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3:10 AM ET, February 15, 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: Good As You and Washington Monthly
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
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 …
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.”
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)
Valerie Jarrett / The White House:
Thank You, Edie Windsor  —  On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional.  The case was United States v. Windsor, and it was filed by a woman named Edie Windsor who had to pay nearly $400,000 in federal estate taxes after her wife …
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Advocate
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.
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 …
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.
Detroit Free Press:
VW workers in Tennessee reject UAW in devastating defeat for union  —  CHATTANOOGA, TENN. — The UAW suffered a devastating defeat at Volkswagen's plant here as workers rejected union representation by a 712-626 margin.  —  The defeat, which came despite Volkswagen's neutrality …
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.
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
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
Michael W. Chapman / CNSNews:
29% of U.S. Adults Under 35 Still Live With Parents — Marriage Key To Moving Out  —  ( — A new survey shows that 29% of U.S. adults under age 35 are living at home with their parents, while 51% of those between 18 and 23 are living at home.  —  In addition, 14% of Americans between …
Discussion: protein wisdom and The PJ Tatler
TNT to air Barkley-Obama interview on Sunday night  —  Official Release  —  TNT's Sports Emmy Award-winning studio analyst Charles Barkley conducted an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama that will be televised as part of the network's pre-game coverage of the 63rd annual NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. ET.
Discussion: Politico and CNN
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Iranian Oil Exports Soar as Sanctions Collapse  —  Iranian oil exports soared in January, hitting new highs just months after the United States consented to billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief under the interim nuclear deal.  —  Exports of Iranian crude oil jumped to 1.32 million barrels …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weekly Standard and Right Turn
Veronique De Rugy / Washington Examiner:
IRS scandal merely tip of iceberg of agency's problems  —  The Internal Revenue Service has been in some hot water lately for allegedly targeting political enemies.  —  In 2013, it was revealed that the federal tax agency systematically hassled and unfairly scrutinized nonprofit organizations applying …
Discussion: National Review
Eun Kyung Kim / TODAY:
Roker stands by criticism of New York Mayor de Blasio, but sorry for one tweet  —  TODAY weather forecaster Al Roker apologized Friday for a “low blow” comment he made about Bill de Blasio on Thursday, but stood by all of his other criticism toward the New York City mayor …
Discussion: NewsBusters
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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
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