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11:30 PM ET, February 5, 2015


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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 …
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 …
Travis J. Tritten / Stars & Stripes:
Brian Williams' apology leaves out key details of Iraq incident  —  News anchor's apology met with cynicism from servicemembers who were there  —  WASHINGTON — Apologies by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams Wednesday for his false claim of being on a helicopter forced down by Iraqi rocket fire …
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 …
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
Can NBC News now have any credibility with Brian Williams as its face?
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Right Wing Melts Down Over Obama's Comments At National Prayer Breakfast  —  Earlier today President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he discussed freedom of expression along with highlighting the many acts of barbarism that are happening now and have happened throughout …
The White House:
Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast  —  Washington, D.C.  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.  Well, good morning.  Giving all praise and honor to God.  It is wonderful to be back with you here.  I want to thank our co-chairs, Bob and Roger.
Noah Rothman / Hot Air:
Obama: You know, Christians were just as bad as ISIS a few centuries ago
Discussion: Washington Times and RT
Charlie Spiering / BREITBART.COM:
Obama At National Prayer Breakfast: ‘People Committed Terrible Deeds In The Name of Christ’
Discussion: RedState and National Review
Scott Jaschik / Inside Higher Ed:
Firing a Faculty Blogger  —  A controversial professor on Wednesday revealed that Marquette University is trying to revoke his tenure and fire him for statements he made about a graduate instructor, with her name, on his blog.  —  The university says his behavior was unprofessional …
John Lauerman / Bloomberg Business:
Harvard Tells Profs Not to Sleep With Undergrads  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Harvard University banned professors from having “sexual or romantic relationships” with undergraduates, joining a list of campuses that have taken similar steps.  —  Many colleges discourage but don't ban sex between professors and students.
Discussion: NPR, Gawker and USA TODAY College
After Gay Marriage Flap, Marquette Moves to Fire Tenured Prof
Discussion: Hit & Run
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.
Journal Star:
Rep. Aaron Schock's spokesman Ben Cole resigns after racially charged Facebook posts
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 …
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 …
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 …
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Say It!  Say It!  —  Peter Beinart addresses an issue that's …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
9 secrets from the inside  —  I am a member of Congress.  I'm not going to tell you from where, or from which party.  But I serve, and I am honored to serve.  I serve with good people (and some less good ones), and we try to do our best.  —  It's a frustrating, even disillusioning job.
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Daily Caller
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 …
Washington Post:
For Rand Paul, a rude awakening to the rigors of a national campaign
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.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Leader Of Group Funding Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare Compares Health Reform To The Holocaust
Discussion: Feministing
Beenish Ahmed / ThinkProgress:
The Air Chief Marshall Of Thailand Was A Poodle Named Foo Foo And He Just Had A Four Day Funeral  —  British Prince Andrew, left, shakes hands with Thailand's Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, as his royal consort Princess Srirasm in Aug. 2007.  —  CREDIT: AP
Discussion: Liberaland and Guardian
Scott Walker says no to drugs, yes to beer  —  For the record, Gov. Scott Walker says he has never smoked marijuana.  —  Walker also said he is fully supportive of vaccinations but believes it should be left to states as to whether they are mandatory.  —  And he said he is not yet running for president.
2 Philadelphia officers charged with assaulting man on scooter  —  Two Philadelphia police officers are being charged with the assault of a man in May 2013 that was caught on surveillance and reporting a false account of the incident.  —  Only Action News has the video surveillance that helped break the case.
Discussion: and Raw Story
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mike Huckabee On Old Anti-Dance Column: At Least I Wasn't In The Choom Gang  —  “I'd much rather have to defend this than say, yes, I used to regularly be apart of the choom gang.  It's just bizarre.”  —  —  Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Wednesday addressed …
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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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Rachana Pradhan / Politico:
Tennessee turns down Obamacare Medicaid expansion
Discussion: and Daily Kos
Maria Halkias / Biz Beat Blog:
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Liberal group files complaint against Bush
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
New York Times:
Rail Crossing Accidents Decline Nationwide, but Less So in New York Region
Discussion: Washington Post and Gothamist
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Discussion: Daily Mail and Mashable
Corinne Gretler / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: Mashable, VentureBeat and The Verge
Howard Schultz Has a Radical Plan for Starbucks—And America
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Bloomberg Business
Wall Street Journal:
Net Neutrality: How White House Thwarted FCC Chief