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Adam Nagourney / New York Times:
A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience That Rallied to His Side  —  BUNKERVILLE, Nev. — Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures.  For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch …
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Arturo Garcia / The Raw Story:
Conservatives begin backing away after Cliven Bundy's remarks disparaging ‘the Negro’  —  Republican politicians began backtracking on their support of Nevada anti-government rancher Cliven Bundy after the New York Times caught Bundy making racially-inflammatory remarks blaming African-Americans …
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was ‘courageous’  —  Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called Justice Sonia Sotomayor's dissent in the Supreme Court's latest affirmative action ruling “courageous.”  —  At an event on diversity within the Justice Department …
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Chicago Tribune:
Race, diversity and the ballot box  —  Supreme Court says voters can decide … In 2006, Michigan voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting state universities and colleges from giving applicants an edge because of their race or gender.  On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court said that ban is OK.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Rule Child Pornography Restitution Is Too High
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Opinion analysis: Dividing the duty to pay for child porn
Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
F.C.C., in a Shift, Backs Fast Lanes for Web Traffic  —  WASHINGTON — The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead.  —  The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose …
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Gautham Nagesh / Wall Street Journal:
FCC To Propose New ‘Net Neutrality’ Rules  —  The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new open Internet rules on Thursday that would allow content companies to pay Internet service providers for special access to consumers, according to a person familiar with the proposal.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Southern Whites' Loyalty to G.O.P. Nearing That of Blacks to Democrats  —  President Obama's landslide victory in 2008 was supposed to herald the beginning of a new Democratic era.  And yet, six years later, there is not even a clear Democratic majority in the country, let alone one poised for 30 years of dominance.
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Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
F.D.A. Will Propose New Regulations for E-Cigarettes  —  WASHINGTON — The Food and Drug Administration will propose sweeping new rules on Thursday that for the first time would extend its regulatory authority from cigarettes to electronic cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices …
Discussion: Right Wing News, The Week and The Verge
Wall Street Journal:
Telling Students to Earn Less  —  Obama now calls for reforming his bleeding college loan program.  —  The federal student loan program is becoming so costly to taxpayers that even President Obama is pretending to fix it.  Readers will recall Mr. Obama as the man who has spent …
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Keystone XL's continued delay is absurd  —  IF FOOT-DRAGGING were a competitive sport, President Obama and his administration would be world champions for their performance in delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.  —  Last Friday afternoon, the time when officials make announcements …
Discussion: Gawker and Rasmussen Reports
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Wall Street Journal:   Keystone Uncensored  —  A labor leader calls the Administration …
Norm Clarke:
Wynn, Clooney exchange barbs over heated dinner conversation  —  George Clooney, right, shown last year at Wynn Las Vegas promoting his Casamigos tequila with Steve and Andrea Wynn, reportedly took issue with Steve Wynn's comments about President Barack Obama.  (Courtesy)  —  George Clooney.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Barack Obama, the adolescent president  —  Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance; a Pericles sent to ameliorate our rhetorical impoverishment — spoke at the University of Michigan.  He came to that very friendly venue …
Discussion: Cafe Hayek
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Obama plays with Japanese robot  —  The president of the United States has officially played soccer with a robot.  —  At a visit to the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan, President Barack Obama was introduced to a humanoid robot who “was about the size …
Discussion: CNN
Forrest A. Nabors / Politico:
She Can See This Disaster From Her House  —  If Republicans lose the Alaska Senate race, they'll have Sarah Palin to thank.  —  Begich spoke on Feb. 3, ostensibly on the subject of new business opportunities in technology.  As he was being introduced, his darting eyes and scratches …
Discussion: CNN, Liberaland and Tampa Bay Times
CNN:
A fatal wait: Veterans languish and die on a VA hospital's secret list  —  (CNN) — At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.  —  The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed …
Discussion: Business Insider and Fox News
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg View:
Vice President Rand Paul?  —  Senator Rand Paul's libertarianism (support for drastically smaller government and suspicion of foreign entanglements and the security state) sets him apart from the rest of the potential Republican candidates for president.  —  That difference is almost certainly …
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Wall Street Journal:
The Other Stealthy ObamaCare Menace  —  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation exists to impose price controls and limit payments to providers.  —  The Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board has been so heavily criticized for being an unaccountable body with the power …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Felix Salmon to Take On Web-Based Role at Fusion  —  Felix Salmon, a prominent writer on finance and other topics who announced this week that he was leaving Reuters, will join the cable network Fusion on Monday in a web-based role that runs across multiple media.
RT:
Lavrov: Kiev issued ‘criminal order’ allowing use of weapons against civilians  —  The coup-appointed Kiev government's order to use force against Ukrainian citizens is “criminal,” the Russian Foreign Minister told RT. He also denied claims that there is Russian military presence on Ukrainian territory.
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James Hohmann / Politico:
Chamber poll shows dead heat in Colorado Senate
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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
Democrats, You Better Get Angry or You'll Lose Congress
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Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
Proposal to Limit Prosecutions Of Marijuana Cases in Brooklyn
Jon Burkett / WTVR-TV:
75-year-old grandmother says she was restrained during police raid
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John Milburn / Associated Press:
Judge to Mull Chelsea Manning Name Change Request
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The American Dream Peddlers
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People.com:
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