President Obama says goodbye to Leonard Nimoy: 'I loved Spock' (TPM / Daily News).
WMDs: The rhetoric fueling the war on terror and the Arab Spring (Mint Press News).
Paul Krugman destroys the latest lie about why we have rampant inequality (Alternet).
Black History Month: Malcolm X's missing speech (OZY).
Uninsured ex-sheriff who fought Obamacare pleads for help to pay medical bills (TPM).
WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE
Janet Yellen is freaking out about "Audit the Fed" - Here are 100 reasons why she should be worried (Zero Hedge).
The myth that this time it's different (Money Morning / Shah Gilani).
The Fed's history of assassination (Money Morning / Shah Gilani).
OUR MARKET STUPIDITY ... A REVIEW
The top 5 films of the financial crisis (Marketplace).
Six films on the financial crisis (Bill Moyers).
The spectacular collapse of Barings Bank, 10 years later ... and, yes, Nick Leeson is doing just fine (OZY).
Kansas GOP Senator Mary Pilcher-Cook wants to criminalize "harmful" books (Forward Progressive).
After "much prayer", doctor refuses to see 6-year-old baby because she has two moms (Daily Kos).
What happens when you tax the rich and raise minimum wage? Meet one of the USA's best economics (Daily Kos).
The smart thing to do ... Pediatricians fight back against anti-vaxxers, ban their kids (Think Progress).
Scientists develop telescopic contact lenses that can zoom 3X (IFL Science).
Another U.S.-led coup attempt, in Venezuela (Mint Press News).
Latin America unites against U.S. attack on Venezuela democracy (COHA).
We need a new direction for U.S. policy towards Mexico (COHA).
STUFF WE NEED TO WORK ON
Nancy J. Altman: Expand Social Security Now (Truth Out).
There's a horrifying amount of plastic in the ocean. This chart shows who's to blame; and it's not the United States (Bill Moyers).
Why we must offend religion more (Alternet).
MEDICINE, PROFITS, AND ETHICS
The Vatican just called for reforming the biggest health care problem you've never heard of ... intellectual property rights, or patent law (Think Progress).
AARP warns that that Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) could lock in high drug prices - especially for Medicare - by granting U.S.-sponsored 12 year patents to the 12 nations negotiating TPP (AARP).
Hubris and Stupidity: Obamacare opponent on panel Mansplains health reform, only to be corrected by reporter who wrote the piece cited by opponent (Think Progress).
STUFF CONSERVATIVES SHOULD KNOW MORE ABOUT
What 7 states discovered after spending more than $1 million drug testing welfare recipients (Think Progress).
Net neutrality fast facts (Open Secrets).
7 things Republicans would be shocked to learn about Ronald Reagan ... or Why the Tea Party would have hated Ronald Reagan (Think Progress).
Robert Reich: Why work has become a nightmare and how to stop it (Alternet).
Chicago police reportedly used Gitmo-style 'black site' to illegally detain citizens (Mediaite).
How mice turned their private paradise into a terrifying dystopia (io9)
Prominent Russian opposition figure, Boris Nemstov, shot dead (AP).