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David Corn / Mother Jones:
WATCH: Rand Paul Says Jimmy Carter Was Better on the Budget Than Ronald Reagan  —  The Kentucky senator has been hailing Reagan lately.  But a few years ago, Paul routinely knocked the Republican icon as a fiscal failure.  —  As Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ponders a presidential bid …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Rand Paul: GOP might be over-selling voter fraud  —  Here's another interesting comment from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) during his sitdown with former senior Obama adviser David Axelrod on Tuesday: Paul said that the Republican Party might be over-selling incidences of voter fraud.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Rand Paul on abortion: “We're not changing any of the laws until the country is persuaded otherwise”  —  Via MFP, an eyebrow-raiser from yesterday's chat with David Axelrod(!) at the University of Chicago.  David Corn and Mother Jones are out with another gotcha piece on Paul this morning citing his …
New York Times:
Poll Shows Tight Senate Races in Four Southern States  —  Four Senate races in the South that will most likely determine control of Congress appear very close, with Republicans benefiting from more partisan intensity but a Democratic incumbent, once seen as highly vulnerable, holding a surprising edge …
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New York Times:
Southerners in Poll Oppose Health Law, and Its Repeal  —  Despite strong dislike of President Obama's handling of health care, a majority of people in three Southern states - Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina - would rather that Congress improve his signature health care law than repeal and replace it …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why Criticism of Poll Is Misguided  —  The new New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation surveys offer some pretty good results for Democrats — with caveats — so it's no surprise that polling aficionados are scouring the details for an explanation.  They think they've found the problem …
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Supreme Court sets aside $3.4-million verdict for child-porn victim  —  WASHINGTON — Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.
Discussion: The Verge
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg:
Pornography Victims Get Partial Compensation, Court Says
Discussion: Liberaland
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Dividing the duty to pay for child porn
Howard Fischer Capitol / Arizona Daily Star:
Presence of THC metabolite in blood does not prove impaired driving, Arizona Supreme Court finds
Discussion: TalkLeft
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Benjamin Weiser / New York Times:
D'Souza Case Is Political, Lawyer Says  —  When the conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was charged in January with illegally using straw donors to contribute to a 2012 New York Republican Senate campaign, his lawyer denied that he had acted with any corrupt or criminal intent.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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David Ferguson / The Raw Story:
Prosecutors: Cuckolded husband's tape proves Dinesh D'Souza knew he broke campaign laws
Discussion: addictinginfo.org
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Jeb Bush: I'm ‘thinking about’ 2016 run  —  Jeb Bush on Wednesday was the most vocal he's been about considering a run for the White House in 2016.  —  The Republican told a crowd of about 200 people at a Catholic Charities fundraiser in New York that he is “thinking about running for president,” according to an attendee.
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Fox News:
Jeb Bush: 'I'm thinking about running for president'
ThinkProgress:
Meet The Militia Rushing To Cliven Bundy's Defense  —  James Yeager is calling from Cliven Bundy's front yard, where he's one of several (he won't say how many) providing 24-hour security to the Bundy family.  He and his friend packed up “a full medical kit and a camera” …
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Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Photo Of Obama In Conservative Attack Ad Is Photoshopped From Hospital Trip After Aurora Shooting  —  Conservative group Americans For Prosperity cut out the hospital and the governor of Colorado to show President Obama and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall looking sad together for a negative campaign ad.
Manu Raju / Politico:
How Lindsey Graham outmaneuvered the tea party  —  Part of an occasional series on the hottest races of the 2014 midterm election.  —  SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — Sen. Lindsey Graham recognized the threat years before it had a chance to form — and knew immediately what he had to do.
Robert M. Solow / The New Republic:
Thomas Piketty Is Right  —  Everything you need to know about ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’  —  Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, translated by Arthur Goldhammer (Belknap Press)  —  Income inequality in the United States and elsewhere has been worsening since the 1970s.
ThinkProgress:
New Records: IRS Targeted Progressive Groups More Extensively Than Tea Party  —  A series of IRS documents, provided to ThinkProgress under the Freedom of Information Act, appears to contradict the claims by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight and Government Reform Committee …
Discussion: Liberaland and BobCesca.com
Gabe Gutierrez / NBC News:
Up in Arms: Georgia Governor To Sign Controversial Gun Bill Wednesday  —  Opponents, like Stephanie Stone of Atlanta, argue the law misinterprets the Second Amendment and will promote a culture of guns.  —  “I think this bill is reckless,” she said.  “I think it's dangerous and irresponsible.”
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Greg Bluestein / Political Insider blog:
Nathan Deal signs broad gun rights expansion
Discussion: NBC News, Gawker and ThinkProgress
Reid Wilson / Washington Post:
Missouri legislature will begin impeachment proceedings against governor  —  A Missouri state House committee will hold hearings Wednesday into three proposed articles of impeachment against Gov. Jay Nixon (D), whom some Republicans say has committed offenses worthy of being removed from office.
Associated Press:
Call of Duty loser calls in SWAT team hoax on kid who beat him  —  Long Island police dispatched helicopters, emergency vehicles and an army of cops to a home where someone called in a bloody rampage on Tuesday.  —  They arrived with guns drawn and ready for war — only to find out the call …
Forrest A. Nabors / Politico:
She Can See This Disaster From Her House  —  If Republicans lose the Alaska Senate race, they'll have Sarah Palin to thank.  —  Begich spoke on Feb. 3, ostensibly on the subject of new business opportunities in technology.  As he was being introduced, his darting eyes and scratches …
Discussion: CNN, Liberaland and Alaska Dispatch
WBTW-TV:
Latta council votes to block Mayor from hiring police chief replacement  —  The Latta Town Council voted unanimously in two key measures Tuesday night in support of fired Police Chief Crystal Moore.  —  The council was having an emergency meeting to address the firing of Moore last week by Mayor Earl Bullard.
Wall Street Journal:
Keystone Uncensored  —  A labor leader calls the Administration ‘gutless,’ ‘dirty’ and more.  —  Republicans are denouncing President Obama's latest delay on the Keystone XL pipeline, six long years after it was proposed.  But for cold political fury they have nothing on Terry O'Sullivan …
Discussion: protein wisdom
 
 
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Jeff Goodell / Rolling Stone:
Obama's Last Shot  —  The president came into office promising …
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Bob Dole goes home
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Rebecca Klein / The Huffington Post:
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