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12:15 PM ET, February 24, 2014

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Alec Baldwin / Vulture:
Good-bye, Public Life  —  Alec Baldwin, photographed by Steve Schofield.  —  As told to Joe Hagan.  —  I flew to Hawaii recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice.
David Carr / New York Times:
Piers Morgan and CNN Plan End to His Prime-Time Show  —  There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn't seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor.  Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for …
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Nolan Finley / detroitnews.com:
Michigan's John Dingell to retire from Congress after 58 years  —  Rep. John Dingell is leaving the Congress he's served for longer than anyone else in United States history.  —  At a luncheon Monday in his beloved Downriver, the Dearborn representative says he will announce he won't seek re-election …
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Detroit Free Press:
John Dingell, longest serving U.S. representative, to retire  —  Rep. John Dingell: I'm the luckiest man in shoe le...  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Dingell, a Dearborn Democrat who replaced his father in the House some 58 years ago and became one of the most powerful members of Congress ever …
John Dingell / CNN:
‘Dean’ of U.S. House to retire
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal …
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Fox News:
Hagel to call for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to call Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size since 1940, among other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security.  —  Hagel plans to announce his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon.
Discussion: Fox News Insider
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Horror Hooey  —  Remember the “death tax”?  The estate tax is quite literally a millionaire's tax — a tax that affects only a tiny minority of the population, and is mostly paid by a handful of very wealthy heirs.  Nonetheless, right-wingers have successfully convinced many voters …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Fewer Americans Think Obama Respected on World Stage  —  Slim majority still think world views U.S. favorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time, more Americans think President Barack Obama is not respected by other world leaders than believe he is.  Americans' opinions have shifted dramatically …
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis … UT/TT Poll, February 2014: Summary UT/TT Poll, February 2014: Methodology  —  After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott starts the general election race …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Arkansas Guv: We're Two Votes Short Of Saving Obamacare  —  According to Gov. Mike Beebe's own whip count, the Arkansas House is two votes shy of continuing its privatized Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and saving health coverage for more than 80,000 people.
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Americans rising up against government: Column  —  Three examples of pushback against the ruling class.  —  America's ruling class has been experiencing more pushback than usual lately.  It just might be a harbinger of things to come.  —  First, in response to widespread protests last week …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Obama makes nod to those who would succeed him at White House  —  Washington (CNN) - When President Barack Obama hosted the nation's governors at the White House on Sunday night, he made a sly nod to those in the crowd eyeing his job.  —  “Tonight we want to make sure all of you make yourselves at home,” Obama said.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Deval Patrick open to White House bid
Discussion: OnPolitics and Real Clear Politics
Raul Reyes / USA Today:
Does Hillary-Univision deal cross a line?  Column  —  One wonders whether a TV network should partner with a possible presidential candidate.  —  Imagine if a major television network entered into a partnership with a presidential nominee, and promoted that candidate across their media platforms.
The Prescott Daily Courier:
Pierce wants Brewer to veto denial of service bill  —  Arizona Sen. Steve Pierce of Prescott is joining several gubernatorial candidates in calling for Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a controversial piece of legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs.
 
 
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Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On
Thomas Peter / Reuters:
U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel - report
Simon Head / Salon:
Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon's sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers
Mark Scott / New York Times:
WhatsApp to Start Offering Internet Phone Calls
Discussion: Gizmodo and Mashable
John Fund / National Review:
Ukraine, Changed Forever on Live TV
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
In South Carolina, Clinton forces try to tap Obama magic
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Stephen Blackwood / Wall Street Journal:
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