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10:55 AM ET, February 23, 2014


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Associated Press:
Governors: Legalized Pot Buzz Just Smoke  —  All the buzz at the National Governors Association meeting over legalizing pot, some say, is just smoke.  —  Nearly three months after Colorado began selling recreational marijuana, the nation's governors are taking a cautious approach to loosening …
Discussion: CNN and Politico
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
Romney to fundraise with Christie in Boston  —  Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will fundraise alongside New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Thursday in Boston.  —  The joint appearance is a signal by Romney to the Republican establishment that he remains an ally …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Christie Puts the Gloves On  —  PORT MONMOUTH, N.J. — THERE'S nothing more amusing than a bully forced to be on his best behavior.  —  Chris Christie may be cutting back on his butter, but it wouldn't melt in his mouth at a town hall here Thursday.  —  For the first time since …
New York Times:
Archrival Is Freed as Ukraine Leader Flees  —  KIEV, Ukraine — Abandoned by his own guards and reviled across the Ukrainian capital but still determined to recover his shredded authority, President Viktor F. Yanukovych fled Kiev on Saturday to denounce what he called a violent coup …
Timothy Snyder / New York Review of Books:
Fascism, Russia, and Ukraine
Jason La Canfora / Sports News …:
NFL to adopt 15-yard penalty for use of racial slur?  —  John Wooten, head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors diversity in the NFL, said he expects the league's competition committee to enact a rule at the owner's meeting next month making it an automatic 15-yard penalty if a player uses …
NFL to penalize use of racial slur  —  The head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors diversity in the NFL, expects the league to institute a rule where players would be penalized 15 yards for using the N-word on the field.  —  John Wooten, the head of the Fritz Pollard Alliance …
Kirsten Powers / The Daily Beast:
Conservative Christians Selectively Apply Biblical Teachings in the Same-Sex Marriage Debate  —  What conservative Christians miss in the religious liberties debate swirling around same-sex marriage.  —  Conservative Christian groups in Arizona cheered the passage Thursday of legislation …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
What the Stimulus Accomplished  —  Of all the myths and falsehoods that Republicans have spread about President Obama, the most pernicious and long-lasting is that the $832 billion stimulus package did not work.  Since 2009, Republican lawmakers have inextricably linked the words “failed” …
Discussion: Daily Kos and PoliticusUSA
Sinaloa cartel chief ‘Chapo’ Guzman arrested  —  (CNN) — Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the boss of one of Mexico's most powerful drug trafficking operations, was arrested in Mexico, a U.S. official told CNN Saturday.  —  The official said Guzman, accompanied by a female …
Joe Sutton / CNN:
American student studying abroad found dead in Rome railroad tunnel  —  (CNN) — A U.S. student who went missing while studying abroad in Italy was found dead inside a railroad tunnel in central Rome, police there said Saturday.  —  Investigators are looking into the death of John Durkin …
David Dayen / The New Republic:
When Millenials Can't Move Out of Their Parents' Basements the Entire Economy Suffers  —  This week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York offered continuing evidence of the student debt crisis.  Outstanding student debt again topped $1 trillion in the fourth quarter of 2013 …
Jeffrey Toobin / News Desk:
Clarence Thomas's Disgraceful Silence  —  As of this Saturday, February 22nd, eight years will have passed since the last time Clarence Thomas asked a question at a Supreme Court oral argument.  His behavior on the bench has gone from curious to bizarre to downright embarrassing, for himself and for the institution he represents.
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