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12:40 PM ET, February 11, 2014


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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Why the Tea Party Is Folding on the Debt Limit  —  They were never irrational, just delusional  —  “You've got to know when to hold them and when to fold them”—thus spake Michele Bachmann in an interview with The Washington Post last week.  Bachmann is, of course, the high priestess of not knowing when to fold them.
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Hullabaloo
House plans clean debt bill vote  —  House Republicans are abandoning their plan to tie a debt limit increase to a restoration of military pension cuts, and will instead try to pass a “clean” debt limit bill on Tuesday night.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made the announcement …
Immigration groups turn to anger  —  Immigration reform advocates are done playing nice with House Republicans.  —  After holding their fire for years at the urging of the Obama administration, several immigration reform groups now plan to unleash their anger at the right.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner to Bring Debt Ceiling to Vote Without Policy Attachments  —  WASHINGTON — Facing a rebellion over his latest debt ceiling proposal, Speaker John A. Boehner has told House Republicans that he will bring legislation to a vote on Wednesday that would raise the government's borrowing authority with no strings attached.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and Daily Kos
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Republicans Plan ‘Clean’ Debt Limit Vote Today (Updated)  —  Updated 11:42 a.m. |  Unable to sell their conference on their latest plan to raise the debt limit, Republican leaders plan to vote today on a “clean” debt limit increase.  —  “We don't have 218 votes,” Speaker John A. Boehner told reporters.
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:   Cruz Does Boehner No Favors
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Republicans Seek to Trade Debt Deal for Repeal on Military Pensions
Washington Post:
House GOP homes in on debt-ceiling plan tied to military pension benefits
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:   Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014
Ron Fournier /
Why I'm Getting Sick of Defending Obamacare  —  Incompetence, politics, and delays frustrate advocates of health care reform.  —  It's getting difficult and slinking toward impossible to defend the Affordable Care Act.  The latest blow to Democratic candidates, liberal activists …
Wall Street Journal:
Another day, another lawless exemption, once again for business.  —  'ObamaCare" is useful shorthand for the Affordable Care Act not least because the law increasingly means whatever President Obama says it does on any given day.  His latest lawless rewrite arrived on Monday as the White House decided …
Ian Swanson / The Hill:
Team Clinton started talks on 2016 White House run night of Obama's victory  —  Members of Team Clinton started talking about a 2016 presidential bid months before the former first lady left the State Department.  —  The night President Obama won his second term, Allida Black and Adam Parkhomenko …
Aljean Harmetz / New York Times:
Shirley Temple Black, Screen Darling, Dies at 85  —  Shirley Temple Black, who as a dimpled, precocious and determined little girl in the 1930s sang and tap-danced her way to a height of Hollywood stardom and worldwide fame that no other child has reached, died on Monday night at her home in Woodside, Calif. She was 85.
Ben Brumfield / CNN:
Shirley Temple Black dies at 85
Discussion: Mashable, Scared Monkeys and KFOR-TV
Martha Mendoza / Associated Press:
Discussion: Politico, BBC, WFPL and Mashable
Obamacare delay sparks new mandate fight  —  Once again, it's employers who are getting a break from their Obamacare mandate - and that's sure to increase the pressure on the Obama administration to delay the mandate for individuals, too.  —  Regulations announced by the Obama administration Monday give …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Further Delays for Employers in Health Law
AOL's Armstrong Needs Obamacare
Discussion: The Dish
Ben Goad / The Hill:   ObamaCare's employer mandate pushed back for the second time
Washington Post:
White House delays health insurance mandate for medium-sized employers until 2016
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A balanced look at college sex offenses.  —  The headline in the New York Times's Education Life section reads “Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault.”  The story, by reporter Michael Winerip, is more balanced than that.  —  Unlike many journalists writing about this subject, Winerip acknowledges the problem of wrongful accusation.
Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault
Discussion: Slate and City Journal
Jonathan Easley / The Hill: to be out of service  — will be out of service for two and a half days beginning on Feb. 15 — the last day people can sign up to obtain coverage that begins on March 1.  —  The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced in a blog post on Monday …
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:
Karl Rove hits Rand Paul for Bill Clinton bashing  —  Karl Rove took a shot at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on Tuesday for attacking Bill Clinton over his “predatory” behavior toward Monica Lewinsky, saying that it's not good strategy for running for president.  —  “Frankly, Rand Paul spending …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Chairman: Yeah, We'll Use Lewinsky Against Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
McCaskill: I Wouldn't Campaign With Obama This Year  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said Tuesday that she wouldn't roll out the welcome mat for President Obama if she were seeking re-election in Missouri this year.  —  McCaskill was asked during an appearance on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Claire McCaskill: Democratic candidates don't need Obama
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Kentucky Senate race 2014: Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell and TARP  —  A Bandi-signed report from April 10, 2009, praised the Democratic-backed $787 billion stimulus bill — which McConnell opposed.  —  “Some of the positive developments include the numerous programs from stimulus …
Discussion: Power Line
Adam Goldman / Washington Post:
Video shows U.S. abduction of accused al-Qaeda terrorist on trial for embassy bombings  —  After dawn prayers Oct. 5, Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, a wanted al-Qaeda terrorism suspect, returned to his family's home in Tripoli, Libya.  —  He stopped his car in front of the house …
GOP Report Acknowledges That The U.S. Military Couldn't Have Changed Benghazi Outcome  —  House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA) during a committee hearing  —  In a new report released on Tuesday, the House Armed Services Committee concludes that there was no way …
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Evan Perez / CNN:
Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights
Discussion: Politico
Will Baude / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Rule 28.8 may be invalid
Discussion: New York Times
Rubio Won't Say If He Smoked Weed
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Discussion: Liberaland and Jihad Watch
The Atlantic Online:
Why Democrats Will Win on Unemployment Insurance