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8:15 AM ET, February 12, 2015


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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.
NY Daily News:
Bob Simon, ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent, killed in crash on West Side Highway  —  Simon, 73, was passenger in livery cab that rear-ended another vehicle on 12th Ave. at 30th St. and slammed into median.  —  “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway …
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Post:
60 Minutes' Bob Simon killed in car crash
Discussion: Gothamist and Politico
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
Bob Simon, ‘60 Minutes’ Correspondent And CBS News Veteran, Dies In West Side Highway Crash
Discussion: ABC, CBS Los Angeles, WTVR-TV and UPROXX
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Unease Grows as Hillary Clinton Stays on Sidelines  —  Some Democrats Want the Former Secretary of State to Begin Actively Campaigning for the Presidential Nomination  —  The Republican race for president already has the feel of a sprint, with likely candidates attending fundraisers and party forums all over the map.
Russ Smith /
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.”
Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
John Kitzhaber planned to resign, changed mind Wednesday, sources say  —  Gov. John Kitzhaber decided to resign Tuesday but then changed his mind, insisting Wednesday afternoon that he's staying, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.  —  Events developed as the Democratic governor …
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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker When Asked About Evolution: 'I'm Going To Punt On That'
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Matt Berman / National Journal:
Scott Walker Just Got Asked If He Believes in Evolution. He Punted.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Albright: Bibi ‘interfering’ in US politics  —  Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Wednesday accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of meddling with U.S. politics.  —  “He is interfering in our internal affairs,” the former Clinton administration official …
Discussion: Washington Post and The PJ Tatler
Town of Chapel Hill, NC:
Statement to the Community from Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt  —  Our community has been rocked by a horrible crime with the shootings of three young people.  On behalf of the Chapel Hill community, I ask that you join with me in remembering the parents, family and friends of Deah Shaddy Barakat …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Victims' father says Chapel Hill triple homicide was a ‘hate crime’
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Killing of 3 in Chapel Hill stirs alarm among Muslims
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 …
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
Fox News Insider:
Marine Corps Says Crew Served Weapons Destroyed at Embassy  —  UPDATE, 9:57p ET: The Marine Corps has clarified what Marines did under State Department orders in Yemen following the evacuation of the U.S. embassy.  —  Crew served weapons were destroyed at the embassy, while Marines' personal weapons were …
Tiffany Willis /
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 …
Daily Mail:
ISIS launches urgent blood donor appeal to treat wounded fighters after suffering heavy casualties in Coalition air strikes  —  Islamic State militants have launched an urgent appeal for people under their control to donate blood after suffering heavy casualties in Coalition air strikes, it was reported today.
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.
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.
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Missy Ryan / Washington Post:
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