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12:25 PM ET, February 26, 2014

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CBS News:
Jeb Bush, Rand Paul top GOP's 2016 presidential wish list: Poll  —  Shares -  —  While the 2016 presidential election may be two years away, some prospective contenders have been getting a bit of media attention.  The latest CBS News/New York Times Poll asked the public whether …
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Dalia Sussman / New York Times:
Most Democrats Want Clinton to Run in 2016
Discussion: OnPolitics
Ed Rogers / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: Another day, another Obamacare disaster  —  In a colossal “oh by the way” revelation, last Friday afternoon the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), a federal agency under the United States Department of Health and Human Services (that would be the executive branch run …
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Tony Lombardo / Army Times:
Soldier flagrantly avoids flag salute, sets off online outrage  —  A soldier who hid in her car to avoid saluting the flag — and then flaunted it on Instagram — is the latest service member to come under attack via social media and be accused of dishonoring her service.
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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Jonathan Shapiro / WABE 90.1 FM:
‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Opposed By LGBT Advocates Likely Dead In Georgia House  —  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs.  —  Credit Ga. House of Reps.  —  One of the most controversial bills considered by the state House this year is likely dead for the session.
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Napp Nazworth / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Issue Analysis: Arizona Bill Does Not Give Businesses License to Discriminate Against Gays
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
Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
New Sebelius Lie: Seven Million Obamacare Enrollments Was Never Our Goal  —  The woman lies routinely — see here, here, and here — but this one's a real whopper:  —  February 2014: “Seven million was not the administration['s enrollment goal].”  —  September 2013: “Success looks …
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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.
Dave Camp / Wall Street Journal:
Dave Camp: How to Fix Our Appalling Tax Code  —  Every year Americans spend more than six billion hours and $168 billion to file their returns.  —  There have been so many changes to the tax code over the past decade that it is now 10 times the size of the Bible, but with none of the Good News.
Brooks Hays / UPI:
Radioactive water from Japan's Fukushima power plant reaches Canada  —  Fukushima water has arrived off Canada, but scientists say there's no reason to panic.  —  Researchers say radioactive cesium isotopes from Japan's severely damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant have made their way to the waters just off the coast of Canada.
Discussion: Bloomberg, Shakesville and Firedoglake
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
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
Viva Rubio  —  What a great, myth-destroying statement from Marco Rubio, on the floor of the U.S. Senate yesterday afternoon, on the facts about Cuba and their connection to events in Venezuela.  —  We have pressed in these parts for American political figures to speak clearly …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
President Obama to urge $302 billion transportation bill  —  President Barack Obama on Wednesday will call for a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill to replace the law that expires at the end of September, while repeating his pitch for tax reform to fill some of that gap.
Discussion: CNN
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Bill Clinton helps Alison Lundergan Grimes raise $700K  —  Former President Bill Clinton helped Alison Lundergan Grimes rake in a substantial amount of cash during a fundraiser this week for the Kentucky Democratic Senate contender.  —  A Grimes campaign official confirmed Wednesday …
Discussion: New York Times and Taylor Marsh
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 …
irs.gov:
Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals  —  There are a few basic tips to keep in mind about the new health care law.  Health insurance choices you make now may affect the income tax return you file in 2015.  — Most people already have qualified health insurance coverage …
Maeve Reston / Los Angeles Times:
Hawaii health marketplace off to an especially rough start  —  Four months in, Hawaii Health Connector has allocated $120 million but signed up only about 4,300 people — fewer than any other state.  Some lawmakers want to put the nonprofit under state control.
Deadline.com:
February Cable News Numbers: CNN Tumbles As Fox News Channel Logs 146th Consecutive Win; MSNBC Hangs On  —  February cable ratings are in - Piers Morgan may be out at CNN, but what about the rest of the network's primetime, which looked none too good for the month, all losing around half their audience compared to same month last year?
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.
 
 
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Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Arizona latest to attack gay rights: Column
David Martosko / Daily Mail:
Top US Senate hopeful in Texas draws Hitler mustaches on Obama, wants him impeached and she's a DEMOCRAT!
Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Health law cybersecurity challenges
Discussion: The Patriot Post and Hot Air
Doyle McManus / Los Angeles Times:
Chuck Hagel's nuclear exemption
Discussion: BBC and National Review
John Diedrich / JSOnline:
ATF agents lost track of dozens of their own guns, reports show
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Try to Build on Technology Lead
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Shrum / The Daily Beast:
Obama Should End America's Stupidest Foreign Policy: Isolating Cuba
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Businessmen a boon or bust for Senate Republicans' chances?
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House slaps IRS on targeting, transparency
Discussion: Fox News
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lacking votes, Reid stalling action on minimum wage hike legislation
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hot Air