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10:50 AM ET, February 11, 2014


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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 …
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:
Cruz Does Boehner No Favors  —  After championing the Affordable Care Act defunding strategy that led to the government shutdown in October, Sen. Ted Cruz continues to do Speaker John A. Boehner no favors — and some of Boehner's allies think the tea party Texan should mind his own business.
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.
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Further Delays for Employers in Health Law
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Hoyer predicts Democrats positioned to win back the House in 2014
Ben Goad / The Hill:   ObamaCare's employer mandate pushed back for the second time
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  —  (CNN) — Shirley Temple Black, who rose to fame as arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history, died late Monday night, her publicist said.  —  She was 85.  —  Temple Black, who also enjoyed a long career as a diplomat, died of natural causes at her Woodside, California, home.
Discussion: Mashable, Scared Monkeys and KFOR-TV
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  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that if she were up for reelection this year in a purple state, she “probably” would not have President Barack Obama campaign with her.  —  The Missouri Democrat was asked on MSNBC's “Morning Joe” …
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 …
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.
Michael Winerip / New York Times:
Stepping Up to Stop Sexual Assault  —  BYSTANDER INTERVENTION is so easy to grasp, even by the most inexperienced college freshman, that the program may well be the best hope for reducing sexual assaults on campuses.  Mostly it is common sense: If a drunk young man at a party is pawing a drunk young woman …
Discussion: Slate and City Journal
Washington Post:
House GOP homes in on debt-ceiling plan tied to military pension benefits  —  House Republican leaders spent Monday trying to finalize a plan to increase the Treasury's borrowing authority and avoid a federal default by urging GOP lawmakers to rally behind a proposal that ties a debt-ceiling increase …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
House Republicans Seek to Trade Debt Deal for Repeal on Military Pensions
Evan Perez / CNN:
Holder calls for restoring ex-cons' voting rights  —  Washington (CNN) - One of Washington's oddities of late is Attorney General Eric Holder's liberal social justice goals finding unity with the tea party movement's curb-big-government proposals led by Sens. Rand Paul and Mike Lee.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
The Atlantic Online:
Why Democrats Will Win on Unemployment Insurance  —  For the fifth time this year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid brought an unemployment-insurance extension to the floor last week, even though several members of his party admitted that they didn't have the votes to pass it.  —  They came close.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
RNC Chairman: Yeah, We'll Use Lewinsky Against Hillary Clinton (VIDEO)  —  Rand Paul won't stop talking about Bill Clinton's “predatory behavior,” and that's quite alright with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus.  —  Priebus said Monday on MSNBC that the Monica Lewinsky scandal …
CNN's GUT CHECK for February 10, 2014
Will Baude / Washington Post:
Supreme Court Rule 28.8 may be invalid  —  The Supreme Court recently codified a rule — apparently reflecting its longstanding practice — that you can only orally argue before the court if you are a lawyer.  That is, if your case gets to the Supreme Court, you don't have a right to argue it pro se …
Discussion: New York Times
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