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3:00 AM ET, February 13, 2014


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John Stanton / BuzzFeed:
Someone's Been Sending GOP Lawmakers A Bizarre Threat Over The Debt Ceiling  —  House Republicans have been getting a weird email in recent weeks: a threat over the debt ceiling vote that's been sent to the lawmakers' closely guarded personal email addresses.  “It's got to be another member.
Michele Richinick /
Ted Cruz threatens filibuster on debt-limit bill
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Carl Hulse / New York Times:   ‘Vote No, Hope Yes’ Defines Dysfunction in Congress
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
An Act of Surrender May Strengthen Boehner's Control
Discussion: Washington Post
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Why the Speaker capitulated to Obama
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: Politico, Gigaom and Gawker
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
Major Garrett /
Obama's Arbitrary Health Care Flexibility
Discussion: Hot Air and Wonkblog
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
No one can make ObamaCare work
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Wolfson / Courier-Journal:
Kentucky ban on gay marriages from other states struck down by federal judge  —  In a ruling that could open the door to gay marriage in Kentucky, a federal judge on Wednesday struck down Kentucky's ban on recognizing valid same-sex marriages performed in other states, saying it violates …
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Bevin Links KY Judge Behind Same-Sex Marriage Ruling To McConnell
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.
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
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
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue's Newest Model: Barbie Mattel unveils new ‘Unapologetic’ campaign in advertorial By Emma Bazilian  —  This year, the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue turns 50, which means that plenty of SI Swim Legends will be popping up to pay tribute to this all-American institution.
Discussion: The Verge and National Review
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: Liberaland and Post Politics
Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace increases by 53 percent in January  —  27 percent of January enrollees are young adults - up 3 percentage points  —  Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace continued to rise in January, with a 53 percent increase in overall enrollment …
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David Sirota / PandoDaily:
The Wolf of Sesame Street: Revealing the secret corruption inside PBS's news division
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Left and Right Object to I.R.S. Plan to Restrict Nonprofits' Political Activity
ABC News:
Topless Images of Olympic Skier a Scandal in Lebanon
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Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
The plot to make Big Food pay
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Union Drive Doesn't Bother Management, but G.O.P. Fumes
Jaime Fuller / Post Politics:
Rand Paul files suit against Obama, NSA Wednesday
Discussion: TIME, Taylor Marsh and Daily Kos
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
North Dakota Leads in Job Creation for Fifth Straight Year
How Much Does It Cost to Be Ambassador to Hungary?
Discussion: The Dish, The Week and Hot Air
Associated Press:
Michelle Obama covers those famous arms in ‘$12,000’ Carolina Herrera gown at the White House state dinner