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3:10 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 NC 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 murdered 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  —  The man arrested on suspicion of killing three young Muslims in North Carolina described himself as an “anti-theist” and criticised all religions online.
Chapel Hill police: Parking dispute may have led to triple shooting
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Killing of 3 in Chapel Hill stirs alarm among Muslims
Raleigh News & Observer:
Victims' father says Chapel Hill triple homicide was a ‘hate crime’
Rossalyn Warren / BuzzFeed:
Here Are The Three Victims Of The Chapel Hill Shooting
Discussion: WTVR-TV and Religion Dispatches
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 …
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”
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.
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 …
The Hill:
GOP leaders at odds over immigration  —  Senate and House Republicans are fighting over who should move first to break the stalemate over funding the Department of Homeland Security.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday the House will have to pass a new bill …
The Hill:
Obama asks Congress to approve war against ISIS militants
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: Raw Story, Common Dreams 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.
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.
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
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Tennessee Lawmaker Wants Bible To Be The State Book  —  WASHINGTON — A Tennessee state legislator has introduced a bill to make the Bible the official state book, after two other Southern states considered similar moves in recent months.  —  State Rep. Jerry Sexton (R) put forward his legislation Tuesday.
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.”
Discussion: Tea Party and Washington Monthly
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 …
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Free Speech and Ivory Towers
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White House weighs adjusting Afghan exit plan to slow withdrawal of troops
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Muslim Brotherhood: White House Official Met Us at State Department
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Text of Obama's ISIS War Authorization
Discussion: National Review
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Baltimore Cop Points Gun At Teen, ‘Accidentally’ Shoots Him (Video)
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Anti-Semitic horrors don't exist in Obama's world
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Patrick O'Connor / Wall Street Journal:
Jeb Bush's Foreign Policy Seen Leaning Toward His Father's
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Jon Stewart Will Leave ‘The Daily Show’ on a Career High Note
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC News: Brian Williams suspended for 6 months without pay