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7:40 AM ET, February 2, 2015


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Cecilio Padilla / CBS Sacramento:
Support Of Israel Reason House Was Tagged With Swastikas, Frat Says  —  DAVIS (CBS13) - On Saturday morning - the holiest day of the week for Jews - swastikas spray painted in red on their Jewish frat house were the last thing these brothers expected to wake up to.
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
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.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
McCain defends ‘low-life scum’ remark  —  McCain doesn't regret calling protestors “lowlife scum” 02:51  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. John McCain says the Code Pink protesters he called “low-life scum” at a hearing last week deserved it.  —  The Arizona Republican made the remark after protesters rushed …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Addicting Info
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Doesn't Regret Calling Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and FOX News Radio
ABC News:   ‘This Week’ Transcript: Gov. Scott Walker
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
With Romney Gone, Ryan Says He Will Stay Neutral in 2016
Discussion: Politico
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
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.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Departing From Country's Pacifism, Japanese Premier Vows Revenge for Killings  —  TOKYO — When Islamic State militants posted a video over the weekend showing the grisly killing of a Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising “to make the terrorists pay the price.”
New York Times:
Retroactively Authorizing War
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
U.S. Considers Supplying Arms to Ukraine Forces, Officials Say  —  WASHINGTON — With Russian-backed separatists pressing their attacks in Ukraine, NATO's military commander, Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, now supports providing defensive weapons and equipment to Kiev's beleaguered forces …
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
Detroit Free Press:
Last Slide  —  “I set our attendance standard by this man,” says Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering.  “I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I'll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can't get here — bull!”
Discussion: Addicting Info and Hullabaloo
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama's Plans for Deficit and Taxes Are Detailed on Eve of Budget Proposal  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama will propose a 10-year budget on Monday that stabilizes the federal deficit but does not seek balance, instead focusing on policies to address income inequality as he adds nearly $6 trillion to the debt.
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 …
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United Steelworkers:
National Oil Bargaining Talks Break Down: USW Calls for Work Stoppage at Nine Oil Refineries, Plants
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and RedState
Beenish Ahmed / ThinkProgress:
Why Did Amal Clooney Get Asked About Versace While Taking On Armenian Genocide?
Discussion: Horizons
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
How Audiences in Iraq Are Reacting to American Sniper
Discussion: and FOX News Radio
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
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Discussion: Daily Kos
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
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Discussion: Hot Air and Althouse