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7:10 AM ET, February 26, 2014

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Dana Liebelson / Mother Jones:
Georgia Wants to Allow Businesses to Kick Gay People Out of Diners  —  Welcome center: DanTD/Wikimedia Commons; Plank: Nuttapong/Shutterstock.  Photoillustration by Matt Connolly.  —  A bill moving swiftly through the Georgia House of Representatives would allow business owners …
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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.
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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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  —  Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD1; Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH1; Brian K. Kit, MD, MPH1,2; Katherine M. Flegal, PhD1  —  JAMA.  2014;311(8):806-814. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.732.  —  Tables  —  References  —  ABSTRACT
Discussion: BBC, CNN and Gothamist
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
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Democrats' immigration gambit  —  Hill Democrats and immigration reform advocates are almost certain they'll have to resort to a rare procedural move to try to force a vote on an overhaul this year.  —  The tricky part is deciding when to pull the trigger.
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Bernie Becker / The Hill:
Issa, House GOP to recall Lois Lerner
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
Dan Merica / CNN:
CPAC reverses decision, will not allow atheist group at conservative conference  —  Washington - Organizers for the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference will not allow American Atheists to have an exhibition booth at the conservative conference, the group's spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Fix and American Atheists
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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Boot American Atheists From Booth At Conference
Discussion: The Raw Story and Joe. My. God.
Dave Muscato / American Atheists:
Atheists March Into Lions' Den at CPAC
Discussion: Post Politics
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 …
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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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Hillary Clinton promotes gender equality
Discussion: CNN
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.
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
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
New York Times:
Trust Eroded, Obama Looks Beyond Karzai  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama, apparently resigned to President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with the United States before he leaves office, told him in a phone call on Tuesday that he had instructed the Pentagon …
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Marilyn Tavenner / HHS.gov:
Another Significant Milestone: Marketplace Enrollment Hits 4 Million  —  As we head into the last five weeks of this historic open enrollment period, millions of Americans are taking advantage of the new choices they now have to access affordable, quality health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Post Politics:
Debbie Dingell to run for House seat being vacated by John Dingell
 
 
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splcenter.org:
SPLC Report: Far-right extremist groups decline but remain at near-record levels
Discussion: Advocate, CNN and Talking Points Memo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Lacking votes, Reid stalling action on minimum wage hike legislation
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Split decision in Iowa races
Discussion: Daily Kos and Firedoglake
Douglas Graham / Roll Call:
GOP Leaders to Huddle on Obamacare Alternative
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Ailsa Chang / NPR:
Democratic Sen. Landrieu Walks A Fine Line In Red Louisiana
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
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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