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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 …
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  —  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: Daily Kos and Politico
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’  —  There's been a lot of chuckling on my Twitter feed this morning over the news that Charlie Goldstein, a senior vice president for Media Rights Capital, the studio that produces House of Cards, has written to the state …
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 …
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Reuters:
Ukraine peace deal signed, opens way for early election
BBC:
Ukraine rivals agree early election
Discussion: ThinkProgress and kyivpost.com
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
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 …
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
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: ThinkProgress and BuzzFeed
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
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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
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and GovBeat
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
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
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 …
Roy Spencer, PhD.:
Time to push back against the global warming Nazis  —  Yeah, somebody pushed my button.  —  When politicians and scientists started calling people like me “deniers”, they crossed the line.  They are still doing it.  —  They indirectly equate (1) the skeptics' view that global warming …
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
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 …
 
 
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Sean McElwee / The New Republic:
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