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6:45 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.”
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Mike Huckabee: Christians Object To Gay Marriage Like Muslims Think Dogs Are Unclean  —  Possible Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee on Sunday argued that Christians could have “gay friends,” while still opposing marriage equality because it was a biblical principle.
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
WATCH: Police Officer Draws Gun On Black Kids Throwing Snowballs  —  A New Rochelle, New York police office is seen in a disturbing video drawing his firearm then aiming it at a youth who was in a snowball fight with his friends.  —  The kids are seen kneeling in the snow.
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.
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
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Walker Surging in Iowa Poll as Bush Struggles
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
Chickens come home to roost for de Blasio  —  For Mayor de Blasio, last week was one he'd like to forget.  It started with brickbats over a botched plan for a blizzard that fizzled, and it was all downhill from there.  —  By the end, he was battling something more pernicious than either Mother Nature or Gov. Cuomo.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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 …
Discussion: National Review and Booman Tribune
Richard / Sacramento Bee:
Sacto 911  —  Students at a UC Davis-affiliated Jewish fraternity house awoke Saturday morning to find two large swastikas spray painted onto their building.  —  Nathaniel Bernhard, vice president of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, said the vandalism took place between 3 and 9 a.m. Saturday.
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
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
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
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Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama's Plans for Deficit and Taxes Are Detailed on Eve of Budget Proposal
Discussion: Political Wire and The PJ Tatler
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
 Earlier Items: 
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
How Audiences in Iraq Are Reacting to American Sniper
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Horizons
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Ratings Now Cut Both Ways, So Don't Sass Your Uber Driver
Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse
Alexandra Klausner For / Daily Mail:
New York birth certificates now ask the mother if she is a male or a female