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7:20 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 …
Politico:
Brian Williams apologizes for false Iraq story  —  NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams apologized on Wednesday for falsely claiming that he had been aboard a helicopter that was shot down during the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Stars and Stripes reports.  —  On last Friday night's broadcast …
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
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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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 …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Walker surges ahead in New Hampshire
Discussion: Political Wire
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: Weekly Standard
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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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” …
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 …
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.
Tom Wheeler / Wired:
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality  —  Federal Communication Commission(FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler waits for a hearing at the FCC December 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.  Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images  —  After more than a decade of debate …
Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
Hillary Clinton offered John Edwards attorney general role during 2008 race, book says  —  A book penned by presidential campaign consultant David Axelrod — ‘Believer: My Forty Years in Politics,’ out Feb. 10 — makes the revelation about the 2008 bid for the Democratic nomination for President …
Discussion: Hot Air
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Is it too early to call the new GOP Congress a failure?  —  Is it too early to call the GOP-run 114th Congress a failure?  —  If I were a Republican voter, I wouldn't be particularly pleased with what my representatives have managed to do so far — in fact, it's been more like a month-long string of pratfalls than anything else.
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.
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 …
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Exec Explains Decision To Post Video Of ISIL Hostage Being Burned Alive  —  After Fox News posted video on its website of the Islamic State burning a hostage alive, an executive for the channel told TPM on Wednesday that the “barbarity of ISIS” had trumped concerns over showing the graphic footage.
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Nicky Woolf / Guardian:
Fox News website embeds unedited Isis video showing brutal murder of Jordanian pilot
Laura Barron-Lopez / The Hill:
Republican avoids apocalyptic 666  —  Rep. Joe Barton (Texas) isn't about to have his prized legislation get tagged with a 666 — the number of the beast.  —  Barton on Wednesday successfully changed the bill number for his legislation repealing a decades-old ban on crude oil exports from 666 …
Arizona Republic:
AG's Office: Raped teacher should have known better  —  Arizona Republic Columnists Laurie Roberts and Ed Montini talk about the Attorney General's reponse to a woman suing the state after she was raped by an inmate.  —  CONNECT  —  The Arizona Attorney General's Office is asking for dismissal …
David Eggert / Associated Press:
Michigan To Recognize About 300 Gay Marriages Performed In 2014  —  LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed during a brief window when they were allowed last year, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Wednesday.  —  The Republican governor …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Michigan Governor Says State Will Recognize Last Year's Same-Sex Marriages
Discussion: Advocate
 
 
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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
Courier-Journal:
Ark Park officials to sue, allege Kentucky bias
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
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
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