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12:15 PM 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 …
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.
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 …
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.
Lauren Ashburn / The Hill:
Brian Williams should be punished
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBC News standing by Brian Williams in Iraq war-embellishment issue
Discussion: TPNN, Mediaite and Twitchy
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Why Did Brian Williams Lie?
New York Times:
With an Apology, Brian Williams Digs Himself Deeper in Copter Tale
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.
Jonah Goldberg /   Obama's Comparison of Christianity, Radical Islam Defies Logic
The White House:
Remarks by the President at National Prayer Breakfast
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 …
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Job and Wage Gains as Americans Rejoin the Work Force
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  —  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: Prairie Weather
House, Senate on DHS impasse: ‘After you’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
National Journal:   (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images )
David McCabe / The Hill:
Christie facing new criminal probe  —  Federal authorities are investigating New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and his administration in a new criminal probe, according to reports.  —  Bennett Barlyn alleges that he was fired from his job as a Hunterdon County prosecutor in 2010 after objecting …
Discussion: New Jersey News …
ABC News:
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Administration Facing New Criminal Investigation
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
As Ukraine Crumbles, U.S. Wonders If Putin Has Asperger's  —  Even if the U.S. chooses not to send weapons to Ukraine in its fight against Russia, the White House could always try sending wild theories.  —  On Thursday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest declined to rule …
Discussion: Guardian and Agence France-Presse
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Lawmakers to Obama: Arm Ukraine now
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
GOP senator: ObamaCare replacement may wait until 2017  —  Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) said Thursday that Republicans might not be able to pass an alternative to ObamaCare until 2017.  —  Burr, along with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) unveiled a GOP replacement plan for ObamaCare on Wednesday.
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Margaret Talev / Bloomberg Business:   Can Jennifer Palmieri Keep Hillary Clinton On Message?
Bernie Becker / The Hill:
IRS rehires reprimanded ex-staffers  —  The IRS rehired hundreds of former staffers with conduct issues, even bringing ex-employees with tax issues back into the fold, a new federal audit has found.  —  Treasury's inspector general for tax administration said that the IRS generally followed …
Discussion: Hot Air
David Gutman / Charleston Gazette:
W.Va. House panel passes 20-week abortion ban  —  Gazette  —  Dr. Mitzi Payne, a pediatric neurologist with Marshall University's School of Medicine and Cabell Huntington Hospital, speaks to legislators during a public hearing Thursday about a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
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MSNBC suffers lowest ratings in a decade
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The Telltale Obama Budget
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The States That Will Pick the President: The Sunbelt
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