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4:20 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 …
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 …
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Exec Explains Decision To Post Video Of ISIL Hostage Being Burned Alive  —  After Fox News posted video on its website of the Islamic State burning a hostage alive, an executive for the channel told TPM on Wednesday that the “barbarity of ISIS” had trumped concerns over showing the graphic footage.
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Hillary's High Life
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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” …
Discussion: “The Lid” and The Daily Caller
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?’
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.
USA Today:
Bergdahl desertion report held hostage: Column  —  Platoon knows the truth about his desertion.  The public should know as well.  —  On June 30, 2009, in Mest Malak, Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl left his unit and deserted the U.S. Army.  We know he deserted because we were there when he did it.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Jeff Flake endorses McCain against potential primary foes  —  Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is throwing his weight behind Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), endorsing his home-state colleague against any potential primary foes.  —  “I am,” Flake responded when asked if he will back McCain in his upcoming reelection bid.
Chris Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Beverly Hills Hotel Boycott: John Legend Backs Out of ‘L.A. Confidential’ Party  —  Los Angeles Confidential's plans to host the first major entertainment industry party inside the Beverly Hills Hotel amid a widespread Hollywood boycott have backfired as its cover star John Legend has backed …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Raw Story
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.
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.”
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:
Serena Williams / TIME:
I'm Going Back to Indian Wells  —  The tennis star writes exclusively in TIME about her decision to return to a tournament that has haunted her  —  We were outsiders.  —  It was March 2001, and I was a 19-year-old focused on winning and being the best I could be, both for me and for the kids who looked up to me.
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 …
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
3 Ways Media Hacks Are Dangerously Politicizing Vaccines  —  Last year the Centers for Disease Control reported 644 domestic cases of measles, a respiratory disease spread through the air.  Already in January of this year there are 102 people in 14 states who have it, most of this related to being at Disneyland in mid-December.
Luis Martinez / ABC News:
Ash Carter Favors Sending Arms to Ukraine … Ashton Carter, the nominee to be the next Defense Secretary, said at his Senate confirmation hearing today that he is inclined to providing lethal arms to Ukraine's beleaguered military.  —  He also told the committee that the important thing …
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.
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
Eric Goldman / IGN:
MARVEL'S DAREDEVIL TEASER TRAILER EXCLUSIVE DEBUT  —  The Man Without Fear!  —  The wait is over!  IGN has the exclusive debut of the teaser trailer for Marvel's Daredevil, the first of several Marvel/Netflix series that will further expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Discussion: UPROXX, Nerdist, Mashable and Comicbook.com
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.”
 
 
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Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Watching ISIS burn a man alive was the most abominable thing I have ever seen …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
With latest Obamacare repeal vote, GOP sets ‘record’ for futility
Kayla Ruble / VICE News:
Joe Biden Visits VICE Media's Brooklyn Headquarters
Discussion: Politico, Gawker and FishbowlDC
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
House vote on Keystone approval set next week
Discussion: BarbWire.com
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
New York City's Mayor Calls For The Highest Minimum Wage In The Country
Ruth Gledhill / Christian News on Christian Today:
Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay
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Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Jeb Bush coming to Iowa in March
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Fund Co-Founded by Chelsea Clinton's Husband Suffers Losses Tied to Greece
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
‘Reformicons’ Put New Twist on Tax Debate
Discussion: Power Line and National Review
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP on immigration: ‘There is no plan B’
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP stalls in effort to oust Reid