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2:45 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'
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 …
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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.
Jason LaVeris / ABC News:
Celebs, Politicians React to Veto of Controversial Arizona Bill
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABC News
Don Banks / Sports Illustrated:
Source: NFL begins exploring Super Bowl XLIX relocation options
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says Republicans will lead, but backs away from votes  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday defended the House GOP's go-slow approach on immigration, tax reform and replacing ObamaCare, saying the party wanted to avoid repeating mistakes Democrats made and had to face the “reality” of its limited power in Washington.
Discussion: Politico and Taegan Goddard's …
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Bob Corker: Obama talks ‘were never serious’  —  President Barack Obama's political flirtations last year with Senate Republicans “tore down trust” with GOP lawmakers, Sen. Bob Corker said Thursday.  —  The Tennessee Republican said wide-ranging fiscal talks between Obama and a group …
Tal Kopan / Politico:   Ted Cruz: GOP's 2014 on track to be 2010
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't promise to stay out of primaries
Discussion: Politico
NorthJersey.com:
GWB Scandal: Release of previously redacted messages reveals new information  —  The private messages that linked Governor Christie's office to lane closures at the George Washington Bridge also contain jokes about causing “traffic problems” at the home of a New Jersey rabbi associated …
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Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:   Christie Pals Joked About Causing ‘Traffic Problems’ At Home Of N.J. Rabbi
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 …
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.
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Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
FLOTUS goes big on food label changes
Discussion: National Review
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Mississippi Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill Gutted By House Committee  —  A Mississippi “religious freedom” bill, similar to the one vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Wednesday, has had its most controversial provision stripped out by a legislative committee.  —  The Mississippi Business Journal reported …
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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 …
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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Marie-Louise Gumuchian / CNN:
Gunmen seize government buildings in Ukraine's Crimea, raise Russian flag
Discussion: Gawker and kyivpost.com
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: Marginal REVOLUTION and Althouse
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 …
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Ed Pastor to Retire in 2014  —  Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., will not seek a 12th term (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)  —  Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., announced Thursday he will not seek a 12th term in the 7th District.  —  “I've been in public office for 39 years and it's been a pleasure …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Keith Olbermann Says He Hasn't Watched MSNBC Since 2009  —  Former MSNBC host and current ESPN sportscaster Keith Olbermann says he hasn't tuned into his old cable news channel since 2009 — more than a year before he left the network in 2011.  —  TPM reached out to Olbermann on Thursday …
John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Judge: Final order requiring Ky. to recognize same-sex marriages expected Thursday  —  LOUISVILLE — A federal judge said Wednesday afternoon that he would issue a final order within 24 hours requiring Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state.
Michael J. Feeney / NY Daily News:
Harlem pastor makes bizarre homophobic claim about president on church sign: ‘Obama has released the homo demons on the black man’  —  Pastor James David Manning's homophobic sign was unveiled Sunday in front of the ATLAH World Missionary Church near the corner of W. 123rd St and Lenox Ave.
Associated Press:
Biden to Democrats: Don't Apologize in 2014  —  Vice President Joe Biden says his central message to Democrats is not to apologize for the party's policies heading into the 2014 midterm election.  —  Biden is addressing state party chairmen at a Democratic National Committee summit.
Discussion: Politico
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Fact-Checkers Inexplicably Conclude Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Isn't Anti-Gay  —  A fact-checking organization run by Arizona media outlets concluded on Tuesday that the anti-gay legislation that has created a national firestorm in the state is not, in fact, discriminatory.
Discussion: BobCesca.com and Balloon Juice
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 and JONATHAN TURLEY
 
 
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Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana
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CNN:
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Americans Remain Divided on Military Spending
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Wall Street Journal:
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Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Catholic League Pres Challenges Chris Cuomo: Where Are ‘Examples of Gay People Being Persecuted?’
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