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1:30 PM ET, February 26, 2014

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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.
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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.
Politico:
Republicans take on Wall Street  —  Republicans are proposing what was once unimaginable: raising taxes on big Wall Street banks.  —  Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp's Republican tax reform draft — slated to be released Wednesday afternoon — looks like it will reverse more than a decade …
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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Kathryn A. Wolfe / Politico:
President Obama to urge $302 billion transportation bill
Discussion: CNN
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  —  More than 8 in 10 Democrats say they want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, showing a level of interest in her that no other potential candidates - Democrat or Republican - come close to matching among their party's voters, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and OnPolitics
Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
For Marriage Equality, Religious Liberty, and the Freedom of Association  —  Even though I'm for marriage equality - next week I'll be filing a brief supporting the challenge to the marriage laws of Oklahoma and Utah in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit - I have no problem with Arizona's SB 1062.
Discussion: National Review
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
No, this is not Jim Crow for gays, Part Two  —  As I explained here, Arizona S.B. 1062 would not subject gays to a regime of discrimination.  The bill is simply an attempt (successful in my view) to balance the right to religious freedom and the right of non-discrimination.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Napp Nazworth / Christian News, The Christian Post:
Issue Analysis: Arizona Bill Does Not Give Businesses License to Discriminate Against Gays
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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John Kartch / Americans for Tax Reform RSS:
IRS Warns: Obamacare Tax Must Be Paid with Tax Return  —  Agency employs Orwellian term “Shared Responsibility Payment” to describe Obamacare individual mandate tax.  —  President Obama's Internal Revenue Service today quietly released a series of Obamacare “Health Care Tax Tips” …
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irs.gov:
Four Tax Facts about the Health Care Law for Individuals
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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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.
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
Virginian-Pilot:
Va. GOP official apologizes for genital slang “error”  —  UPDATE: In an email, FitzSimmonds said he thought the word he used had the same meaning as “twaddle,” which is defined as foolish speech.  —  “The minute I found out my error, I deleted the post and apologized,” he told Pilot on Politics.
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.
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and ABC News
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 …
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.
kff.org:
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll: February 2014  —  Liz Hamel, Jamie Firth and Mollyann Brodie … Overall, more prefer expensive broad-network plans over cheaper narrow-network plans, but potential ACA exchange customers lean in the opposite direction  —  There has been a lot of discussion …
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
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Hosts Wonder If Anti-Gay Bill Is ‘Overreaction’ By Religious Right (VIDEO)  —  The rising tide of conservatives doubting the viability of Arizona's SB 1062 measure, which would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT individuals on the basis of “religious freedom,” has now swept through Fox News.
 
 
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