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10:40 AM ET, February 13, 2015


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Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Ginsburg wasn't ‘100 percent sober’ during State of the Union  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admits to sharing some wine with her colleagues and not being “100 percent sober” for President Obama's State of the Union address in January.  —  During Obama's speech …
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
High court's odd couple on parasailing, elephants and not being ‘100% sober’  —  Justice Ginsburg: I drank before president's speech 01:19  —  Washington (CNN)Supreme Court ideological opposites Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, came together for a discussion …
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Madeleine Morgenstern /
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Admits She Wasn't ‘100 Percent Sober’ When She Dozed Off at the State of the Union  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg admitted that she wasn't “100 percent sober” when she dozed off during President Barack Obama's State of the Union this year.
Discussion: ABC News, Scared Monkeys and TPNN
The New / New York Times:
David Carr, Media Equation Columnist for The Times, Is Dead at 58  —  David Carr, who wrote about media as it intersects with business, culture and government in his Media Equation column for The New York Times, died at the office on Thursday.  He was 58.  —  For the past 25 years, Mr. Carr wrote about media.
Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's options fade as allies abandon him  —  In one of the most surreal days in Oregon political history, the state's top Democratic leaders called for Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign, and the governor vanished from public view.  —  With support of even allies evaporating …
Willamette Week:
Gov. John Kitzhaber's Office Sought To Destroy Thousands of His Emails  —  Gov. John Kitzhaber's office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor's personal email accounts, according to records obtained by WW and 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.
Discussion: National Review and Oregonian
Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Frustrated Republicans taste limits of majority control  —  Associated Press 3 hrs ago  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A month into their newfound control of both chambers of Congress, it wasn't supposed to be like this for Republicans.  Instead of advancing a conservative agenda and showing voters they can govern …
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
The Hill:
GOP infighting grows over Homeland Security funding  —  GOP infighting between the House and Senate is growing as Republicans work to prevent a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at the end of the month.  —  House conservatives on Thursday pointedly criticized Senate Republicans …
Discussion: Reuters and The Hugh Hewitt Show
Asbury Park Press:
Poll: 53 percent of N.J. voters give Christie an unfavorable rating, an all time low  —  While Gov. Christie roams the nation looking for support for a 2016 GOP presidential nomination bid, New Jersey voters have soured on him, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
Tom Vanden Brook / Associated Press:
Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning  —  WASHINGTON — Chelsea Manning, the convicted national-security secrets leaker, has been approved for hormone therapy for transition to a woman at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison, according to a memo obtained Thursday by USA TODAY.
Kirthana Ramisetti / NY Daily News:
David Cassidy files for bankruptcy protection  —  ‘The Partridge Family’ star filed for protection in Florida on Wednesday, saying he made the filing ‘to reorganize my life’ and ‘restructure my finances.’  —  David Cassidy has fallen on hard times: “The Partridge Family” star has filed for bankruptcy protection.
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Liberaland
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
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:   Joe Biden Reveals Timeframe for 2016 Presidential Decision
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
We Have to Talk About Obama's Ignorance  —  In the wake of the controversy over President Obama's offensive labeling of anti-Semitic violence as “random,” it became clear that regardless of whether he chose his words carefully, he certainly chose his audience carefully.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Ed Driscoll
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The war on Jeb Bush  —  His fast start has reordered the Republican 2016 race, and put a bull's-eye on his back.  —  The war on Jeb Bush is on.  —  Rand Paul is attacking him as a hypocrite on marijuana who's indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton.  Ted Cruz is questioning whether Bush's stands …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
What Did Obama Really Say About the Crusades?  —  Crusades art, “Saladin and Guy” by Said Tahsine (1904-1985 Syria) ( Wikimedia )  —  Last week President Obama spoke about faith, doubt, violence, and extremism, and was roundly criticized by many conservatives for what they saw as the “anti-Christian” tone of his remarks.
John Podesta / Politico:
Climate change progress is possible  —  On his final day in the White House, President Obama's counselor explains how the administration is proving environmental goals are achievable.  —  Fifty years ago this week, Lyndon Johnson, in pushing America to clean up its air and water …
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: Techdirt, Raw Story and The Verge
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 …
Daily Mail:
Transgender former Navy SEAL plans to challenge second-ranking House Democrat in Maryland congressional primary and snipes that ‘religion ... is going to destroy the earth’  — Steny Hoyer, the House Whip, will face a primary challenge from Kristin Beck, born Christopher Beck
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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.
Sari Horwitz / Washington Post:
FBI director acknowledges ‘hard truths’ about racial bias in policing  —  In an unusually frank, personal speech, FBI Director James B. Comey on Thursday acknowledged “hard truths” about racial bias in policing, saying there's a desperate need for law enforcement to understand …
Discussion: New York Times, The Week and Daily Kos
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 …
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Lee Fang / The Nation:
With These Hires, Congress Becomes Even More Like a Corporation
U.S. Department of Justice:
Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Coordinated Campaign Contributions and False Statements
Discussion: New York Times and
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: The PJ Tatler and OnPolitics
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