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1:55 PM ET, February 5, 2015


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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.
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 …
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 …
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Near 10 Million
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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?
NY Daily News:   Brian Williams delivers blow to journalists by lying
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Do Brian Williams's Lies Matter? [Updated]
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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 …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
Scholars rank Kerry dead last in terms of effectiveness.  —  Secretary of State John Kerry, working diligently on some extraordinarily difficult foreign policy issues — China, neo-Soviet Russia, Islamic State, Iran, etc — isn't getting even a tiny bit of credit these days from the tweedy, elbow-patched, wing-chair crowd.
Discussion: American Spectator and Althouse
Katie Glueck / Politico:
How Rand Paul trolls his rivals  —  Behind the Republican's effort to be the first true Twitter candidate for the White House.  —  AP Photo  —  Rand Paul has the most aggressive Twitter feed of the 2016 field, an account that emits a steady stream of snark, rapid response and gimmicks.
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
For Rand Paul, a rude awakening to the rigors of a national campaign
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rand Paul's Iowa Albatross
Discussion: NBC News, Daily Kos and New York Times
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 …
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
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
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 …
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.
Andrew Napolitano / WND:
VACCINES: DOES GOVERNMENT OWN YOUR BODY?  —  Andrew Napolitano: In America, you are free to reject ‘settled science’  —  Judge Andrew Napolitano has written nine books on the U.S. Constitution.  The most recent is “Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat …
Kevin C. Walsh / Mirror of Justice:
Jurisdiction stuffing as a means of combatting judicial supremacy  —  The Supreme Court's haughty disregard of states as lawmaking governments was on full display this past fall when the Court green-lighted the judicial redefinition of marriage in several states without so much as the courtesy …
Discussion: National Review
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.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Massachusetts, Maryland Most Democratic States  —  Story Highlights  —  This story is part of Gallup's annual “State of the States” series, which reveals state-by-state differences on political, economic, religion and well-being measures.  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Massachusetts and Maryland rank …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
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Top White House Official to Leave for Emerging Hillary Clinton Campaign
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Kory Watkins / Facebook:
This morning I removed a video from my Facebook because I thought …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
An Obama resurgence?
James Hohmann / Politico:
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