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5:55 AM ET, February 21, 2014

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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.
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
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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Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
Rick Santorum Gathers Advisers to Plot 2016 Run
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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John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Wheeler: FCC Won't Regulate Journalist's Speech
Discussion: Examiner and Poynter
Fox News:
FCC official, others warn agency study could stifle freedom of the press
Discussion: Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Tova Dvorin / Arutz Sheva:
US Framework to Demand that PA Recognize Israel as Jewish State  —  US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro declared Friday that the Palestinian Authority (PA) will be obligated to recognize Israel as a Jewish state under the US framework agreement - despite the PA's ongoing defiance over the issue.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
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
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.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Bombshell ‘American Idol’ Lawsuit Claims Sony Stiffs Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson (Exclusive)  —  The legal claims from the company behind the hit reality TV show, seeking at least $10 million in damages, could ignite new controversies over whether recording artists are getting a proper share of digital income.
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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ThinkProgress:
Everything You Need To Know About The Growing Crisis In Ukraine
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Hot Air
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
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Bevin: Same-Sex Marriage Will Lead To Parent-Child Marriage  —  After a federal judge struck down part of Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage, Sen. Mitch McConnell's Tea Party-aligned primary challenger Matt Bevin jumped on the ruling and criticized McConnell over his ties to the judge:
J. Max Robins / Forbes:
Bill Maher: Still Politically Incorrect And Conservative About His Brand  —  Bill Maher has proven that being a politically incorrect, libertarian atheist is a solid business model.  His weekly HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher,” in its 12th season, is as successful as ever.
Discussion: NewsBusters and Mediaite
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.
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.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Rick Perry has ‘problems’ with Ted Nugent  —  Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he has a “problem with” rocker Ted Nugent's “tough words,” but that shouldn't impact the campaign of Greg Abbott, who is running to replace Perry in office.  —  The Republican governor was asked on CNN's …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and The Agonist
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The Atlantic Online:   Kiev Truce Shattered, Dozens Killed
 
 
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Adam Bryant / New York Times:
Satya Nadella, Chief of Microsoft, on His New Role
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Del Quentin Wilber / Bloomberg:
Record U.S. Gun Production as Obama ‘Demonized’ on Issue
Emma Dumain / Roll Call:
Steve King: I Was Right and I Won't Apologize
Neil Steinberg / Esquire:
AND NOW FOR THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF RAHM THE IMPALER
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Public Sector Cuts Part-Time Shifts to Bypass Insurance Law
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Bloomberg:
The Future Looks Dull From Here
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
Alyssa Rosenberg to join The Post as new pop culture blogger in Opinions
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Michael Powell / New York Times:
A Church So Poor It Has to Close Schools, Yet So Rich It Can Build a Palace
Damon Linker / The Week:
Why Lyndon B. Johnson is the worst modern president
Caitlin Flanagan / The Atlantic Online:
The Dark Power of Fraternities
Discussion: The Awl