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  1. REPRIEVE WA Gov. Suspends Death Penalty David Ryder/Getty

    1. WA Gov. Suspends Death Penalty

    Death Row let in a little more light in Washington state on Tuesday, when Gov. Jay Inslee announced his opposition to capital punishment and suspended its use during his term. “Equal justice under the law is the state’s primary responsibility,” he said at a press conference. “And in death-penalty cases, I’m not convinced equal justice is being served.” Inslee promised to issue a reprieve to any death-penalty cases that cross his desk, and the Attorney General's Office said he had the power to do so “for good cause shown, and as the governor thinks proper." There are nine men on Death Row at the Washington State Penitentiary.

    February 11, 2014 1:40 PM

  2. GO! House GOP Frees Its Debt Hostage Yuri Gripas/Reuters

    2. House GOP Frees Its Debt Hostage

    Twenty-eight House Republicans voted to raise the debt ceiling Tuesday evening, joining Democrats to pass an increase with no strings attached and keep the government running until March 15, 2015. Rep. Paul Ryan was one of the large majority of Republicans who voted no. Tuesday morning, the House GOP leadership dropped its demand to restore cuts to military pensions in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. 

    February 11, 2014 5:25 PM

  3. post-prison ballots Holder: Give Ex-Felons the Vote Kris Connor

    3. Holder: Give Ex-Felons the Vote

    Nearly six million Americans are kept from voting due to former incarcerations, and Eric Holder wants that to change. At a Georgetown University symposium on Tuesday, the U.S. attorney general compared the laws keeping ex-felons from voting to "a time of post-Civil War discrimination," saying they disproportionately marginalize minority communities. The laws, Holder noted, "have their roots in centuries-old conceptions of justice that were too often based on exclusion, animus, and fear.” 

    February 11, 2014 2:39 PM

  4. protocol? Mayor Calls NYPD Re: Pastor Arrest Andrew Burton/Getty

    4. Mayor Calls NYPD Re: Pastor Arrest

    A pastor who was part of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's transition team was arrested on Monday night with two outstanding warrants, but released after de Blasio called a top police official. Bishop Orlando Findlayter was taken in for making a left turn without signaling, and officers found he'd failed to appear in court for a prior arrest at an immigration reform protest. A local clergy council called de Blasio, who dialed Deputy Chief Kim Royster to ask about the arrest, but did not request he be released, she said. Findlayter was let go when it was too late to make it to court. According to the NYPD, people with outstanding warrants are released if they don't pose a risk.

    February 11, 2014 4:55 PM

  5. legendary Tom Brokaw Battling Cancer Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images

    5. Tom Brokaw Battling Cancer

    Longtime NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw revealed on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in August. The cancer affects blood cells in the bone marrow, and the 74-year-old says doctors at the Mayo Clinic are optimistic about his progress. “I remain the luckiest guy I know,” Brokaw said in a statement. “I am very grateful for the interest in my condition, but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter.”

    February 11, 2014 6:36 PM

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  7. who's PC? Justice Thomas: Too Much Race Talk Chip Somodevilla/Getty

    6. Justice Thomas: Too Much Race Talk

    Stop being so racially sensitive, America. The second black justice ever to serve on the Supreme Court thinks America is a bit too touchy on the issue of race. Justice Clarence Thomas told an audience of Florida college students that "we are probably today more race and difference-conscious than I was in the 1960s when I went to school." Thomas, who grew up in segregated Georgia, lamented: “Now, name a day it doesn’t come up. Differences in race, differences in sex, somebody doesn’t look at you right, somebody says something. Everybody is sensitive. If I had been as sensitive as that in the 1960s, I’d still be in Savannah."

    February 11, 2014 3:23 PM

  8. empty handed Shaun White Flounders at Sochi Cameron Spencer / Getty Images

    7. Shaun White Flounders at Sochi

    The King of the Halfpipe reigns no longer. Long-time Olympian Shaun White faltered on both his halfpipe finals on Tuesday, landing in fourth place behind a Swiss snowboarder and two Japanese contenders. He got off to a bad start, falling twice in the first run. White spent the past year training for the slopestyle event, but pulled out during training last week due to concerns over the safety of the run, and decided to focus on the halfpipe.

    February 11, 2014 2:17 PM

  9. MOBBED UP FBI Busts Trans-Atlantic Drug Ring AFP/Getty

    8. FBI Busts Trans-Atlantic Drug Ring

    It’s like Goodfellas meets Scarface. FBI officials in New York arrested seven members of a heroin and cocaine smuggling ring with ties to one of Italy’s most powerful criminal rings, the 'Ndrangheta. Some members reportedly also had connections with the infamous Gambino and Bonanno crime families in America. The FBI sting was part of a joint operation with the Italian National Police, who made 17 arrests as well. Officials said the group had plans to transport drugs to South America via Guyana to a port in Calabria by hiding the narcotics among frozen fish or pineapples in container ships. The FBI says the ring also handled counterfeit money and illegally trafficked guns, but that’s small potatoes compared to hiding $7 million worth of cocaine in coconut milk.

    February 11, 2014 12:13 PM

  10. HOT AIR Windfarm Beats Donald Trump David Moir/Reuters

    9. Windfarm Beats Donald Trump

    Down goes the Donald. A Scottish civil court has ruled against Trump in his lawsuit to prevent an experimental windfarm from being built in the proximity of his golf course in Aberdeenshire. Trump alleged a conspiracy, saying Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, had interfered in the decision to build the windfarm in Aberdeen Bay. The judge, Lord Doherty, said he “was not persuaded that the fair-minded and informed observer would conclude that there was a real possibility of bias on the part of the decision-maker; or that the decision not to have a public inquiry had been unreasonable or unlawful.” Of course, Trump plans to appeal.

    February 11, 2014 12:27 PM

  11. GOODBYE, CURLY TOP Shirley Temple Dies at 85 AP

    10. Shirley Temple Dies at 85

    One of America’s most beloved child stars, Shirley Temple Black, has passed away at the age of 85. She died Monday of natural causes at her home in California, surrounded by her family. Temple gained fame in the 1930s as a precocious young movie star who raised the country’s spirits during the Great Depression with movies such as Curly Top, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and Bright Eyes. Following an entertainment career that began at the age of 3, Temple went on to serve in various official government roles, including as ambassador to the United Nations, Ghana, and the former Czechoslovakia. A press release said “We salute her for a life of remarkable achievements as an actor, as a diplomat, and… our beloved mother, grandmother [and] great-grandmother.”

    February 11, 2014 6:49 AM

  12. ERASING HISTORY Army Purged Bin Laden Death Photos Getty

    11. Army Purged Bin Laden Death Photos

    Just 11 days after the killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, a top U.S. military official ordered all photographic evidence of the corpse to be destroyed. In an email, Adm. William McRaven, who heads the U.S. Special Operations Command, directed that all photos of the terrorist's remains should have been destroyed or sent to the CIA. This email was sent 10 days after the Associated Press asked for photos and other documents under the Freedom of Information Act. Usually when a FOIA request is filed, it preserves the material sought—even if the agency later denies the request. The McRaven email has the recipients' addresses blacked out, but states, "One particular item that I want to emphasize is photos; particularly UBLs remains. At this point—all photos should have been turned over to the CIA; if you still have them, destroy them immediately or get them" to a blacked-out location."

    February 11, 2014 8:36 AM

  13. CLOSURE 30 Years for Fast & Furious Murder John Moore/Getty

    12. 30 Years for Fast & Furious Murder

    Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, a 37-year-old Mexican man, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the 2010 murder of U.S. border agent Brian Terry, in the first conviction tied to the federal government’s “Fast and Furious” gun-trafficking operation. The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives began the probe in 2009 to track around 2,000 weapons involved in drug cartels, but the agency failed to adequately monitor them. Two of the rifles were found at the site of Terry’s death. Osorio-Arellanes pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, though he was in a group and did not claim personal responsibility for the shot that killed Terry. He said they were looking to rob drug traffickers of marijuana the night Terry was killed.

    February 11, 2014 6:40 AM

  14. ONLY SADDER Hoffman Diary Reveals “Demons” Andrew Burton/Getty

    13. Hoffman Diary Reveals “Demons”

    Philip Seymour Hoffman’s diaries illustrate how much the Oscar-winning actor struggled to overcome his drug addictions. Before he was found dead of a heroin overdose on Super Bowl Sunday, Hoffman wrote of struggling with “demons” and attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings. Some of the entries are from his time in rehab, but others detail exchanges with drug dealers. “It’s stream of consciousness and difficult to follow,” said one source. “In one line he refers to ‘Frank who always owes money’ and on the same page he writes about a 15-year-old girl from Texas.” Another said “It definitely contained some soul-searching. But there is also a fair amount of rambling that doesn’t make sense.”

    February 11, 2014 1:14 PM

  15. SCOUT'S HONOR Gay Eagle Scout May Lose Rank Cindy Ord/Getty

    14. Gay Eagle Scout May Lose Rank

    It’s a bittersweet moment for the Boy Scouts. Last night, Pascal Tessier was one of the country’s first openly gay scouts to be awarded the organization’s highest honor: the Eagle Scout ranking. Under the Boy Scouts new policy, openly gay youths are allowed, but adults are still banned. That means when Tessier turns 18 in August, he may lose his place in the organization. “It’s kind of a backhanded acceptance: We accept you for now,” Tessier said. “It says to you you’re a monster of some sort.”

    February 11, 2014 11:11 AM

  16. BABY STEPS China, Taiwan Talk After 65 Years Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

    15. China, Taiwan Talk After 65 Years

    It’s a good day for thawing decades-old Asian rivalries. Officials from Taiwan and China today held their first official talks since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. Both parties appeared enthusiastic about the meeting, despite the fact that it was largely symbolic. "Before today’s meeting, it was hard to imagine that cross-strait relations could get to this point,” said Wang Yu-chi, head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council. Zhang Zhijun, head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said, “We should cherish it and work together to maintain this favorable momentum.” Though China fired missiles into the waters around Taiwan in 1995 and 1996, relations between the two have been slowly warming up. Cross-strait trade has increased and nearly 3 million Chinese visited Taiwan last year.

    February 11, 2014 7:11 AM

  17. ON THE DOTTED LINE Clapper: Karzai Won’t Sign Pact Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

    16. Clapper: Karzai Won’t Sign Pact

    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said Tuesday that he does not believe Afghan President Hamid Karzai will sign the proposed Bilateral Security Agreement with the U.S. Speaking to the Senate Armed Service Committee, Clapper said "it may not be company policy," but "I don't believe President Karzai's going to sign it." He is the highest ranking U.S. official to publicly express doubts of a deal being brokered in Afghanistan.

    February 11, 2014 10:49 AM

  18. PERSONAL TOUCH Obama to Help Young Men of Color Chuck Fadely/Miami Herald/MCT, via Getty

    17. Obama to Help Young Men of Color

    President Obama will announce Thursday a new White House initiative, called My Brother's Keeper, to help young men of color. The program will bring together foundations and companies to test ways to keep young male minorities in school and out of prison. The effort will seek “to make sure that every young man of color who is willing to work hard and lift himself up has an opportunity to get ahead and reach his full potential," according to a White House official. The president has been mentoring a small group of black teens he met in Chicago last year.

    February 11, 2014 11:54 AM

  19. NOT GOING AWAY 18 New Subpoenas for Bridgegate Kena Betancur/Getty

    18. 18 New Subpoenas for Bridgegate

    Much to Gov. Chris Christie’s chagrin, Bridgegate just won’t blow over. New Jersey state legislators have issued 18 new subpoenas, on top of the 20 sent last month, to members of Christie’s office and the Port Authority. Christie himself is being subpoenaed along with the state police aviation unit, which could provide insight on the governor’s helicopter travel during the George Washington Bridge lane closures. Still, the investigations may not be causing long-term damage to Christie. Under his leadership, the Republican Governors Association today reported that last month showed the group's best January fundraising figures to date, taking in $6 million in donations. Christie has apparently already raised $1.5 million this month.

    February 11, 2014 6:40 AM

  20. GULP

    19. Court: Keep Force-Feeding at Gitmo

    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an application for a temporary injunction against force-feeding prisoners at Guantanamo Bay who are on hunger strike. In a decision issued Tuesday, the court said issuing a temporary halt to the procedure, which has been likened to torture, would cause the petitioners to "very well die before" a final decision by the courts was reached. "Given that the risk of error is greater if a preliminary injunction is granted than if it is denied, we conclude...that the balance of equities and public interest support denying petitioners' request for interim relief."

    February 11, 2014 11:35 AM

  21. TRAGIC

    20. 102 Dead in Algerian Plane Crash

    More than 100 people have died after an Algerian military transport plane crashed in the eastern part of the country. Algerian news is reporting that the plane was flying "in poor weather conditions" and crashed into a mountain shortly before it was supposed to land in the city of Constantine. At least 57 bodies, including those of children, were pulled from the wreckage.

    February 11, 2014 8:10 AM

  22. SAY WHAT AGAIN Sam Jackson Blasts Journalist Fred Prouser/Reuters

    21. Sam Jackson Blasts Journalist

    This is why you love Samuel L. Jackson. The Pulp Fiction actor was being interviewed for his new film— the RoboCop reboot—when a television anchor apparently confused him with actor Laurence Fishburne. He asked Jackson about his recent Super Bowl commercial, meaning Fishburne’s Matrix-inspired ad for Kia. Jackson was confused at first and then said, “You’re as crazy as the people on Twitter! I am NOT Laurence Fishburne!” For good measure to make things extra uncomfortable, Jackson shouted, “We don’t all look alike! We may be all black and famous, but we don’t all look alike!”

    February 11, 2014 7:07 AM

  23. COMING TOGETHER? N. and S. Korea Agree to Rare Talk South Korean Unification Ministry, via Getty

    22. N. and S. Korea Agree to Rare Talk

    Don’t start thanking Dennis Rodman any time soon, but it looks like the relationship between North and South Korea may be improving. Kim Eui-do of South Korea’s Unification Ministry announced Tuesday that the two countries will be meeting in the highest level contact since 2007. Despite the nations' hostile relationship, diplomats have agreed to talks that will probably focus on the reunion of separated families, as well as South Korea’s military drills with the U.S. The two are already planning to hold reunions this month for families separated during the Korea War, but North Korea has threatened to cancel. The two countries have remained technically at war since 1950 because they never signed a peace treaty.

    February 11, 2014 6:47 AM

  24. NOT UNDERPAID GM's Female CEO Gets 60% Raise Daniel Roland/AFP via Getty

    23. GM's Female CEO Gets 60% Raise

    Give or take $10 million. General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be earning a salary and stock options that total about $14.4 million this year, as opposed to earlier numbers that showed the company's first female CEO was making half of her predecessor's compensation. Dan Akerson, who retired in January, earned about $9 million as CEO last year. On Monday, GM released full figures "to correct misperceptions created by comparisons that used only a portion of Barra's overall compensation."

    February 10, 2014 3:26 PM

  25. KICK THE CAN Obamacare Delayed for Small Biz Joe Raedle/Getty

    24. Obamacare Delayed for Small Biz

    The Internal Revenue Service announced Monday that small businesses with 50 to 99 full-time employees will be exempt from an Affordable Care Act mandate to provide health insurance until 2016. Enforcement was to take effect next year, but it's been pushed back, along with a stipulation that larger companies must only offer 70 percent of full-time staff insurance this year, rather than 95 percent. Employers will have to certify they haven't fired people to qualify for the delay, and fines can be as much as $3,000 per worker. 

    February 10, 2014 6:23 PM

  26. SMALL WIN? Nevada Won’t Defend Marriage Ban Carlo Allegri/Reuters

    25. Nevada Won’t Defend Marriage Ban

    Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto announced Monday that the state will no longer seek to defend an amendment banning same-sex marriage. “When the federal district court decided this case in November 2012, the law regarding treatment of same-sex couples under traditional marriage laws was uncertain,” she said in a statement. “But the legal landscape has since changed.” The Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, which pushed for the initial amendment, will now defend the law on its own. As the Nevada case appeared to be winding down, religious groups filed a 42-page brief Tuesday to urge a federal appeals court to uphold gay-marriage bans.

    February 11, 2014 7:09 AM

  27. My Bill Hillary: Lewinsky a 'Loony Toon' Yuri Gripas/Reuters

    26. Hillary: Lewinsky a 'Loony Toon'

    The papers of the woman Hillary Clinton described as her “closest friend,” Diane Blaire, shine a less than positive light on the former First Lady during the years of her husband’s presidency. The papers were donated to the University of Arkansas following Blair’s death and have been made public. They include extensive notes from the Lewinsky scandal, including Hilllary calling Monica Lewinsky a “narcissistic loony toon." She regularly doubted female accusers and in the case of Lewinsky, defended her husband to her friend as having “a lapse, but to his credit he tried to break it off.” Blair notes that Hillary frustrated easily of “whiny women” who went after a politician she was working with to reform healthcare in 1993.

    February 10, 2014 12:33 PM

  28. NO RANSOM Republicans Cave on Debt Threat Bloomberg/Getty

    27. Republicans Cave on Debt Threat

    House Republicans ditched their plan to ransom raising the debt limit to restore cuts to military pensions Tuesday morning. The GOP will now have to pass a clean bill to raise the debt limit, no strings attached. Senior Republican lawmakers are not sure they can get the 18 votes needed if every Democrat votes to hike the limit.

    February 11, 2014 10:03 AM