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3:25 AM ET, February 6, 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 …
Page Six:
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 …
Discussion: Gawker and Ed Driscoll
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Did Brian Williams Lie?  —  He's the one viewers are supposed to trust every night.  —  NBC News anchor Brian Williams deserves the public pillory he's currently enduring for having peddled a fabricated war story about himself—thereby joining an ignominious line that ranges from the Gipper to Hillary herself.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Brian Williams scandal is an NBC News-wide scandal
USA Today:
Rieder: Brian Williams' unmitigated disaster
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Helicopter Pilot: Actually, Yes, Brian Williams' Chopper Did Take Fire In 2003
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 …
After Gay Marriage Flap, Marquette Moves to Fire Tenured Prof  —  Disregarding freedom of speech, academic freedom, and its own policies, Marquette University will attempt to revoke Professor John McAdams's tenure and fire him.  —  Marquette is taking action against McAdams …
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
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 …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Pope will address Congress in September
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi going to Bibi speech ‘as of now’
Discussion: Associated Press, Hot Air and Politico
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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.
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Mike Huckabee On Old Anti-Dance Column: At Least I Wasn't In The Choom Gang
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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Discussion: Bloomberg Business
New York Times:
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Discussion: Washington Post and Gothamist
Howard Schultz Has a Radical Plan for Starbucks—And America
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