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11:40 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 …
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.
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
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
Matt Higgins / CBS DC:
Ginsburg: 'I Wasn't 100 Percent Sober' For State Of The Union Address  —  WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — We now know why it appears that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg appeared to fall asleep during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last month - she was drinking beforehand.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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
Discussion: TPNN, RedState and The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Contender Walker Draws Wall Street Cash  —  New York Fundraisers Plan Donor Events for the Wisconsin Governor in the Coming Days  —  Wall Street is warming up to Wisconsin's Republican Gov. Scott Walker.  —  Several GOP fundraisers from the financial-services industry …
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
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.
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
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Why They Fear Scott Walker
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
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Robin De Peyer / London Evening Standard:
Fifty Shades of Grey: Firefighters braced for calls over bondage mishaps
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Lee Fang / The Nation:
With These Hires, Congress Becomes Even More Like a Corporation
Discussion: Washington Monthly
John Podesta / Politico:
Climate change progress is possible
Daily Mail:
Transgender former Navy SEAL plans to challenge second-ranking House Democrat in Maryland …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Discussion: Fox News
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Campaign Manager Pleads Guilty to Coordinated Campaign Contributions and False Statements
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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
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
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Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A GOP one-party state?
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Bill would allow concealed weapons across state lines
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