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4:55 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
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
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.
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 …
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.
Obama to make Keystone decision in next couple months  —  (CNN) - President Barack Obama will decide whether to go forward with the Keystone XL pipeline in the next couple months, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on Monday.  —  “I did ask the President when we could anticipate a decision on the Keystone pipeline.
Discussion: Politico and ThinkProgress
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:   Stability and Chaos, Hallmarks of Presidential Races, Swap Parties
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Obama lauds nation's ‘practical’ govs
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
After CNN Cancels Morgan, Larry King Says: I Could Come Back  —  Larry King and former CNN President Jonathan Klein speak exclusively to The Daily Beast about the cancellation of Piers Morgan's prime-time show.  —  Several months ago, backstage at a concert in Central Park …
David Carr / New York Times:
Piers Morgan and CNN Plan End to His Prime-Time Show
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
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.
Colorado First State to Clamp Down on Fracking Methane Pollution  —  Colorado regulators approved groundbreaking controls on emissions from oil and natural gas operations after an unusual coalition of energy companies and environmentalists agreed on measures to counter worsening smog.
Discussion: ThinkProgress, and EcoWatch
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Warren Buffett / Fortune:
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Discussion: Liberaland and ThinkProgress
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
MSNBC's Ed Schultz Cancels Address At Democratic Fundraiser
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Elizabeth Weise / USA Today:
Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and The Raw Story
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In Kentucky Senate race, Bill Clinton plays a starring role
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Arkansas Guv: We're Two Votes Short Of Saving Obamacare
Simon Head / Salon:
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Mark Scott / NYT Bits:
WhatsApp to Start Offering Internet Phone Calls
Discussion: Gizmodo, Re/code and Mashable
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