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8:20 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.
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.
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.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Brian Williams had no reason to lie  —  Why?  Why did he lie?  —  NBC's Brian Williams went to Iraq in 2003 and was embedded with troops.  It was a dangerous thing to do, and anyone who did it was brave for doing it.  —  And yet for seven years now, on and off, Williams has been telling people …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Tom Brokaw: Brian Williams' Future ‘Is Up To Brian And NBC News’
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Tom Brokaw wants Brian Williams fired
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 …
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / The New Republic:
Obama Was Right to Compare Christianity's Violent Past to the Islamic State  —  Conservative critics are in hysterics thanks to a few short remarks made by President Barack Obama on the subject of Christian history during Thursday's National Prayer Breakfast.
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 …
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.
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Sources: Biden to make Iowa trip next week
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and OnPolitics
New York Times:
ISIS Claims U.S. Hostage, Kayla Mueller, Died in Jordanian Airstrikes  —  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.
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
GOP Lawmaker Emphasizes Rape's Silver Lining  —  Another Republican lawmaker has waded into the debate over abortion access for rape victims, saying that abortion bans shouldn't have exceptions for women who became pregnant from sexual assault because “what is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Another GOP Lawmaker Wades Into Rape Debate
Discussion: Raw Story, Fusion and Twitchy
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.
Jeff Himmelman / New York Times:
Kid Rock: 'There's No Winning That Battle'  —  Your style has changed over time.  Your new record, “First Kiss,” is a long way from the rap-inflected rock that you started out with.  Where did your inspiration for the title track come from?  I'm always complaining about where rock music has gone, with this new metal feel.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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 …
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Weighing a Run in 2016, Jindal Faces Big Budget Shortfall  —  BATON ROUGE, La. — In recent weeks, the office of Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has issued news releases about the “mindless naïveté” of Hillary Rodham Clinton, the folly of opening diplomatic relations with Cuba …
Tyler Bridges / Politico:
Bobby Jindal's Troubles at Home
Wyoming turns down Medicaid expansion  —  Wyoming has become yet another state where a Republican governor's effort to expand Medicaid has been defeated by his own Legislature.  —  On Friday, the Wyoming Senate shot down Gov. Matt Mead's expansion plan, and a House committee then pulled its bill.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
John Herrman / The Awl:
The Next Internet Is TV  —  I was talking to someone who works on one of those half-dozen or so apps that we tend to associate with teenagers: the ones that were built around some novel concept that distracted us for a few years while they settled into their roles as slightly different ways to text.
Discussion: New York Times and PandoDaily
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: Booman Tribune and Raw Story
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 …
Shelby Sebens / Reuters:
Allegations against Oregon governor ‘troubling’: attorney general  —  (Reuters) - Oregon's attorney general has labeled as “troubling” allegations against the state's Democratic governor and his fiancée linked to a potential conflict of interest over his future wife's consulting work and her role as an unpaid adviser.
Discussion: Political Wire and The PJ Tatler
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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
Ben Brody / Bloomberg Business:
As Ukraine Crumbles, U.S. Wonders If Putin Has Asperger's
Discussion: Politico, Guardian and The Hill
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