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2:52 AM ET, February 27, 2014

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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 …
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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.
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.
Bob Christie / Associated Press:
AZ Gov Brewer In Emergency Meetings Over Anti-Gay Bill
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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Guillermo Contreras / MySanAntonio.com:
Texas' ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional  —  SAN ANTONIO — A federal judge in San Antonio on Wednesday declared Texas' ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.  The Lone Star state's refusal to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages is also unconstitutional, he ruled.
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
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Americans know there's no GOP ‘alternative’ to Obamacare  —  Obamacare is a disaster for Democrats, and a certain winner for Republicans.  That's what we keep hearing, anyway.  —  So why does it look as if the percentage of Americans who favor repeal may have actually shrunk since its rollout problems began?
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Philip Rucker / The Fix:
What Mitch McConnell and a twice-heated biscuit have in common
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 …
Discussion: Politico
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Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Stretch run for Obamacare
Discussion: CNN
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans too focused on health-care law, some in GOP warn
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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.
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
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
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.
Austin Wright / Politico:
Chuck Hagel turns up heat about U.S. POW  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has put one of his top deputies in charge of the Pentagon's efforts to secure the release of a U.S. soldier captured in 2009 by insurgents in Afghanistan, according to a congressional aide.
Discussion: Most Recent
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.
Guardian:
Adidas to stop selling Brazil World Cup T-shirts that ‘encourage sexual tourism’  —  Sportswear maker to stop selling T-shirts before World Cup after Brazil's ministry of women's affairs said shirts were offensive  —  Adidas agreed on Tuesday to stop selling two raunchy T-shirts months ahead …
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
Public Religion Research Institute:
Survey |  A Shifting Landscape: A Decade of Change in American Attitudes about Same-Sex Marriage and LGBT Issues  —  ▶ Read the full report here.  —  ▶ Read the news release here.  —  ▶ Read the topline questionnaire, including the survey methodology, here.  —  Executive Summary
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.
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Planned Parenthood reveals big 2014 game plan  —  The political arm of Planned Parenthood is preparing to launch its largest campaign offensive ever, targeting more than a dozen states and some of the cycle's top Senate and gubernatorial races to raise the alarm about the stakes …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Army disqualifies 588 soldiers after sexual assault review
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes unanimously to fix FOIA process
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Report: Keystone Contractor Followed Federal Rules
Discussion: CNN
Office Of The Governor:
[Press Release] Gov. Perry Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
Washington Republicans Shouldn't Fall For Keynesianism Lite
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
In Mississippi, 72% of the Babies Aborted Are Black
Robert E. Scott / Economic Policy Institute:
Stop Currency Manipulation and Create Millions of Jobs: With Gains across States and Congressional Districts
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
UCLA Student Council rejects anti-Israel divestment resolution
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Dennis Tang / GQ Magazine Online:
Worst Congressional Style Ever? Yeah, Probably
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
“Stand Your Ground” Nation
Damon Linker / The Week:
Bring back the real neoconservatives
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Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
For Marriage Equality, Religious Liberty, and the Freedom of Association
 

 
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