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9:15 AM ET, February 26, 2014

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The Hill:
Firm disowns lobbyist selling anti-gay bill  —  A K Street lobbying giant joined a brewing battle over gay and lesbian rights Tuesday when it disowned a former employee who is hawking legislation to bar gays from the National Football League (NFL).  —  In an unusual public rebuke …
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Washington Examiner:
NFL could pull Super Bowl if Arizona religious rights bill passes  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL NFL ARIZONA SUPER BOWL  —  Call it what you want — anti-gay or religious rights — but if Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signs a controversial bill, you might not be calling Arizona the home of the 2015 Super Bowl.
Napp Nazworth / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Issue Analysis: Arizona Bill Does Not Give Businesses License to Discriminate Against Gays
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Obesity Rate for Young Children Plummets 43% in a Decade  —  Federal health authorities on Tuesday reported a stunning 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among 2- to 5-year-old children over the past decade, the first broad decline in an epidemic that often leads to lifelong struggles …
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jama.jamanetwork.com:
Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012
Discussion: BBC, CNN and Gothamist
Reid J. Epstein / Politico:
Obama: OFA volunteers doing 'God's work'  —  Touting the latest White House Obamacare benchmark, President Barack Obama told his political base not to be discouraged by partisan attacks and stressed that their cause is divine.  —  About 4 million people have signed up for private health care plans under …
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa, House GOP to recall Lois Lerner  —  House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is hauling Lois Lerner back to Congress.  —  Issa told Lerner's attorney in a Tuesday letter that he expected the retired IRS official to appear before his committee on March 5.
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Democrats' immigration gambit  —  Hill Democrats and immigration reform advocates are almost certain they'll have to resort to a rare procedural move to try to force a vote on an overhaul this year.  —  The tricky part is deciding when to pull the trigger.
Betsy Rothstein / The Daily Caller:
Tommy Christopher out at Mediaite  —  Mediaite and its illustrious White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher have parted ways, The Mirror has learned.  And it wasn't voluntary.  We're told Christopher was fired.  Details are still forthcoming.  —  In the past year there were murmurings …
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Bridget Williams / Mediaite:
Hello Mediaite Changes! And Farewell to Tommy Christopher
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: ‘I May Be a White Boy, But I Can Jump’  —  During a celebration of African-American History Month, Vice President Joe Biden said, “I may be a white boy, but I can jump.”  The comments were made at Biden's home, the Naval Observatory.  —  Via the pool report:
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CNN:
Biden jokes ‘I may be a white boy, but I can jump’
Discussion: Politico and Gawker
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Oops: GOP Bill Would Strip 1 Million Workers Of Health Coverage  —  A Republican-led bill designed to “save American workers” would cause 1 million workers to lose their health care coverage and increase the deficit by $74 billion, according to Congress' official scorekeeper.
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Boehner's Favorability Returns to Pre-Shutdown Levels  —  Thirty-two percent view speaker favorably, 50% unfavorably  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — After suffering record-low favorability for his tenure as House speaker in October, John Boehner's image among Americans has rebounded to pre-shutdown levels.
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lacking votes, Reid stalling action on minimum wage hike legislation  —  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday delayed action on legislation raising the minimum wage, the centerpiece of the Democrats' 2014 agenda.  —  The Nevada Democrat made the surprising move amid escalating Democratic resistance …
Discussion: Hot Air
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Businessmen a boon or bust for Senate Republicans' chances?  —  Republicans are banking on businessmen to help them retake the Senate in 2014.  —  A half-dozen top GOP candidates boast records as wealthy businessmen and entrepreneurs.  If voters decide they're successful job creators on Election Day …
Delta Air Lines Newsroom:
DELTA ISSUES STATEMENT ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION  —  ATLANTA, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today issued the following statement:  —  “As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House slaps IRS on targeting, transparency  —  The House voted Tuesday to stop the IRS from asking intrusive political questions, and to block it from sharing taxpayer data without telling taxpayers.  —  Members passed the two Republican bills after brief debate that heard some Democratic complaints …
Discussion: Fox News
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The Clinton library's secret files  —  A trove of Clinton White House records long processed for release remains hidden from public view at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock — even though the legal basis initially used to withhold them expired more than a year ago.
Jose Pagliery / CNNMoney.com:
Mt.Gox site disappears, Bitcoin future in doubt  —  What was once the world's largest trading platform for bitcoins is now a blank page.  —  The Bitcoin-trading website Mt.Gox was taken offline late Monday, putting at risk millions of dollars put there by investors who gambled on the digital currency.
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The Coinbase Blog:
Joint Statement Regarding MtGox
Dan Merica / CNN:
CPAC reverses decision, will not allow atheist group at conservative conference  —  Washington - Organizers for the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference will not allow American Atheists to have an exhibition booth at the conservative conference, the group's spokeswoman said Tuesday.
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Wall Street Journal:
Viva Rubio  —  What a great, myth-destroying statement …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Obama Should End America's Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba
New York Times:
Trust Eroded, Obama Looks Beyond Karzai
Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
Another Significant Milestone: Marketplace Enrollment Hits 4 Million
splcenter.org:
SPLC Report: Far-right extremist groups decline but remain at near-record levels
Discussion: Advocate, CNN and Talking Points Memo
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Split decision in Iowa races
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Douglas Graham / Roll Call:
GOP Leaders to Huddle on Obamacare Alternative
Discussion: The Week
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Jason Hancock / Kansas City Star:
Missouri senator introduces ‘religious freedom’ bill
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tjfang / CBS San Francisco:
Woman Wearing Google Glass Says She Was Attacked In San Francisco Bar
Anielle / Americans Against the Tea Party:
Michigan Man Shoots Himself Dead While Showing Girlfriend That Guns Are Safe
Discussion: Liberaland and Joe. My. God.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Debbie Dingell will run for husband's seat
Dave Helling / Kansas City Star:
Radiologist's lawsuit becomes an issue in campaign for Senate in Kansas
 

 
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