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8:35 AM ET, February 12, 2014


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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.
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
GOP debt limit extortion is dead  —  So House Republican leaders are bowing to the inevitable and are going to allow a vote on a clean debt limit hike.  In a statement moments ago, Nancy Pelosi said she'd provide Democratic votes to help it pass, which seems very likely.
The GOP's debt ceiling surrender  —  Less than three years ago, House Speaker John Boehner boldly demanded “trillions” in spending cuts in exchange for raising the national borrowing limit.  —  “Let me be as clear as I can be,” Boehner told the Economic Club of New York in May 2011.
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.
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Election mode hits the Capitol  —  Democrats and Republicans are clearing the decks of dangerous political issues that could sink their chances in the midterm elections.  —  This unusually cautious approach comes nine months before Election Day and illustrates how both parties are reluctant to tackle anything that doesn't poll well.
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
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.
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 …
Ken Ward Jr / Charleston Gazette:
‘Significant’ coal slurry spill blackens Kanawha County creek  —  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State officials were trying this morning to contain a “significant spill” of coal slurry from a Patriot Coal processing facility in eastern Kanawha County.  —  Emergency officials said that the spill …
Discussion:, Daily Kos and Shakesville
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
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
Yahoo! News:
Clarence Thomas: Society is overly sensitive about race  —  Americans today are too sensitive about race, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas told a gathering of college students in Florida on Tuesday.  —  Speaking at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Fla., Thomas …
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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 …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
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.
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
EXCLUSIVE: SARAH PALIN CONFIRMED TO SPEAK AT CPAC  —  Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Breitbart News has learned exclusively.  CPAC is an annual gathering of thousands of conservative activists hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU).
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Lachlan Markay / Washington Free Beacon:
Torch-Carrying Environmentalists Protest at Oil Exec's Home  —  Masked protesters carrying torches and threatening organized violence protested outside the home of an executive at a major oil pipeline company last week.  —  Eight environmental activists gathered on the lawn of Mark Maki …
NBC News:
Tom Brokaw Diagnosed with Cancer, Prognosis Encouraging - NBC News  —  In a personal note, NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw revealed he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged w...
Tea Party Senate Candidate Accused of Being a Huge Fan of the Bailout - This Is How He Responded  —  U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin responded Tuesday to a report alleging he once signed off on a memo supporting the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Bevin, McConnell and TARP
Rachel La Corte /
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee suspends death penalty  —  OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he's in office, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to “join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.”
Jennifer Sullivan / The Seattle Times:
Inslee halts executions in state while he is governor
Discussion: Daily Kos
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John Branch / New York Times:
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Will Demographics Really Destroy GOP?
Discussion: Riehl World News
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
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Christine Clarridge / The Seattle Times:
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Florida County Eliminates Minority-Heavy Polling Places