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9:10 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
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Good As You
It's Over: Gay Marriage Can't Lose in the Courts  —  A perfect record for equality post-Windsor. … — Mildred Loving, “Loving for All”  —  Last night, only days after hearing oral arguments in the case, a Virginia federal judge struck down the state ban on same-sex marriage …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Marriage Equality Opponents Left With Nothing But Tradition
Emma Margolin /
Judge strikes down Virginia gay marriage ban
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Raw Story
Carol Gentry / WUSF News:
Some Republicans Love Obamacare  —  By now, the Republican Party's view of the Affordable Care Act should be pretty familiar, as in this ad from David Jolly:  —  Listen  —  “I'm fighting to repeal Obamacare, right away.  It's bad for our families, and our economy.”
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.
Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Voters regret ObamaCare
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Charlie Cook /
Is Hillary Clinton Too Old to Run?  —  Entering a presidential race is effectively a nine-year commitment: one year to run, another eight if she runs for reelection and wins.  —  Hillary Clinton joins Melinda Gates in a discussion at New York University on Feb. 13.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Discussion: Mediaite, Hot Air and Weekly Standard
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Obama's Tea Party Cousin Who's Running for Senate Compared President to Hitler  —  ...and he has the backing of a top national conservative group.  —  Wolf for Senate  —  Milton Wolf is a tea party Republican in Kansas challenging incumbent conservative GOP Sen. Pat Roberts …
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.
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
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 …
McKay Coppins / BuzzFeed:
36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump  —  Donald Trump is sitting in the passenger seat of a black SUV packed with four well-dressed yes-men — and me — as we wind through the snowy roads of Manchester, New Hampshire on a quiet Tuesday morning in January.
Steve Hudak / Welcome To
FinCEN Issues Guidance to Financial Institutions on Marijuana Businesses  —  Guidance Clarifies Expectations of Financial Institutions Serving Marijuana Businesses  —  WASHINGTON, DC - The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice …
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
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 …
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
Peter Hamby / CNN:
First on CNN: Christie vacationing in Puerto Rico  —  Washington (CNN) - On the heels of a major winter storm that blanketed his state with snow, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spent Friday at a resort in Puerto Rico with his family.  —  CNN was alerted to his whereabouts by a person who saw …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Why immigration reform matters  —  Distilled to their discouraging essence, Republicans' reasons for retreating from immigration reform reflect waning confidence in American culture and in the political mission only Republicans can perform — restoring U.S. economic vigor.
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Obama to pitch $1B climate change ‘resilience fund’ in California  —  President Obama will pitch a new $1 billion climate change resilience fund during a visit Friday to California.  —  The fund, which would need to be approved by Congress, is intended to help communities dealing …
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Confused About Pot? So's the Law
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
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Discussion: Roll Call, Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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Study finds that while gay men share similar genetic make-up …
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Los Angeles Times:
Court overturns restrictions on concealed guns in much of California
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Steny Hoyer wants wage discharge petition
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
J.D. Harrison / Washington Post:
California takes down online health insurance exchange for small businesses
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Ralph Waite, Patriarch in TV Series ‘The Waltons,’ Dies at 85
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Scott A. Hodge / Wall Street Journal:
Scott Hodge: Here's What ‘Income Equality’ Would Look Like
Megan McArdle / The Atlantic Online:
Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators
Discussion: Washington Monthly