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8:40 PM ET, February 27, 2014

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Tami Luhby / CNNMoney.com:
Now on your restaurant bill: Obamacare fee  —  Several restaurants in a Florida chain are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare.  —  Diners at eight Gator's Dockside casual eateries are finding a 1% Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, which comes to 15 cents on a typical $15 lunch tab.
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'
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
GOP blocks veterans bill  —  Senate Republicans stopped Democrats from advancing a bill that would have expanded healthcare and education programs for veterans.  —  In a 56-41 vote Thursday, the motion to waive a budget point of order against the bill failed, as Democrats fell short …
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Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Senate Blocks Dems' Bill Boosting Vets' Benefits
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and ThinkProgress
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Generic Ballot Model Shows Senate Control at Tipping Point
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
An Unhappy 5th Birthday For The Tea Party … Five years after the Republican Party birthed the tea party movement, mother and child have never been more at odds.  —  The tension between “establishment” Republicans and tea party activists was on full display today at a 5th Anniversary event in Washington.
Discussion: Politico and his vorpal sword
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Associated Press:
Sen. Cruz Won't Endorse Cornyn in Texas GOP Race
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
Eugene Volokh / Washington Post:
Not safe to display American flag in American high school  —  Today's Dariano v. Morgan Hill Unified School Dist.  (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2014) upholds a California high school's decision to forbid students from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.  (See here and here for more on this case.)
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Casetext:
MORGAN HILL UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT; NICK BODEN; MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ, DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES
Discussion: National Review
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Tea Party Nation: Brewer's Veto Imposed ‘Slavery,’ Mandatory Penis Cakes For ‘Homosexual Weddings’  —  Judson Phillips, president of Tea Party Nation, is a little upset about Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's decision last night to veto a bill that would have expanded the ability of business owners …
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.
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Jessica Chasmar / Washington Times:
Harlem church sign warns: Obama has released ‘the homo demons’
Associated Press:
Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In strong, often personal terms, President Barack Obama on Thursday called for vigorous efforts to reverse underachievement among young black and Hispanic males.  He also cautioned young minority men not to repeat his own youthful mistakes in an unforgiving world.
Discussion: Power Line
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CNN:
Obama announced 'My Brother's Keeper'
Discussion: Politico
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 BobCesca.com
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Burgess Everett / Politico:   Bob Corker: Obama talks ‘were never serious’
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
The GOP Already Has a 2016 Front-Runner... for Vice President  —  As defense and foreign policy return to the fore and with a Hillary candidacy looming, the first term New Hampshire senator is looking more and more like the GOP's best veep choice to sure up the ticket in 2016.
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 …
Jerry Brown:
To my fellow citizens of California:  —  To my fellow citizens of California:  —  Four years ago, I asked that you support my candidacy for governor based on my bringing an “insider's knowledge but an outsider's mind” to fix the budget breakdown and overcome Sacramento's poisonous partisanship.
Discussion: OnPolitics and blog.sfgate.com
Carol Costello / CNN:
HotJesus: Must He be sexy?  —  Editor's note: Carol Costello anchors the 9 to 11 a.m. ET edition of CNN's “Newsroom” each weekday.  Watch at 9:40 a.m. ET Thursday for a discussion of the new film about Jesus.  —  (CNN) — Clearly Jesus was sexy.  —  After all, He is the Son of God.
Annie-Rose Strasser / ThinkProgress:
Bitcoin: By The Privileged, For The Privileged  —  A protester stands outside of Mt Gox headquarters in Tokyo after the Bitcoin banking site's collapse.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi  —  Every once in a while — most recently with the collapse of online exchange site Mt Gox …
Discussion: Hit & Run and New York Times
Carl Campanile / New York Post:
De Blasio starts his war on charter schools  —  The de Blasio administration is blocking the opening or expansion of three Success Academy charter schools run by Eva Moskowitz.  —  The charter schools received approval last year from former Mayor Mike Bloomberg to operate rent-free in existing city buildings starting in the fall.
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.
New York Times:
Complete Results: New York Times/CBS News February Poll  —  The nationwide poll was conducted Feb. 19 to 23 by landline and cellphone among 1,644 adults and has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points for all adults and plus or minus 6 points for Republicans, Democrats and independents.
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 …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Bill O'Reilly: There MUST Be A Downside To A Woman President (VIDEO)  —  There has got to be a downside to electing a woman to the presidency, and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly is determined to mansplain just what that could be.  —  On Wednesday's “The Factor” O'Reilly followed up on Rep. Michele Bachmann's …
Ana Marie Cox / Guardian:
How to fight the war on voting rights: truth, justice and not the Biden way  —  Don't tell the conservative believers of the ‘voter fraud’ myth they're racist or full of hate.  Tell 'em they're afraid - and wrong  —  Biden, and the rest of us, shouldn't make ‘white boy’ jokes.
Discussion: NAACP LDF
Peter Suderman / Reason:
Obamacare's Failed State Exchanges  —  The federal government spent more than $1.2 billion on state-based online insurance portals that remain broken.  —  The federal government spent more on broken state-run exchanges than it did on its own troubled system.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Library to make first release of withheld records  —  The Clinton Presidential Library will make its first release on Friday of records that were previously withheld from the public under legal provisions that expired early last year, a spokeswoman for the National Archives said.
Discussion: The Week and Post Politics
Joe Biden / Politico:
THE POLITICO MAG PROFILE  —  Understandably, Biden's mind is much on Clinton these days, and he has often told friends he thinks he can beat her because he has seen her up close and judges himself at least her equal.  (Like every other prominent Democrat with a sense of self-preservation …
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze.com
 
 
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Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Federal Budget Deficit Falls to Smallest Level Since 2008
Scouts for Equality:
Walt Disney World Postpones Local Support for Boy Scouts of America
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
TPM Interview: The Brown Grad Student Who Chased The NRA Out Of Rhode Island
Discussion: BillMoyers.com and Liberaland
Associated Press:
SC officer shoots man reaching for cane
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Martha Raddatz to split hosting duties on ABC's ‘This Week’
Discussion: Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Biden to Democrats: Don't Apologize in 2014
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Ed Pastor to Retire in 2014 (Updated) (Video)
Jason LaVeris / ABC News:
Celebs, Politicians React to Veto of Controversial Arizona Bill
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABC News
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Keith Olbermann Says He Hasn't Watched MSNBC Since 2009
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Catholic League Pres Challenges Chris Cuomo: Where Are ‘Examples of Gay People Being Persecuted?’
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Clinton: Voters under ‘assault’
Discussion: Daily Kos and Politico
Nathaniel Rich / New York Times:
The Mammoth Cometh  —  The first time Ben Novak saw …
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION and Althouse
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans flip-flop on ‘judicial activism’
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