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12:05 PM 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 …
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Hypocrite's Corner
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
King blasts ‘morons’ in Republican Party
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
GOP leaders help Senate pass large increase in debt limit
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: CNN and Mediaite
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:   Karl Rove: Behind the White House's Health-Law Dodges
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Is Washington working again? Um ...
Discussion: The Hill
David Gelles / DealBook:
Comcast Deal Seeks to Unite 2 Cable Giants  —  Comcast announced on Thursday an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable for more than $45 billion in stock, a deal that would combine the biggest and second-biggest cable television operators in the country.  —  For Comcast, which completed …
Alec Macgillis / The New Republic:
Chris Christie's Entire Career Reeks  —  It's not just the bridge  —  Has there ever been a political reversal of fortune as rapid and as absolute as the one just experienced by Chris Christie?  At warp speed, the governor of New Jersey has gone from the most popular politician in the country …
Discussion: The Dish and Balloon Juice
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 13, 2014 - Cuomo Thumps Trump, Astorino In New York Gov Race, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Clinton Runs Better Against Christie In 2016 Race  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a 63 - 28 percent job approval rating, higher than the current scores for any governor …
Damon Linker / The Week:
Is opposing gay marriage the same as being a racist?  —  Conservative opposition to same sex marriage is deeply rooted in religious belief  —  W  —  riting at The New Republic, Isaac Chotiner doesn't much appreciate my argument about the growing cockiness of secular liberals.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Secularist Menace  —  Maybe I just travel in different circles …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
How the Case of an Amish Farmer Could Doom Hobby Lobby in Court  —  It doesn't matter whether an employer is secular or religious, non-profit or for-profit.  The Supreme Court's precedents show that the government's interest in nationwide programs trumps all.  —  Edwin Lee was a Pennsylvania Amish farmer and carpenter.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Vulnerable Dems want IRS to step up  —  Senate Democrats facing tough elections this year want the Internal Revenue Service to play a more aggressive role in regulating outside groups expected to spend millions of dollars on their races.  —  In the wake of the IRS targeting scandal …
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 …
Art Swift / Gallup:
Americans' Views of Russia, Putin Are Worst in Years  —  Clear majority view the Russian president and his nation unfavorably  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As host nation Russia dominates the world stage at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Americans clearly do not think highly of the country or its president, Vladimir Putin.
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 …
Shane Goldmacher /
Wanted: A Sugar Daddy to Fund My 2016 Presidential Campaign  —  The nascent 2016 field of Republican candidates is already fanning across the country to woo the wealthy.  Can they find the next Sheldon Adelson?  —  Sheldon Adelson single-handedly helped Newt Gingrich stay alive in the 2012 Republican presidential primaries.
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Maddow Defends Bridge Coverage Following ‘Morning Joe’ Criticism (VIDEO)  —  Rachel Maddow kicked off her show Wednesday evening with what seemed like a repudiation to what was said on her own network several hours earlier.  —  “It has been a big day today in the biggest political story …
Wall Street Journal:
Americans in poorer counties face few health-plan choices, high premiums on online exchanges  —  Hundreds of thousands of Americans in poorer counties have few choices of health insurers and face high premiums through the online exchanges created by the health-care law, according to an analysis …
Discussion: National Review
Why The Senate STILL Isn't Able To Get Anything Done Even After The ‘Nuclear Option’  —  It wasn't supposed to be this way.  —  In 2013, the Senate adopted two of the most significant changes to its rules in nearly 40 years.  The first significantly reduced the amount of time senators …
Discussion: Senate Democrats
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 …
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Byron Tau / Politico:
Anti-debt group finds itself in red
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Adam Gopnik / New Yorker:
When did faith start to fade?
Discussion: Ross Douthat
Isaac Chotiner / The New Republic:
George Will, Tea Party Tory
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama taps Kennedy widow for postal board
Emily Cahn / Roll Call:
Democrats Endorse Documentary Filmmaker for Owens' Seat
 Earlier Items: 
Peter Travers / Rolling Stone:
The Vampire Squid Strikes Again: The Mega Banks' Most Devious Scam Yet
New York Times:
Sid Caesar, Comedian of Comedians From TV's Early Days, Dies at 91
Discussion: Joe. My. God., BBC and The Talking Dog
Nick Viviani / WIBW-TV:
Kansas House Approves Gay Marriage Bill | Dems Under Fire
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and ThinkProgress
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS's news division
Abby Livingston / Roll Call:
Gary Miller to Retire From Congress (Updated) (Video)
Discussion: Daily Kos