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8:30 AM ET, February 27, 2014

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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
IT'S DEAD: Brewer Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill  —  Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced Wednesday night that she has vetoed the anti-gay bill that has been sitting on her desk since last week.  —  The bill “does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” she said in explaining her decision.
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Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill on Refusal of Service to Gays  —  PHOENIX — Ending a day that cast a glaring national spotlight on Arizona, the state's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, decided late Wednesday to veto a bill that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.
Don Banks / Sports Illustrated:
Source: NFL begins exploring Super Bowl XLIX relocation options  —  The NFL previously stripped Arizona of a Super Bowl in 1993, relocating the game to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.  —  Even as momentum continues to build against Arizona's controversial bill that would allow businesses …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Bill Clinton's rescue ride  —  Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in “The Natural” and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.  —  In politics, the trick …
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Top Senate Dem: Koch Brothers Are Un-American  —  The Senate's top Democrat criticized a pair of billionaire brothers in unusually harsh terms Wednesday, accusing the conservative duo of being “un-American,” spreading lies about President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and lacking a conscience.
Discussion: CNN
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton endorses looking at Obamacare fixes, but defends law
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans too focused on health-care law, some in GOP warn
Joanne Kenen / Politico:   Stretch run for Obamacare
Robert T. Garrett / Trail Blazers Blog:
Federal judge voids Texas' gay marriage ban, though he delays order from taking effect immediately  —  Mark Phariss of Plano, left, held the hand of partner Victor Holmes, center, as they left the U.S. Federal Courthouse in San Antonio after a hearing earlier this month.
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Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Fail: Texas GOP Candidate Accidentally Endorses Gay Marriage On Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Gawker
CNN:
Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
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Raúl M. Grijalva / New York Times:
Obama's Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN I was elected to Congress in 2002, George W. Bush was president and big business wrote environmental policy.  We all remember Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force — a who's who of mining and oil interests — and the administration's constant questioning of climate science.
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Report: Keystone Contractor Followed Federal Rules
Discussion: CNN
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
How the Fed Let the World Blow Up in 2008  —  High oil prices blinded the Fed to the growing danger before the crash  —  It was the day after Lehman failed, and the Federal Reserve was trying to decide what to do.  —  It had been fighting a credit crunch for over a year, and now the worst-case scenario was playing out.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Was Bush Really a Champion of Democracy?  —  For five years now, it's happened again and again.  A dictatorship somewhere wobbles, protesters crowd the streets, and the Obama administration strikes a careful tone, urging respect for human rights while trying to safeguard various American interests.
USA Today:
De Blasio's school fight: Column  —  New York disagreement over charter schools spotlights Democrat vs. Democrat battle.  —  Most non-New Yorkers know only two things about Bill de Blasio, the city's new progressive mayor: He eats pizza with a knife and fork, and Al Roker attacked him for sending students to school in a snowstorm.
Discussion: Eduwonk
New York Times:
G.O.P., Though Deeply Split, Has Election Edge, Poll Shows  —  Republicans are in a stronger position than Democrats for this year's midterm elections, benefiting from the support of self-described independents, even though the party itself is deeply divided and most Americans agree …
Bradley A. Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Bradley A. Smith: Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal  —  The ‘smoking gun’ in the targeting of conservative groups has been hiding in plain sight.  —  The mainstream press has justified its lack of coverage over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups because there's been no …
Discussion: Power Line and Betsy's Page
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Joe Biden in winter  —  “The only thing I know is I ain't changing my brand.  I know what I believe.  I'm confident in what I know.  And I'm gonna say it.  And if folks like it, wonderful.  If they don't like it, I understand.”  —  Vice President Joe Biden and I were riding the Amtrak to Philly on a frigid February day.
CNN:
Supreme Court spectator interrupts justices  —  (CNN) — The Supreme Court was the scene of an unusual disturbance during its public session on Wednesday, when a man interrupted an oral argument.  —  The incident occurred near the end of debate between the nine justices on the bench and counsel …
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
GOP loves tax reform, in theory.  In reality?  Not so much  —  Washington (CNN) - Republicans, who have spent years clamoring for tax reform, were much less enthusiastic Wednesday when faced with a sweeping tax overhaul plan in an election year, reticent to discuss whether the proposal …
Discussion: Politico
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Photo of the Day: The Catastrophe in Syria  —  The Obama administration's Syria policy has been a fiasco.  I don't think anyone seriously tries to defend it.  That said, the humanitarian tragedy that is unfolding in that country is not the responsibility of the U.S. government.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Brewer's Foolish Veto  —  In addition to the federal government, 18 states have such statutes and about a dozen other states interpret their state constitutions as extending the same protections, according to the letter.  The statutes, the scholars write, “say that before government can burden …
Discussion: alicublog
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans flip-flop on ‘judicial activism’  —  There was a time not too long ago when Republicans decried “activist judges.”  Now they're lamenting that judges are not being activist enough.  —  “Unfortunately, the courts have been reluctant to exercise their constitutionally conferred power …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Robert Peston / BBC:
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
Planned Parenthood reveals big 2014 game plan
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Office Of The Governor:
[Press Release] Gov. Perry Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
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