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10:35 AM ET, February 9, 2014


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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Rand Paul warns his former home state, Texas, could turn blue  —  (CNN) - Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday made a prediction that plenty of Democrats would love to see come true, but Republicans hope to avoid: “Texas will be a Democratic state within 10 years if you don't change.”
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rand Paul warns Texas could turn blue  —  HOUSTON — Sen. Rand Paul on Saturday predicted that Texas would turn blue within a decade if the Republican Party doesn't become more inclusive.  —  “What I do believe is Texas is going to be a Democrat state within 10 years if we don't change,” …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CNN
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Is McConnell the new underdog?  —  Republicans are buoyant they can capture the Senate this year - but will Mitch McConnell still be there as majority leader?  —  A surprising survey out of Kentucky this week underscores that the Senate minority leader is truly running the race of his life …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Sam Youngman / The Daily Beast:   Tea Partier Matt Bevin Is Selling Himself as the Anti-Mitch McConnell
Valerie Kellogg / Newsday:
Sean Hannity selling Lloyd Harbor home for $3.6M  —  Talk show host Sean Hannity has put his waterfront home in Lloyd Harbor on the market for $3.6 million, says his listing agent.  —  The native Long Islander used to live in the four-bedroom, 5-1/2-bath house on the Long Island Sound; today, he lives in Centre Island.
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Leaving Work Behind  —  IN 1930, in the darkening valley of the Great Depression, John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay on “Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren,” which foresaw a much happier future — one of growth, abundance and the steady decline of full-time work.
Discussion: Crooked Timber and Washington Post
Evan Perez / CNN:
Feds to provide legal benefits, services to all in same-sex marriages  —  Utah state Sen. Jim Dabakis, left, and Stephen Justesen acknowledge the crowd after being married in Salt Lake City on Friday, December 20.  A federal judge struck down Utah's ban on same-sex marriage …
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Obama Democrats' troubling view on work  —  Among its many stamps, the Postal Service has a series called “Made in America, Building a Nation.”  The strip of “forever” stamps is a collection of iconic photographs of 20th-century industry featuring men and women toiling on railroads, skyscrapers and factory floors.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
New York Times:
Snowden Used Low-Cost Tool to Best N.S.A.  —  WASHINGTON — Intelligence officials investigating how Edward J. Snowden gained access to roughly 1.7 million of the country's most highly classified documents say they have determined that he used inexpensive and widely available software to …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and emptywheel
Associated Press:
IRAN SAYS WARSHIPS HEADED CLOSE TO US BORDERS  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday.  —  The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet …
Kay S. Hymowitz / Opinionator:
How Single Motherhood Hurts Kids  —  The last few weeks have brought an unusual convergence of voices from both the center and the left about a topic that is typically part of conservative rhetorical territory: poverty and single-parent families.  Just as some conservatives have started talking seriously …
Discussion: City Journal
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
Republicans seek access to Mitt Romney money machine  —  Now that Mitt Romney has categorically ruled himself out of the 2016 presidential race, the battle is on for the most enduring part of his legacy — his fundraising operation.  —  Romney teamed with the Republican National Committee …
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