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6:05 PM ET, February 14, 2014


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Cruz Senate Stunt Goes Unpunished as Old Tools Don't Work  —  A growing group of Ted Cruz's Republican Senate colleagues are infuriated with his tactics.  —  So frustrated was Arizona Senator John McCain with the latest, forcing fellow Republicans to take a politically risky vote on lifting …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Angry at Ted Cruz, Republicans should remember what he represents  —  SENATE REPUBLICAN PARTY JOHN BOEHNER MITCH MCCONNELL DEBT CEILING TED CRUZ  —  Republicans have a good chance to win control of the Senate this November.  Democrats are on the defensive over Obamacare, the president is unpopular …
Ronald Brownstein /
What This Chevy Commercial Could Teach the GOP  —  To understand the rolling demographic and cultural trends threatening the GOP in presidential elections, a good place to start might be with the polychromatic ads Chevrolet is running during the Olympics.  —  First, consider the source.
Discussion: Good As You and Washington Monthly
Niels Lesniewski / The World's Greatest …:
6 Republican Senators Switched Their Debt Limit Votes (Image)
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Inequality, Dignity and Freedom  —  Now that the Congressional Budget Office has explicitly denied saying that Obamacare destroys jobs, some (though by no means all) Republicans have stopped lying about that issue and turned to a different argument.  O.K., they concede, any reduction …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Why immigration reform matters
Adam C. Smith / Tampa Bay Times:
Political Connections Sun: Alex Sink says Americans working fewer hours because of Obamacare is ‘exciting prospect’
Discussion: The Plum Line
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
‘I Can Do Whatever I Want’  —  On February 11, writing …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Obamacare's war on jobs
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Biden: 'There isn't a Republican Party'  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. — Vice President Biden began laying out the Democratic Party's argument for voters in this year's elections Friday morning by suggesting that the Republican Party remains splintered and would quickly seek to pass fiscal policies rejected …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Steny Hoyer wants wage discharge petition
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Obama: ‘Will not wait’ on Congress
Charles Riley /
Tom Perkins' big idea: The rich should get more votes  —  Tom Perkins suggested Thursday that only taxpayers should have the right to vote — and that wealthy Americans who pay more in taxes should get more votes.  —  The venture capitalist offered the unorthodox proposal when asked to name …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Marriage Equality Opponents Left With Nothing But Tradition  —  2013 was not a good year for opponents of marriage equality.  Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Illinois, New Mexico, California, New Jersey, Hawaii, and Minnesota were added to the list of states allowing same-sex marriage.
Matthew Continetti / Washington Free Beacon:
The Golden Egg  —  The school of literary criticism known as reception theory holds that a text should be studied in light of its effect on its contemporaries, that a reader should be aware of the “horizon of expectations” in which a text is produced.  I was reminded of this the other day as I observed …
Charlie Cook /
Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Erica Ritz /
Rand Paul's Prediction About Future Presidential Elections May Frighten Half the Country  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) made a bold prediction about the remaining presidential elections in his lifetime during an interview with Glenn Beck that aired Thursday.  —  “I think Republicans will not win again …
Susan Patton / Wall Street Journal:
Susan Patton: A Little Valentine's Day Straight Talk  —  Young women in college need to smarten up and start husband-hunting.  —  Another Valentine's Day.  Another night spent ordering in sushi for one and mooning over “Downton Abbey” reruns.  Smarten up, ladies.
Chris Jones / Esquire:
HIS WORSHIP  —  You may have wondered how it is that Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has not been shamed from office.  Here's how.  And why, he tells us, things are likely to get even uglier. … Finn O'Hara  —  From the air, Toronto's iconic, late-modern City Hall looks like a wide …
Discussion: OnPolitics and
The Only Obamacare Number That Matters  —  The monthly announcement of Obamacare's enrollment figures has become an exercise in confirmation bias, starting with the administration itself.  Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius noted the “encouraging trends” in yesterday's release …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
One-Fifth of New Enrollees Under Health Care Law Fail to Pay First Premium  —  WASHINGTON — One in five people who signed up for health insurance under the new health care law failed to pay their premiums on time and therefore did not receive coverage in January, insurance companies and industry experts say.
Scott A. Hodge / Wall Street Journal:
Scott Hodge: Here's What ‘Income Equality’ Would Look Like  —  Take about $4 trillion from the top 40% of families and give it to the bottom 60%—voilà, no more inequality.  —  President Obama has talked a lot recently about reducing income inequality.
Hunter Walker / Talking Points Memo:
New Jersey Lawmakers Want To Rename The Sea Of Japan  —  A group of local politicians in New Jersey would like to rewrite maps of Asia.  —  On Monday, five New Jersey Democrats introduced a bill that would rename the sea between Japan and the Korean peninsula.  —  Currently, the sea is known as the Sea of Japan.
Discussion: New Jersey Online and Hullabaloo
Naomi Martin / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Former Saints star Darren Sharper charged with drugging, raping two women in Los Angeles  —  Former Saints star safety Darren Sharper was charged Friday with drugging and raping two women in Los Angeles, one in October and one in January, according to a complaint filed by the L.A. district attorney's office.
Michael Cohen / Guardian:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg should do all liberals a favor and retire  —  The longer Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer wait to retire, the more likely a GOP president will pick their supreme court successors  —  Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of the more important liberal litigators and jurists of her generation.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Study finds that while gay men share similar genetic make-up …
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Factory Production in U.S. Falls by Most Since 2009
Discussion: Hot Air
J.D. Harrison / Washington Post:
California takes down online health insurance exchange for small businesses
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Natasha Korecki / Chicago Sun Times:
Rutherford will not release independent investigator's report
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Ralph Waite, Patriarch in TV Series ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 85
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators
Discussion: Washington Monthly