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5:35 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'
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
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.
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 …
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’
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: GOP's 2014 on track to be 2010
Discussion: The Hill
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
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Gay marriages recognized in Kentucky for now  —  At least for now, Kentucky must recognize same-sex marrriages performed in states where it is legal.  —  U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn today made final a ruling issued earlier this month in which he found that Kentucky's marriage amendment …
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Kentucky Ordered To Recognize Same-Sex Couples Marriages
Discussion: Freedom to Marry Blog
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
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CNN:
Top tea party group celebrates five years
Discussion: The Week
Philiana Ng / Hollywood Reporter:
Michelle Obama to Appear on ‘Parks and Recreation’  —  UPDATED: The first lady will make a cameo on the one-hour season-six finale.  —  Michelle Obama is heading to Pawnee.  —  The first lady will guest star on the season finale of Parks and Recreation, NBC announced Thursday.
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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Jason LaVeris / ABC News:
Celebs, Politicians React to Veto of Controversial Arizona Bill
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABC News
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Rebecca Riffkin / Gallup:
U.S. Obesity Rate Ticks Up to 27.1% in 2013  —  Percentage “morbidly obese” rose slightly to a new high of 3.8%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the U.S., 27.1% of adults were obese in 2013, the highest rate measured since Gallup and Healthways began tracking in 2008.
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 …
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: JONATHAN TURLEY and Balloon Juice
 
 
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ThinkProgress:
When ‘Religious Liberty’ Was Used To Justify Racism Instead Of Homophobia
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Betsy Blaney / Associated Press:
TEXAS OFFICERS SUSPENDED FOR HOMELESS SIGN CONTEST
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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)
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Pivotal Point Is Seen as More States Consider Legalizing Marijuana
Discussion: PolicyShop and WJLA-TV
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Americans Remain Divided on Military Spending
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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Pew Internet:
The Web at 25 in the U.S.
Discussion: Poynter, Mashable and TechCrunch
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Fact-Checkers Inexplicably Conclude Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Isn't Anti-Gay
Discussion: BobCesca.com and Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
Tax Reform for Growth
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
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: Politico
USA Today:
De Blasio's school fight: Column
Discussion: Joanne Jacobs and Eduwonk
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Was Bush Really a Champion of Democracy?
 

 
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