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10:50 AM ET, February 12, 2014


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Robert Costa / The Fix:
How John Boehner decided to give up on the debt limit fight  —  This week's debt-limit drama ended as it began: with House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), standing alone before his colleagues, asking them for their support, but receiving only silence and stares in return.
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Immigration wimps  —  This is not complicated: There will be no immigration reform legislation this year.  —  Why?  Because a minority of House Republicans believe that doing anything about immigration would only hurt them in this year's Republican primaries.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves clean debt hike  —  The House passed a clean debt-ceiling hike of undetermined size on Tuesday — a vote that alienated dozens of Republicans and led one conservative group to call for the removal of Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) as Speaker.  —  The bill was approved in a 221-201 vote, largely on the backs of Democrats.
Politico:   The GOP's debt ceiling surrender
First on CNN-Confidant's diary: Clinton wanted to keep records for ‘revenge’  —  Fayetteville, Arkansas (CNN) - Shortly before Hillary Clinton's effort to pass health care reform died in the summer of 1994, the first lady asked a close friend and confidant for advice on “how best to preserve …
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Hillary Clinton Had ‘Contempt’ for First Lady Scrutiny, Documents Show … Hillary Clinton had read some 43 biographies of her predecessors to prepare for becoming first lady, according to her close friend Diane Blair.  But ultimately, Clinton would chart her own course.
Discussion: CNN
Joe Klein / TIME:
The Hillary Clinton Papers: Not Much There
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
‘Morning Joe’ Panelist Outraged That Chuck Todd Didn't Praise Chris Christie (VIDEO)  —  A “Morning Joe” panelist was shocked to learn Wednesday that some people weren't as dazzled by Chris Christie's visit to Chicago.  —  NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd stopped …
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Christie in his element: Governor takes a break from bridge scandal at Q&A in Chicago
Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
De Blasio Called Police Over Pastor's Arrest  —  A Member of the Mayor's Inaugural Committee Who Had Two Outstanding Warrants Was Arrested  —  A member of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's inaugural committee who had two outstanding warrants was arrested Monday night after a traffic stop …
New York Post:
De Blasio's buddy sprung from jail after mayor calls NYPD
Discussion: Politicker and Gothamist
New York Times:
Michael Sam's Troubled Upbringing in Texas  —  COLUMBIA, Mo. — Michael Sam was the loud country boy who wore a tank top and a cowboy hat.  He was the smooth-singing baritone who could irritate his coaches and crack up his teammates with his improvised songs.
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:
From Snowy Atlanta to Sunny Sochi, This Winter Is All About Global Weirding  —  Every time the thermometer drops, another anti-science politician mocks climate change as a fallacy.  Here's why they're wrong.  —  So much for “HotLanta.”  Georgia is starting to look a lot like the opening scene from The Day After Tomorrow.
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
'We're not kidding.' Deal urges drivers to stay off roads as round 2 approaches
Discussion: Politico
Ed Rogers / PostPartisan:
The Insiders: Obamacare creates new ways to prosecute American business  —  It's been a bad week for Obamacare.  Incredibly, the White House has had to grant yet another delay in the employer mandate.  This time, employers with between 50 to 99 employees who don't already offer health insurance …
Fox News:
Thought Police: Firms must swear ObamaCare not a factor in firings
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Faulconer wins mayor's race  —  Alvarez says works goes on whether as mayor or city councilman  —  SAN DIEGO — Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer defeated Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in the San Diego mayor's race Tuesday night.  —  Faulconer had 55.2 percent compared …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Republicans expanding field in Senate contests, but what about the House?  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE POLLS 2014 ELECTIONS CAMPAIGNS  —  There's no question that Obamacare hurts the prospects of Democratic candidates in 2014.  The question is how much — and where?
Tanner Colby / Slate:
Part 2: Affirmative action doesn't work.  It never did.  It's time for a new solution.  —  I.  —  In 2009, I attended the NAACP's 100th annual convention at the Midtown Hilton in New York.  Not just the centenary celebration for the nation's oldest civil rights organization …
Discussion: Althouse and National Review
Alex DeMarban / Alaska Dispatch:
Treadwell camp says new US Senate poll ‘ignores the space-time continuum’  —  A new Alaska poll predicts the U.S. Senate race will be a runaway, with incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Begich landing 45 percent of the vote.  —  But in the fantasy face-off that looks nine months into the future …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Jamie Self / The State:
SC Gov. Haley says she backs carrying firearms without permits, training  —  COLUMBIA, SC — S.C. Constitutional Carry Act  —  S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that she backs a proposal that would make it legal for most South Carolinians to carry guns - concealed or in the open …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Reporters Without Borders:
Biggest rises and falls in the 2014 World Press Freedom Index  —  The 2014 World Press Freedom Index spotlights the negative impact of conflicts on freedom of information and its protagonists.  The ranking of some countries has also been affected by a tendency to interpret national security needs …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Democrats, Media Slam President Romney Over Health Care Law Changes  —  Washington D. C.  — In a move certain to please his conservative supporters and infuriate his critics, President Romney announced this afternoon that his administration would make yet another change to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Discussion: Hot Air
Alexandra Russo / RAND PAC:
Rand Paul To Sue President Obama Over NSA Spying  —  Rand Paul v. Barack Obama  —  WASHINGTON, DC - On February 12, 2014, Rand Paul will join Matt Kibbe, President of FreedomWorks, and lead counsel Ken Cuccinelli in announcing a class action lawsuit against President Barack Obama …
Nancy Pelosi's play for women  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is trying to make the midterm elections all about women.  —  Armed with Democratic polling, the California Democrat has for months been touting a “women's economic agenda” in more than two dozen events across the country, with more planned soon.
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EXCLUSIVE: Former US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Failed to Report Trips on Private Jet Owned …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Election mode hits the Capitol
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Store Owner: Employee Wore Banana Suit To Look ‘Less Alarming’ While Carrying AK-47
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