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2:45 PM ET, February 8, 2014


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Woody Allen / New York Times:
Woody Allen Speaks Out  —  Last Sunday, Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about Dylan Farrow, the adopted daughter of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow.  Mr. Allen has written the following response to the column and Dylan's account.  —  TWENTY-ONE years ago, when I first heard Mia Farrow had accused …
Maureen Orth / Vanity Fair:
10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation  —  This week, a number of commentators have published articles containing incorrect and irresponsible claims regarding the allegation of Woody Allen's having sexually abused his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow.
Hollywood Reporter:
Dylan Farrow Responds to Woody Allen: ‘Distortions and Outright Lies’  —  The director's adopted daughter denies Allen's suggestion that Mia Farrow coached her to say he sexually assaulted her.  —  In the response, provided to The Hollywood Reporter, Farrow denounced Allen's op-ed …
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
NBC Edits Out IOC Anti-Discrimination Statement From Opening Ceremony  —  Russia's anti-gay laws have been a major focus in the lead-up to the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, and during his address at today's opening ceremony IOC president Thomas Bach made a strong statement against “any form of discrimination” and in favor of tolerance.
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
In Praise Of Sochi Schadenfreude  —  A few months prior to the 2008 Summer Olympics games in Beijing, there was an Olympic torch running ceremony in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa.  There, the nation's Communist Party leader, Zhang Qingli, declared that “China's red flag with five stars …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Chart of the Day #2: The Madness of Austerity  —  January's job numbers were fairly dismal, but the bad cheer wasn't equally spread.  Private sector employment, as usual, increased—by 142,000 jobs last month.  At the same time, public sector employment declined.  Government employment at all levels was down 29,000 in January.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
President Obama's magic words and numbers  —  Barack Obama, the first president shaped by the celebratory culture in which every child who plays soccer gets a trophy and the first whose campaign speeches were his qualification for the office, perhaps should not be blamed for thinking …
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Washington Wire
Jason Seher / CNN:
Crist: End the Cuba embargo  —  Washington (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist announced Friday his support for lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, a policy shift that shows how far the former Republican has moved since switching parties.  —  “The embargo has done nothing …
Discussion: Politico
Chris Christie struggles to deal with turmoil  —  The memo from Gov. Chris Christie's office attacking former appointee David Wildstein's credibility landed with a thud.  It was a striking and deeply personal broadside coming from a chief executive of a state, and even his allies called it a mistake.
Mike Kelly /
GWB scandal: Fort Lee mayor now says Christie campaign courted him for endorsement
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
CBC News:
Rob Ford overruled on rainbow flag at Toronto City Hall  —  Toronto Mayor says Olympics is about patriotism, not sexual preference  —  Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appears to have lost a fight to remove a rainbow flag flying at city hall.  —  The flag, an international symbol of gay rights …
Sam Youngman / The Daily Beast:
Tea Partier Matt Bevin Is Selling Himself as the Anti-Mitch McConnell  —  Mitch McConnell's Tea party opponent in the Kentucky race for the U.S. Senate is largely unknown, but his best shot may be to change his name and run as Not Mitch McConnell.  —  To spend time around Matt Bevin …
Christopher Ketcham / American Prospect:
This Land Was Your Land  —  In Utah and other Western states, the country's most pristine wilderness faces new threats from Big Energy and its powerful allies.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Ashley Kringen / KFOR-TV:
GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Oklahoma restaurant owner says doesn't want ‘f*ggot, freak’ customers  —  ENID, Okla. - A restaurant in Enid is getting heat after one of its patrons posted a pretty strong message on social media about discrimination.  —  The restaurant and bar has been open …
Discussion: I Acknowledge and Gawker
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Oklahoma restaurant won't serve ‘freaks,’ ‘f*ggots,’ the disabled and welfare recipients
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