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9:55 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
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 …
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
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.
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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
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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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
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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George F. Will / Washington Post:
Defining economic failure down  —  Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America's political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent.  They explain the insufficient dismay about recent economic numbers.  —  Moynihan said that when deviant behaviors — e.g. …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
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
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.
 
 
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Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rand Paul's Iowa Albatross
Discussion: Daily Kos and New York Times
Kory Watkins / Facebook:
This morning I removed a video from my Facebook because I thought …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
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
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Michigan Governor Says State Will Recognize Last Year's Same-Sex Marriages
Discussion: Advocate
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