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9:00 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 …
National Journal:
If Republicans are smart, they will nominate for president someone in the mold of George W. Bush in 2000.  —  TO MAKE AN educated guess about whether these trends will continue, it helps to look at how the white working class and middle class have behaved historically.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
John McCain stands by Sarah Palin  —  McCain: Palin would be an asset in 2016 02:12  —  Washington (CNN)Sen. John McCain says Sarah Palin “still has a strong base of support” if she decides to seek the Republicans' 2016 presidential nomination.  —  “I think that she ought to do whatever she feels that she would like to do.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
McCain defends ‘low-life scum’ remark
Discussion: Sky Dancing and Scared Monkeys
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
McCain Doesn't Regret Calling Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’ (VIDEO)
Discussion: Mediaite and FOX News Radio
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 …
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
CDC warns of ‘large outbreak’ of measles  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see a “large outbreak” of measles.  —  “We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible to measles …
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.”
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: Hot Air and 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
Jeffrey Scott Shapiro / Washington Times:
Clinton's Libya war push armed Benghazi rebels with suspected al Qaeda ties  —  Libyan officials were deeply concerned in 2011, as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was trying to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power, that weapons were being funneled to NATO-backed rebels with ties to al Qaeda …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Beer Old Dartmouth  —  A college president refuses to bow to political pressure.  —  The moral panic over U.S. undergraduate life features increasingly illiberal demands to restrict open debate, due process and voluntary association—and the first impulse of most college administrators is to capitulate.
Scott Bland / National Journal:
A Seller's Market: GOP Campaigns Racing to Lock Down Qualified Staff  —  Bush, Christie, Walker competing for same digital firm as candidates scramble to secure talent.  —  Republican presidential contenders are locked in a behind-the-scenes struggle to secure experienced staff to run core parts …
Discussion: ABC News
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.
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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
A Low Profile for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey at Arsenal Game in London
Nolan Finley / The Detroit News:
For president, a governor  —  Gov. Rick Snyder said on CNN …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
United Steelworkers:
National Oil Bargaining Talks Break Down: USW Calls for Work Stoppage at Nine Oil Refineries, Plants
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and RedState
 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Obama's Plans for Deficit and Taxes Are Detailed on Eve of Budget Proposal
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Beenish Ahmed / ThinkProgress:
Why Did Amal Clooney Get Asked About Versace While Taking On Armenian Genocide?
Discussion: Horizons
Nicole Hensley / NY Daily News:
Texas boy suspended for saying he could make classmate ‘disappear’ with ‘Lord of the Rings’ sorcery