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4:40 PM ET, February 13, 2015

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Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
Governor John Kitzhaber announces his resignation  —  Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned effective next Wednesday, Feb. 18, in a letter submitted to Secretary of State Kate Brown.  —  “I am announcing today that I will resign as Governor of the State of Oregon,” he wrote in a statement released just after noon on Friday.
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Hunter Schwarz / Washington Post:
This woman will soon become the first openly bisexual governor in American history  —  Update 3:09 p.m.: Kitzhaber has now announced that he will indeed resign.  The original post follows.  —  Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) would become the first openly bisexual governor in U.S. history if Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) resigns.
KOIN-TV:
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber submits resignation  —  PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted his resignation Friday.  —  He met with his senior staff and administration officials before the official announcement, sources with direct knowledge told KOIN 6 News.
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 …
Oregonian:
Live updates: The latest on Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber controversy  —  The Oregonian/OregonLive By The Oregonian/OregonLive  —  Breaking: Gov. John Kitzhaber announces his resignation.  —  12:43 p.m.: Nearly as soon as Governor John Kitzhaber resigned Friday afternoon …
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 …
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Madeleine Morgenstern / TheBlaze.com:
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’
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Erica Werner / Associated Press:
Frustrated Republicans taste limits of majority control
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Opposition to Obama war request grows
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Here Are The ‘Science’ Questions Reporters Should Ask Politicians  —  The governor of Wisconsin was on a trade mission to the United Kingdom.  So, naturally, a reporter asked him whether he believed that Moses had ridden atop a Tyrannosaurus Rex to receive the Ten Commandments.
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Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Don't Ask Scott Walker About Evolution
Discussion: Pew Internet and AMERICAblog News
Wall Street Journal:
GOP Contender Walker Draws Wall Street Cash
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeffrey Toobin / New Yorker:
Did Chief Justice John Roberts Save the Affordable Care Act?  —  The Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature achievement, will soon face a challenge, in the Supreme Court case known as King v. Burwell, that could conceivably destroy it.  In fact, the Act may survive …
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New York Times:
Hillary Clinton and Bill Frist on Health Care for America's Kids
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.
CBS News:
Bombers make it onto Iraq base used by U.S. troops  —  Shares -  —  Eight suicide bombers managed Friday to get onto a sprawling Iraqi military base where hundreds of U.S. Marines are training their Iraqi counterparts, but were killed by an ISF counter attack almost immediately.
Discussion: CNN, Hot Air, Lawfare and BizPac Review
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Washington Post:
Islamic State advances near Iraq base where U.S. advisers are stationed
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
FITSNews:
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 …
al.com:
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 …
Will Ragland / ThinkProgress:
Congressman Says We Don't Need Education Funding Because ‘Socrates Trained Plato On A Rock’  —  Will Ragland is the Campaign Director of Education Policy at the Center for American Progress.  —  Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA)  —  CREDIT: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta  —  During a House Education …
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and US News
Arizona Republic:
Douglas fires top staff at Arizona Board of Education  —  Douglas fires Board of Education staffers … The state's schools chief abruptly fired the top two administrators for the Arizona State Board of Education Wednesday, with some education leaders questioning whether the firings were politically motivated or legal.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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The White House:
FACT SHEET: Executive Order Promoting Private Sector Cybersecurity Information Sharing
Discussion: Politico and Mashable
Ian Sample / Guardian:
Google boss warns of ‘forgotten century’ with email and photos at risk
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Hill
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Lawmakers offer bill to protect kids from laundry detergent pods
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
State Department's Jen Psaki Explains Why The U.S. Will Trust Yemeni Rebels Chanting “Death to America”
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Josh Verges / TwinCities.com:
Hamline, William Mitchell law schools to merge
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Sandy Rios: ‘The Real Experts’ Know Evolution Has Been ‘Disproven’
Discussion: Raw Story
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed:
Arkansas Legislature Passes Bill Allowing LGBT Discrimination
For The / Daily Mail:
Outrage as Shirley MacLaine asks: Were Holocaust victims paying for sins in past lives? …
Discussion: FOX News Radio