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10:20 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 …
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
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
Can NBC News now have any credibility with Brian Williams as its face?  —  If credibility means anything to NBC News, Brian Williams will no longer be managing editor and anchor of the evening newscast by the end of the day Friday.  —  The admission from Williams Wednesday that he lied …
How Brian Williams' Iraq story changed  —  As the years have gone by, Brian Williams' account of a 2003 U.S. Army mission imperiled by an RPG attack has changed markedly.  He apologized on Wednesday for saying that he was aboard the helicopter that came under direct fire.
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)
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.
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: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
USA Today:
More C.A.R.E., less Obama: Column  —  GOP proposal scraps taxes, opens choice, retains continuous coverage.  —  It has been five years since the Affordable Care Act became law, crystallizing partisan division in our national health care debate.  The law made fundamental changes to how health care …
Discussion: New York Times
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
Here's how the GOP would repeal and replace Obamacare
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Near 10 Million
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Is it too early to call the new GOP Congress a failure?
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 …
PR Watch:
Walker Strikes Truth and Wisconsin Idea from UW Mission in Budget  —  UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that Walker spokesperson Laurel Patrick says the changes to the UW mission were a “drafting error.”  —  In addition to unprecedented budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin …
Karen Herzog / JSOnline:
Walker proposes changing Wisconsin Idea — then backs away
Josh Israel / ThinkProgress:
In Facebook Posts, Congressman Aaron Schock's Press Secretary Compared African Americans To Zoo Animals  —  In a series of Facebook posts obtained by ThinkProgress, the senior adviser for policy and communications to Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) posted racial comments and endorsed gentrification of his neighborhood.
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 …
James Hohmann / Politico:   Jeb Bush: I thought, a little, about NFL commissioner job
Indianapolis Star:
9-year-old Girl Scout was shot on her way to get cookies  —  A 9-year-old girl was shot Tuesday evening on the city's Northwestside, police said.  —  Sinai Miller and her two younger sisters were preparing to sell Girl Scout cookies in their neighborhood when shots were fired from a passing car.
Discussion: Raw Story and FreakOutNation
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
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 …
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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Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rand Paul's Iowa Albatross
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Defining economic failure down
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Kory Watkins / Facebook:
This morning I removed a video from my Facebook because I thought …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Ray Locker / USA Today:
Pentagon 2008 study claims Putin has Asperger's syndrome
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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