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10:25 PM ET, February 26, 2014

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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.
CNN:
Texas ban on same-sex marriage struck down
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Fail: Texas GOP Candidate Accidentally Endorses Gay Marriage On Twitter
Discussion: The Daily Banter and Gawker
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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Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Rick Scott Now Says He Would Veto Arizona Anti-Gay Bill
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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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 …
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Another Round of Obamacare Train Wrecks
Discussion: Hot Air and Los Angeles Times
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Stretch run for Obamacare  —  Four million down.  Two million to go.  Five weeks to get it done.  —  Obamacare enrollment in a nutshell.  —  The White House announced late Tuesday that sign-ups in the federal- and state-run Obamacare insurance exchanges had surpassed the psychologically significant 4 million mark.
Discussion: CNN
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Top Senate Dem: Koch Brothers Are Un-American
Discussion: CNN
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Republicans too focused on health-care law, some in GOP warn
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Harry Reid Denies All Obamacare ‘Horror Stories’; ‘All Are Untrue’
Discussion: Hot Air
Denver Post:
U.S. REP. CORY GARDNER TO ENTER U.S. SENATE RACE AGAINST MARK UDALL  —  Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is planning to drop his re-election bid and run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Udall, a political bombshell that is expected to alter Colorado's political landscape.
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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: Taegan Goddard's …
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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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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.
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Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
No, this is not Jim Crow for gays, Part Two
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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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House votes unanimously to fix FOIA process  —  The House on Tuesday afternoon easily passed legislation to make it easier for people to ask for — and actually receive — information from the government about the government's activities.  —  Members passed H.R. 1211, the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, in an easy 410-0 vote.
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 …
ThinkProgress:
Rand Paul Blocks Surgeon General Nominee For Saying Gun Violence Is A Public Health Threat  —  On Wednesday — two years to the day after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) placed a hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy …
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
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.
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Report: Keystone Contractor Followed Federal Rules
Discussion: CNN
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Planned Parenthood reveals big 2014 game plan
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Office Of The Governor:
[Press Release] Gov. Perry Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling
Rob Wile / Business Insider:
SENATOR CALLS FOR BITCOIN BAN
Discussion: The Verge, Engadget and Mediaite
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
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David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
The Skunk at the Oscar Party
Dahlia Lithwick / Slate:
“Stand Your Ground” Nation
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Eric Holder: Actually, somebody does have to defend gay marriage bans
Discussion: National Review, Hot Air and Fox News
Philip Rucker / The Fix:
What Mitch McConnell and a twice-heated biscuit have in common
Damon Linker / The Week:
Bring back the real neoconservatives
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jonathan Shapiro / WABE 90.1 FM:
‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Opposed By LGBT Advocates Likely Dead In Georgia House