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3:40 PM ET, February 24, 2014


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Alec Baldwin / Vulture:
Good-bye, Public Life  —  Alec Baldwin, photographed by Steve Schofield.  —  As told to Joe Hagan.  —  I flew to Hawaii recently to shoot a film, fresh on the heels of being labeled a homophobic bigot by Andrew Sullivan, Anderson Cooper, and others in the Gay Department of Justice.
Nolan Finley /
Michigan's John Dingell to retire from Congress after 58 years  —  Rep. John Dingell is leaving the Congress he's served for longer than anyone else in United States history.  —  At a luncheon Monday in his beloved Downriver, the Dearborn representative says he will announce he won't seek re-election …
Detroit Free Press:
John Dingell, longest serving U.S. representative, to retire
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
John Dingell to Retire After Nearly 60 Years in House
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rep. John Dingell calls it quits
John Dingell / CNN:
‘Dean’ of U.S. House to retire
Discussion: Politico
Mark Caro / Chicago Tribune:
Harold Ramis, Chicago actor, writer and director, dead at 69  —  Best-known as an actor for ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Stripes’, writer/director for ‘Caddyshack’, ‘Groundhog Day’  —  Chicago Tribune reporter Mark Caro reflects on the career of Harold Ramis, who passed away at the age of 69.
New York Times:
Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to shrink the United States Army to its smallest force since before the World War II buildup and eliminate an entire class of Air Force attack jets in a new spending proposal …
Fox News:
Hagel calls for shrinking Army to pre-WWII size  —  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Monday for shrinking the U.S. Army to its smallest size in decades, along with other cuts, drawing criticism that the drastic changes will hurt U.S. security.  —  Hagel announced his Pentagon budget priorities Monday afternoon.
David Carr / New York Times:
Piers Morgan and CNN Plan End to His Prime-Time Show  —  There have been times when the CNN host Piers Morgan didn't seem to like America very much — and American audiences have been more than willing to return the favor.  Three years after taking over for Larry King, Mr. Morgan has seen the ratings for …
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis … UT/TT Poll, February 2014: Summary UT/TT Poll, February 2014: Methodology  —  After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican Greg Abbott starts the general election race …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Samantha Power Dives Deep...Into Incoherence  —  Yesterday U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power delivered the Daniel Pearl Lecture at UCLA and met with Pearl's parents.  Afterward, she unburdened herself of this tweet: … I saw this on Twitter late last night and pondered it for a while.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health Care Horror Hooey  —  Remember the “death tax”?  The estate tax is quite literally a millionaire's tax — a tax that affects only a tiny minority of the population, and is mostly paid by a handful of very wealthy heirs.  Nonetheless, right-wingers have successfully convinced many voters …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Fewer Americans Think Obama Respected on World Stage  —  Slim majority still think world views U.S. favorably  —  PRINCETON, NJ — For the first time, more Americans think President Barack Obama is not respected by other world leaders than believe he is.  Americans' opinions have shifted dramatically …
The Prescott Daily Courier:
Pierce wants Brewer to veto denial of service bill  —  Arizona Sen. Steve Pierce of Prescott is joining several gubernatorial candidates in calling for Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a controversial piece of legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs.
Brian Beutler / Salon:
The right's sociopathic new scam: Using Americans to harm their own health plans  —  GOP-aligned groups are now exploiting innocent people who need Obamacare — by having them campaign for its demise  —  Every time an enemy of the Affordable Care Act promotes a new Obamacare “horror story …
Quin Hillyer / National Review:
Enough with the Gay Mania  —  It's one thing to be tolerant of what once were known as “alternative lifestyles.”  It's another thing to be asked to celebrate them, as the exuberant mythologizers of Michael Sam and Johnny Weir ask us to do.  And it is way beyond the pale to hold forth …
Discussion: and alicublog
Eli Lake / The Daily Beast:
Spy Chief James Clapper: We Can't Stop Another Snowden  —  President Obama's Director of National Intelligence spent his life protecting secrets.  Then came the biggest leak of all.  —  Every morning at around 4:30 a.m., James Clapper wakes up and prepares for the worst job in Washington.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is the Jebbie Bandwagon Gearing Up?  —  On CNN's Inside Politics yesterday, John King allowed as how he's hearing Jeb Bush is letting his money people know he has not ruled out a 2016 presidential campaign, in case they are approached by other potential candidates.
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama lauds nation's ‘practical’ govs  —  President Barack Obama on Monday again held up governors as examples of pragmatic public servants who aren't quite as self-interestedly political as those representing their states in Congress.  —  “You want to do right by your people …
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Arkansas Guv: We're Two Votes Short Of Saving Obamacare  —  According to Gov. Mike Beebe's own whip count, the Arkansas House is two votes shy of continuing its privatized Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and saving health coverage for more than 80,000 people.
Raul Reyes / USA Today:
Does Hillary-Univision deal cross a line?  Column  —  One wonders whether a TV network should partner with a possible presidential candidate.  —  Imagine if a major television network entered into a partnership with a presidential nominee, and promoted that candidate across their media platforms.
Discussion: Hot Air
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz Cancels Address At Democratic Fundraiser
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Four Ways A Majority Leader McConnell Could Make Obama's Life Miserable
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and The Raw Story
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In Kentucky Senate race, Bill Clinton plays a starring role
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Muema leaves combine, cites religion
Discussion: CBS Seattle, USA Today and Deadspin
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Moviefone Is Hanging Up, but Its App Will Go On
Thomas Peter / Reuters:
U.S. now bugging German ministers in place of Merkel - report
Discussion: Techdirt and Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Head / Salon:
Worse than Wal-Mart: Amazon's sick brutality and secret history of ruthlessly intimidating workers
Mark Scott / NYT Bits:
WhatsApp to Start Offering Internet Phone Calls
Discussion: Mashable, Re/code and Gizmodo
Peter Hamby / CNN:
In South Carolina, Clinton forces try to tap Obama magic
The Democrats' would-be Karl Rove