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10:55 AM ET, February 25, 2014


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Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
GOP Lobbyist Behind Anti-Gay NFL Bill Has A Gay Brother  —  Anti Gay NFL Bill Nfl Gay Ban Michael Sam Gop Bill Nfl Jack Burkman Gay Bill Michael Sam NFL Republicans Anti Gay Jack Burkman Michael Sam Gay Video Gop Anti Gay Bill Republican Bill Nfl Gop Lobbyist Ban Gays NFL Nfl Gay Players Politics News Politics News
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Lobbyist drafts bill to ban gays from NFL  —  Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman on Monday said he is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from joining the National Football League.  —  Burkman in a statement said he has garnered political support for the bill …
Bill / The Hill:
Bill Press: Democrats' Enemy No. 1  —  Democrats have a big job in 2014: they need to hold onto control of the Senate, win back leadership of the House, and elect Democratic governors and state legislators in key states.  But to get there, they face one big obstacle.
Curtis Gans / Washington Monthly:
Midterm Signals and Noise  —  Why Democrats Could Do Better in November Than Everyone Thinks  —  It may be that the greatest contribution in Nate Silver's young life is not the PECOTA system he developed for evaluating baseball players and projecting their future contributions …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and
Abby D. Phillip / ABC News:
Kentucky Senate Hopeful Flashes Bill Clinton Trump Card … In Kentucky, Democrats are brushing off the partisan criticism of former President Bill Clinton, and apparently, are opening their checkbooks.  —  Clinton plans to address some 1,200 people at a sold-out fundraiser in Kentucky today …
Discussion: CNN and ABC News
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Discussion: Fox News and Hot Air
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Dick Cheney: President Obama favors food stamps  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday night called the Pentagon budget proposed “absolutely dangerous.”  —  Appearing on Fox News's “Hannity,” he said President Barack Obama “would rather spend the money on food stamps …
Oops: Dick Cheney Unintentionally Trashes Troops In Attempt To Hit Obama  —  Former Vice President Dick Cheney took to Fox News on Monday night to lambaste the Obama administration's proposed cuts to the military budget, lamenting the president's desire to ensure that Americans have access …
Los Angeles Times:
Proposed Pentagon budget cuts would shrink Army, retire aircraft
Discussion: Power Line
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Pentagon budget slashes benefits
Emmeline Zhao / RealClearEducation:
Blue Devil: The Duke Porn Star and College Costs  —  Stories about soaring college costs are perennial media favorites, at once playing to parental anxiety while highlighting a genuine education problem.  But this one was different: A Duke University freshman confirmed to her college paper …
Glenn Greenwald / The Intercept:
How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy Reputations  —  One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction.
Arizona Republic:
Don't wait to veto SB 1062, Gov. Brewer  —  Our View: Every day that ticks by hurts Arizona more  —  FONT:  —  By Editorial board  —  Many voices, one message: Gov. Jan Brewer, veto this bill.  —  Do it immediately.  Do it with compassion and dignity.  Do it for Arizona.
Discussion: New York Times and Daily Kos
Dana Bash / CNN:
Gov. Jan Brewer to CNN: ‘I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona’
Matt Apuzzo / New York Times:
Holder Sees Way to Curb Bans on Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday injected the Obama administration into the emotional and politicized debate over the future of state same-sex marriage bans, declaring in an interview that state attorneys general …
Jennifer Epstein / Politico:
Bobby Jindal, Dannel Malloy tangle outside White House  —  A group of governors emerged midday Monday from a meeting with President Barack Obama that stressed bipartisan cooperation — but that sentiment didn't last as far as the White House driveway, as a Republican who's …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin: Supreme Court Afraid of The Daily Show  —  Discussing his latest piece in the New Yorker magazine, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin scolded the United States Supreme Court for continuing to refuse to allow television cameras into that body during oral arguments.
Discussion: Politico and
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
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Virginia Lawmaker Calls Pregnant Women “Hosts”
Discussion: Balloon Juice
J.D. Harrison / Washington Post:
Obama administration: Health law's new rules will increase costs for most small businesses  —  Nearly two-thirds of small businesses that currently offer health insurance to their workers will pay more for coverage as a result of new rules in the health care law, as will millions …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Patrick Gavin / Politico:
Ralph Nader: Obama the ‘executioner’  —  In his new book, Ralph Nader calls for the end of “unconstitutional wars and unchecked militarism” - and lays blame on President Barack Obama for going beyond even George.  W. Bush.  —  Nader writes in “Unstoppable” that Obama “has extended …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
THE FEAST OF FAT THINGS … The president's proposed Defense budget is already putting congressional dainties in a bunch, but we'd like to point out that within that budget, the F-35 fighter jet — aka, The Flying Swiss Army Knife, aka The Amazing Jet-Propelled Lemon Of The Skies — has managed mysteriously to survive once more.
Discussion: The Impolitic
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Netflix mocks Amazon Prime Air with hilarious ‘Drone 2 Home’ video  —  BY RICHARD LAWLER @RJCC FEB 25TH 2014 6:56AM  —  Netflix's not-Qwikster DVD-by-mail business doesn't get the same amount of attention as the company's streaming arm, but as this video (embedded after the break) shows, it still has some imagination.
Nigeria school raid ‘leaves dozens dead’  —  Suspected Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group in north-eastern Nigeria have attacked a school and shot some students, the military has said.  —  Dozens of pupils are reported to have been killed.  Police told Reuters that all the dead …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Jihad Watch
Tom Benning / The Scoop Blog:
Artwork of George W. Bush to go on display this spring at George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum  —  President George W. Bush delivers his remarks during the Empowering our Nation's Warriors summit held at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in University Park, Wednesday, February 19, 2014.
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Scott Walker Caught Breaking Campaign Rules While Running For College President In 1988  —  Scott Walker John Doe Emails Scott Walker John Doe Scott Walker College Scott Walker Emails Video Scott Walker Scott Walker John Doe Investigation Governor Scott Walker Scott Walker Wisconsin Politics News
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
Obama's claim that 7 million got ‘access to health care for the first time’ because of his Medicaid expansion
Susan Crabtree / Washington Examiner:
Exclusive: HHS official found White House ‘disarray’ months before health law rollout
Discussion: Post Politics
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Harold Ramis, Alchemist of Comedy, Dies at 69
Lori Montgomery / Washington Post:
House GOP tax plan would cut top rates but also hit high earners with a surtax
Discussion: Politico
Joe McLean / The Daily Beast:
Stand Your Ground With Your Smartphone
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Helena Bottemiller Evich / Politico:
Nutrition labels set for major overhaul
Discussion: Gawker and Right Wing News
Blue Girl / They gave us a republic:
What's the Worst that Could Happen?
James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
THE MOBILITY MYTH  —  Since at least the days of Horatio Alger …
Discussion: Paul Krugman
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@GSElevator Tattletale Exposed (He Was Not in the Goldman Elevator)
Michael Moynihan / The Daily Beast:
Venezuela's Useful Idiots
Discussion: Babalú Blog
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Facebook retires its troubled email service
Discussion: Engadget
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Dingell dynasty may not be over yet
Sean Starrs / Politico:
America Didn't Decline. It Went Global.
Ann Zaniewski / Detroit Free Press:
Oakland County man accidentally kills himself demonstrating gun safety
Michael Schulson / The Daily Beast:
Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience