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2:20 PM ET, February 11, 2015


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Three college students killed in Chapel Hill shooting; 46-year-old man charged  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A 46-year-old Chapel Hill man has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder after three college students were shot and killed Tuesday evening at a condominium complex on Summerwalk Circle in Chapel Hill, authorities said.
New York Times:
Man Charged in Deaths of 3 Students Near University of North Carolina  —  CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A 46-year old man was arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of three students at a quiet condominium complex near the University of North Carolina campus, the police said on Wednesday …
Patrick Poole / The PJ Tatler:
Killer of 3 UNC-Chapel Hill Muslim Students Was Hardcore Anti-Religion Atheist Progressive  —  A horrific triple homicide was committed yesterday in Chapel Hill, NC, as three Muslim students were apparently targeted by a deranged anti-religion progressive.  —  The News & Observer reports:
Adam Withnall / The Independent:
Chapel Hill shooting: Craig Stephen Hicks condemned all religions on Facebook prior to ‘Muslim mass-murder’ arrest
Chapel Hill police: Parking dispute may have led to triple shooting
Rossalyn Warren / BuzzFeed:
Here Are The Three Victims Of The Chapel Hill Shooting
Discussion: WTVR-TV and Religion Dispatches
Full Transcript Of BuzzFeed News' Interview With President Barack Obama  —  FULL TRANSCRIPT:  —  BuzzFeed News: So, eight years ago, today actually, you announced your campaign in Springfield.  I read that speech last night and I was struck by how much it's a generational call to your generation, I guess to some degree mine.
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: I didn't mislead voters on gay marriage  —  President Obama is denying a former top political adviser's contention that he intentionally deceived voters about his position on gay marriage in an interview published Wednesday.  —  The president said David Axelrod, his former senior adviser …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Defends His Legacy: “These Are The Kinds Of Things You Learn”
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Conservatives Dance On Grave Of ISIL Hostage: ‘Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel B**ch’  —  Not all conservatives used the death of American hostage Kayla Mueller to highlight the brutality of the Islamic State — some decided to focus their disgust on the 26-year-old's humanitarian work for Palestinians.
Debbie Schlussel:
Kayla Mueller: Dead ISIS Hostage Was Jew-Hating, Anti-Israel Bitch  —  No tears for the newly-departed Kayla Mueller, the ISIS hostage whose parents confirmed today that she is dead.  Mueller was a Jew-hating, anti-Israel piece of crap who worked with HAMAS and helped Palestinians harass Israeli soldiers …
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
Montana GOP Legislator Wants to Ban Yoga Pants  —  Montana Republican state Rep. David Moore has a plan to guide America out of the darkness—ban yoga pants.  —  Moore, who is upset that group of naked bicyclists pedaled through Missoula last year, decided that what his state really needs right now is tighter regulations on trousers.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Associated Press:
Missoula lawmaker: Yoga pants, Speedos should be illegal in public  —  HELENA — A Montana lawmaker is seeking to strengthen the state's indecent exposure law, stopping just short of his wish to outlaw yoga pants.  —  Rep. David Moore on Tuesday introduced House Bill 365 in the House Judiciary Committee …
Discussion: Mediaite and Political Wire
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
D'Souza: Brian Williams a ‘Liberal Con Man Whose Con Is Finally Up’  —  Hours before Brian Williams's suspension was announced, author Dinesh D'Souza took a shot at Williams and called him “another liberal con man whose con is finally up.”  —  D'Souza told Steve Malzberg, “I mean …
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Jon Stewart Will Leave ‘The Daily Show’ on a Career High Note
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Following Suspension, Brian Williams Probably Wishes He'd Gotten the Tonight Show Job He Wanted
The Hill:
Obama asks Congress to approve war against ISIS militants  —  [READ DRAFT ISIS WAR AUTHORIZATION LEGISLATION.]  —  The proposed legislation limits Obama from the use of “enduring offensive ground combat operations,” deliberately vague language intended to win over those on the left wary …
Discussion: RedState
The Hill:
Obama's ISIS war powers request to ban ‘enduring’ troops
Discussion: ABC News and Hot Air
Grandfather visiting Alabama from India stopped by police while taking walk, left partly paralyzed  —  Madison police last week roughed up a 57-year-old Indian citizen who was walking on the sidewalk outside his son's home, leaving the older man temporarily paralyzed and hospitalized with fused vertebrae.
Discussion: Common Dreams, Raw Story and Hullabaloo
Little League punishes Chicago team  —  Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West and suspended its coach for violating a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents, it was announced Wednesday.
Official: Houthis seize U.S. Embassy vehicles, Marines' weapons at airport  —  Official: Rebels take U.S. Embassy vehicles, weapons 02:12  —  Story highlights  —  Sanaa, Yemen (CNN)Houthi rebels took all U.S. Embassy vehicles parked at the Yemeni capital's airport and wouldn't let departing U.S. Marines …
Fox News:
Rebels reportedly seize US vehicles after Yemen embassy closes
Michael Allen /
Baltimore Cop Points Gun At Teen, ‘Accidentally’ Shoots Him (Video)  —  A Baltimore County police officer was working a second job as a security guard when he shot a 14-year-old boy at an apartment complex in Randallstown, Maryland, on Monday.  —  When police arrived at the apartment complex …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ted Cruz:
Sen. Cruz: We Must Protect State Marriage Laws  —  RE-INTRODUCES STATE MARRIAGE DEFENSE ACT  —  WASHINGTON, DC — Today U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, along with 11 fellow Senators, re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act, which respects the definition of marriage held by the people …
Kendall Breitman / Politico:
Ted Cruz introduces bill to leave marriage to the states
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Daily Kos
New York Times:
Emerging Hillary Clinton Team Shows Signs of Disquiet  —  Lingering tensions between Hillary Rodham Clinton's loyalists and the strategists who helped President Obama defeat her in 2008 have erupted into an intense public struggle over who will wield money and clout in her emerging 2016 presidential campaign.
Ed Kilgore / Talking Points Memo:
How Conservatives Are Pushing Liberals Out Of Christianity  —  Most of the public controversy over the president's remarks at this year's National Prayer Breakfast involved his reminder that Muslims were not alone in harboring “sinful tendenc[ies] that can pervert and distort our faith.”
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