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4:25 PM ET, February 6, 2015


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Pilot in Brian Williams scandal: ‘I am questioning my memories’  —  The pilot I interviewed on Thursday about Brian Williams is no longer standing by his story.  —  That pilot, Rich Krell, told me he was flying the helicopter Williams was on in Iraq — an account now contradicted by several other soldiers.
John Simerman / The New Orleans Advocate:
NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina starting to gain attention, draw scrutiny  —  FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Brian Williams speaks at the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes, presented by New York Comedy Festival and The Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York.
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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 …
Corky Siemaszko / NY Daily News:
Brian Williams faces internal investigation at NBC for lying about helicopter attack in Iraq: sources  —  The ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor is the subject of an investigation by NBC, which sources said will be headed by Richard Esposito, a former Daily News editor.  Williams' reporting on Hurricane Katrina is now being questioned, too.
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Brian Williams's Mistake  —  The NBC News anchor Brian Williams is a likable and funny guy, and he is also a serious journalist.  He's said, on David Letterman's show in 2013, and most recently last week on his newscast, that he was on a helicopter that was forced down after being hit …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Tom Brokaw: Brian Williams' Future ‘Is Up To Brian And NBC News’  —  NEW YORK — Former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw pushed back Friday against reports that he wants his embattled successor, Brian Williams, to be fired for falsely claiming to have been aboard a helicopter that came under rocket-propelled grenade fire in Iraq.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:   Brian Williams had no reason to lie
Chris Simeone / Page Six:
Pilot of Brian Williams flight: All that hit us was dust
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBC News standing by Brian Williams in Iraq war-embellishment issue
Discussion: Mediaite, TPNN and Twitchy
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Critics pounce after Obama talks Crusades, slavery at prayer breakfast … President Obama has never been one to go easy on America.  —  As a new president, he dismissed the idea of American exceptionalism, noting that Greeks think their country is special, too.
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Jindal to Obama: ‘Medieval Christian Threat is Under Control’  —  Bobby Jindal on Friday released a statement responding to the president's remarks on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in which he cautioned Americans from getting on a “high horse” when taking a stance against radical Islam …
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / New York Times:
Critics Seize On Obama's ISIS Remarks at Prayer Breakfast
Jonah Goldberg /
Obama's Comparison of Christianity, Radical Islam Defies Logic
Dan Williams / Reuters:
Israeli official suggests Boehner misled Netanyahu on Congress speech  —  (Reuters) - A senior Israeli official suggested on Friday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been misled into thinking an invitation to address the U.S. Congress on Iran next month was fully supported by the Democrats.
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
Joe Biden skipping Benjamin Netanyahu's speech  —  Joe Biden won't be there to welcome Benjamin Netanyahu to a joint session of Congress — or even shake his hand.  —  The vice president will miss only his second address by a foreign leader to a joint session of Congress next month …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
DHS shutdown grows more likely  —  The chances of a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security are growing by the day, with congressional leaders at a stalemate over legislation that would provide funding after Feb. 27.  —  DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has warned that a lapse in funding would cause a …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Democrats Exercise ‘No’ Power in Senate to G.O.P.'s Dismay
House, Senate on DHS impasse: ‘After you’
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
ISIS Claims an American Hostage, Kayla Mueller, Died in Airstrike in Syria  —  The Islamic State claimed Friday that the Jordanian bombings in northern Syria intended to avenge its immolation of a captured pilot had killed an American woman held hostage by the group.
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:
Obama lays out security strategy, cautions against ‘overreach’
Discussion: TalkLeft
Bloomberg Business:
Jobs Report Crushes Expectations  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Employers in the U.S. added more jobs than forecast in January, capping the biggest three-month gain in 17 years, and workers' earnings jumped.  —  The 257,000 advance in payrolls last month followed a 329,000 gain …
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Republican Switches Parties Over Mississippi Refusal To Expand Medicaid  —  I always expected some Republicans to switch parties, because it's an enormous psychological stress to constantly paint bad things as good, and to tear things down instead of building them up.
Geoff Pender / The Clarion Ledger:   Former GOP senator switches parties, challenges for lt. gov.
Emmett Rensin / Vox:
The internet is full of men who hate feminism.  Here's what they're like in person.  —  The internet has made everybody audible.  And, as a result, anybody can become a victim of a pitchfork-wielding mob, if you happen to say something online that the mob wants silenced.
Shawn Boburg /
Federal subpoena seeks travel records of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson  —  Federal prosecutors have demanded that the Port Authority turn over records related to the personal travel of the agency's former chairman, David Samson, as well as his relationship with Newark Liberty …
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Jimmy Williams / Blue Nation Review:
BNR EXCLUSIVE: Aaron Schock Sells Home Above Market Value to Political Donor
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Discussion: ABC News
Tyler Bridges / Politico:
Bobby Jindal's Troubles at Home
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton: Grandmother in Chief
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Another GOP Lawmaker Wades Into Rape Debate
Discussion: Raw Story, Fusion and ThinkProgress
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
S.C. Mayor: Objection To Changing Segregated War Memorial May Be ‘Racism Hiding Behind History’
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS rehires reprimanded ex-staffers
Discussion: Hot Air
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David Gutman / Charleston Gazette:
W.Va. House panel passes 20-week abortion ban
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
The emerging Iran nuclear deal raises major concerns
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
As Ukraine Crumbles, U.S. Wonders If Putin Has Asperger's
Discussion: Guardian, Bloomberg View and The Hill
David McCabe / The Hill:
Christie facing new criminal probe
Discussion: Firedoglake and ABC News
Ruben Vives / Los Angeles Times:
‘Dog Whisperer’ Cesar Millan sued in pit bull attack
Discussion: FOX News Radio