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2:50 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.
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.
Charlie Cook /
The GOP's Primal Fear of Primaries  —  Did Boehner have a true change of heart on immigration, or is he playing for time?  —  Coming soon: The primary calendar looms large for Republicans.  (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)  —  More than a few people are scratching their heads …
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner to Bring Debt Ceiling to Vote Without Policy Attachments
Washington Post:
House GOP homes in on debt-ceiling plan tied to military pension benefits
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 …
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:
Cruz Does Boehner No Favors
Discussion: New York Times and The Reaction
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 …
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)
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
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Holder Urges States to Repeal Bans on Felons' Voting  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday urged states to repeal laws that prohibit felons from voting, a move that would restore the right to vote to millions of people.  —  The call was mostly symbolic …
Evan Perez / CNN:
Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights
Discussion: Politico
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Bevin, McConnell and TARP  —  Matt Bevin, who is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in a Republican primary, calls the 2008 federal bailout of banks and Wall Street giants “irresponsible” and says he would have opposed it as a senator.  —  Yet back in 2008, as an investment fund president …
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Kentucky Senate race 2014: Matt Bevin, Mitch McConnell and TARP
Discussion: Power Line
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 …
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
Fox News:
Republicans renew ObamaCare battle after latest mandate delay  —  Republicans renewed their calls to delay or repeal ObamaCare Monday after the Obama administration announced another delay in the requirement for businesses to provide health coverage to workers, giving some employers …
Obamacare delay sparks new mandate fight
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Further Delays for Employers in Health Law
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
Rep. Bill Shuster / The Hill:
Cellphones on planes?  Tap, don't talk  —  Modern technology has helped to make Americans more accessible and productive than ever.  In particular, the advent of the smartphone has virtually ensured that no matter where we go, no matter the time, we can make a business call or talk to our friends and family.
Discussion: CNN
Sam Borden / New York Times:
American Lugers Annoyed by Group's Gay Rights Video  —  KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — There was a ripple of discontent over a gay rights issue at the Sochi Games on Tuesday, but it had nothing to do with Russia.  —  Several American doubles lugers said they were irritated …
Discussion: Mediaite, Gawker, Deadspin and Althouse
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ABC News:
Obama: Syria Peace Talks Far From Achieving Goal
Discussion: Politico
Marty Graham / Reuters:
Toss-up seen in race to succeed San Diego's disgraced ex-mayor
Discussion: The Fix
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
State dinner menu, guests unveiled
Discussion: The Fix, BizPac Review and Jezebel
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts won't say how many days he spends in Kansas
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Nevada State Officials Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Appeal
Zachary A. Goldfarb / Washington Post:
President Obama to launch major new effort to help young men of color
 Earlier Items: 
Will Baude / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Rule 28.8 may be invalid
Discussion: New York Times
Rubio Won't Say If He Smoked Weed
Discussion: and TIME
The Atlantic Online:
Why Democrats Will Win on Unemployment Insurance