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10:05 PM ET, February 17, 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
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 …
Discussion: Liberal Values
ABC News:
John Kerry Calls Climate Change a ‘Weapon of Mass Destruction’
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.
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
Jose DelReal / Politico:
Marco Rubio on stimulus: 5 years of failure
Discussion: The Plum Line
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 …
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
New York Post:
Trump fires top advisor & political consultant Sam Nunberg  —  Donald Trump couldn't pass up the opportunity to say, “You're fired” to an underling — even when the man offered to resign.  —  Furious over a snarky Buzzfeed article about his political aspirations, the developer took a page …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Peggy Noonan's Blog:
Seasonal Reflections  —  This afternoon there's nothing to do but snow haiku.  My attempts at 5, 7, 5:  —  Full fat flake fell far  —  To sleep on the rude pavement.  —  Grraaawwwr.  The shovel.  Run!  —  Snowflake: distinctive,  —  Unique.  Liquefies, blends.  A  —  Loss, but less lonely
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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 …
Kurt Schlichter /
Failing Liberals Turn To Oppression To Hold On To Power  —  If you're a conservative, you don't need to silence the opposition.  —  In fact, we conservatives want liberals to talk, to make buffoons of themselves, to prove their folly.  We want liberals to expound upon their ridiculous ideas …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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 …
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Art Golab / Chicago Sun Times:
Scalia criticizes education — and Chicago pizza
Discussion: Politico and TIME
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
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
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama: Signing Up for Obamacare Is ‘Just Part of Growing Up’
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John Eligon / New York Times:
In Kansas, Right Joins Left to Halt Bill on Gays
Jonathan Amos / BBC:
Missouri gun murders ‘rose after law repeal’
Discussion: The Raw Story
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest Podcast:
Slaughter in the Cities, Ineffectual Mumbling in the White House
Discussion: Right Turn and Power Line
Jim Brunner / The Seattle Times:
Seattle 1-percenter a leader in push for $15 minimum wage
Discussion: Los Angeles Times