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1:25 PM ET, January 31, 2015


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Michael KranishGLOBE /
Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years  —  Possible presidential candidate had tumultuous four years at Andover school
Michael KranishGLOBE /
Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years  —  Possible presidential candidate had tumultuous four years at Andover school
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Jeb ‘put me through hell’
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Mary Cheney: Why is drag ‘socially acceptable’ and blackface isn't?  —  Washington (CNN)Mary Cheney wants to know why it isn't “socially acceptable” for a white person to “put on blackface and act out offensive stereotypes of African-Americans” if drags queens are allowed to imitate female stereotypes?
Reihan Salam / Slate:
The Upper Middle Class Is Ruining America  —  And I want it to stop.  —  I first encountered the upper middle class when I attended a big magnet high school in Manhattan that attracted a decent number of brainy, better-off kids whose parents preferred not to pay private-school tuition.
Discussion: Althouse and New York Times
New York Times:
A Strained Alliance: Obama-Netanyahu Rift Grew Over Years  —  WASHINGTON — For six years, the pattern has been the same.  A dispute between American and Israeli leaders spills out into the open.  Analysts declare the relationship in crisis.  Then the two sides try to tamp down emotions …
Derek Hunter /
Shoveling Science  —  Were you hit this week by all the climate change?  We here in the Baltimore/Washington area received just a light dusting, but Boston was covered in it.  Actually, thanks to the mainstream media, the whole nation was covered in climate change.
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Michael Moore: Clint Eastwood Once Threatened to Kill Me  —  Does this explain why Michael Moore has been so critical of American Sniper?  In a long Facebook post Thursday night, the filmmaker recounted the time 10 years ago this month that Clint Eastwood allegedly threatened to kill him.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Matt ViserGLOBE /
Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney told his supporters Friday that he will not run for president a third time in 2016, abruptly ending a three-week flirtation that illuminated a conflict between his White House dreams and the prospect of a highly taxing campaign …
Discussion: National Review and Mediaite
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker is Out of Mitt's Shadow—But Staying In the Spotlight Is A Challenge
Discussion: Hullabaloo, Althouse and Politico
Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Time Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger writes what might possibly be the stupidest article about climate ever - climate change causes volcanoes  —  The stupid, it burns like a magnesium flare.  —  Excerpt from the article: … Riiight.  —  Here's the money quote:
Discussion: Climate Depot
Alison Flood / Guardian:
George RR Martin's The Winds of Winter: no plans for publication in 2015  —  Fans face a long wait for the sixth novel in the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series, but a new edition of three previously anthologised novellas set in the Game of Thrones world is due in October
Brendan Bordelon / National Review:
State Dept Won't Call Taliban Murder of American Contractors ‘Terrorism’  —  In the latest round of verbal gymnastics over the Taliban, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki refused to categorize the murder of American civilians at Kabul International Airport an act of “terrorism.”
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is right to be outraged  —  Bernie Sanders is in his natural state - of agitation.  —  It's just 9 a.m., but the socialist senator, contemplating a presidential run as a Democrat or as a populist independent, is red in the face and his white hair askew.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Greek Test  —  In the five years (!) that have passed since the euro crisis began, clear thinking has been in notably short supply.  But that fuzziness must now end.  Recent events in Greece pose a fundamental challenge for Europe: Can it get past the myths and the moralizing …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Congress Meets Reality
Discussion: Politico
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Boris Johnson: jihadis are porn-watching ‘wankers’