsuit  —  A federal judge delivered a severe tongue-lashing to a Justice Department lawyer Thursday, slamming the Obama Administration for its handling of demands for government records in the libel lawsuit fired Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod filed …
Rick Kissell / Variety:
Ratings: Is CNN's Piers Morgan Shooting Himself in the Foot?  —  In the end, are guns what killed CNN's “Piers Morgan Live”?  —  The show, hosted by anti-gun crusader Morgan, continues to struggle in the Nielsens.  And this month, the start of the Michael Dunn loud-music murder trial …
Discussion: NewsBusters and Althouse
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.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Democrats' Best Weapon for Midterms: Fear of a Red Senate  —  Control of the Senate depends on turnout in November.  Democrats need to tap what scares their base most: fear of an unrestrained GOP.  —  We've known for a long time now that the Democrats have a lot of Senate seats to defend …
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Writing The Snowden Files: ‘The paragraph began to self-delete’  —  Was it the NSA?  GCHQ?  A Russian hacker?  Who was secretly reading his book on Snowden while he wrote it, wonders Luke Harding  —  One day last summer - a short while after Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source behind …
Wendy Holdren / Register-Herald:
VIDEO: Manchin speaks on a variety of topics; answers questions  —  Minimum wage, health care and budget discussed — but not expected recent water legislation  —  BECKLEY — Although Sen. Joe Manchin had planned to discuss the Charleston-area chemical spill and his recent piece of legislation …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Tenn. official ‘threatened’ blacks with skin ‘trophy’ he saved from 1896 lynching  —  The state of Tennessee has fired a veteran investigator because officials believed that he attempted to use violent stories about how his relatives participated in a lynching to intimidate African-Americans …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Balloon Juice
 
 
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
For Christie, Awkward Return to a Setting He Once Ruled
Sean McElwee / The New Republic:
Republicans Suddenly Can't Stop Talking About “Mobility”
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Strassel: Another Misguided Cruz Missile
Tova Dvorin / Arutz Sheva:
US Framework to Demand that PA Recognize Israel as Jewish State
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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Del Quentin Wilber / Bloomberg:
Record U.S. Gun Production as Obama ‘Demonized’ on Issue
J. Max Robins / Forbes:
Bill Maher: Still Politically Incorrect And Conservative About His Brand
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mediaite
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
McCain: Obama the ‘most naive president’
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rick Perry has ‘problems’ with Ted Nugent
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law
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The Game Changed in Venezuela Last Night - and the International Media Is Asleep At the Switch
 

 
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