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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
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 …
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
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
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.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Thomas Is Getting a New Chance to Break Precedent (if Not Silence)  —  WASHINGTON — Here is a good way to get a belly laugh from Justice Clarence Thomas: Suggest to him that the Supreme Court's decisions should seldom be overruled.  —  “You are the justice who is most willing to re-examine …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Jeffrey Toobin's bizarre attack on Justice Thomas.
Discussion: Althouse and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Kentucky Senate Hopeful Flashes Bill Clinton Trump Card … In Kentucky, Democrats are brushing off the partisan criticism of former President Bill Clinton, and apparently, are opening their checkbooks.  —  Clinton plans to address some 1,200 people at a sold-out fundraiser in Kentucky today …
Discussion: CNN, ABC News and The Plum Line
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.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Jeb on Bush family name: 'It's an issue'  —  (CNN) - Jeb Bush understands that as the son and brother of former presidents, his family name may hurt him as much as help him if he decides to run for the White House in 2016.  —  And the former two-term Florida governor reiterated that he'll …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Politico
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is the Jebbie Bandwagon Gearing Up?
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Politico
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?
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Scott Walker Caught Breaking Campaign Rules While Running For College President In 1988  —  Scott Walker John Doe Emails Scott Walker John Doe Scott Walker College Scott Walker Emails Video Scott Walker Scott Walker John Doe Investigation Governor Scott Walker Scott Walker Wisconsin Politics News
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Blind Man Who Was Acquitted Of Fatally Shooting Friend Gets Guns Back  —  A blind man in Florida who was acquitted after shooting his friend to death under Florida's “stand your ground” law got his guns back on Thursday, according to WESH Orlando.  —  Police confiscated both of John Wayne Rogers' guns …
 
 
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon budget slashes benefits
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook retires its troubled @facebook.com email service
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Ann Zaniewski / Detroit Free Press:
Oakland County man accidentally kills himself demonstrating gun safety
Reuters:
Seven Egyptian Christians found shot execution-style on Libyan beach
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Ellen Miller / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Time to pass the baton at Sunlight
Des Moines Register:
West Des Moines man says Casey's fired him because he's gay
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Enactment of Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality Bill
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