Low Popahirum, National Edition (2-19-14)

At least 26 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in the worst violence in Ukraine’s post-Soviet history, according to the country’s health ministry, which says the dead include 10 police officers and a journalist. The mayhem began as anti-government protesters clashed with security forces yesterday, and it continued overnight, with riot police making a fresh attempt to clear a central Kiev square in the early hours, reports the BBC, which witnessed police gain control of a corner of the square for the first time since December. As of 6am, a BBC correspondent reported ‘no sign these clashes will die down,’ calling the Independence Square area a ‘battle zone.'” – Newser

“Two former Navy SEALs working as security contractors aboard the Maersk Alabama were found dead Tuesday aboard the container ship, a day after it was docked near an island northeast of Madagascar, according to the Trident Group, the security firm that employed the men.” – Fox News

“Fortunately for President Obama, the press largely agrees that the Ruling Class should be allowed to giggle, cackle, and discuss its agenda in private, without any troubling reports reaching restless tax serfs.  Obama’s ‘shovel-ready’ language flows from a mindset that considers political battles far more important than private-sector reality.  Once government spends ‘job-creating stimulus’ money, the story is over; all those grubby little details about how few jobs were actually created, and a ton of the stimulus money just plain disappeared, are footnote material.” – RedState

“Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich called for Secretary of State John Kerry to resign Tuesday, saying he was ‘delusional’ to put climate change as a greater threat than unrest all over the world.” – POLITICO

We’re at a funny point in our political culture. To have judgment is to be an elitist. To have dignity is to be yesterday. To have standards is to be a hypocrite—you won’t always meet standards even when they’re your own, so why have them?” – Peggy Noonan/WSJ

“Since its inception, the Obama Administration has engaged in the deceptive routine of claiming ‘economists’ or ‘every economist’ or a ‘consensus’ of economists were in lockstep agreement over whatever policy prescription the White House happens to be peddling at the moment.” – David Harsanyi/The Federalist

“For nearly three years, the Democratic approach to the political unpopularity of President Obama’s health care law was denial. Deny it played a significant role in the party’s historic midterm losses in 2010. Insist, in the face of contradictory evidence, that as more voters experienced the benefits of the law, the more popular it would become. Deny it would be a major issue at all in the 2014 midterms.” – National Journal

“We need to start passing laws that sunset huge blocks of law within, say, three years. Give Congress a chance to re-pass the ones that make sense. But it’s time to just start repealing laws en masse.” – Ace Of Spades

Meet Tom Steyer, the man being hailed as the “liberal analogue” to the Koch brothers in the political arena.” – Daily Caller

I was once an elected Republican. I started the College Republicans at my school. I served as the state chair of the College Republicans in Georgia. I have worked for more than two decades to get Republicans elected. But more and more I cannot tell you what it means to be a Republican other than opposition to Barack Obama. I want to be for something, not just against someone. And I surely do not want to be for a party that thinks the problem is Democrats in charge of government and not government itself.” – Erick Erickson/RedState

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