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11:35 PM ET, February 12, 2015

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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
U.S. Orders Alabama To License Gay Unions  —  MOBILE, Ala. — A federal judge here ruled on Thursday that the local probate judge cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, potentially adding some clarity to a judicial quarrel that has roiled Alabama for most of a week.
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay Marriage
Scott Kaufman / Raw Story:
‘Redneck News’ correspondent looks for evidence that gay marriage is destroying Alabama
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Ginsburg's Astounding Indiscretion
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Alabama's ‘Redneck News’ Reports On Changes After Gay Marriage (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite
Emily Bazelon / New York Times:
In Sort-of-Defense of Roy Moore
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   Judge: I could ‘dissent’ from Supreme Court gay marriage ruling
The New / New York Times:
David Carr, Media Equation Columnist for The Times, Is Dead at 58  —  David Carr, who wrote about media as it intersects with business, culture and government in his Media Equation column for The New York Times, died at the office on Thursday.  He was 58.  —  For the past 25 years, Mr. Carr wrote about media.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Rush Limbaugh: Scott Walker should announce he quit college to avoid rape accusations  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Rush Limbaugh suggested that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announce that he quit college to avoid being accused of rape.  —  The likely 2016 Republican …
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Obama Secretly Partied With Bill Ayers Last Summer  —  On Aug. 30, 2014, MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and former White House chef Sam Kass got married at a private wedding north of New York City.  It was widely reported at the time that President Obama, a longtime friend of the groom, attended the ceremony with his family.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster  —  A growing number of House GOP conservatives are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday to invoke the “nuclear option” and change the chamber's rules to pass a bill defunding President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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The Hill:
GOP profanity, ‘math challenges’ color showdown on immigration  —  House and Senate Republicans offered up plenty of color on Wednesday about the looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but solutions were harder to find.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A GOP one-party state?  —  If the Republican nominee for president is elected in 2016 — even by one vote — America will become an effective one-party state with the GOP controlling the presidency, the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court.  —  I warn my fellow liberals who casually discuss …
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Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Ashton B. Carter Is Confirmed as Defense Chief, Replacing Chuck Hagel
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch's delayed vote over confirmation
Discussion: Daily Kos and US News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden: 2016 is battle for third Obama term  —  The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee should embrace the notion of a third term of the Obama presidency, Vice President Biden said Thursday, during a speech at Drake University in Iowa.  —  “I call it sticking with what works,” Biden declared.
Discussion: RedState
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:   Joe Biden Reveals Timeframe for 2016 Presidential Decision
Tom Cotton / Salon:
“Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree”: Why new senator Tom Cotton is so frightening … Newly elected Tom Cotton of Arkansas is one of the youngest members of the Senate, only 37 years old, a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law and a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The war on Jeb Bush  —  His fast start has reordered the Republican 2016 race, and put a bull's-eye on his back.  —  The war on Jeb Bush is on.  —  Rand Paul is attacking him as a hypocrite on marijuana who's indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton.  Ted Cruz is questioning whether Bush's stands …
Discussion: The Stranger …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is Jeb Bush Buying the Nomination?
Discussion: Strange Bedfellows and Politico
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Which image of Obama mugging for BuzzFeed's cameras diminishes the presidency the most, ranked  —  The #Millennial-friendly website BuzzFeed has taken over for Zach Galifianakis as the White House's preferred video venue for encouraging young people to sign up for health insurance.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
League Of The South Celebrates Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln  —  As we reported earlier today, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has close personal and financial ties with Michael Peroutka, the neo-Confederate activist and theocrat who has helped develop the view …
Joe Millitzer / FOX2now.com:
Federal charges for suspect in Ferguson Market arson  —  FERGUSON, MO - Federal prosecutors are bringing charges in one of the fires in riots that destroyed businesses after the Michael Brown grand jury decision.  —  A federal grand jury indicted Antonio Whiteside, 26 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Don Surber
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Photos Show Russian Military in Ukraine Arming Separatists  —  UPDATE 3:11 P.M.: Following publication of this story, serious questions have been raised about the authenticity of some of the photographs provided by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R., Okla.).  Several images of the Russian convoys appear …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mediaite and Gawker
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Destroyer Goeth  —  I met Walter Cronkite once.  He was a jerk.  —  The occasion was the 100th anniversary of my college newspaper, the Daily Texan, where Cronkite had worked as a young man before dropping out of the University of Texas.  It was 1999, and the possibility of …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Bill would allow concealed weapons across state lines  —  Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.  —  The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit …
Discussion: National Review and Shakesville
Jon Ronson / New York Times:
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco's Life  —  Credit: Photo illustration by Andrew B. Myers.  Prop stylist: Sonia Rentsch.  —  As she made the long journey from New York to South Africa, to visit family during the holidays in 2013, Justine Sacco, 30 years old and the senior director …
Reuters:
Islamic State fighters seize western Iraqi town: officials  —  (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents took control on Thursday of most of the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, threatening an air base where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, officials said.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Coordinated Campaign Contributions and False Statements  —  First Criminal Prosecution in the United States For  —  Campaign Finance Coordination between Political Committees  —  A campaign finance manager and political consultant pleaded guilty today …
Discussion: New York Times and OpenSecrets.org
Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Hundreds of South Carolina Inmates Sent to Solitary Confinement Over Facebook  —  In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking.  —  Back in 2012, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) made …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Verge
 
 
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Tom Vanden Brook / Associated Press:
Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
Pope Francis: not having children is selfish
Joseph Lawler / Washington Examiner:
Hard work of fixing the Deadbeat State begins with confronting unions
Discussion: Hot Air
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