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12:55 AM ET, February 18, 2014


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Ben Geman /
‘Meet the Press’ Host: Climate Segment Meant as Debate on ‘Policies’  —  After excoriating “Meet the Press” in advance for its planned climate change “debate,” environmentalists came away with a mixed bag.  —  They feared the “debate” format would cast undue doubt on the scientific consensus …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Pressthink and ThinkProgress
ABC News:
John Kerry Calls Climate Change a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’  —  Secretary of State John Kerry today spoke in stark terms about the dangers of climate change and compared those who deny it is happening to people who believe the world is flat.  —  Calling climate change “catastrophic,” …
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Bill Nye Scolds GOP Congresswoman on Global Warming
Discussion: Liberal Values
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
New ‘climate change’ tack: It's the economy, stupid
Michael E. Miller / Riptide 2.0:
Miami Artist Destroyed $1M Ai Weiwei Vase Because PAMM “Only Displays International Artists”  —  Yesterday, art lovers around the world were shocked when someone strolled into the Pérez Art Museum Miami and destroyed a $1 million vase by Ai Weiwei.  —  Well, the story gets even more shocking.
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Man Allegedly Shoots And Kills 15-Year-Old Girl For Egging A Car  —  Adrian Broadway.  —  CREDIT: Fox 16  —  An Arkansas man faces a murder charge for allegedly gunning down a car filled with teenagers who had wanted to play a prank on his son.  One of the passengers, 15-year-old Adrian Broadway …
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
Arkansas man guns down 15-year-old girl for egging son's car as a prank  —  An Arkansas man is facing first degree murder charges after he allegedly shot a 15-year-old girl to death over the weekend because she was participating in a prank on his 16-year-old son.
Naomi Schaefer Riley / New York Post:
The economics of sex: Has the price gotten too cheap?  —  With the romantic haze of Valentine's Day behind us, can we return to the reality of relations between the sexes?  —  Start with a new film short, “The Economics of Sex,” from the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture.
Discussion: Althouse
Natalie Musumeci / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear  —  As the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to Brooklyn Thursday, membership at the country's largest clown organizations has plunged over the past decade amid declining interest, old age and higher standards for the jokesters.
Rich Yeselson /
After Chattanooga  —  Examining the roots of the United Auto Workers' defeat at Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant.  —  On Friday afternoon, a reporter friend of mine emailed me to ask what I thought would happen that night when the votes were counted at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga …
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Spy Chief: We Should've Told You We Track Your Calls  —  The U.S. government long considered its collection of Americans' call records to be a state secret.  Now the Director of National Intelligence admits it would have been better if Washington had acknowledged the surveillance in the first place.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks  —  After a tumultuous week of party infighting and leadership stumbles, congressional Republicans are focused on calming their divided ranks in the months ahead, mostly by touting proposals that have wide backing within …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Does John Boehner still want to be House speaker?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Sarah Jean Seman /
Pelosi: the Founding Fathers Would Totally Support Obamacare  —  America's Founding Fathers fiercely held to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—values which Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed align seamlessly with Obamacare.  —  Pelosi explained why the law is “very sound policy” during a press conference Friday:
Michael Grunwald / TIME:
5 Years After Stimulus, Obama Says It Worked  —  White House points to jobs saved and economic growth fostered in forthcoming report  —  Five years ago Monday, President Barack Obama visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science to sign the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, his $800 billion stimulus bill.
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
GOP slams stimulus on fifth anniversary
Discussion: The Reaction and Daily Kos
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
George Zimmerman Refuses to Say Whether He Regrets Killing Trayvon Martin  —  In the wake of the verdict in the trial of Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis, George Zimmerman sat down with CNN's New Day host Chris Cuomo to discuss his reaction to that trial and share his reflections …
Catherine E. Shoichet / CNN:
Zimmerman: I didn't follow Dunn trial
Ron Fournier /
Why Lewinsky Shouldn't Be a GOP Talking Point  —  Clinton-bashing makes the Republican Party look desperate and out of control.  —  Bill Clinton uses a car-racing metaphor to explain the difference between rash and calm decision-making in politics.  “The great drivers, when the cars get close …
Rich Calder / New York Post:
GOP operative asks judge to delay trial until after elections  —  Claiming key GOP campaign strategies could be “exposed” before this year's gubernatorial and legislative races, a Queens Republican operative wants his federal corruption trial delayed until after November's elections.
Al Gore / New York Times:
‘The Sixth Extinction,’ by Elizabeth Kolbert  —  Over the past decade, Elizabeth Kolbert has established herself as one of our very best science writers.  She has developed a distinctive and eloquent voice of conscience on issues arising from the extraordinary assault on the ecosphere …
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Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Chelsea Clinton sees progress on LGBT rights
Discussion: Liberaland
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Groupon gaffe: Alexander Hamilton was president
Discussion: Mashable
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Breitbart News Network Plans Global Expansion
Kurt Schlichter /
Failing Liberals Turn To Oppression To Hold On To Power
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Kerry Tours Giant Mosque In Indonesia
Matt K. Lewis / The Daily Caller:
Ken Buck, the presumed front-runner for the GOP Senate nomination …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Killough / CNN:
Republican campaign group tweaks websites, makes them less misleading
John Eligon / New York Times:
In Kansas, Right Joins Left to Halt Bill on Gays
Al Baker / New York Times:
Common Core Curriculum Now Has Critics on the Left
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Missouri gun murders ‘rose after law repeal’
Discussion: The Raw Story