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8:40 AM ET, February 6, 2015

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Tom Brokaw wants Brian Williams fired  —  Tom Brokaw (right) is livid over the revelation that Brian Williams lied about being in a chopper that was hit by an RPG in Iraq.  —  You know you're in trouble when Tom Brokaw is out for your blood.  —  NBC's most revered journalist is furious …
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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 …
Lauren Ashburn / The Hill:
Brian Williams should be punished
Discussion: Fox News, Mediaite and The Daily Caller
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Did Brian Williams Lie?
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Dan Rather backs Brian Williams
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Brian Williams' Tall Tale Raises New Challenge For NBC News
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Brian Williams scandal is an NBC News-wide scandal
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 …
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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.
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 …
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FIRE:
After Gay Marriage Flap, Marquette Moves to Fire Tenured Prof
Discussion: The College Fix and Hit & Run
John K. Wilson / The Academe Blog:
Marquette to Fire John McAdams for His Blog
Discussion: The College Fix
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 …
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ABC News:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Administration Facing New Criminal Investigation … Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation told ABC News.
National Journal:
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images )  —  In early 1941, as the Battle of Britain was raging, with Nazi planes bombing British cities every night, opponents in the Senate tried to block FDR's “lend-lease” program to provide England with desperately needed military supplies.
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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 …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Clinton widens her circle  —  Hillary Clinton is widenening her circle for her second White House bid, adding key staffers more associated with other Democratic heavyweights to her tight-knit camp.  —  The new additions to Team Hillary suggest she is casting a wider net for help …
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Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:
Can Jennifer Palmieri Keep Hillary Clinton On Message?  —  HRC's 2016 reset may have just made its most important move yet.  —  Among watchers of Barack Obama's presidency and Hillary Clinton's expected 2016 campaign launch, the coming departures of two top White House aides got lots of attention …
Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April - officials  —  (Reuters) - The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
Discussion: Fox News
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:   Is America at War With Radical Islam?
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Say It!  Say It!  —  Peter Beinart addresses an issue that's …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Vox:
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
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: Guardian
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democrats Exercise ‘No’ Power in Senate to G.O.P.'s Dismay  —  WASHINGTON — You could see the mischievous delight in John A. Boehner's face as soon as he heard the question Thursday.  —  Did he, the speaker of the House, have any idea how his Republican counterpart in the Senate …
Discussion: The Hill and Prairie Weather
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: USA TODAY College, NPR and Gawker
Ruben Vives / Los Angeles Times:
‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan sued in pit bull attack  —  Cesar Millan, the star of television's “The Dog Whisperer,” is being sued by a woman who claims she was attacked by a vicious pit bull that had been prematurely released by Millan's dog training center.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Aaron Schock Adviser Resigns Over Racially-Charged Comments On Facebook  —  “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...” Update: Cole resigned from Schock's office.
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Journal Star:
Rep. Aaron Schock's spokesman Ben Cole resigns after racially charged Facebook posts
 
 
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