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11:15 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.
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
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 … 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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
'We're not kidding.' Deal urges drivers to stay off roads as round 2 approaches  —  Gov. Nathan Deal warned drivers not to be lulled into complacency by the rain and snow that blanketed parts of Georgia on Tuesday, warning that a second blast of wintry weather would be far more severe.
Discussion: Politico
Scott Bixby / The Daily Beast:   From Snowy Atlanta to Sunny Sochi, This Winter Is All About Global Weirding
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
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.
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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 …
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 …
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
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?
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
In Governors' Races This Year, Lessons for 2016  —  MADISON, Wis. — Three years after stripping public employee unions of the right to collectively bargain, Gov. Scott Walker began this election year by introducing workers who had found jobs since he took office.
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
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Liz Gannes / Re/code:
Exclusive: Lithium Technologies to Acquire Klout
Discussion: Digits, Gigaom, Mashable and TechCrunch
Brian Hews / Hews Media Group-Community News:
EXCLUSIVE: Former US Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Failed to Report Trips on Private Jet Owned …
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Election mode hits the Capitol
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Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Alexandra Russo / RAND PAC:
Rand Paul To Sue President Obama Over NSA Spying
Nancy Pelosi's play for women
 Earlier Items: 
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Democrats, Media Slam President Romney Over Health Care Law Changes
Discussion: Hot Air
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Will Demographics Really Destroy GOP?
Discussion: Riehl World News
Pew Social & Demographic Trends:
The Rising Cost of Not Going to College
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Store Owner: Employee Wore Banana Suit To Look ‘Less Alarming’ While Carrying AK-47
Discussion: Boing Boing, Gawker, Balloon Juice and KBMT