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12:55 PM 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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Brian Williams Told Alec Baldwin He Thought He Was Going To Die During Helicopter Attack That Never Happened [AUDIO]  —  NBC News anchor Brian Williams told actor Alec Baldwin in March 2013 that he was afraid he was going to die when a Chinook helicopter he was riding in during the Iraq War was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Do Brian Williams's Lies Matter? [Updated]
Discussion: Althouse
NY Daily News:   Brian Williams delivers blow to journalists by lying
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Brian Williams Lies to Cast Himself As an Iraq War Badass
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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Robert Pear / New York Times:
G.O.P. Lawmakers Propose Alternative to Obamacare  —  WASHINGTON — Three influential Republican members of Congress unveiled a comprehensive proposal on Wednesday to replace President Obama's health care overhaul with an alternative that would halt the expansion of Medicaid and scale …
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 …
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
Here's how the GOP would repeal and replace Obamacare  —  Fliers promoting the Get Covered Illinois health insurance marketplace sit in a box at the Bureau County Health Department offices in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013.  Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Discussion: Washington Center …
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Hard to kill the ACA
Discussion: Hot Air and Prairie Weather
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Near 10 Million
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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 …
Foreign Policy:
The Best International Relations Schools in the World  —  U.S. scholars rank the top 25 IR programs for undergraduates, master's, and Ph.D.s.  —  The road to Washington is paved with elite educations.  Indeed, for young people hoping to secure jobs in Foggy Bottom, on Pennsylvania Avenue …
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: Hit & Run and Hot Air
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
MAKES A PERFECT GAG GIFT.  —  Look what you can get for as little as $1,699: … A weekend at a richie resort with the worst people in the world!  Not sure why they're booking so far in advance, though — by December the Obama apocalypse may have come, and all the deposits will have been made in worthless government fiat scrip.
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?
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.
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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
 
 
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Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
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