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1:15 PM ET, February 27, 2014


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Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ  —  • Optic Nerve program collected Yahoo webcam images in bulk  —  • 1.8m users targeted by UK agency in six-month period alone  —  • Yahoo: ‘A whole new level of violation of our users’ privacy'
Rich Lowry / Politico:
Brewer's Foolish Veto  —  In addition to the federal government, 18 states have such statutes and about a dozen other states interpret their state constitutions as extending the same protections, according to the letter.  The statutes, the scholars write, “say that before government can burden …
Fernanda Santos / New York Times:
Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill on Refusal of Service to Gays  —  PHOENIX — Ending a day that cast a glaring national spotlight on Arizona, the state's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, decided late Wednesday to veto a bill that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.
Don Banks / Sports Illustrated:
Source: NFL begins exploring Super Bowl XLIX relocation options
Jason LaVeris / ABC News:
Celebs, Politicians React to Veto of Controversial Arizona Bill
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABC News
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Fact-Checkers Inexplicably Conclude Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill Isn't Anti-Gay
Discussion: and Balloon Juice
Bradley A. Smith / Wall Street Journal:
Bradley A. Smith: Connecting the Dots in the IRS Scandal  —  The ‘smoking gun’ in the targeting of conservative groups has been hiding in plain sight.  —  The mainstream press has justified its lack of coverage over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups because there's been no …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Cruz won't promise to stay out of primaries  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday didn't rule out involvement in GOP primaries this year against incumbent Republican senators.  —  Cruz said he had made no “ironclad promise” to stay out of the primaries.  —  “What I have said is that I'm likely …
Discussion: Politico
Tal Kopan / Politico:   Ted Cruz: GOP's 2014 on track to be 2010
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
GWB Scandal: Release of previously redacted messages reveals new information  —  The private messages that linked Governor Christie's office to lane closures at the George Washington Bridge also contain jokes about causing “traffic problems” at the home of a New Jersey rabbi associated …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
Clinton: Voters under ‘assault’  —  Washington (CNN) - The Democratic Party is showcasing former President Bill Clinton to help launch a new program to expand voters' access to polls.  —  An announcement Thursday by the Democratic National Committee comes as the party committee kicks off …
Discussion: Politico
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton lauds Arizona veto in speech targeting young voters
Dan Merica / CNN:
Clinton endorses looking at Obamacare fixes, but defends law
Alan I. Abramowitz / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Generic Ballot Model Shows Senate Control at Tipping Point  —  Look for more partisan conflict and polarization in new Senate  —  Crystal Ball Senior Columnist Alan Abramowitz's discussion of his Senate elections model not only confirms how close we expect the 2014 Senate campaign will be …
Greg Gilman / The Wrap:
Paula Deen Compares Her Struggles to ‘That Black’ Openly Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam  —  The celebrity chef also expressed a newfound “empathy” for other controversial public figures such as “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson  —  Paula Deen's $100 million empire crumbled last year …
Nathaniel Rich / New York Times:
The Mammoth Cometh  —  The first time Ben Novak saw a passenger pigeon, he fell to his knees and remained in that position, speechless, for 20 minutes.  He was 16.  At 13, Novak vowed to devote his life to resurrecting extinct animals.  At 14, he saw a photograph of a passenger pigeon in an Audubon Society book and “fell in love.”
Discussion: Althouse and Marginal REVOLUTION
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
Mississippi Scraps Discriminatory ‘Religious Freedom’ Provisions Following Backlash In Arizona  —  On January 31, the Mississippi Senate unanimously passed SB 2681, a bill that adds “In God We Trust” to the state seal.  It also contained language just like that in Arizona's freshly-vetoed bill …
CBS News:
Most Americans disappointed in Obama's presidency, poll says  —  Shares -  —  Amid continued pessimism about the economy and direction of the country, 59 percent of Americans say they are disappointed in Mr. Obama's presidency (including 37 percent who are very disappointed); 40 percent are satisfied.
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
New York Times:
G.O.P., Though Deeply Split, Has Election Edge, Poll Shows
Alessandra Prentice / Reuters:
Ukraine leader warns Russia after armed men seize government HQ in Crimea  —  (Reuters) - Armed men seized the regional government headquarters and parliament in Ukraine's Crimea on Thursday and raised the Russian flag, alarming Kiev's new rulers, who urged Moscow not to abuse its navy base rights …
John Cheves / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Judge: Final order requiring Ky. to recognize same-sex marriages expected Thursday  —  LOUISVILLE — A federal judge said Wednesday afternoon that he would issue a final order within 24 hours requiring Kentucky to immediately recognize same-sex marriages performed outside the state.
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
New F.D.A. Nutrition Labels Would Make ‘Serving Sizes’ Reflect Actual Servings  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration for the first time in two decades will propose major changes to nutrition labels on food packages, putting calorie counts in large type and adjusting portion sizes to reflect how much Americans actually eat.
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Was Bush Really a Champion of Democracy?  —  For five years now, it's happened again and again.  A dictatorship somewhere wobbles, protesters crowd the streets, and the Obama administration strikes a careful tone, urging respect for human rights while trying to safeguard various American interests.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Republicans flip-flop on ‘judicial activism’  —  There was a time not too long ago when Republicans decried “activist judges.”  Now they're lamenting that judges are not being activist enough.  —  “Unfortunately, the courts have been reluctant to exercise their constitutionally conferred power …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and JONATHAN TURLEY
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
Bill Clinton's rescue ride  —  Springtime is coming, baseball teams have reassembled for training, Robert Redford is back on cable playing Roy Hobbs in “The Natural” and Bill Clinton has begun his ride to rescue Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.  —  In politics, the trick …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Keith Olbermann Says He Hasn't Watched MSNBC Since 2009  —  Former MSNBC host and current ESPN sportscaster Keith Olbermann says he hasn't tuned into his old cable news channel since 2009 — more than a year before he left the network in 2011.  —  TPM reached out to Olbermann on Thursday …
Discussion: and The Huffington Post
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Wall Street Journal:
Tax Reform for Growth
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Catholic League Pres Challenges Chris Cuomo: Where Are ‘Examples of Gay People Being Persecuted?’
Discussion: The Huffington Post
David Sirota / PandoDaily:
Fortune 500 companies receive $63 billion in subsidies
Discussion: and The Raw Story
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Insurers become O-Care foot soldiers
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Politico
Josh Glasstetter / Hatewatch:
Exclusive: Latinos Are Punch Line at Joe Arpaio Roast
Discussion: Valley Fever and The Raw Story
USA Today:
De Blasio's school fight: Column
Discussion: Eduwonk
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Raúl M. Grijalva / New York Times:
Obama's Pipeline  —  WASHINGTON — WHEN I was elected to Congress …
Discussion: Businessweek
Robert Peston / BBC:
Standard Life could quit Scotland
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Joe Biden in winter
Discussion: New York Times
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Top Senate Dem: Koch Brothers Are Un-American
Discussion: CNN
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Photo of the Day: The Catastrophe in Syria
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Jawa Report
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
How the Fed Let the World Blow Up in 2008