Matt Apuzzo, The New York Times: Police officers in Ferguson, Mo., have routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city's black residents, the Justice Department has concluded in a scathing report that accuses the officers of using excessive force and making unjustified traffic stops for years. The Justice Department, which opened its investigation after a white Ferguson police officer shot and killed a black teen last summer, says the discrimination was fueled in part by racial stereotypes held by city officials. Investigators say the officials made racist jokes about blacks on their city email accounts. read more
Seth McLaughlin, Washington Times: A movement is underway to stage an informal protest when former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush hits the CPAC stage Friday. William Temple, a member of the Golden Isle Tea Party, said the party doesn't need another Bush in office and should listen to the grass-roots activists that helped fuel their gains in the 2014 election. "A lot of peoples were not going to come here because they heard Jeb Bush was speaking," Temple said before laying out his plan at the Conservative Political Action Conference. "We are going to get up en masse, and we are going to walk out on him," the 64-year-old said. "We are not going to interrupt anyone's speech, but we are all going to exercise our right to [use] the bathroom at the same time."
Clara Moskowitz, Space.com: If humanity is to survive long-term, it must find a way to get off planet Earth -- and fast, according to famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.
In fact, human beings may have less than 200 years to figure out how to escape our planet, Hawking said in a recent interview with video site Big Think. Otherwise our species could be at risk for extinction, he said.
"It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand or million," Hawking said. "Our only chance of long-term survival is not to remain inward-looking on planet Earth, but to spread out into space."
Kyle Smith, New York Post: Though Stewart has often claimed he does a "fake news show," "The Daily Show" isn't that. It's a real news show punctuated with puns, jokes, asides and the occasional moment of staged sanctimony.
It contains real, unstaged sound bites about the days' events and interviews about important policy matters.
Stewart is a journalist: an irresponsible and unprofessional one. ... Any standard liberal publication was as likely to contain an unflattering thought about Stewart as L'Osservatore Romano is to run a hit piece on the pope.
The hacks have a special love for Stewart because he's their id. They don't just think he's funny, they thrill to his every sarcastic quip. They wish they could get away with being so one-sided, snarky and dismissive.
They wish they could skip over all the boring phone calls and the due diligence and the pretend fairness and just blurt out to their ideological enemies in Stewart style, "What the fk is wrong with you?"
Mark Hemmingway, Weekly Standard: Even now, under the Affordable Care Act's own definition, over 105 million Americans will find plans in the ACA's [Affordable Care Act's] public exchanges to be "unaffordable" when both premiums and deductibles are taken into account.
Over 13 million employees with employer based coverage 3.0 million with individual coverage, and 10.4 million with family plans are now facing the prospect of "unaffordable" health care.