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5:50 AM ET, February 22, 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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Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Ted Nugent Apologizes for Obama Insult  —  HOUSTON — The rock guitarist Ted Nugent, responding to cascading criticism that had become an embarrassment for his conservative Republican allies, apologized Friday for calling President Obama a “subhuman mongrel.”
Discussion: The Raw Story
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Ted Nugent (Kind Of) Apologizes for ‘Sub-Human Mongrel’ Obama Remark
Discussion: The Daily Caller and CNN
Scott Wilson / Washington Post:
Obama to award Medal of Honor to two dozen veterans, including 19 discrimination victims  —  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, to a group of Hispanic …
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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Fox News:
FCC backs off newsroom survey plan
Discussion: Hot Air and Fox News Insider
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.
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
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
GOP wages war with ‘imperial presidency’  —  House Republicans will push the Obama administration to roll back regulations over the next few weeks as they combat an “imperial presidency.”  —  In an email to House Republicans, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) accused President Obama of …
Discussion: Fox News
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.
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Federal Judge Rules Same-Sex Marriages Allowed Immediately In Cook County, Illinois  —  “There is no reason to delay further when no opposition has been presented to this Court and committed gay and lesbian couples have already suffered from the denial of their fundamental right to marry.”
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Stefano Esposito / Chicago Sun Times:
Gay marriages in Cook Co. don't have to wait, judge rules
Discussion: Advocate and Shakesville
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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Jethro Mullen / CNN:
Obama, Dalai Lama meet despite China's appeal
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Adam Serwer / msnbc.com:
Arizona passes law allowing discrimination  —  The Arizona legislature sent a bill to the Gov. Jan Brewer's desk Thursday that would carve a massive hole into state law allowing business owners to turn away gay and lesbian customers, employers to deny equal pay to women …
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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 …
Liz Dahlem / myfoxny.com:
NY lawmaker: Parents should take parenting classes  —  New York state Sen. Ruben Diaz Jr. introduced a bill that would require parents of elementary school children to attend a minimum of four parent support classes.  If parents don't go, 6th graders won't move onto 7th grade.
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Ole Miss Students May Face Charges in Racist Episode  —  OXFORD, Miss. — The University of Mississippi said Friday that students could face criminal charges for placing a noose on a statue honoring the college's first black student, and a fraternity announced that it had expelled three men because of the incident.
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 …
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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