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10:50 PM ET, February 10, 2014


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Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
Welcome to The Intercept  —  We are very excited to welcome everyone to The Intercept, a publication of First Look Media (FLM).  The Intercept, which the three of us created, is the first of what will be numerous digital magazines published by FLM.  —  As soon as we resolved to build The Intercept …
Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept:
The NSA's Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program  —  The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes - an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
Washington Post:
White House delays health insurance mandate for medium-sized employers until 2016  —  The Obama administration announced Monday it would give medium-sized employers an extra year, until 2016, before they must offer health insurance to their full-time workers.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
The White House is relaxing the employer mandate again  —  The Treasury Department on Monday rolled out more tweaks to the health-care law's requirement that all large employers—those with 50 or more workers—provide insurance coverage to their workers.  This is the part of Obamacare …
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014  —  Washington (CNN) - The second ranking House Democrat predicted his party was in good position to retake control of the House of Representatives in the 2014 midterm election.  —  House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer pointed …
Discussion: Liberaland and Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Reince Priebus: ‘Truckload’ against Hillary Clinton  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said Monday that when it comes to Hillary Clinton, Republicans will have a “truckload” of material to use against her, and it's all fair game.  —  Priebus said recent …
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 10, 2014
Discussion: Politico, and The Root
Alex Pappas / The Daily Caller:
Joe Scarborough believed to be taking idea of 2016 presidential bid seriously  —  Sources close to MSNBC host Joe Scarborough think he is seriously considering the prospect of leaving morning television to run for president in 2016.  —  Last week, Scarborough was all smiles …
New York Post:
Bridgegate probe to check Christie chopper rides
Discussion: ABC News and Talking Points Memo
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Democrats Have Christie 'Buyer's Remorse,' Buono Says
Duraid Adnan / New York Times:
Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Kills Iraqi Pupils  —  BAGHDAD — A group of Sunni militants attending a suicide bombing training class at a camp north of Baghdad were killed on Monday when their commander unwittingly conducted a demonstration with a belt that was packed with explosives, army and police officials said.
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
Correction: Scott Walker Didn't Say He Voted For Reagan  —  Last month, I did an interview with Scott Walker.  Here's an excerpt from that interview which seemed insignificant at the time that has gotten a lot of attention from liberal blogs today.  I remember, I was a teenager …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: ‘I Can Do Whatever I Want’  —  President Obama “quipped” today during a visit to Monticello with the French president, “That's the good thing about being president, I can do whatever I want.”  —  Via the pool report: … The comment came around the time the White House announced …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Discussion: News Desk and The Huffington Post
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
DOJ Disputes Report That Holder Will Resign
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Attorney General Formalizes “Broad” Federal Recognition Of Same-Sex Couples' Marriages
Discussion: Advocate
Doug Elmendorf / CBO's Publications:
Frequently Asked Questions About CBO's Estimates of the Labor Market Effects of the Affordable Care Act  —  Last week CBO released its latest report on the outlook for the budget and the economy; we also released a companion report that takes a closer look at the slow recovery of the labor market.
Barry Yeoman / American Prospect:
A Mighty Shout in North Carolina  —  Geoffrey Zeger didn't attend last year's Moral Mondays, the series of civil-disobedience events at which more than 900 people were arrested at the North Carolina legislature.  The weekday occupations, coordinated by the North Carolina NAACP to protest …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
GOP Rep.: Give Our Nominees 'Duct Tape to Put Over Their Mouths So They Don't Say Stupid Things'  —  Speaking at a Heritage Foundation event on Monday about conservative alternatives to the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) told the audience that among the ways in which the GOP …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Struggles To Explain Why He's Supporting McConnell (AUDIO)  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is embarrassed to be supporting Mitch McConnell for re-election, and he can barely hide it.  —  In a radio interview posted to YouTube on Saturday, the conservative freshman was asked …
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
Obamacare's $70 billion pay cut  —  In his State of the Union address, President Obama urged Congress to “give America a raise.”  Well, it turns out that Obama is giving America a $70 billion annual pay cut, courtesy of Obamacare.  —  That is the overlooked nugget in the new Congressional …
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Meretricious Meets Meddlesome
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Patty Murray to seek fifth Senate term in 2016
Discussion: Post Politics, OnPolitics and Politico
Brandon Wade / The Atlantic Online:
The NFL Will Never Be ‘Ready’ for an Openly Gay Player
Ryan Cooper / The Plum Line:
Should progressives support tax cuts as economic stimulus?
E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
An economic school has led to gridlock in Washington
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Democrats pushing poetry over jobs?
Discussion: American Prospect and Hullabaloo
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
Chuck Schumer: No Urgency on Immigration
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Dish
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
Newest Senator Will Test (Historically Limited) Potency of Appointed Incumbency
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Writing Off the Unemployed
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Reid again eyes Senate rulebook
Discussion: Daily Kos and Booman Tribune