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9:20 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
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
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Try to Build on Technology Lead  —  Washington Wire is one of the oldest standing features in American journalism.  Since the Wire launched on Sept. 20, 1940, the Journal has offered readers an informal look at the capital's comings and goings in a series of newsy, and sometimes even gossipy, items.
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
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Why Lawmaking on a Grand Scale Is a Dying Art  —  When Rep. Dave Camp (R., Mich.) laid plans to unveil a big tax reform bill this week, it was as if he was operating in some kind of time warp.  No one seemed to have told the Ways and Means Committee chairman that Congress isn't doing much legislating any more.
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
 
 
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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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
The Clinton library's secret files
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
 Earlier Items: 
Douglas Graham / Roll Call:
GOP Leaders to Huddle on Obamacare Alternative
Discussion: The Week
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.
Dave Helling / Kansas City Star:
Radiologist's lawsuit becomes an issue in campaign for Senate in Kansas
 

 
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BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland for £4.9bn cash

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