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8:30 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 …
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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 …
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
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 and The Last Refuge
Michael C Bender / Bloomberg Business:
Jeb Bush Starts Outlining a Vision as He Considers White House Campaign
Discussion: Politico and MLive.com
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
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” …
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.
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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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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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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.
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.
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
Leonardo Blair / Christian Post:
TBN Execs Threatened Founder's Granddaughter With Gun, Fired Her for Refusing to Skim $100M of Charitable Assets, Lawsuit Claims  —  Brittany Koper, a granddaughter of Paul Crouch Sr., founder of Trinity Broadcasting Network, the world's largest Christian network, alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday …
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
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: The Daily Caller and Pirate's Cove
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
 
 
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Bloomberg Business:
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
3 Ways Media Hacks Are Dangerously Politicizing Vaccines
Discussion: NPR, Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
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Daily Mail:
PIERS MORGAN: Watching ISIS burn a man alive was the most abominable thing I have ever seen …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Dan Pfeiffer, Longtime Obama Aide, Plans to Step Down
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
GOP Congressman: Obama “Getting Close” To Impeachment
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
New York City's Mayor Calls For The Highest Minimum Wage In The Country