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9:20 AM ET, February 5, 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'  —  Stars and Stripes  —  WASHINGTON — NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams admitted Wednesday he was not aboard …
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Do Brian Williams's Lies Matter?  [Updated]  —  If you haven't already heard about it-which seems unlikely-tonight's big news story is the downfall of NBC's Brian Williams.  I am not sure I have ever seen Twitter more riled up over anything.  The story, briefly, is this: for twelve years …
Discussion: Althouse
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Brian Williams Lies to Cast Himself As an Iraq War Badass
By Thr / Hollywood Reporter:
Brian Williams Admits He Never Came Under Fire in Iraq: “I Apologize” (Video)
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Brian Williams Admits: I Lied About Being Aboard Helicopter Shot Down By RPG in Iraq
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Mediaite and Mashable
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Hard to kill the ACA  —  For Republicans, it sure was fun while their hopes lasted, but many have concluded the Supreme Court might not be able to kill off the Affordable Care Act after all.  —  When the high court rules this spring in King v. Burwell, even a decision that would invalidate subsidies …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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Linda Greenhouse / New York Times:
Overturning Obamacare Would Change the Nature of the Supreme Court  —  In the first Affordable Care Act case three years ago, the Supreme Court had to decide whether Congress had the power, under the Commerce Clause or some other source of authority, to require individuals to buy health insurance.
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Near 10 Million
Discussion: Daily Kos
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
An Obama resurgence?  —  There are signs that President Obama may be achieving a post-midterm resurgence as the Democratic doldrums of 2014 recede, the new Republican Congress does not inspire confidence in the GOP as a credible governing party, the American economy continues a steady recovery …
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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Is it too early to call the new GOP Congress a failure?
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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James Hohmann / Politico:
Jeb Bush: I thought, a little, about NFL commissioner job  —  Jeb Bush said Wednesday that he only seriously considered becoming commissioner of the National Football League for “about 10 minutes” back in 2006.  —  During his final year as governor of Florida, a few team owners reached out to the Republican.
Oregonian:
John Kitzhaber must resign: Editorial  —  The Oregonian Editorial Board By The Oregonian Editorial Board  —  “I'm not going to consider resigning,” said Gov. John Kitzhaber at a disastrous press conference held Friday following revelations about the apparently borderless world of public policy …
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
The College Loan Bombshell Hidden in the Budget  —  Obama's new repayment program comes with a record $22 billion shortfall.  —  In obscure data tables buried deep in its 2016 budget proposal, the Obama administration revealed this week that its student loan program had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year …
Discussion: Hot Air
Wall Street Journal:
Top White House Official to Leave for Emerging Hillary Clinton Campaign  —  Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri to Leave in March At The Earliest  —  Another top aide to President Barack Obama will be leaving the White House to join Hillary Clinton 's would-be presidential campaign …
Discussion: New York Times and Political Wire
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Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Senior Obama Aides to Depart in Coming Weeks
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” …
Ivan Plis / The Daily Caller:
Jordan's King May Participate Personally In ISIS Raids  —  Jordan's King Abdullah ibn al-Hussein, who has trained as a pilot, may fly a bomber himself on Thursday in the country's retaliation against the ISIS.  —  Several Arabic-language newspapers reported late Wednesday that the monarch …
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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Nitasha Tiku / The Verge:
Twitter CEO: ‘We suck at dealing with abuse’  —  Dick Costolo says trolls are costing Twitter users  —  Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is taking personal responsibility for his platform's chronic problems with harassment and abuse, telling employees that he is embarrassed for the company's failures …
New York Times:
Islamic State Selling, Crucifying, Burying Children Alive in Iraq-U.N.  —  GENEVA — Islamic State militants are selling abducted Iraqi children at markets as sex slaves, and killing other youth, including by crucifixion or burying them alive, a United Nations watchdog said on Wednesday.
Ray Locker / USA Today:
Pentagon 2008 study claims Putin has Asperger's syndrome  —  WASHINGTON — A study from a Pentagon think tank theorizes that Russian President Vladimir Putin has Asperger's syndrome, “an autistic disorder which affects all of his decisions,” according to the 2008 report obtained by USA TODAY.
Kory Watkins / Facebook:
This morning I removed a video from my Facebook because I thought there were those that would intentionally misinterpret my words.  In this video I referred to treason, and the fact that the penalty for treason was death.  My intent was to show that our founders took treason very seriously.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg Business:
Twitter Reaches Deal to Show Tweets in Google Search Results  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Twitter Inc. has struck a deal with Google Inc. to make its 140-character updates more searchable online.  —  In the first half of this year, tweets will start to be visible …
 
 
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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Defining economic failure down
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton offered John Edwards attorney general role during 2008 race, book says
Discussion: Hot Air
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Fox News Segment: Movies Like ‘Frozen’ Are Emasculating America's Men
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Huffington Post
Peter Holley / Washington Post:
This barber will publicly shame your misbehaving kid with an old man's haircut
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Democrats filibuster DHS bill again
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Republican avoids apocalyptic 666
Patrick McGreevy / Los Angeles Times:
Bill would abolish vaccination exemption for parents' personal beliefs
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Todd J. Zywicki / Pope Center:
Meet the mid-level bureaucrats who impose speech codes on America's universities
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
Laurie Goering / Reuters:
Experts Say Birth Control Access Key To Curbing Climate Change
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Problem With Middle Class Populism
Tom Wheeler / Wired:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality