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12:00 PM ET, February 7, 2015


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Rosie O'Donnell quits ‘The View’ and splits with wife  —  Rosie O'Donnell on the set of “The View”  —  Rosie O'Donnell and her wife, Michelle Rounds, have split, and O'Donnell will leave “The View” next week to concentrate on her family's well-being, Page Six can exclusively reveal.
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.
Kareem Fahim / New York Times:
Bloody Day In Baghdad As Blasts Kill Dozens  —  BAGHDAD — Explosions killed at least 36 people in Baghdad on Saturday, hours before the government planned to lift a nighttime curfew because of what officials had said was improved security.  —  Instead, Baghdad faced one of its bloodiest days in months.
Discussion: Gawker
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
There's No Such Thing as ‘Radical Islam.’ There Are Only Terrorists Who Are Muslim  —  ISIS is about as Islamic as the KKK is Christian.  They just use religion.  Their real agenda is political.  Get with it.  —  How many Muslims does ISIS have to slaughter before people will stop calling the group “Islamic” anything?
Discussion: The Glittering Eye
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Ted Nugent: Sarah Palin The ‘Perfect Example’ Of Founding Fathers' Vision  —  In an interview last month with Lars Larson, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent blamed President Obama's election on people who forgot that “Martin Luther King died so that we would someday judge …
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Coulter: College Loans Are Subsidy For Teaching Kids To Hate Republicans And White People  —  Ann Coulter is not a fan of President Obama's plan to provide tuition-free community college, or of federal college loans in general.  Coulter told Florida radio host Joyce Kaufman on Monday …
Discussion: FreakOutNation
Miranda Blue / Right Wing Watch:
Janet Mefferd Slams Interfaith ‘Garbage’ At National Prayer Breakfast, Suggests Christians Stop Attending  —  Janet Mefferd was, unsurprisingly, not pleased with President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast yesterday, and suggested on her radio program last night that Christians should stop attending the interfaith event.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Elianayjohnson / National Review:
Jindal to Obama: ‘Medieval Christian Threat is Under Control’
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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Sources: Biden to make Iowa trip next week
Discussion: OnPolitics and Bloomberg Business
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Why Obama invoked the Crusades — and what it says about how he views terrorism  —  President Obama is drawing some heat — mostly from the usual quarters — for invoking the Crusades while talking about Islam and terrorism on Thursday.  —  At the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday …
Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig / The New Republic:
Obama Was Right to Compare Christianity's Violent Past to the Islamic State
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: Gawker, New York Times and PandoDaily
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 …
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 …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Discussion: TPNN and Rush Limbaugh
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
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Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Discussion: Mashable, Bloomberg View and The Verge
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House to Probe White House Role in FCC's ‘Net Neutrality’ Proposal
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Saddam Hussein's hanging noose up for auction
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