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12:40 PM ET, February 12, 2014


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Russell Berman / The Hill:
Why the Speaker capitulated to Obama  —  Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) abrupt decision to capitulate and hand President Obama a straightforward debt-ceiling increase resulted from simmering divisions that have virtually paralyzed his majority.  —  On an issue that once defined his Speakership …
Discussion: Politico, Booman Tribune and Fox News
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
Politico:   The GOP's debt ceiling surrender
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House approves clean debt hike
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
Discussion: CNN
Krystal Ball /
Don't run, Hillary.  Don't run  —  I deeply admire and respect Hillary Clinton.
Discussion: NewsBusters
Gromer Jeffers Jr / Dallas Morning News:
Wendy Davis backs 20-week abortion ban that defers to women  —  Wendy Davis said Tuesday that she would have supported a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, if the law adequately deferred to a woman and her doctor.  —  Davis, a Fort Worth senator and the likely Democratic nominee for governor …
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 …
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
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: Power Line and Hot Air
Washington Post:
The Obama administration has a mandate on the health-care law, too
Exclusive: Stop the NSA while we still can  —  Editor's note: Rand Paul is a Republican senator representing Kentucky.  Matt Kibbe is president and CEO of FreedomWorks.  Ken Cuccinelli is former attorney general of Virginia and a former Republican candidate for governor.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Mark Boxley / Courier-Journal:
Eight Corvettes swallowed by massive sink hole at National Corvette Museum  —  A 40-foot sink hole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green swallowed eight of the sports cars on display inside the the facility's iconic Sky Dome Wednesday morning, said executive director Wendell Strode.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Raw Story
Matt Sledge / The Huffington Post:
Maine Gov. Paul LePage Looks Set To Reject Overdose Prevention For No Good Reason  —  Naloxone Drug Overdose Paul Lepage Heroin Maine Politics Naloxone Heroin Overdose War on Drugs Naloxone Access Video Paul Lepage War on Drugs Paul Lepage Drug Overdose Maine Overdose Bill Paul Lepage Naloxone …
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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?
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Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Obama, legislator-in-chief, suffers setback on illegal IRS rules
Discussion: National Review
Associated Press:
Michelle Obama covers those famous arms in ‘$12,000’ Carolina Herrera gown at the White House state dinner
Tal Kopan / Politico:
The state races ignored — until now
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Governors' Races This Year, Lessons for 2016
Brett Zongker / Associated Press:
First Openly Gay Boy Scout Reaches Eagle Scout Milestone
 Earlier Items: 
Alex DeMarban / Alaska Dispatch:
Treadwell camp says new US Senate poll ‘ignores the space-time continuum’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Election mode hits the Capitol
Matthew Boyle / BREITBART.COM:
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Jamie Self / The State:
SC Gov. Haley says she backs carrying firearms without permits, training
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nancy Pelosi's play for women
Discussion: Althouse
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Will Demographics Really Destroy GOP?
Discussion: Riehl World News