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10:50 AM ET, February 19, 2014


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CBO's Publications:
The Effects of a Minimum-Wage Increase on Employment and Family Income  —  Increasing the minimum wage would have two principal effects on low-wage workers.  Most of them would receive higher pay that would increase their family's income, and some of those families would see their income rise above the federal poverty threshold.
Susan Davis / USA Today:
CBO report: Minimum wage hike could cost 500,000 jobs
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO report: Minimum wage hike to cost 500K jobs, boost income
Discussion: and CNN
Brian Faler / Politico:
CBO: Wage hike will cause job loss
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Kiev Protesters Set Square Ablaze to Thwart Police  —  KIEV, Ukraine — With hundreds of riot police officers advancing from all sides after a day of deadly mayhem here in the Ukrainian capital, antigovernment protesters mounted a final desperate and seemingly doomed act of defiance late on Tuesday evening …
Victoria Butenko / CNN:
After 25 die, Ukrainian protesters dig in  —  Are you in Ukraine?  Send us your photos and experiences but please stay safe.  —  Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) — They've given up their ground before — voluntarily, as a political concession.  But that seems to be over.
Tensions high in Ukraine after at least 21 die in fiery clashes
Discussion: Mediaite, JHPolitics and Hot Air
Joshua Miller / The Boston Globe:
Scott Brown no longer under contract with Fox News  —  Ex-senator mum on whether he will run in N.H.  —  Former US senator Scott Brown, a frequent presence on Fox News, is no longer under contract with the widely watched cable station, a development sure to fan flames of speculation about his potential US Senate bid in New Hampshire.
Natalie Villacorta / Politico:   Scott Brown, Fox News split up
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Baca apologizes for calling Negrete McLeod a ‘bimbo’  —  Former Rep. Joe Baca (D-Calif.) is apologizing for calling Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D-Calif.) “some bimbo” after the woman who defeated him last year announced her retirement.  —  In an interview earlier Tuesday with The Hill …
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Washington Post:
Homeland Security is seeking a national license plate tracking system  —  The Department of Homeland Security wants a private company to provide a national license-plate tracking system that would give the agency access to vast amounts of information from commercial and law enforcement tag readers …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Blair advised Brooks on phone-hacking scandal, court hears  —  Former prime minister suggested setting up ‘Hutton style’ inquiry, according to email from former News International chief  —  Read Rebekah Brooks's email to James Murdoch in full (PDF)  —  Tony Blair advised Rebekah Brooks to launch a …
Alicia Eler / Hyperallergic:
President Obama Pens Personal Apology to an Art Historian  —  Art historian Ann Collins Johns of the University of Texas at Austin (image used with permission)  —  Professor Ann Collins Johns at the University of Texas at Austin was just as peeved as many people were about President Barack Obama's knock on art history majors.
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Ted Cruz: White House ‘hostile’ to marriage
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Scott Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from probes as ex-aide's e-mails are released  —  MILWAUKEE — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been eyeing a 2016 presidential run since his battles with labor unions made him a Republican star, is in the midst of dealing with the fallout …
Discussion: Mediaite, Prairie Weather and Althouse
Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
READING THE NUMBERS  —  Last week's report about the declining abortion rate in the United States was potentially good news for everyone, especially, one would think, for right-to-life groups.  Most of them, though, weren't cheering.  A statement from Americans United for Life called the report …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Chicago Tribune:
The IRS targets political speech again  —  Discouraging debate and curbing information … The Internal Revenue Service is used to being universally disliked every April 15.  But this year, the widespread denunciations have started early, and for good reason.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Greg Abbott says he's campaigning with Ted Nugent “to expose” Wendy Davis on gun rights  —  Republican Greg Abbott touted Ted Nugent today as a political comrade in arms.  He largely avoided questions about Democrats who have singed out Nugent's outspoken comments calling President Obama …
Ted Nugent hits campaign trail after calling Obama ‘subhuman mongrel’
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Daily Kos
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 19, 2014 - Ohio Gov Can't Break Free Of Unknown Challenger, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Voters Divided On Death Penalty  —  Watch Video: Assistant Director Tim Malloy discusses poll results  —  Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a 51 - 36 percent job approval rating …
The Hill:
Green groups tell Obama Keystone won't be forgiven  —  If a flurry of climate change initiatives is an attempt by the administration to soften up environmental supporters ahead of an approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, green groups say President Obama better think twice.
Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Ad: Obamacare ‘Jeopardized My Health’  —  Americans for Prospertiy, a conservative tax-exempt organization, has a new 60-second television ad running in Michigan that criticizes Democratic congressman Gary Peters for his vote and continued support of Obamacare.
Discussion: Hot Air and JHPolitics
Roger Simon / Politico:
Who are the real thugs?  —  Let's play a game.  It's called: “Who's the Thug?”  —  It's the day after Thanksgiving 2012, and four teenagers are sitting in a Dodge Durango outside a convenience store in Jacksonville, Fla.  —  The Durango is red, which is unimportant.  The teenagers are black, which is important.
It's True: Liberals Like Cats More Than Conservatives Do  —  Preferences for pets or particular kinds of food can accurately predict partisanship, research from more than 200,000 TIME readers shows  —  In January, TIME ran a 12-question quiz that guessed your politics based on things …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Hot Air
Kirsten Powers / USA Today:
Jim Crow laws for gays and lesbians?  Column  —  Kansas legislation could make discrimination easy.  —  What's the matter with Kansas?  A bill protecting the religious freedom of businesses and individuals to refuse services to same-sex couples passed the state House of Representatives last week.
Discussion: RedState
David Cameron / Telegraph:
Why the Archbishop of Westminster is wrong about welfare  —  Our plan for Britain is not just about saving money, but about doing what is right, says the Prime Minister  —  It is sometimes said that the Church should not get involved in politics.  I disagree.
Discussion: Spectator, Guardian and BBC
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmakers Want To Define Anti-Gay Discrimination As ‘Religious Freedom’
Discussion: The Week and WSMV-TV
Loan Complaints by Homeowners Rise Once More
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Terence P. Jeffrey / CNSNews:
106%: Obama Has More Than Doubled Marketable U.S. Debt
Discussion: Fortune and ParaPundit
David Zucchino / Los Angeles Times:
Soldier convicted in rape, murder of Iraqi girl is found hanged
Paul Caron / TaxProf Blog:
TIGTA: 39% of IRS Employee Long-Term Travel May Not Comply With Tax Rules
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
McCain eyes Armed Services Committee
Dina ElBoghdady / Washington Post:
Student debt may hurt housing recovery by hampering first-time buyers
Discussion: Wonkblog and Consumerist
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Doug Hall / Economic Policy Institute:
Low-Wage Workers Have Experienced Wage Erosion in Nearly Every State
Discussion: Daily Kos and VodkaPundit
Timothy P. Carney / Washington Examiner:
Obama's stimulus became a special-interest feeding frenzy
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Adam Tobias /
WI union group shows hypocrisy with SEIU-influenced living wage bill
Discussion: RedState
Skschust / CBS New York:
Sen. Booker: New Jersey Will ‘Be Able To Get The Salt That It Needs’
Tom Loftus / Courier-Journal:
LRC employee fired for appearing in Grimes video
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Newt Gingrich calls for John Kerry to resign