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6:05 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 …
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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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
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush Starts Outlining a Vision as He Considers White House Campaign
Discussion: Politico and MLive.com
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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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Dan Pfeiffer, Longtime Obama Aide, Plans to Step Down
Andrew Johnson / National Review:
Hillary's High Life
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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.
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 …
Discussion: Hot Air
Politico:
Israeli ambassador meets with Jewish Democrats on Hill
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 …
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 …
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Politico:
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 …
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 …
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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” …
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 …
Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
Marion Barry University — and free tuition?  D.C. lawmaker proposes overhaul of UDC  —  D.C. Council member Vincent B. Orange on Tuesday proposed turning the University of the District of Columbia into a tuition-free community college and renaming it after the late Marion Barry.
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?’
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
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
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:
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Michigan To Recognize About 300 Gay Marriages Performed In 2014  —  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday.  —  The Republican governor …
Discussion: Daily Kos and ABC News
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 …
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 …
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
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
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.
Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Watching ISIS burn a man alive was the most abominable thing I have ever seen - and any Muslim who won't stand up to these barbarians must watch it too  —  My finger hovered over the ‘click’ button.  —  I'd heard that ISIS had burned a young Jordanian pilot alive in a cage …
 
 
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Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
How the New Surgeon General Is Addressing the Anti-Vaxx Movement
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Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
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Discussion: Re/code, Mashable and The Verge
Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
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Eric Goldman / IGN:
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Jeff Flake endorses McCain against potential primary foes
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Richard Leiby / Washington Post:
Ferguson, Mo., police begin testing new ‘less-lethal’ attachment for guns
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
NY Daily News:
Islamic extremist terrorism: The scourge that Obama dare not name
Ruth Gledhill / Christian News on Christian Today:
Influential Church of England evangelical comes out as gay
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP on immigration: ‘There is no plan B’
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP stalls in effort to oust Reid