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8:30 AM ET, February 9, 2015


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David Carr / New York Times:
Brian Williams, Retreading Memories From a Perch Too Public  —  For some time now, there have been two versions of Brian Williams.  One is an Emmy-winning, sober, talented anchor on the “NBC Nightly News” and the other is a funny, urbane celebrity who hosts “Saturday Night Live,” …
Brian Williams won't keep his date with David Letterman  —  Brian Williams is backing out of his scheduled appearance on CBS's “Late Show with David Letterman,” citing the uncertainty about when he'll be back at his anchor desk.  —  The “NBC Nightly News” anchor is at the center …
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
We shouldn't believe Williams' lie was an innocent mistake
Discussion: Washington Post and BREITBART.COM
Alan Blinder / New York Times:
Alabama Judge Defies Gay Marriage Law  —  TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — In a dramatic show of defiance toward the federal judiciary, Chief Justice Roy S. Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court on Sunday night ordered the state's probate judges not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples on Monday …
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Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore orders judges not to issue same-sex marriage licenses  —  Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore late Sunday ordered all probate judges and employees in Alabama to follow existing state law and not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or recognize same-sex marriages.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Indiana woman who fought gay marriage ban dies of cancer
Discussion: FOX News Radio
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Inside the Global Warming Scandal  —  We have written many times about the fact that the scientific agencies which are keepers of the world's historical temperature data are all, or nearly all, under the control of warmists.  These warmists have systematically altered historic temperature records …
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Cruz: US not honoring Ukraine obligation  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday called for the U.S. to send weapons to Ukraine to counter Russian aggression, saying that President Obama is not honoring a treaty obligation with the former Soviet republic.  —  Cruz spoke to ABC's “This Week” from a security conference in Munich.
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Tucker Carlson: 'Christianity Is The Reason We Don't Have Slavery In The World Today'  —  Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday declared that all slavery in the world had been eradicated thanks to the Christian faith.  —  At the National Prayer Breakfast last week, conservatives accused …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Professor Marco Rubio  —  Inside the classroom, the Florida Republican gives clues about his political future.  —  MIAMI — Without notes and seemingly without taking a breath, Marco Rubio tears through a data-heavy speech about the “fault lines” in America's politics and what he calls “the middle-class trap.”
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
Working Families Party Calls on Elizabeth Warren to Run for President  —  Leaders of New York's Working Families Party on Sunday urged Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to seek the Democratic nomination for president next year, formally calling on her to enter the 2016 race for the White House.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Fox's Wallace to Ben Carson: After Vaccine Debate, Is GOP the Science Denialism Party?  —  After a week in which vaccinations suddenly exploded from a bipartisan fringe hobby to a wedge issue for the GOP 2016 class, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace asked Dr. Ben Carson …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Chris Wallace / Fox News:
President Obama's ISIS strategy falling short? Plus, Dr. Ben Carson on measles outbreak, vaccines
Michael A. Memoli / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Holder says lack of new gun laws is his ‘single failure’  —  WASHINGTON - The inability to enact new gun safety laws after the Sandy Hook school shooting ranks as “the single failure” of his tenure, Attorney General Eric Holder said in a televised interview.  —  “The gun lobby simply won, you know?”
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Judith Shulevitz / New York Times:
The Best Way to Address Campus Rape  —  THE campus rape debate took another hairpin turn last week when The Daily Beast published an interview with Paul Nungesser, the Columbia student accused of raping a fellow student, Emma Sulkowicz.  She has been carrying a mattress around the campus …
Discussion: Althouse
Margaret Talbot / New Yorker:
Not Immune  —  Twenty-five years ago, when a doctor named Robert Ross was the deputy health commissioner of Philadelphia, a measles epidemic swept the country.  Until this year's outbreak, which started at Disneyland and has so far sickened more than a hundred people, the 1989-91 epidemic …
Lawmaker sorry for saying having child from rape is ‘beautiful’  —  A West Virginia lawmaker has apologized for saying that while rape is awful, a child that results from a rape is beautiful.  —  The comment from state Rep. Brian Kurcaba was made Thursday when members of the West Virginia House …
Discussion: Raw Story
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:   WV Republican ‘Apologizes’ For Saying Having Child From Rape Is ‘Beautiful’
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Albert R. Hunt / Bloomberg View:
Obama's Legacy Will Be Set by Foreign Policy
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
John Fund / National Review:
Is Texas ‘Crazy’ or Is It the Real America?
Discussion: Power Line
Bonnie Burton / CNET:
Ready for a robot smackdown? ‘BattleBots’ returns to TV
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Valerie Richardson / Washington Times:
Colorado GOP tries to ban ‘welfare for weed’ against Democrats' wishes
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Hot Air
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Hanauer / The Atlantic Online:
Stock Buybacks Are Killing the American Economy
Discussion: The Mahablog
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Dangers of Vaccine Denial
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
FACT CHECK: What Happens If Homeland Security Shuts Down?