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8:45 PM ET, February 21, 2014

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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.
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’
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Clarence Thomas's Disgraceful Silence  —  As of this Saturday, February 22nd, eight years will have passed since the last time Clarence Thomas asked a question at a Supreme Court oral argument.  His behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing, for himself and for the institution he represents.
Law / FCC.gov:
Setting the Record Straight About the Draft Study  —  Washington, D.C.  — FCC Spokesperson Shannon Gilson issued the following statement today:  —  entrepreneurs and small business from competing in the media marketplace, and pursue policies to  —  eliminate those barriers.
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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.
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Jon Terbush / The Week:
Obama is done even pretending to work with Republicans
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
At American Enterprise Institute, NeoCons Say ‘Hello, Dalai’  —  In the right-wing temple, the high priests of capitalism debated morality with the Dalai Lama, who acknowledged he could see more than ‘exploitation’ in free enterprise.  —  Welcoming the Dalai Lama to the pinnacle of free enterprise …
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Elizabeth Dias / TIME:
Exclusive: The Dalai Lama Talks Pot, Facebook and the Pope With TIME
Jethro Mullen / CNN:   Obama, Dalai Lama meet despite China's appeal
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama to award Medal of Honor to two dozen veterans, including 19 who were overlooked because of their racial or ethnic backgrounds  —  President Obama will correct a historical act of discrimination next month when he awards the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest commendation for combat valor …
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 …
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 …
Stefano Esposito / Chicago Sun Times:
Gay marriages in Cook Co. don't have to wait, judge rules  —  Same-sex couples don't have to wait until June to get married in Cook County under a federal judge's ruling issued Friday.  —  “There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay …
Discussion: Advocate and Shakesville
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriages Allowed Immediately In Cook County, Illinois
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
CNN:
Venezuela tells CNN journalists to ‘get out’  —  Sorting fact from fiction in Venezuela  —  (CNN) — Venezuela has revoked or denied press credentials for CNN journalists in the country, following the president's announcement he would expel CNN if it did not “rectify” its coverage of anti-government protests.
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Kiev Has Deal, but Both Russia and Protesters Appear Wary  —  KIEV, Ukraine — A deal aimed at ending a lethal spiral of violence in Ukraine began to show serious strains late Friday just hours after it had been signed, with angry protesters shouting down opposition members of Parliament …
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Reuters:
Ukraine peace deal signed, opens way for early election
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New Obama initiative tramples First Amendment protections
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
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Painting Dixie Blue
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Bloomberg:
Minimum-Wage Debate Prods U.S. Retailers to Strategize
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