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8:00 AM ET, February 13, 2014


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Carl Hulse / New York Times:
‘Vote No, Hope Yes’ Defines Dysfunction in Congress  —  WASHINGTON — After the shutdown, the filibusters and years of stalled bills, it was the actual passage of legislation this week that revealed the true depth of congressional dysfunction.  —  The House vote to raise the debt limit …
New York Times:
G.O.P. Senate Leaders Avert Debt Ceiling Crisis  —  WASHINGTON — It was a moment of real drama in a chamber known for its somnambulism.  Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, counted votes on his hand, at one point holding up three fingers as he searched for the remaining votes.
The Hill:
Dramatic debt vote stirs Senate  —  The Senate sent a bill hiking the debt ceiling to President Obama's desk on Wednesday, but only after a dramatic fight that forced GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) to cast a surprise vote advancing the legislation.  —  McConnell and top lieutenant Sen. John Cornyn …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
GOP leaders help Senate pass large increase in debt limit
Michele Richinick /
Ted Cruz threatens filibuster on debt-limit bill
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Bevin Links KY Judge Behind Same-Sex Marriage Ruling To McConnell
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:   An Act of Surrender May Strengthen Boehner's Control
The Hill:
Before O-Care debacle, Sebelius made many trips to White House  —  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in frequent contact with President Obama and senior White House aides before the disastrous launch of the federal ObamaCare exchange last year.
Discussion: Politico
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Karl Rove: Behind the White House's Health-Law Dodges  —  The delays are designed to shield Democrats from voter retribution, at least as long as he's in office.  —  When President Obama told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012 that “after my election I have more flexibility,” …
Major Garrett /
Obama's Arbitrary Health Care Flexibility
David Gelles / DealBook:
Comcast Set to Acquire Time Warner Cable for $45 Billion  —  Comcast will announce a deal to acquire Time Warner Cable in an all-stock deal worth more than $45 billion that will unite the biggest and second largest cable television operators in the country, according to people briefed on the matter.
David Faber / CNBC:
Comcast set to buy Time Warner Cable in all-stock deal  —  Comcast has reached an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable in all-stock transaction worth roughly $159 a share, according to people close to the deal.  —  The new company, created by the $44 billion purchase …
Discussion: Gigaom, and Mediaite
Comcast Said to Agree to $44 Billion Time Warner Cable Deal  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) agreed to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC) for about $44 billion, combining the largest two U.S. cable companies in an all-stock deal, according to four people familiar with matter.
Robert McClendon / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Live coverage: Ray Nagin convicted, guilty on 20 charges
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Hinterland Gazette
Associated Press:   Ex-New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin found guilty of corruption
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Bill de Blasio lifts the left  —  On great matters of income inequality and social justice for what is called the 99 percent, a new star is born from the streets of New York, who has lifted the spirits of progressives everywhere.  The election of Bill de Blasio as mayor of New York City creates …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Secularist Menace  —  Maybe I just travel in different circles from my old buddy Damon Linker.  But as a Man of the Left who is also a Christian, I just don't see the “broader, troubling trans-Atlantic trend of secular liberalism steamrolling competing, non-liberal visions of the good” that he laments at The Week.
Discussion: The Week and Booman Tribune
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Gary Miller to Retire From Congress (Updated) (Video)  —  California Rep. Gary G. Miller announced Wednesday he will not seek re-election.  —  “It has been a great honor to spend so many years in public service, striving to make a difference for Southern California families,” Miller said in a statement.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
California GOP Rep. Gary Miller to retire
Discussion: Politico
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rand Paul and Ken Cuccinelli accused of stealing NSA lawsuit  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has been caught using purloined passages in several of his speeches.  Now the aspiring presidential candidate stands accused of filing a lawsuit stolen from its author.  —  Since December …
New York Times:
Sid Caesar, Comedian of Comedians From TV's Early Days, Dies at 91  —  Sid Caesar, a comedic force of nature who became one of television's first stars in the early 1950s and influenced generations of comedians and comedy writers, died on Wednesday at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 91.
Discussion: Joe. My. God., BBC and The Talking Dog
Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Gay Republican Candidate's Ad Poses Test for Party  —  Carl DeMaio is one of three openly gay Republicans running for Congress this year, and he would be at least the third to serve in the House if he wins.  But Mr. DeMaio on Thursday will take a step that none of them has …
Discussion: Post Politics and Liberaland
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 …
Robert Draper / New York Times:
One sunny Friday morning in late January, Wendy Davis took …
Discussion: National Review and alicublog
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Discussion: National Review and The PJ Tatler
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone:
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Nick Viviani / WIBW-TV:
Kansas House Approves Gay Marriage Bill | Dems Under Fire
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and ThinkProgress
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
The Morning Plum: Dems hit back over Obamacare
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS's news division
 Earlier Items: 
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Left and Right Object to I.R.S. Plan to Restrict Nonprofits' Political Activity
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's Newest Model: Barbie Mattel unveils new ‘Unapologetic’ campaign …
Discussion: The Verge and National Review
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
The plot to make Big Food pay
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
North Dakota Leads in Job Creation for Fifth Straight Year