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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 …
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.
Guillermo Contreras /
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
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?
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
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Stretch run for Obamacare
Discussion: CNN
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans too focused on health-care law, some in GOP warn
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.
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.
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 …
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
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
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Wonkblog
 Earlier Items: 
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
UCLA Student Council rejects anti-Israel divestment resolution
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Caller
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
The Skunk at the Oscar Party
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
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Ilya Shapiro / Cato Institute:
For Marriage Equality, Religious Liberty, and the Freedom of Association