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3:00 PM ET, February 1, 2015


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Eric Bradner / CNN:
Huckabee compares being gay to drinking, swearing  —  Washington (CNN)Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee says expecting Christians to accept same-sex marriage is “like asking someone who's Jewish to start serving bacon-wrapped shrimp in their deli.”
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Walker Surging in Iowa Poll as Bush Struggles  —  Hillary Clinton is running away from the potential Democratic field.  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is surging, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is an also-ran and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is dominating in a new poll …
Washington Post:
Jeb Bush has become the GOP front-runner for 2016 — so now what?
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
Our Loud, Proud Left  —  FOR the last week, liberal journalists have been furiously debating whether a new political correctness has swept over the American left.  The instigator of this argument was New York magazine's Jonathan Chait, normally a scourge of Republicans, whose essay on what he dubbed …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Disneyland, Measles and Madness  —  A FEW years back, an acerbic friend of mine who was a recent transplant to Los Angeles told me that she itched to write a satirical novel with the following narrative:  —  A group of wealthy, educated people in Santa Monica who deliberately didn't vaccinate …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
With Romney Gone, Ryan Says He Will Stay Neutral in 2016  —  That apparently includes even fellow Wisconsinite Scott Walker.  —  When it comes to 2016, Representative Paul Ryan says he has to stay above the fray now that Mitt Romney is out.  —  The Wisconsin Republican …
Discussion: Politico
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Gov. Scott Walker  —  Below is a rush transcript for “This Week” on February 1, 2015.  It may contain errors and will be updated.  —  RADDATZ: And joining us now, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.  Welcome, Governor.  —  WALKER: Thanks, Martha.  Thanks for having me on.
Nicole Hensley / NY Daily News:
Texas boy suspended for saying he could make classmate ‘disappear’ with ‘Lord of the Rings’ sorcery  —  The ring little Aiden brought to school may not have been the true ring of power, but it had enough controversy to get him suspended from a Kermit, Texas, school.
John Amato / Crooks and Liars:
Video: Police Appear To Draw Guns On Black Kids Throwing Snowballs  —  Talk of The Sound is run by a friend of mine and he's always been very accurate. … You can hear profanity being uttered by the officer holding the gun which is a direct violation of New Rochelle police rules.
Beenish Ahmed / ThinkProgress:
Why Did Amal Clooney Get Asked About Versace While Taking On Armenian Genocide?  —  When a reporter jokingly told Amal Clooney that she was expected to wear Versace to a hearing at the European Court of Human Rights on Friday, she made a quick retort.  —  “I'm wearing Ede & Ravenscroft,” …
Discussion: Jezebel
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
How Audiences in Iraq Are Reacting to American Sniper  —  From Michael Moore and Howard Dean to Jesse Ventura and Michelle Obama, we have spent a lot of time discussing the reaction in this country to Clint Eastwood's Oscar-nominated film American Sniper.  But now that the movie has actually …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
New York Times:
Retroactively Authorizing War  —  They went largely unnoticed, four words President Obama ad-libbed during the State of the Union address last month as he asked lawmakers to provide legal cover for America's military intervention in Iraq and Syria.  —  “We need that authority,” the president said …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Ratings Now Cut Both Ways, So Don't Sass Your Uber Driver  —  People routinely use the Internet to review services from plumbers to hairdressers.  Now the tables are turned.  Companies are rating their customers, shunning those who do not make the grade.  —  Hussein Kanji insists he is not a bad Uber passenger.
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
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Melanie Hunter / CNSNews:
ICE: Transgender Illegals Guaranteed ‘Right to Hormone Therapy’ in Detention
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Doesn't Regret Calling Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Obama pledges ‘new era of medicine’
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Horizons
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Alexandra Klausner For / Daily Mail:
New York birth certificates now ask the mother if she is a male or a female
Humberto Fontova /
Michael Moore's Long Tradition of Defaming Heroes
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Heather Saul / The Independent:
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was ‘confronted by God’
Daily Mail:
Woman says she was pushed to the floor by a GHOST after security cameras filmed her being thrown …
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Man Claims To Have Spotted Bigfoot At Prospect Park In New York City (Video)