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9:45 PM ET, February 12, 2015

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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
U.S. Orders Judge in Alabama to License Same-Sex Marriage Weddings  —  MOBILE, Ala. — A federal judge here on Thursday ordered that a county probate judge must comply with her earlier ruling and cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  —  The federal judge …
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Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay Marriage  —  Don't Miss Out — … (Bloomberg) — Americans are prepared to accept a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, pointing to what she described as a sweeping change in attitudes toward gays.
Ed Whelan / National Review:
Ginsburg's Astounding Indiscretion
Scott Kaufman / Raw Story:
‘Redneck News’ correspondent looks for evidence that gay marriage is destroying Alabama
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:   Alabama's ‘Redneck News’ Reports On Changes After Gay Marriage (VIDEO)
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   Judge: I could ‘dissent’ from Supreme Court gay marriage ruling
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster  —  A growing number of House GOP conservatives are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday to invoke the “nuclear option” and change the chamber's rules to pass a bill defunding President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
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The Hill:
GOP profanity, ‘math challenges’ color showdown on immigration  —  House and Senate Republicans offered up plenty of color on Wednesday about the looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but solutions were harder to find.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Rush Limbaugh: Scott Walker should announce he quit college to avoid rape accusations  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Rush Limbaugh suggested that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announce that he quit college to avoid being accused of rape.  —  The likely 2016 Republican …
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Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Why They Fear Scott Walker
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Obama Secretly Partied With Bill Ayers Last Summer  —  On Aug. 30, 2014, MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and former White House chef Sam Kass got married at a private wedding north of New York City.  It was widely reported at the time that President Obama, a longtime friend of the groom, attended the ceremony with his family.
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A GOP one-party state?  —  If the Republican nominee for president is elected in 2016 — even by one vote — America will become an effective one-party state with the GOP controlling the presidency, the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court.  —  I warn my fellow liberals who casually discuss …
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Emmarie Huetteman / New York Times:
Senate Gives Approval For Defense Secretary, If Not His Boss's Policies
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch's delayed vote over confirmation
Discussion: Daily Kos and US News
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Biden: 2016 is battle for third Obama term  —  The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee should embrace the notion of a third term of the Obama presidency, Vice President Biden said Thursday, during a speech at Drake University in Iowa.  —  “I call it sticking with what works,” Biden declared.
Discussion: RedState
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Arlette Saenz / ABC News:   Joe Biden Reveals Timeframe for 2016 Presidential Decision
Tom Cotton / Salon:
“Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree”: Why new senator Tom Cotton is so frightening … Newly elected Tom Cotton of Arkansas is one of the youngest members of the Senate, only 37 years old, a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law and a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Which image of Obama mugging for BuzzFeed's cameras diminishes the presidency the most, ranked  —  The #Millennial-friendly website BuzzFeed has taken over for Zach Galifianakis as the White House's preferred video venue for encouraging young people to sign up for health insurance.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
League Of The South Celebrates Assassination Of Abraham Lincoln  —  As we reported earlier today, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has close personal and financial ties with Michael Peroutka, the neo-Confederate activist and theocrat who has helped develop the view …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Bill would allow concealed weapons across state lines  —  Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.  —  The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit …
Discussion: National Review and Shakesville
Jon Ronson / New York Times:
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco's Life  —  Credit: Photo illustration by Andrew B. Myers.  Prop stylist: Sonia Rentsch.  —  As she made the long journey from New York to South Africa, to visit family during the holidays in 2013, Justine Sacco, 30 years old and the senior director …
Reuters:
Islamic State fighters seize western Iraqi town: officials  —  (Reuters) - Islamic State insurgents took control on Thursday of most of the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, threatening an air base where U.S. Marines are training Iraqi troops, officials said.
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Destroyer Goeth  —  I met Walter Cronkite once.  He was a jerk.  —  The occasion was the 100th anniversary of my college newspaper, the Daily Texan, where Cronkite had worked as a young man before dropping out of the University of Texas.  It was 1999, and the possibility of …
Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
Democratic leaders tell John Kitzhaber: It's time to resign  —  Senate President Peter Courtney and House Majority Leader Tina Kotek met with Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday morning and told him it was time to resign, according to multiple sources.  —  Courtney is expected to meet with reporters at 1 p.m.
CBS News:
Little League cheating call raises allegations of racism  —  Shares -  —  Supporters of a Chicago Little League team that had its national title revoked over allegations of cheating accused the Little League organization Wednesday of racism.  —  Little League International announced Wednesday morning …
Ynetnews:
Assad, Hezbollah, and Iran's onslaught towards Israel  —  Map shows attempt by ‘axis of resistance’ to secure towns and strategic points in order to drive rebels out of Israeli border region.  —  Roi Kais  —  Mere days after the start of the operation, the Syrian Armed Forces declared …
Discussion: Yahoo! News and ABC News
BuzzFeed:
Things Everybody Does But Doesn't Talk About, Featuring President Obama  —  How did we get Obama to use a selfie stick?  Oh, because he wants you to go to https://www.healthcare.gov.  —  So what does President Obama do when no one's around?  —  View Video ›
Joe Millitzer / FOX2now.com:
Federal charges for suspect in Ferguson Market arson  —  FERGUSON, MO - Federal prosecutors are bringing charges in one of the fires in riots that destroyed businesses after the Michael Brown grand jury decision.  —  A federal grand jury indicted Antonio Whiteside, 26 …
Discussion: Mediaite and Don Surber
U.S. Department of Justice:
Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Coordinated Campaign Contributions and False Statements  —  First Criminal Prosecution in the United States For  —  Campaign Finance Coordination between Political Committees  —  A campaign finance manager and political consultant pleaded guilty today …
Discussion: New York Times and OpenSecrets.org
Ken Ham / Around the World with Ken Ham:
“Darwin Was Wrong Day” a Hit  —  The Internet has been buzzing ever since I announced Darwin Was Wrong Day in response to Darwin Day.  February 12, Charles Darwin's birthday, is often celebrated by secularists and, sadly, even some Christians.  Instead, I declared that today should be Darwin …
Dave Maass / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Hundreds of South Carolina Inmates Sent to Solitary Confinement Over Facebook  —  In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking.  —  Back in 2012, the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) made …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Verge
 
 
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Tom Vanden Brook / Associated Press:
Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning
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Stephanie Kirchgaessner / Guardian:
Pope Francis: not having children is selfish
Joseph Lawler / Washington Examiner:
Hard work of fixing the Deadbeat State begins with confronting unions
Discussion: Hot Air
Janet Hook / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul Asks Ky. GOP to Help Him Run for Senate and President
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Photos Show Russian Military in Ukraine Arming Separatists
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Gawker and Mediaite
Chip Somodevilla / The Fiscal Times:
The Spectacular Too Big Failure of Dodd-Frank
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Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
3-Year-Old Louisiana Girl Fatally Shoots Herself With Dad's Gun
Discussion: FOX News Radio
New York Times:
Data From Seized Computer Fuels a Surge in U.S. Raids on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Intercept and The Diplomat
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Muslims, Marriage and Bigotry
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is Jeb Bush Buying the Nomination?
Discussion: Strange Bedfellows and Politico
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Paul skeptical of banning Internet ‘fast lanes’