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11:50 AM ET, February 8, 2015

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Maggie Steenland / press.nbcnews.com:
A Personal Note from Brian Williams  —  In the midst of a career spent covering and consuming news, it has become painfully apparent to me that I am presently too much a part of the news, due to my actions.  —  As Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, I have decided to take myself off …
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Anchors Aweigh  —  WASHINGTON — THIS was a bomb that had been ticking for a while.  —  NBC executives were warned a year ago that Brian Williams was constantly inflating his biography.  They were flummoxed over why the leading network anchor felt that he needed Hemingwayesque …
Scott Jones / FTVLive:
Sources: Brian Williams Could Step Down as Early as Next Week  —  Sources tell FTVLive that NBC News President Deborah Turness is strongly considering having Brian Williams step down, maybe as early as next week.  —  As FTVLive earlier told you, Turness has launched an internal investigation …
TMZ.com:
Bruce Jenner in Horrible Car Crash — 1 Person Dead  —  IN HORRIBLE CAR CRASH  —  One Person Dead  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  3:45 PM PT Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Bruce volunteered to go to the hospital to have his blood drawn for blood alcohol testing.  He was taken in a Sheriff's cruiser.
Townhall.com:
Obama's Failed Presidency  —  “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that, you know, Richard Nixon did not, and in a way that Bill Clinton did not,” President Obama told the Reno Gazette-Journal in January 2008 during his Democratic primary showdown with Hillary Clinton.
Randall Roberts / Los Angeles Times:
Grammys 2015: Transcript of Bob Dylan's MusiCares Person of Year speech  —  Bob Dylan was honored by MusiCares, the charity organization that aids musicians in need, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Friday night.  After performances by artists including Tom Jones, Sheryl Crow …
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Netanyahu Opponent: His Speech to Congress ‘Endangers’ Israel's Security  —  One of Benjamin Netanyahu's election opponents this year is Isaac Herzog, a Zionist Camp/Labor party leader, who has some pretty tough words about Netanyahu's upcoming address to the United States Congress.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Daily Mail:
Insider says Obama administration ‘sent a message’ …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
We shouldn't believe Williams' lie was an innocent mistake  —  Brian Williams did it all for the soldiers, you see.  His chopper whoppers were patriotic acts.  “This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran,” he explained.  —  In a similar vein, ­Anthony Weiner's sext­ing …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
The New York Times Commits One of Its Funniest Blunders Ever  —  Via Don Surber and Logan Dobson, another knee-slapper from the editorial board of the New York Times.  The paper published an editorial attacking Scott Walker yesterday.  Nothing noteworthy about that, except that the Times kept calling him “Mr. Scott.”
Discussion: New York Times and Althouse
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
A Game of Chicken  —  On Wednesday, the European Central Bank announced that it would no longer accept Greek government debt as collateral for loans.  This move, it turns out, was more symbolic than substantive.  Still, the moment of truth is clearly approaching.
Robert Michael Phillips / Palm Beach Post:
West Palm Beach man who lists ‘drug dealer’ as occupation arrested  —  A West Palm Beach man who listed his occupation on an arrest report as “drug dealer” was arrested Tuesday and faces a host of charges, many of them involving drugs.  —  Robert Michael Phillips has been arrested …
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
Texas NRA Leader: Allow Corporal Punishment In Schools So I Don't Have To Shoot Kids Later  —  National NRA Board member Charles Cotton posted on the Texas CHL Forum, writing, “Perhaps a good paddling in school may keep me from having to put a bullet in [a student] later.
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
White House defends Prayer Breakfast remarks about the Crusades  —  The White House on Friday defended President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast after he was widely lambasted by conservatives for bringing up acts done in Christianity's name amid a discussion of modern-day terrorist threats.
 
 
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Parents shot by 2-year-old charged with child abuse
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Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
There's No Such Thing as ‘Radical Islam.’ There Are Only Terrorists Who Are Muslim
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Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Ted Nugent: Sarah Palin The ‘Perfect Example’ Of Founding Fathers' Vision
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