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11:20 AM ET, February 4, 2015


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Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
Obama shocked, ‘slightly irritated’ by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod  —  The president claimed his GOP opponent insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by the presidential campaign strategist.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
After ISIS execution, angry King Abdullah quotes Clint Eastwood to U.S. lawmakers  —  Members of the House Armed Services Committee met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday not long after news broke that ISIS had burned to death a Jordanian pilot captured in the fight against the terrorist group.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Walker targets Romney donors, Jeb turf  —  But several big donors aren't ready to commit just yet.  —  Scott Walker is moving to seize on Mitt Romney's withdrawal from the presidential race and show he can compete with Jeb Bush as a top-tier candidate.  Sources tell POLITICO …
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Scott Walker works to harness national donor network for White House run
Discussion: Political Wire
Fox News:
Jordan hangs 2 Al Qaeda prisoners after ISIS video shows Jordanian pilot burned alive  —  Jordan executed two Al Qaeda prisoners early Wednesday in response to a graphic video released by the ISIS terror group that showed a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage.
Jordan pilot hostage Moaz al-Kasasbeh ‘burned alive’
Discussion: Gawker, New York Magazine and Mediaite
Fox News:
At least 23 dead after plane crashes into Taiwan river  —  At least 23 people were killed Wednesday after a Taiwanese flight with 58 people on board turned onto its side shortly after takeoff, clipped a bridge and crashed into a river in the island's capital of Taipei.
Ralph Jennings / Associated Press:
Taiwan plane with 58 aboard crashes in Taipei; 12 killed
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NPR
At least nine killed when TransAsia plane crashes into Taiwan river
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
A Bibi boycott?  —  Joe Biden is among those not committed to attending the Israeli prime minister's address to Congress.  —  Getty  —  Vice President Joe Biden won't commit to attending Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint meeting of Congress next month.  —  He's not the only one.
The Hill:
House votes to repeal ObamaCare  —  The GOP House on Tuesday voted for the fourth time to completely repeal ObamaCare, but this time with instructions for several committees to replace the healthcare law with new policies.  —  Passage fell largely along party lines by a vote of 239-186.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP on immigration: ‘There is no plan B’  —  House conservatives are doubling down in their efforts to undo President Obama's lenient new deportation policies as part of a bill funding the Homeland Security Department.  —  The Republicans, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Senator says restaurant employees shouldn't be required to wash their hands  —  Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said at the Bipartisan Policy Center that maybe the government should not require food workers to wash their hands after using the bathroom.  (C-SPAN)  —  Once we're done debating …
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
‘Reformicons’ Put New Twist on Tax Debate  —  Young Conservatives Push GOP Presidential Candidates to Back Targeted Breaks, Not Just Broad-Based Tax-Rate Cuts  —  WASHINGTON—A group of young conservatives, dubbed “reformicons,” are making inroads among Republican presidential candidates …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Five Ways Liberals Ignore Science  —  The New York Times claims that this insane “presidential vaccine controversy” we're all taking about raises important questions about “how to approach matters that have been settled among scientists but are not widely accepted by conservatives.”
Discussion: Mediaite and Liberal Values
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Question for Josh Earnest: Does Obama believe vaccines for kids should be mandated by law?
Dana Bash / CNN:
Bush to pitch ‘reform conservatism’ in Detroit  —  Detroit (CNN)Jeb Bush will not give his maiden 2016 policy speech in the first caucus state of Iowa, or the first primary state of New Hampshire, but here in one of the most notoriously economically troubled cities in the nation.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama … IRS Commissioner John Koskinen confirmed Tuesday that illegal immigrants granted amnesty from deportation under President Obama's new policies would be able to get extra refunds from the IRS for money they earned …
Discussion: BizPac Review
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP stalls in effort to oust Reid  —  Senate Republicans are unlikely to land their most formidable recruit to take down Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  —  With Gov. Brian Sandoval delaying any decision until summer, his indecision is costing Republicans precious time in their quest …
Discussion: Political Wire
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Moussaoui Calls Saudi Princes Patrons of Al Qaeda  —  WASHINGTON — In highly unusual testimony inside the federal supermax prison, a former operative for Al Qaeda has described prominent members of Saudi Arabia's royal family as major donors to the terrorist network in the late 1990s and claimed …
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iranian president says nuclear deal with the west is getting closer  —  Mehr news agency quotes Hassan Rouhani saying sides have ‘narrowed the gaps’ as second report emerges of uranium enrichment deal with US  —  President Hassan Rouhani has said that a nuclear deal with the west is getting closer …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Fund Co-Founded by Chelsea Clinton's Husband Suffers Losses Tied to Greece  —  Eaglevale Partners' Main Fund Lost Money in Two of Past Three Years  —  The hedge fund co-founded by Bill and Hillary Clinton 's son-in-law suffered losses tied to an ill-timed bet on Greece's economic recovery …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
House Freedom Caucus Looks to Be a Force — in Leadership and Lawmaking  —  The House Freedom Caucus is only a few weeks old, but some members say the new conservative faction is already pulling the House Republican Conference to the right.  Before the HFC convened a single meeting …
Discussion: Political Wire
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Blame Hollywood for Anti-Vaxxers  —  From Oprah to Bill Maher, famous folks have made dumb or reckless comments about vaccines and gave Jenny McCarthy a soapbox.  —  Measles is back and spreading, hurting kids and invading Disneyland.  Likely Republican presidential contenders Chris Christie …
Discussion: National Review
David Scott / The Charlotte Observer:
Charlie Sifford, first black PGA golfer, dies at 92  —  Charlie Sifford, a Charlotte native who would become the first African-American to play on the PGA Tour, died Tuesday in Cleveland.  He was 92.  —  Sifford had suffered a minor stroke three weeks ago, his son, Charlie Jr., said.
Discussion: NPR and
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Fall in Fortunes for Pennsylvania Attorney General  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. — The question before Pennsylvanians is this: Is Kathleen G. Kane, the first woman to be elected as the state's attorney general, the victim of angry men who targeted her after she exposed their pornography habits?
Discussion: Power Line
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Scott Lemieux / The Week:
The Supreme Court challenge against ObamaCare is rapidly falling apart
“People could die and that's OK”: Why the right's free-market health philosophy is ludicrous
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Julie Scelfo / New York Times:
A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
More than 90 celebs say they're ready for Warren
Discussion: Hot Air
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Associated Press:
‘No questions!’  Chris Christie clams up and CANCELS three press conferences on final day of disastrous UK trip
Discussion: The Daily Banter
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ben Carson Blames Measles Outbreak On ‘Undocumented People’
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Bobby Jindal's Official Painting Looks Nothing Like Bobby Jindal
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican contender Ted Cruz 'foolishly experimented with marijuana …
Rick Ungar / Forbes:
Scott Walker Presidential Bid Self-Destructs On ABC's ‘This Week’
Discussion:, Fox News and Politico