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12:45 PM ET, February 17, 2014


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Julian Hattem / The Hill:
In first, Minnesota poll finds Obama unpopular  —  Half of the residents of Minnesota now disapprove of President Obama's performance, according to a new poll.  —  Results of The Star Tribune survey represent the first time that his approval rating has turned negative in the state since the president took office in 2009.
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll results: Obama job approval
Discussion: BizPac Review
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Signing Up for Obamacare Is ‘Just Part of Growing Up’
Discussion: Hot Air
Long Island University:
LIU ANNOUNCES 2013 GEORGE POLK AWARDS IN JOURNALISM  —  Winners include four reporters who broke the story on secret NSA surveillance.  —  Brooklyn, N.Y. - Four reporters who revealed the extent of secret surveillance and massive data collected by the National Security Agency are winners …
Martin Pengelly / Guardian:
Journalists who broke NSA story in Guardian receive George Polk Awards
James Barron / New York Times:
Polk Awards Honor Articles on N.S.A. Surveillance
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
Simon Bowers / Guardian:
Abba admit outrageous outfits were worn to avoid tax  —  New book reveals band's style was influenced by Swedish laws that allowed cost of outfits to be deducted against tax  —  The glittering hotpants, sequined jumpsuits and platform heels that Abba wore at the peak of their fame were designed …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Althouse
James Hohmann / Politico:
Dems' new 2014 plan: Neutralize Obamacare  —  Democrats know their biggest problem in this year's midterm election is Obamacare.  So top party operatives have settled on a strategy to try blunting the GOP's advantage: Tell voters Republicans would make the problem worse …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
On Health Act, Democrats Run in Fix-It Mode
Discussion: Fox News
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Bill Nye Scolds GOP Congresswoman on Global Warming  —  “We need you to change things, not deny what's happening,” he told Representative Marsha Blackburn on Meet the Press  —  Bill Nye “The Science Guy” told Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee to stop questioning …
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Missouri gun murders ‘rose after law repeal’  —  There are more than 300 million handguns in circulation in the US  —  Researchers claim a new study provides some of the most compelling evidence yet for tighter gun controls in the US.  —  The team followed the consequences of the State …
Discussion: The Raw Story
Al Baker / New York Times:
Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left  —  The Common Core has been applauded by education leaders and promoted by the Obama administration as a way to replace a hodgepodge of state standards with one set of rigorous learning goals.  Though 45 states and the District of Columbia …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Barons of Broadband  —  Last week's big business news was the announcement that Comcast, a gigantic provider of cable TV and high-speed Internet service, has reached a deal to acquire Time Warner, which is merely huge.  If regulators approve the deal, Comcast will be an overwhelmingly dominant player …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
Battle to derail potential 2016 presidential candidates; does the president have the authority to rewrite ObamaCare?  —  Special Guests: Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland , Karl Rove, Sen. Mike Lee, Rep. Xavier Becerra, Girard Senahi  —  This is a rush transcript from “Fox News Sunday,” February 16, 2014.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Republican leaders must keep Tea Party on the run  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel (R-Ky.) are now in position to end the Tea Party's death grip on the Republican Party's political future.  —  Last week, Boehner and McConnell faced down the Tea Party's threat …
John Eligon / New York Times:
In Kansas, Right Joins Left to Halt Bill on Gays  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A bill that would have allowed individuals to refuse to provide business services to same-sex couples in Kansas because of religious beliefs met a surprising and quick end last week when conservative senators sided …
John Steele Gordon / Commentary Magazine:
The UAW's Waterloo  —  The United Auto Workers Union suffered a devastating defeat on Friday, when its attempt to organize the workers at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga failed on a vote of 712-626 (53-47 percent).  The company had agreed not to resist the organizing effort and gave the union access to the plant and its workers.
Ashley Fantz / CNN:
Reality show snake-handling preacher dies — of snakebite  —  (CNN) — A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snakebite.  —  Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police said.
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William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
Microaggression Mania: McGill U. student leader apologizes for .gif of Obama kicking open door
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Marco Rubio on stimulus: 5 years of failure
Discussion: The Plum Line
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
In U.S., Border Security, Immigrant Status Equally Important
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Restricted Access  —  An extensive collection of papers related …
Discussion: WND and Liberaland
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest Podcast:
Slaughter in the Cities, Ineffectual Mumbling in the White House
Discussion: Power Line and Right Turn
 Earlier Items: 
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Seattle 1-percenter a leader in push for $15 minimum wage
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
David G. Savage / Los Angeles Times:
Same-sex marriage moving swiftly back toward Supreme Court
Discussion: National Review
You Wouldn't Believe What I Saw in the Dachau Gift Shop
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Kevin Gosztola / Firedoglake:
‘Why Have You Gone to Russia Three Times in Two Months?’  - Heathrow Customs Agent Interrogates Snowden Lawyer
Discussion: Liberaland
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Strickland stricken  —  Karl Rove demolished former Ohio …