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4:10 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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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Brian Williams scandal is an NBC News-wide scandal  —  The Brian Williams scandal has burst onto the public square through a feat of Internet accountability.  After NBC Nightly News last week posted to Facebook a clip of the anchor reminiscing about having embedded with the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 …
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 …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Brian Williams Told Alec Baldwin He Thought He Was Going To Die During Helicopter Attack That Never Happened [AUDIO]
CNNMoney:
How Brian Williams' Iraq story changed
NY Daily News:   Brian Williams delivers blow to journalists by lying
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Leader Of Group Funding Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare Compares Health Reform To The Holocaust
Discussion: Feministing
Jason Millman / Washington Post:
Here's how the GOP would repeal and replace Obamacare
Discussion: Washington Center …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Aaron Schock Adviser Resigns Over Racially-Charged Comments On Facebook, Wanted White House Mosque For Obama  —  “The fact remains that White people who live in my building are routinely harassed by Black miscreants who blockade the sidewalks and entryways in front of and behind my building …
Journal Star:
Rep. Aaron Schock's spokesman Ben Cole resigns after racially charged Facebook posts  —  PEORIA — A top aide to U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock has resigned today, following reports that he made racially charged comments on his personal Facebook page.  —  Benjamin Cole has served …
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
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.
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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
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Rana Foroohar / TIME:
Starbucks For America  —  Howard Schultz is transforming his company.
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
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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David Sirota / International Business Times:
Chris Christie Administration Is Target Of New Federal Criminal Probe  —  Federal law enforcement officials have launched a criminal investigation of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and members of his administration, pursuing allegations the governor and his staff broke the law …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Liberal group files complaint against Bush  —  A liberal watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission arguing that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) has violated campaign finance laws.  —  The American Democracy Legal Fund (ADLF) is arguing that Bush's Right …
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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
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: Daily Kos and Washington Post
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.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Israeli officials fail to quell Democratic revolt  —  Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein rushed to meetings on Capitol Hill on Wednesday trying to calm a furor created by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress next month and quell …
CNN:
Source: ISIS video may show woman linked to kosher grocery attack  —  Hostage situation at Paris grocery 18 photos  —  A police officer closes the bullet ridden door next to a body lying in a kosher grocery store in the Paris neighborhood of Porte de Vincennes on Friday, January 9.
Discussion: Mashable and Daily Mail
 
 
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Chris Johnson / Washington Blade:
Boehner: House GOP staying out of Supreme Court marriage cases
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Stephanie Smith / Page Six:
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