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10:15 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 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 …
John Simerman / The New Orleans Advocate:
NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina starting to gain attention, draw scrutiny
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Tom Brokaw: Brian Williams' Future ‘Is Up To Brian And NBC News’
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 …
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.
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.
Roberta Rampton / Reuters:   Obama lays out security strategy, warns against ‘overreach’
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: OnPolitics and Bloomberg Business
New York Times:
ISIS Declares Airstrike Killed A U.S. Hostage  —  She had always been the unidentified, lone female American hostage of the Islamic State.  For nearly 17 months, while her fellow American captives were beheaded one after another in serial executions posted on YouTube, Kayla Mueller's name remained …
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
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
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
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.
Discussion: The Clarion Ledger
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
Alexandra Zavis / Los Angeles Times:
More than 500,000 in U.S. could be at risk of female genital excision  —  Nearly 507,000 women and girls in the United States could be at risk of female genital excision, including 57,000 in California, a new study has found.  —  That is more than twice the number that were thought to be at risk in 2000 …
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: The PJ Tatler
Daily Mail:
Police in swoop on 45 more men over child sex grooming: ‘Milestone’ operation sees dozens of Asian suspects charged with rape, sexual assault and trafficking  —  7.3k  —  Dozens of men were yesterday charged with a wide range of sex crimes against vulnerable girls after two separate police investigations.
Discussion: Vox Popoli
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
House to Probe White House Role in FCC's ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal  —  Panel to Investigate Whether White House Improperly Influenced Agency on Broadband Rules  —  WASHINGTON—A House oversight committee on Friday said it was launching an investigation into whether the White House improperly influenced …
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
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
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
Woman Beats Best Friend To Death During Argument Over ‘Presidential Politics’  —  A Detroit woman was ordered Thursday to stand trial in the killing of her friend who she allegedly beat to death with a slow cooker after the two argued about politics.  —  Tewana Sullivan, 50 …
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Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
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Discussion: Mashable, Bloomberg View and The Verge
Andrew Ferguson / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Chris Perez / New York Post:
Saddam Hussein's hanging noose up for auction
Discussion: Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
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Federal subpoena seeks travel records of former Port Authority Chairman David Samson
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Discussion: ABC News
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Hillary Clinton: Grandmother in Chief
Jeffrey Collins / Associated Press:
S.C. Mayor: Objection To Changing Segregated War Memorial May Be ‘Racism Hiding Behind History’
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Puck hires veteran journalist and TV commentator John Heilemann as its chief political columnist and partner, as the outlet expands its presence in Washington

Jennifer Schuessler / New York Times:
PEN America cancels its 2024 literary awards ceremony, set for April 29, after months of protests over the organization's response to the war in Gaza

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