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11:10 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.
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  —  A divided Senate on Thursday derailed Democratic legislation providing $21 billion for medical, education and job-training benefits for the nation's veterans, as the bill fell victim to election-year disputes over spending and whether to slap sanctions on Iran.
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and ThinkProgress
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, Mediaite and his vorpal sword
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Associated Press:   Sen. Cruz Won't Endorse Cornyn in Texas GOP Race
Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Ted Cruz: We'll ‘turn this country around’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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'
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Spencer Ackerman / Guardian:
Outgoing NSA chief Keith Alexander signals openness to surveillance reform  —  Alexander says NSA could accept a change where agency would only be allowed to collect phone data related to terrorism  —  The outgoing director of the National Security Agency suggested on Thursday …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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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Paul Elias / Associated Press:
COURT: SCHOOL CAN BAN US FLAG SHIRTS FOR SAFETY
Discussion: Liberaland
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
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’
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Federal Budget Deficit Falls to Smallest Level Since 2008  —  The Treasury Department reported Thursday that the federal government's deficit was $680 billion in the last fiscal year, $409 billion less than in 2012, largely because of increased revenue.  —  WASHINGTON — Closing the books …
Dana Ford / CNN:
Obama unveils 'My Brother's Keeper,' opens up about his dad, drugs and race  —  (CNN) - The President has a message for young minority men who grew up like he did.  —  “No excuses.  Government, and private sector, and philanthropy, and all the faith communities, we all have a responsibility to help provide you the tools you need.
Discussion: Politico
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Associated Press:
Obama plan aims to improve odds for minority boys
Discussion: Power Line
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.
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.
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
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
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
After government shutdown, dozens of lawmakers gave to charity  —  From the very outset of the 16-day government shutdown last fall, members of congress recognized its potential for political damage.  So many of them, seeking to contain the possible fallout, pledged to give …
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 …
Jeremy Schulman / Mother Jones:
Study: Global Warming Will Cause 180,000 More Rapes by 2099  —  Controversial new research predicts that over the coming century, rising temperatures will result in more violent crime.  —  aijohn784/Thinkstock  —  Global warming isn't just going to melt the Arctic and flood our cities …
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.
Associated Press:
SC officer shoots man reaching for cane  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. — A police officer in South Carolina shot a 70-year-old motorist who was reaching for a cane during a traffic stop because he thought the man was grabbing a rifle from the bed of his pickup truck, investigators said.  The man was expected to survive.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and JONATHAN TURLEY
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
 
 
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Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
House Democrat Unleashes On Obama Judicial Nominees, White House Pushes Back Hard
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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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Clinton Library to make first release of withheld records
Discussion: Post Politics and The Week
Joe Biden / Politico:
THE POLITICO MAG PROFILE
Discussion: CNN and TheBlaze.com
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Martha Raddatz to split hosting duties on ABC's ‘This Week’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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Peter Suderman / Reason:
Obamacare's Failed State Exchanges
Discussion: Hit & Run and Washington Post
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Boehner says Republicans will lead, but backs away from votes
Discussion: Politico and BobCesca.com
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?’
Nathaniel Rich / New York Times:
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