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12:05 PM ET, February 27, 2014

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Guardian:
Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ  —  • Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk  —  • 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone  —  • Yahoo: ‘A whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy'
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.
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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: Hinterland Gazette and alicublog
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 …
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 …
Greg Gilman / The Wrap:
Paula Deen Compares Her Struggles to ‘That Black’ Openly Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam  —  The celebrity chef also expressed a newfound “empathy” for other controversial public figures such as “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson  —  Paula Deen's $100 million empire crumbled last year …
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't promise to stay out of primaries  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday didn't rule out involvement in GOP primaries this year against incumbent Republican senators.  —  Cruz said he had made no “ironclad promise” to stay out of the primaries.  —  “What I have said is that I'm likely …
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Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: GOP's 2014 on track to be 2010  —  Sen. Ted Cruz said Thursday that Republicans have a good chance of having a “surprising” pickup in the Senate in 2014, perhaps on the scale of the 2010 sea-change election.  —  “I think 2014 is poised to be a very, very strong Republican year,” …
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CBS News:
Most Americans disappointed in Obama's presidency, poll says  —  Shares -  —  Amid continued pessimism about the economy and direction of the country, 59 percent of Americans say they are disappointed in Mr. Obama's presidency (including 37 percent who are very disappointed); 40 percent are satisfied.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
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New York Times:
G.O.P., Though Deeply Split, Has Election Edge, Poll Shows
Alessandra Prentice / Reuters:
Ukraine leader warns Russia after armed men seize government HQ in Crimea  —  (Reuters) - Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton endorses looking at Obamacare fixes, but defends law  —  Orlando (CNN) - Hillary Clinton backed efforts to alter Obamacare on Wednesday, but also used her remarks to a health care group in Florida to offer a full defense of the sweeping and controversial law.
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Top Senate Dem: Koch Brothers Are Un-American
Discussion: CNN
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration for the first time in two decades will propose major changes to nutrition labels on food packages, putting calorie counts in large type and adjusting portion sizes to reflect how much Americans actually eat.
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Scraps Discriminatory ‘Religious Freedom’ Provisions Following Backlash In Arizona  —  On January 31, the Mississippi Senate unanimously passed SB 2681, a bill that adds “In God We Trust” to the state seal.  It also contained language just like that in Arizona's freshly-vetoed bill …
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Ted Carter / Mississippi Business Journal:
UPDATED: House subcommittee tosses discrimination elements from religious freedom bill
Discussion: AMERICAblog News
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Generic Ballot Model Shows Senate Control at Tipping Point  —  Look for more partisan conflict and polarization in new Senate  —  Crystal Ball Senior Columnist Alan Abramowitz's discussion of his Senate elections model not only confirms how close we expect the 2014 Senate campaign will be …
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 …
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.
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 …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Nathaniel Rich / New York Times:
The Mammoth Cometh  —  The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes.  He was 16.  At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals.  At 14, he saw a photograph of a passenger pigeon in an Audubon Society book and “fell in love.”
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
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
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.
Discussion: Businessweek
 
 
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Fortune 500 companies receive $63 billion in subsidies
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RIA Novosti:
Russia Seeks Several Military Bases Abroad - Defense Minister
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Standard Life could quit Scotland
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