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2:50 PM ET, January 31, 2015


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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush's Former Classmates Say He Was A Hash-Smoking Bully  —  Thanks to the Boston Globe, we know what it's like to get high with Jeb Bush.  —  The newspaper spoke with several of Bush's former classmates from the elite Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., who portrayed the former Florida governor as a stoner and a bit of a bully.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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
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?
Greece economy: Merkel rules out more debt relief  —  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has ruled out cancelling any of Greece's debt, saying banks and creditors have already made substantial cuts.  —  But Mrs Merkel told the Die Welt newspaper she still wanted Greece to stay in the eurozone.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Europe's Greek Test
Discussion: Washington Post
Whitney Houston's daughter found unresponsive, taken to hospital  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive Saturday morning in a bathtub full of water in Roswell, Georgia, police in that Atlanta suburb said.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Joe. My. God.
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.
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
John B. Geer had hands up when shot by Fairfax County police, documents show  —  John B. Geer stood with his hands on top of the storm door of his Springfield townhouse and calmly said to four Fairfax County police officers with guns pointed right at him: “I don't want anybody to get shot . . .
Discussion: CBS DC
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 …
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
The Next Anti-Abortion Strategy Lurking Around The Corner  —  In what could represent their next major effort to dismantle the protections under Roe v. Wade, abortion opponents are laying the groundwork for a new attack on reproductive rights that borrows a page out of their old playbook.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and LifeSiteNews
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
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
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
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Anthony Watts / Watts Up With That?:
Time Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger writes what might possibly be the stupidest article about climate …
Discussion: Climate Depot
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Congress Meets Reality
Discussion: Politico