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4:50 PM ET, February 25, 2014

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Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Rush Limbaugh: Jan Brewer being ‘bullied’ to veto  —  Right talk radio is turning its focus this week to Arizona's controversial bill that would allow business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers, and Rush Limbaugh is leading with the charge that Gov. Jan Brewer is being …
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Arizona Republic:
SB 1062 opponents are putting Arizona at risk  —  Advocates: Bill offers necessary protections, clarification  —  FONT:  —  Our Turn  —  Opponents of the proposed amendment to Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act are putting the people of Arizona in a high-risk disaster zone when it comes to their First Amendment freedoms.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Ben Giles / Arizona Capitol Times:
Senators on SB1062: “We made a mistake”
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Daily Beast
Arizona Republic:
Don't wait to veto SB 1062, Gov. Brewer
Discussion: New York Times
ThinkProgress:
Oops: Dick Cheney Unintentionally Trashes Troops In Attempt To Hit Obama  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney took to Fox News on Monday night to lambaste the Obama administration's proposed cuts to the military budget, lamenting the president's desire to ensure that Americans have access …
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Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Dick Cheney: President Obama favors food stamps  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday night called the Pentagon budget proposed “absolutely dangerous.”  —  Appearing on Fox News's “Hannity,” he said President Barack Obama “would rather spend the money on food stamps …
Fox News:
Obama asks Pentagon for complete Afghanistan withdrawal plan, speaks with Karzai
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.
Discussion: Re/code and The Switch
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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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Eliana Johnson / National Review:   Bill Cassidy: The End of the Landrieu Line?
Curtis Gans / Washington Monthly:
Midterm Signals and Noise
Discussion: Booman Tribune and BillMoyers.com
Dan Merica / CNN:
Atheists plan conservative outreach with booth at CPAC  —  Washington (CNN) - American Atheists, an outspoken organization that advocates for atheists nationwide, will have a booth at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference.  —  The atheist institution, which is well known …
Discussion: Politico, Joe. My. God. and Hot Air
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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 …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Debbie Dingell will run for husband's seat  —  Democratic power player Debbie Dingell will run for her husband's congressional seat and announce her campaign on Friday, a source close to the Dingells tells The Hill.  —  “She is going to announce her candidacy on Friday.
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Post Politics:
Debbie Dingell to run for House seat being vacated by John Dingell
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
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Ben Giles / Arizona Capitol Times:
Cardinals, Super Bowl Committee voice concern about SB1062
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Bibi, Merkel Photo Makes Waves  —  German chancellor Angela Merkel is in Israel visiting Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.  This photo, apparently taken by photographer Marc Israel Sellem of the Jerusalem Post is making waves:  —  As Jerusalem Post report Ben Hartman notes on Twitter:
The Hill:
ObamaCare stars fade  —  The Obama administration is short of star power as it begins its last public relations blitz for ObamaCare.  —  President Obama's celebrity supporters are not in the forefront as they were during the star-studded campaign-style videos that hogged the airwaves in 2008.
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House GOP tax plan would cut top rates but also hit high earners with a surtax  —  The long-awaited simplification of the tax code being drafted by House Republicans would slash the top income tax rate to 25 percent from 39.6 percent and impose a surtax on some of the nation's wealthiest households.
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
When ‘leave us alone’ became ‘bake us a cake!’  —  Would Jesus bake a cake for a gay wedding?  —  It's a weird question, but we do live in interesting times.  And believe it or not, this has become one of the most heated debates of the week.  This week, liberal Christians began arguing …
Discussion: Hot Air and Ed Driscoll
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.
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.
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 …
Dave Helling / Kansas City Star:
Radiologist's lawsuit becomes an issue in campaign for Senate in Kansas  —  A lawsuit involving dozens of Kansas City-area doctors has spilled into the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in Kansas.  —  Mark Idstrom — a physician and a former employee of Kansas City-area company Alliance Radiology — is suing the firm.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / DealBook:
@GSElevator Tattletale Exposed (He Was Not in the Goldman Elevator)  —  A three-year parlor game has been taking place on Wall Street to identify the Goldman Sachs employee behind a Twitter account that purports to reveal the uncensored comments overheard in the firm's elevators.
 
 
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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