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4:25 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.
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.
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
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rep. John Dingell calls it quits
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
John Dingell to Retire After Nearly 60 Years in House
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
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
Obama to make Keystone decision in next couple months
Discussion: Politico
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Stability and Chaos, Hallmarks of Presidential Races, Swap Parties
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.
Lori Ziganto / Twitchy:
‘What the hell is wrong with you?’  Was this Samantha Power baffling Daniel Pearl tweet evil or stupid?  —  Arguably the former.  You see, this happened: … No, really. … Speechless.  Twitter users were not speechless, however, and gave Ambassador Power the business over the baffling tweet …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Virginia Republican Says A Pregnant Woman Is Just A ‘Host,’ Though ‘Some Refer To Them As Mothers’  —  Steve Martin Virginia State Senate Steve Martin Virginia Steve Martin Host Steve Martin Pregnant Woman Host Pregnant Women Hosts Pregnant Woman Host Steve Martin Pregnant Women Virginia Abortion Rights Virginia GOP Politics News
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 …
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
4 Ways A Majority Leader McConnell Could Make Obama's Life Miserable  —  Republicans have a leg up in the Senate races in 2014, and election forecasters say they have a real chance of winning the six seats necessary to take the majority.  —  In that scenario, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky will probably be the next majority leader.
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
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz Cancels Address At Democratic Fundraiser  —  NEW YORK — MSNBC host Ed Schultz has backed out of speaking at a Florida Democratic fundraiser next month, according to a network spokeswoman.  —  Schultz was slated as the keynote speaker at the Broward County Democrats Unity Dinner …
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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Uganda: Law Rolls Back Basic Rights
Discussion: Liberaland and ThinkProgress
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and The Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Is the Jebbie Bandwagon Gearing Up?
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
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Arkansas Guv: We're Two Votes Short Of Saving Obamacare
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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
Raul Reyes / USA Today:
Does Hillary-Univision deal cross a line? Column
Discussion: Hot Air
The Democrats' would-be Karl Rove