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2:45 PM ET, February 4, 2015

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Tom Wheeler / Wired:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality  —  Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images  —  After more than a decade of debate …
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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.
Martin Chulov / Guardian:
Isis video shows Jordanian hostage being burned to death
Politico:
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.
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Bad Mistake  —  The decision by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and House Speaker John Boehner to cook up an address to Congress by Netanyahu on why the U.S. should get tougher on Iran is churlish, reckless and, for the future of Israeli-American relations, quite dangerous.
Discussion: Hot Air
Politico:
Israeli ambassador meets with Jewish Democrats on Hill  —  The ‘spirited’ meeting came as Ron Dermer sought to do damage control over the Netanyahu speech.  —  Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer shuttled to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to meet with seven Jewish Democrats, trying to do damage control …
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.
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
A Note To My Readers, Ctd  —  It's been a highly emotional and tough week for the Dish team, especially given the outpouring of love from the in-tray.  We're so grateful and not a little moved by your insistence that the Dish somehow go on, post-Sully.  —  But the truth is …
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.
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.) …
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Timothy Cama / The Hill:
House vote on Keystone approval set next week
Discussion: BarbWire.com
The Hill:
House votes to repeal ObamaCare
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Utah Lawmaker Questions Whether Sex With An Unconscious Person Should Always Be Considered Rape  —  A bill in the Utah legislature would clarify the state's rape statute by making clear that a person who is unconscious cannot give their consent.  According to local prosecutors and advocates …
Discussion: Good4Utah
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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.
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BBC:
Taiwan TransAsia plane crashes into river
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Dan Pfeiffer, Longtime Obama Aide, Plans to Step Down  —  WASHINGTON — Dan Pfeiffer, President Obama's senior adviser and one of his longest-serving aides, has told Mr. Obama he intends to leave the White House as soon as the end of this month, according to people familiar with his plans.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Politico:
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Matea Gold / Washington Post:   Scott Walker works to harness national donor network for White House run
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Obama “Getting Close” To Impeachment  —  “People say, ‘should the president be impeached?’  I say, we're getting close to that.”  —  youtube.com  —  Republican Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania says President Obama is “getting close” to impeachment.  —  “People say, ‘should the president be impeached?’
Kayla Ruble / VICE News:
Joe Biden Visits VICE Media's Brooklyn Headquarters  —  Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Brooklyn on Wednesday morning to visit the global headquarters of VICE Media, where he met with hundreds of the company's staff members and sat down for an interview with CEO and co-founder Shane Smith.
Discussion: Politico, Gawker and FishbowlDC
NY Daily News:
Islamic extremist terrorism: The scourge that Obama dare not name  —  There's nothing more childish than living in a fantasyland  —  There's a famous painting of a pipe, by Belgian artist Rene Magritte.  Under the pipe it says in French, “Ceci n'est pas une pipe” — “This is not a pipe.”
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 …
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 …
Richard Leiby / Washington Post:
Ferguson, Mo., police begin testing new ‘less-lethal’ attachment for guns  —  About a month after a white officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., the city's assistant police chief, Al Eickhoff, took to Google and searched under the words “less lethal.”
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 …
Ruth Gledhill / Christian News on Christian Today:
Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay  —  One of the Church of England's most influential evangelicals has come out as gay.  —  Jayne Ozanne, 46, was a founder member of the Archbishops' Council, the Cabinet-style body at the heart of the established church's governance.
Michael Allen / OpposingViews.com:
Cop Accused Of Beating Wife While She Was Driving, Causing Crash  —  Jonathan Osborne, a police officer in Louisville, Kentucky, was recently arrested in Clark County, Indiana, for allegedly punching his wife while she was driving their car on Sunday night.  —  “It was an incident that occurred …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
 
 
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Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
New York City's Mayor Calls For The Highest Minimum Wage In The Country
Discussion: New York Times
David Scott / The Charlotte Observer:
Charlie Sifford, first black PGA golfer, dies at 92
Discussion: NPR and myfox8.com
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
House Freedom Caucus Looks to Be a Force — in Leadership and Lawmaking
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Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Fund Co-Founded by Chelsea Clinton's Husband Suffers Losses Tied to Greece
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Blame Hollywood for Anti-Vaxxers
Discussion: National Review
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
‘Reformicons’ Put New Twist on Tax Debate
Scott Lemieux / The Week:
The Supreme Court challenge against ObamaCare is rapidly falling apart
Salon:
“People could die and that's OK”: Why the right's free-market health philosophy is ludicrous
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Fall in Fortunes for Pennsylvania Attorney General
Discussion: Power Line
Associated Press:
‘No questions!’  Chris Christie clams up and CANCELS three press conferences on final day of disastrous UK trip
Discussion: The Daily Banter