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2:25 PM 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 …
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.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 'I Wasn't 100 Percent Sober' At State Of The Union  —  Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's rabid Internet following is sure to go nuts over the admission that she dozed off at the President's State of the Union address after drinking a fine wine.
Discussion: US News and Balloon Juice
Ariane de Vogue / CNN:
High court's odd couple on parasailing, elephants and not being ‘100% sober’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
Sources: Gov. Kitzhaber expected to resign Friday  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to resign Friday, perhaps in the early afternoon, multiple sources told KOIN 6 News.  —  The decision came after intense debate among the governor and those close to him.
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.
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
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Don't Ask Scott Walker About Evolution  —  Even if he does answer, it won't tell you anything.  —  Someone needs to keep Republican presidential candidates out of London.  —  Last week, during his trip to the city, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie caused a stir with a now-infamous comment in defense of vaccine “choice.”
Discussion: Pew Internet and AMERICAblog News
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Contender Walker Draws Wall Street Cash
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alabama police fire, arrest the officer who badly injured Indian grandfather during sidewalk stop  —  “Do not jerk away from me again, or I will put you on the ground.  Do you understand?”  —  Madison police officer Eric Parker today turned himself in to face assault charges …
SC SENATOR: WOMEN ARE “A LESSER CUT OF MEAT”  —  “REPUBLICAN” OFFERS SEXIST COMMENTARY ... DIRECTED AT SOUTH CAROLINA'S ONLY FEMALE SENATOR  —  Corbin's comments - made at a legislative dinner held in downtown Columbia, S.C. - were reportedly directed at S.C. Senator Katrina Shealy …
Discussion: Salon and Shakesville
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton and Bill Frist on Health Care for America's Kids  —  NO child in America should be denied the chance to see a doctor when he or she needs one — but if Congress doesn't act soon, that's exactly what might happen.  —  For the past 18 years, the Children's Health Insurance Program …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Obama amnesty creates loophole for illegal immigrants to vote in elections  —  Driver's licenses, social security numbers facilitate improper registration, officials warn
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
What else has NBC News dug up on Brian WIlliams?  —  Brian Williams' future at NBC News may hinge on just how many other examples of exaggerations and fibs are found.  —  The network's internal fact-checking investigation is “nowhere near done,” a senior NBC source said Thursday.
Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill Allowing LGBT Discrimination  —  The Arkansas legislature gave its final thumbs up Friday to a bill that would block cities and counties from enacting anti-discrimination laws that protect LGBT people.  —  The Arkansas House of Representatives voted decisively …
Eric Posner / Slate:
Universities Are Right—and Within Their Rights—to Crack Down on Speech and Behavior  —  Students today are more like children than adults and need protection.  —  Lately, a moral panic about speech and sexual activity in universities has reached a crescendo.
Washington Post:
Islamic State advances near Iraq base where U.S. advisers are stationed  —  BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants seized parts of a town in Iraq's western province of Anbar on Thursday, sparking fierce fighting within miles of a military base where hundreds of U.S. advisers are stationed.
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
For The / Daily Mail:
Outrage as Shirley MacLaine asks: Were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives? (and did ‘her friend’ Stephen Hawking bring his devastating disease on himself?)  —  Her bizarre New Age views on topics such as reincarnation and UFOs have often left the public baffled.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Aaron Wilson / Baltimore Sun:
Ray Rice issues statement thanking Baltimore, apologizing for domestic-violence incident  —  As the one-year anniversary of his high-profile domestic-violence incident approaches this weekend, former Ravens star running back Ray Rice issued a statement Friday morning to The Baltimore Sun.
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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Emma Roller / National Journal:
Rand Paul Preaches to Techno-Libertarians and the ‘Leave Me Alone’ Coalition
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jerusalem Post:
US lawmaker calls for amendment after Obama ISIS resolution omits the word ‘Jews’
Bob Packwood / Washington Post:
A four-step plan to successful tax reform
Annie Lowrey / New York Magazine:
Washington's Boom Goes Bust
Robin De Peyer / London Evening Standard:
Fifty Shades of Grey: Firefighters braced for calls over bondage mishaps
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Mediaite
 Earlier Items: 
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
We Have to Talk About Obama's Ignorance
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Ed Driscoll
John Podesta / Politico:
On his final day in the White House, President Obama's counselor explains …
James Fallows / The Atlantic Online:
What Did Obama Really Say About the Crusades?
Daily Mail:
Transgender former Navy SEAL plans to challenge second-ranking House Democrat in Maryland …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
The war on Jeb Bush
Discussion: FOX News Radio