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5:20 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.
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
United Arab Emirates, Key U.S. Ally in ISIS Effort, Disengaged in December  —  WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates, a crucial Arab ally in the American-led coalition against the Islamic State, suspended airstrikes against the Sunni extremist group in December, citing fears for its pilots' safety …
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.
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Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Hillary's High Life
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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 …
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 …
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Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush Starts Outlining a Vision as He Considers White House Campaign
Discussion: Politico and MLive.com
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Jeb Bush coming to Iowa in March
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 …
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
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.
Bloomberg Business:
Argentine President's Tweet Mocks Chinese Accent During Official Visit  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner mimicked the Chinese accent in a tweet, replacing r's with l's, as she met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a visit …
Discussion: Mediaite, NPR and New York Times
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?’
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.
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
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Acquiring Calendar App Sunrise For North Of $100 Million  —  Software giant Microsoft is in the process of trying to reinvent itself, and part of that reinvention evidently involves acquiring startups that have created products that compete with its own.
Discussion: Re/code, Mashable and The Verge
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:
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
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.
Laurie Goering / Reuters:
Experts Say Birth Control Access Key To Curbing Climate Change  —  In Pakistan, where just a third of married women use contraception, half of all pregnancies - 4.2 million each year - are unintended, according to the Washington-based Population Reference Bureau.
Discussion: Pirate's Cove and The Daily Caller
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.”
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.
New York Times:
After Deadly Metro-North Accident, Investigation Is Underway  —  As the investigation into the deadliest accident in the history of the Metro-North Railroad got underway on Wednesday, officials said they still could not explain how or why a sport-utility vehicle became stranded on the train tracks.
 
 
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Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
Obama throws curveball at team owners
Eric Goldman / IGN:
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Discussion: UPROXX, Mashable, Nerdist and Comicbook.com
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Jeff Flake endorses McCain against potential primary foes
Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Watching ISIS burn a man alive was the most abominable thing I have ever seen …
Richard Leiby / Washington Post:
Ferguson, Mo., police begin testing new ‘less-lethal’ attachment for guns
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
House vote on Keystone approval set next week
Discussion: BarbWire.com
 Earlier Items: 
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
New York City's Mayor Calls For The Highest Minimum Wage In The Country
Michael Allen / OpposingViews.com:
Cop Accused Of Beating Wife While She Was Driving, Causing Crash
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ruth Gledhill / Christian News on Christian Today:
Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
IRS offers extra tax refunds to illegal immigrants granted amnesty by Obama
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP on immigration: ‘There is no plan B’
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP stalls in effort to oust Reid