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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
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 …
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 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 …
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: Mediaite and Hot Air
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 …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Michigan Governor Says State Will Recognize Last Year's Same-Sex Marriages  —  “[W]e will follow the law and extend state marriage benefits to those couples,” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says.  The move doesn't change the state's defense of the state's marriage ban at the Supreme Court.
Discussion: Advocate and Towleroad News #gay
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David Eggert / Associated Press:
Michigan To Recognize About 300 Gay Marriages Performed In 2014
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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?’
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:
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
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
 
 
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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
Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
How the New Surgeon General Is Addressing the Anti-Vaxx Movement
Discussion: Mediaite, KSMU Radio and FishbowlDC
Ryan Lawler / TechCrunch:
Microsoft Is Acquiring Calendar App Sunrise For North Of $100 Million
Discussion: Re/code, Mashable and The Verge
Patrick Temple-West / Politico:
Obama throws curveball at team owners
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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
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