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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
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”  —  Virginia Republicans just don't know how to avoid being wildly offensive.  The latest in a long line of Virginia politicians offering weird and unsettling opinions regarding women is state Sen. Steve Martin.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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: Taylor Marsh
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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Jindal Breaches White House Protocol To Take Shots At Obama  —  Louisiana governor sharply criticized president after governors' meeting, prompting pushback from Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy  —  The National Governors Association is supposed to bring Democrats and Republicans together …
Discussion: The Fix, The Daily Caller and Daily Kos
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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Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Kentucky Senate Hopeful Flashes Bill Clinton Trump Card
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and The Plum Line
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Jeb on Bush family name: 'It's an issue'
Discussion: The Week, Politico and OnPolitics
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
David Weigel / Slate:
Thank goodness Piers Morgan Live is dead.  Finally.  —  Sunday night, after David Carr broke the news that Piers Morgan would be ending his CNN show, I searched Twitter to find how his fans were taking it.  This was a mistake.  Really, who was a Piers Morgan fan?  Have you ever met one?
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:   Morgan Squanders the Brit Bonus
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.
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 …
Discussion: WJLA-TV, TIME and Talking Points Memo
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon budget slashes benefits  —  Benefits for active­ duty personnel and their families would be slashed under a budget proposal released Monday by the Pentagon.  —  The budget would dramatically reduce the Army's size and trigger a new round of controversial base closures …
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Los Angeles Times:   Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Toobin's bizarre attack on Justice Thomas.  —  If you follow the Supreme Court, you probably know that Justice Clarence Thomas hardly ever asks questions during oral argument.  If you follow the court closely, you may know that Thomas often gives speeches, and that he has publicly explained his reticence on the bench.
Discussion: Althouse and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Thomas Is Getting a New Chance to Break Precedent (if Not Silence)
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Eduwonk
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.
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 …
Mark Caro / Chicago Tribune:
Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69  —  Best-known as an actor for ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Stripes’, writer/director for ‘Caddyshack’, ‘Groundhog Day’  —  Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Caro reflects on the career of Harold Ramis, who passed away at the age of 69.
Sean Starrs / Politico:
America Didn't Decline.  It Went Global.  —  We've been obsessing over the decline or persistence of American power for more than three decades now.  The latest example is a Gallup poll out Monday showing rising dissatisfaction with the United States' standing in the world …
Michael Schulson / The Daily Beast:
Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience  —  Americans get riled up about creationists and climate change deniers, but lap up the quasi-religious snake oil at Whole Foods.  It's all pseudoscience—so why are some kinds of pseudoscience more equal than others?
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
G.O.P. Leaders Draw Re-election Challenges From the Right  —  DALLAS — There is the Tea Party Patriots “Fire the Speaker” petition, which is not to be confused with the FreedomWorks “Fire the Speaker” petition, or the websites variously urging people to “Fire John Boehner” and “Pledge to Fire Boehner.”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz Cancels Address At Democratic Fundraiser
Discussion: Mediaite and Politico
 
 
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