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2:50 PM ET, February 5, 2015

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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dan Rather backs Brian Williams  —  Brian Williams is “an honest, decent man, an excellent reporter and anchor—and a brave one,” veteran newsman Dan Rather told POLITICO on Thursday.  —  Rather's note of support comes after the revelation that Williams falsely claimed to have been aboard …
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Controversy grows over Brian Williams' Iraq apology  —  If NBC and Brian Williams believed a Facebook post and an on-air apology were enough, they were wrong.  —  In the hours after Williams recanted a long-told story Wednesday about an RPG attack in Iraq, rank and file employees …
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 …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Brian Williams admits that his story of coming under fire while in Iraq was false  —  Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, has apologized for telling a story about coming under fire during a reporting assignment in Iraq in 2003.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Brian Williams scandal is an NBC News-wide scandal
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Newsmax and Hot Air
Travis J. Tritten / Stars & Stripes:
NBC's Brian Williams recants Iraq story after soldiers protest
NY Daily News:   Brian Williams delivers blow to journalists by lying
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Do Brian Williams's Lies Matter? [Updated]
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Kevin C. Walsh / Mirror of Justice:
Jurisdiction stuffing as a means of combatting judicial supremacy
Discussion: National Review
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Leader Of Group Funding Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare Compares Health Reform To The Holocaust
Discussion: Feministing
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Hard to kill the ACA
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
Here's how the GOP would repeal and replace Obamacare
Discussion: Washington Center …
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.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Aaron Schock Adviser Made More Racially-Charged Comments On Facebook, Wanted White House Mosque For Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
Top White House Official to Leave for Emerging Hillary Clinton Campaign
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
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Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Scholars rank Kerry dead last in terms of effectiveness.
Discussion: American Spectator and Althouse
TIME:
Howard Schultz Has a Radical Plan for Starbucks—And America  —  The outspoken Starbucks CEO tells TIME about his plans to transform his business  —  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has big plans for the future of his coffee empire.  In a new cover story, the 61-year-old executive gives TIME's Rana Foroohar …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and FishbowlDC
Politico:
House and Senate Republicans clash on immigration  —  There's a basic disagreement on what is possible and what is not.  —  Getty  —  House and Senate Republicans have spent years training their ire on Sen. Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.  —  But now they're clashing with each other.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The PJ Tatler
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Washington Post:
For Rand Paul, a rude awakening to the rigors of a national campaign  —  Rand Paul's plan to get himself elected president relies on two long-shot bets coming true.  —  So far, neither one seems to be going well.  —  Paul's first wager is that his “libertarian-ish” ideas will manage …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
How Rand Paul trolls his rivals
Discussion: New York Times
Speaker.gov:
Pope Francis to Address a Joint Meeting of Congress  —  WASHINGTON, DC - House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today made the following announcement: … NOTE: Details regarding media credentialing and logistics for the joint meeting will be released at a later date.
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
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 …
The State:
Shooting reported at University of South Carolina's new school of public health  —  COLUMBIA, SC — Shots have been fired at the University of South Carolina's new school of public health, according to a tweet by Carolina Alert.  —  People are asked to seek a safe shelter and obey all officials, the tweet said.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Raw Story
 
 
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Corinne Gretler / Bloomberg Business:
Swatch Plans Smartwatch to Compete With Apple Watch's Debut
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable and The Verge
Stephanie Smith / Page Six:
Legend cancels Grammy party to protest anti-LGBT hotel owner
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Andrew Napolitano / WND:
VACCINES: DOES GOVERNMENT OWN YOUR BODY?
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Massachusetts, Maryland Most Democratic States
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Joni Ernst as president one day? Views divide by party
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
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9-year-old Girl Scout was shot on her way to get cookies
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