Morning Must Reads: February 14

Happy Valentine's Day!

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J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaves a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013. When asked by a reporter what the speaker had for his wife for Valentine's Day, Boehner responded with a playful pucker of his lips.

  • “A federal judge in Norfolk struck down as unconstitutional Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage Thursday night, saying the country has ‘arrived upon another moment in history when We the People becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.’” [WashPost]
  • “President Barack Obama will announce plans for his administration to expedite disaster relief to ranchers and farmers in mostly drought-stricken parts of the country during a scheduled visit to Fresno, Calif., Friday.” [WSJ]
  • States struggle to add Latinos to the health rolls [NYT]
  • Huddled House Democrats face “cold, hard realism” [National Journal]
  • Why the Republican push for black voters is (mostly) doomed to fail [Atlantic]
  • 36 hours on the fake campaign trail with Donald Trump [BuzzFeed]
  • “You may have wondered how it is that Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto, has not been shamed from office. Here’s how. And why, he tells us, things are likely to get even uglier.” [Esquire]
  • How a foot of snow explains everything that’s wrong with Washington, D.C. … and the world [FP]
  • Richard Nixon, hopeless romantic [Politico]