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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Nugent apologizes for using term ‘subhuman mongrel’  —  (CNN) - Conservative activist and rocker Ted Nugent apologized Friday for using the term “subhuman mongrel” to describe President Barack Obama.  —  “I do apologize-not necessarily to the President-but on behalf of much better men than myself …
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ThinkProgress:
How Conservatives Can Develop A Better Class Of Political Celebrities Than Donald Trump And Ted Nugent  —  Writing in the Daily Caller, Matt K. Lewis ponders why conservative advocates and journalists are so quick to get excited-or at minimum, come to the defense of-conservative celebrities …
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Ted Nugent (Kind Of) Apologizes for ‘Sub-Human Mongrel’ Obama Remark
Hadas Gold / Politico:
The changed politics of late-night TV  —  The curtain rose this week on a new era of late-night TV — altering the terrain for politicians who frequent the shows and complicating life for Republicans, who have lost their most comfortable seat in front of the camera.
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NewsBusters:
Bozell & Graham Column: Jimmy Fallon, Democrat Political Asset  —  The Obamas have had few more obsequious media allies than NBC's Jimmy Fallon.  Now that he's taking over the hallowed ground of “The Tonight Show,” Fallon's proven ability to spread his reach into viral videos on YouTube promises to become even more politically potent.
Discussion: Liberaland and Hinterland Gazette
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
The First Lady Did A Sketch With Jimmy Fallon And Will Ferrell In Drag (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite and Weekly Standard
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 …
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Alyssa Rosenberg / ThinkProgress:
How Tax Credits Change Shows Like ‘House Of Cards’ And ‘Homeland’
Discussion: National Review
Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Obama, Dalai Lama meet despite China's appeal  —  Hong Kong (CNN) — President Barack Obama met on Friday with the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, despite China's appeal not to do so.  —  The White House said in a statement that Obama “reiterated his strong support for the preservation …
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:   At American Enterprise Institute, NeoCons Say ‘Hello, Dalai’
Elizabeth Dias / TIME:
Exclusive: The Dalai Lama Talks Pot, Facebook and the Pope With TIME
Discussion: The Huffington Post
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.
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Jon Terbush / The Week:
Obama is done even pretending to work with Republicans
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Brownback extremely unpopular, trails for reelection  —  PPP's newest Kansas poll finds that Sam Brownback has continued to become even more unpopular in the last year, and that he slightly trails his Democratic opponent for reelection.  Only 33% of voters in the state approve of the job Brownback is doing …
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 …
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Arizona Republic:
Gov. Brewer, veto these religious-freedom bills
Discussion: BuzzFeed and ThinkProgress
New York Times:
Ukraine Leader Agrees to Deal Amid Move to Free Archrival  —  KIEV, Ukraine — The embattled president of Ukraine, whose shift toward closer relations with Russia provoked the deadliest political crisis in his country's post-Soviet history, signed a compromise deal on Friday that will diminish …
Discussion: UPROXX, RT, The Week, kyivpost.com, BBC and Guardian
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Washington Post:
Negotiators reach deal to end Ukraine crisis
Reuters:
Ukraine peace deal signed, opens way for early election
Alex Roarty / NationalJournal.com:
The GOP's Talent Gap  —  The party doesn't have enough smart people working on its campaigns, and those who do are playing out of position.  —  Republicans who run campaigns gripe they lose races because of candidates and ideology.  It's easy to understand why.
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 …
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 …
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
Brendan Fischer / PR Watch:
Walker Staff on the Mentally Ill: “No One Cares about Crazy People”  —  “We cannot as a country allow people with mental illness to be treated as second-class citizens any longer” — Sen. Paul Wellstone  —  One of the more disturbing exchanges in recently-unsealed court documents shows …
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 …
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
‘Anchorman 2’ Returns (Call It 2 ½)  —  LOS ANGELES — TAKE a raunchy Hollywood comedy, remove the jokes, and what do you have left?  —  Room for 763 new, and even raunchier, jokes.  —  In what appears to be the movie equivalent of blood replacement therapy — and possibly a cinematic first …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Garrick Utley, a Mainstay at NBC News, Dies at 74  —  Garrick Utley, a former anchor for NBC News who for many years was one of a rare breed in television news reporting, a full-time foreign correspondent, died on Thursday night at his home in Manhattan.  He was 74.
 
 
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