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5:25 PM ET, February 5, 2015

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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 …
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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 …
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 …
Travis J. Tritten / Stars & Stripes:
Brian Williams' apology leaves out key details of Iraq incident
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
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 …
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Leader Of Group Funding Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare Compares Health Reform To The Holocaust
Discussion: Feministing
Kevin C. Walsh / Mirror of Justice:
Jurisdiction stuffing as a means of combatting judicial supremacy
Discussion: National Review
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 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 …
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Why Rand Paul's Past Is Going to Catch Up With Him  —  We're now in a particularly creative period for the political press, when the 2016 presidential campaign is definitely getting going, but journalists aren't yet required to spend long stretches of their lives following candidates …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is America at War With Radical Islam?  —  If there's one thing top Republicans know, it's that America can't defeat terrorism unless we call it by its real name.  “We are in a religious war with radical Islamists,” Lindsey Graham recently told Fox News.  “When I hear the President …
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Say It!  Say It!  —  Peter Beinart addresses an issue that's …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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 …
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: FishbowlDC and Bloomberg Business
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Rana Foroohar / TIME:
Starbucks For America  —  Howard Schultz is transforming his company.
Discussion: OnPolitics and Political Wire
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
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 …
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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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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Mike Allen / Politico:
Mitt handler: David Axelrod is lying  —  Romney's former personal aide hotly disputes account of 2012 concession call in Obama adviser's memoir.  —  Garrett Jackson, Mitt Romney's body man throughout the 2012 campaign, tells POLITICO that he believes David Axelrod “concocted” …
 
 
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The Huffington Post:
Tom Cotton Wants Terror Detainees To ‘Rot In Hell,’ But He'll Settle For Gitmo
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Firing a Faculty Blogger
Discussion: Hit & Run, JSOnline and The College Fix
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mike Huckabee On Old Anti-Dance Column: At Least I Wasn't In The Choom Gang
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
Obama At National Prayer Breakfast: ‘People Committed Terrible Deeds In The Name of Christ’
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and National Review
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Liberal group files complaint against Bush
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
CNN:
Source: ISIS video may show woman linked to kosher grocery attack
Discussion: Mashable and Daily Mail
Corinne Gretler / Bloomberg Business:
Swatch Plans Smartwatch to Compete With Apple Watch's Debut
Discussion: VentureBeat, Mashable and The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
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: Daily Kos and Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief
Roy Edroso / alicublog:
MAKES A PERFECT GAG GIFT.
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
The College Loan Bombshell Hidden in the Budget
Discussion: Hit & Run and Hot Air