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10:15 AM ET, February 25, 2014

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Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Democrats' Enemy No. 1  —  Democrats have a big job in 2014: they need to hold onto control of the Senate, win back leadership of the House, and elect Democratic governors and state legislators in key states.  But to get there, they face one big obstacle.
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Curtis Gans / Washington Monthly:
Midterm Signals and Noise  —  Why Democrats Could Do Better in November Than Everyone Thinks  —  It may be that the greatest contribution in Nate Silver's young life is not the PECOTA system he developed for evaluating baseball players and projecting their future contributions …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Kentucky Senate Hopeful Flashes Bill Clinton Trump Card
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and The Plum Line
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
BILL CLINTON TAKES 2014 SURROGATE ROLE, HELPS DEMS
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Lobbyist drafts bill to ban gays from NFL  —  Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.  —  Burkman in a statement said he has garnered political support for the bill …
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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
GOP Lobbyist Behind Anti-Gay NFL Bill Has A Gay Brother  —  Anti Gay NFL Bill Nfl Gay Ban Michael Sam Gop Bill Nfl Jack Burkman Gay Bill Michael Sam NFL Republicans Anti Gay Jack Burkman Michael Sam Gay Video Gop Anti Gay Bill Republican Bill Nfl Gop Lobbyist Ban Gays NFL Nfl Gay Players Politics News Politics News
Los Angeles Times:
Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft  —  The Obama administration's proposals, some of which are likely to face resistance in Congress, reflect changing fortunes for once-sacrosanct defense spending.  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Joint Chiefs …
Discussion: Power Line
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon budget slashes benefits
Dana Bash / CNN:
Gov. Jan Brewer to CNN: ‘I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona’  —  Washington (CNN)- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer tells CNN she will make her decision in the “near future” about whether to sign or veto a bill that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents call discriminatory against gays and lesbians.
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Arizona Republic:
Don't wait to veto SB 1062, Gov. Brewer
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations  —  One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Bobby Jindal, Dannel Malloy tangle outside White House  —  A group of governors emerged midday Monday from a meeting with President Barack Obama that stressed bipartisan cooperation — but that sentiment didn't last as far as the White House driveway, as a Republican who's …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Jindal Breaches White House Protocol To Take Shots At Obama
Discussion: The Fix, The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
Emmeline Zhao / RealClearEducation:
Blue Devil: The Duke Porn Star and College Costs  —  Stories about soaring college costs are perennial media favorites, at once playing to parental anxiety while highlighting a genuine education problem.  But this one was different: A Duke University freshman confirmed to her college paper …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Virginia Republican Says A Pregnant Woman Is Just A ‘Host,’ Though ‘Some Refer To Them As Mothers’  —  Steve Martin Virginia State Senate Steve Martin Virginia Steve Martin Host Steve Martin Pregnant Woman Host Pregnant Women Hosts Pregnant Woman Host Steve Martin Pregnant Women Virginia Abortion Rights Virginia GOP Politics News
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Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Virginia Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women “Hosts”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: Supreme Court Afraid of The Daily Show  —  Discussing his latest piece in the New Yorker magazine, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scolded the United States Supreme Court for continuing to refuse to allow television cameras into that body during oral arguments.
Discussion: Politico and TheBlaze.com
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Toobin's bizarre attack on Justice Thomas.
Discussion: Althouse
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Thomas Is Getting a New Chance to Break Precedent (if Not Silence)
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Holder Sees Way to Curb Bans on Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dingell dynasty may not be over yet  —  Rep. John Dingell's (D-Mich.) retirement might not end the Dingell dynasty in Congress.  —  While the longest-serving congressman in history will end his tenure next year, his wife Debbie Dingell has long been expected to run for his seat and continue …
Discussion: Power Line and Ed Driscoll
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Washington Post:
In John Dingell's departure, a changing of the guard and the end of an old style of power
Discussion: NewsBusters and Power Line
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE FEAST OF FAT THINGS … The president's proposed Defense budget is already putting congressional dainties in a bunch, but we'd like to point out that within that budget, the F-35 fighter jet — aka, The Flying Swiss Army Knife, aka The Amazing Jet-Propelled Lemon Of The Skies — has managed mysteriously to survive once more.
Discussion: The Impolitic
J.D. Harrison / Washington Post:
Obama administration: Health law's new rules will increase costs for most small businesses  —  Nearly two-thirds of small businesses that currently offer health insurance to their workers will pay more for coverage as a result of new rules in the health care law, as will millions …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Ralph Nader: Obama the ‘executioner’  —  In his new book, Ralph Nader calls for the end of “unconstitutional wars and unchecked militarism” - and lays blame on President Barack Obama for going beyond even George.  W. Bush.  —  Nader writes in “Unstoppable” that Obama “has extended …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Tom Benning / The Scoop Blog:
Artwork of George W. Bush to go on display this spring at George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum  —  President George W. Bush delivers his remarks during the Empowering our Nation's Warriors summit held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park, Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix mocks Amazon Prime Air with hilarious ‘Drone 2 Home’ video  —  BY RICHARD LAWLER @RJCC FEB 25TH 2014 6:56AM  —  Netflix's not-Qwikster DVD-by-mail business doesn't get the same amount of attention as the company's streaming arm, but as this video (embedded after the break) shows, it still has some imagination.
 
 
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