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10:00 PM ET, February 4, 2015


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Travis J. Tritten / Stars & Stripes:
NBC's Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest  —  'I spent much of the weekend thinking I'd gone crazy.  I feel terrible about making this mistake'  —  WASHINGTON — NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard a helicopter hit and forced …
Brian Williams apologizes for false Iraq story  —  NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams apologized on Wednesday for falsely claiming that he had been aboard a helicopter that was shot down during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Stars and Stripes reports.  —  On last Friday night's broadcast …
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Brian Williams Admits: I Lied About Being Aboard Helicopter Shot Down By RPG in Iraq  —  Brian Williams admitted today that he lied about being aboard a helicopter that was shot down by an RPG in Iraq in 2003.  The NBC News anchor retold the story as recently as last week:
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Fox News
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
Past Bush immigration remarks shock conservatives  —  Washington (CNN)During a “Family Reunion” conference hosted by the Hispanic Leadership Network in April 2013, Jeb Bush spoke freely on the promise immigrants hold for America and his views on reform.  —  He said, during a discussion with Univision …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Walker surges ahead in New Hampshire  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) holds a big lead among New Hampshire Republicans in the early primary state, drawing 21 percent support among likely voters in a poll by news network NH1 released Wednesday.  —  The governor is the biggest beneficiary …
Discussion: Political Wire and The Last Refuge
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush Starts Outlining a Vision as He Considers White House Campaign
Discussion: and Politico
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 …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Inside MSNBC's Impending Shakeup: Cancellations, Reboots and Chief Phil Griffin  —  Amid the cable news network's declining ratings, insiders tell TheWrap changes are coming soon and “everything is on the table”  —  When President Obama was reelected in 2012, MSNBC was “leaning forward” …
Nicky Woolf / Guardian:
Fox News website embeds unedited Isis video showing brutal murder of Jordanian pilot  —  Fox News is only US media company to display extremely graphic 22-minute video showing Muadh al-Kasasbeh being set on fire and burning to death in a cage  —  Fox News has chosen to embed on its website …
John Kitzhaber must resign: Editorial  —  The Oregonian Editorial Board By The Oregonian Editorial Board  —  “I'm not going to consider resigning,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber at a disastrous press conference held Friday following revelations about the apparently borderless world of public policy …
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Andrew Sullivan / The Dish:
A Note To Our 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 …
Karen Herzog / JSOnline:
Walker proposes changing Wisconsin Idea — then backs away  —  Students walk down Bascom Hill Tuesday on the UW-Madison campus.  Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget calls for essentially removing the public service language from the University of Wisconsin System's mission to focus more on workforce development.
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
A Bad Mistake  —  The decision by Israeli Prime Minister …
Discussion: Hot Air
Arizona Republic:
AG's Office: Raped teacher should have known better  —  Arizona Republic Columnists Laurie Roberts and Ed Montini talk about the Attorney General's reponse to a woman suing the state after she was raped by an inmate.  —  CONNECT  —  The Arizona Attorney General's Office is asking for dismissal …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Senior Obama Aides to Depart in Coming Weeks  —  WASHINGTON — Two senior aides to President Obama plan to leave the White House in the coming weeks, officials said Wednesday, adding to an exodus of talent and institutional memory from the West Wing as Mr. Obama looks toward the final two years of his term.
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Hillary's High Life
Discussion: Mediaite and Hot Air
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
This barber will publicly shame your misbehaving kid with an old man's haircut  —  Got a kid who's raising hell?  Afraid the police will be called if you break out the belt?  A suburban Atlanta barbershop may have a solution for you.  —  Three days a week, parents can take their misbehaving kids …
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Republican avoids apocalyptic 666  —  Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) isn't about to have his prized legislation get tagged with a 666 — the number of the beast.  —  Barton on Wednesday successfully changed the bill number for his legislation repealing a decades-old ban on crude oil exports from 666 …
New York Times:
Islamic State Selling, Crucifying, Burying Children Alive in Iraq-U.N.  —  GENEVA — Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
United Arab Emirates, Key U.S. Ally in ISIS Effort, Disengaged in December
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
With Obama Budget, Your Federal Tax Dollars Won't Pay For Sports Stadiums  —  An American flag fills the field before college football's national championship game at Dallas' AT&T Stadium, which was partially financed with tax-free government bonds.  —  CREDIT: (AP Photo/Tom Pennington, Pool)
Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
Obama throws curveball at team owners
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Is it too early to call the new GOP Congress a failure?  —  Is it too early to call the GOP-run 114th Congress a failure?  —  If I were a Republican voter, I wouldn't be particularly pleased with what my representatives have managed to do so far — in fact, it's been more like a month-long string of pratfalls than anything else.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Twitter Reaches Deal to Show Tweets in Google Search Results  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. has struck a deal with Google Inc. to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.  —  In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible …
Discussion: VentureBeat and The Verge
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Bill would abolish vaccination exemption for parents' personal beliefs  —  A group of state lawmakers announced legislation Wednesday that would abolish an exemption from the mandate that children get vaccinated before they enter school if it conflicts with their parents' personal beliefs.
Todd J. Zywicki / Pope Center:
Meet the mid-level bureaucrats who impose speech codes on America's universities  —  The university where I teach, George Mason University (GMU), has a speech code which purports to regulate the speech of students in the interest of civility and educational values.
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Segment: Movies Like ‘Frozen’ Are Emasculating America's Men  —  “Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy suggested Hollywood is “empowering women by turning our men into fools and villains” during an interview with the head of a conservative activist group on Wednesday morning.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Huffington Post
Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton offered John Edwards attorney general role during 2008 race, book says  —  A book penned by presidential campaign consultant David Axelrod — ‘Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,’ out Feb. 10 — makes the revelation about the 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination for President …
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Problem With Middle Class Populism  —  In his State of the Union address last month, and in four subsequent addresses to the public, President Obama used the phrase “middle class” (approvingly) a total of 49 times, and the term “superrich” (in an accusatory sense) eight times.  It sounded like this:
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Leonardo Blair / Christian Post:
TBN Execs Threatened Founder's Granddaughter With Gun, Fired Her for Refusing to Skim $100M …
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Michigan To Recognize About 300 Gay Marriages Performed In 2014
Discussion: Daily Kos
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Marion Barry University — and free tuition? D.C. lawmaker proposes overhaul of UDC
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Re/code, Mashable and The Verge
Laurie Goering / Reuters:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller and Pirate's Cove
Bloomberg Business:
Argentine President's Tweet Mocks Chinese Accent During Official Visit
Discussion: Mediaite, NPR and New York Times
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Jeff Flake endorses McCain against potential primary foes
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
USA Today:
Bergdahl desertion report held hostage: Column
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Watching ISIS burn a man alive was the most abominable thing I have ever seen …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Obama “Getting Close” To Impeachment