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11:45 PM ET, February 11, 2015

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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:
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New York Times:
Man Charged in Deaths of 3 Students Near University of North Carolina
WRAL-TV:
Three college students killed in Chapel Hill shooting; 46-year-old man charged
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:   Killing of 3 in Chapel Hill stirs alarm among Muslims
Russ Smith / SPLICETODAY.com:
Mainstream Journalists Are Scared of Scott Walker  —  Not all Democratic National Committee flacks disguised as reporters/pundits are as transparent as Michael Tomasky, who collects paychecks from The Daily Beast.  Instead of dismissing the large field of potential Republican presidential candidates as …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Paul: ‘I blame’ Clinton for ISIS conflict  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Wednesday accused former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of helping to spur unrest in the Middle East that led to the current battle against militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Colin Campbell / Business Insider:
Here's how one of Obama's top advisers describes the president's turbulent relationship with Hillary  —  One of Barack Obama's closest and most trusted advisers has a lot to say about the president's “peaks and valleys” relationship with Hillary Clinton, his former rival who is now the Democratic front-runner for president in 2016.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:   Unease Grows as Hillary Clinton Stays on Sidelines
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit  —  MILWAUKEE — Scott Walker was gone.  Dropped out.  And in the spring of his senior year.  —  In 1990, that news stunned his friends at Marquette University.  Walker, the campus's suit-wearing, Reagan-loving politico …
Associated Press:
Walker, in London, declines to talk about world affairs, evolution  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sits as he is being introduced prior to his speech at Chatham House in central London on Wednesday  —  In a speech short on policy and long on restraint, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addressed Great Britain's …
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker When Asked About Evolution: 'I'm Going To Punt On That'  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a presumed 2016 Republican presidential contender, decided to dodge the question when asked Wednesday what he thought of the scientific theory of evolution, according to multiple reports.
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Matt Berman / National Journal:
Scott Walker Just Got Asked If He Believes in Evolution.  He Punted.  —  The Wisconsin governor and likely presidential candidate was asked the question in London.  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, speaking at Chatham House in London, was asked Wednesday by a British moderator if he believes in evolution.
Jamelle Bouie / Slate:
Why Jon Stewart Was Bad for the Liberals Who Loved Him  —  He was hilarious, but I am glad to see him go.  —  Seventeen years ago, The Daily Show was a forgettable late-night lark on a little-watched cable channel.  Today, after covering seven elections and countless scandals, controversies …
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Democrats Lament Stewart Exit  —  Late-night cable comedian Jon Stewart announced he would be leaving The Daily Show on Tuesday night's broadcast, and Democrats are not too happy.  The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising email Wednesday asking supporters to “Sign our card for Jon Stewart.”
CBS News:
CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, 1941-2015  —  Shares -  —  NEW YORK — Bob Simon, the longtime 60 Minutes correspondent and legendary CBS News foreign reporter died suddenly tonight in a car accident in New York City.  —  The award-winning newsman was 73.  —  Bob Simon, correspondent for 60 Minutes and CBS News.
Alison Noon / Great Falls Tribune:
Montana lawmaker seeks to outlaw provocative clothing  —  HELENA (AP) - 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: PoliticusUSA, UPROXX and Mashable
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Obama's Dual View of War Power Seeks Limits and Leeway  —  WASHINGTON — In seeking authorization for his six-month-old military campaign against the Islamic State terrorist group, President Obama on Wednesday did something that few if any of his predecessors have done: He asked Congress …
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The White House:
Letter from the President — Authorization for the Use of United States Armed Forces in connection …
Fox News:
Obama opens door to ‘limited’ ground combat operations against ISIS
Tiffany Willis / LiberalAmerica.org:
28 Reasons I'm DONE Talking To Most Of My Conservative Friends And Family Members  —  I'm a Southern girl.  Born in the South, raised in the South, and have rarely lived anywhere BUT the South.  I actually love the South.  I'll die in the South.  Being a Southern girl …
Jeff Mapes / Oregonian:
John Kitzhaber lawyer says governor will stay in office as rumors sweep Salem of resignation  —  Gov. John Kitzhaber's private attorney, Jim McDermott, on Wednesday sought to tamp down a flurry of speculation that the governor was planning to resign.  —  “I have every reason to believe …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Randomgate is why politicians are so boring  —  A few weeks ago, I had the chance to interview the President of the United States.  Among other things, I asked him if he thought the media exaggerates the threat posed by terrorism relative to other national security problems.
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
President Obama really really really really hates Maureen Dowd  —  President Obama's affection for the New York Times op-ed section is pretty well-documented at this point.  David Brooks and Tom Friedman are regulars at Obama's occasional off-the-record conversations with columnists …
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Republican Discovery of the Poor  —  Senator Mike Lee of Utah, a Tea Party favorite, is worried about economic unfairness.  Here he is, arguing for what he calls a “conservative reform agenda”: … Lee's commentary reflects a break with conservative orthodoxy by one faction on the right …
 
 
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
This terrible poll shows Elizabeth Warren beating Hillary Clinton
Claude Brodesser-Akner / New Jersey Online:
History says Christie must write a book to be president. Here's why he hasn't. Yet.
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Michael Allen / OpposingViews.com:
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Steve Benen / msnbc.com:
Warren's not-so-subtle shot across Rand Paul's bow