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10:25 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
Adam Harrington / CBS New York:
Bob Simon, ‘60 Minutes’ Correspondent And CBS News Veteran, Dies In West Side Highway Crash
Discussion: ABC, UPROXX, CBS Los Angeles and WTVR-TV
New York Post:
60 Minutes' Bob Simon killed in car crash
Discussion: Gothamist and Politico
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 …
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
ObamaCare signups surge in southern states  —  Signups for ObamaCare are surging in southern states, with increases of nearly 100 percent in some states compared to last year, federal health officials said Wednesday.  —  Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina and Mississippi have each seen 80 percent …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
Discussion: VodkaPundit
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
Discussion: UPROXX, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinks Americans Are Ready for Gay Marriage  —  Don't Miss Out — … (Bloomberg) — Americans are prepared to accept a U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said, pointing to what she described as a sweeping change in attitudes toward gays.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
So, What About Rev. Al Sharpton's Suspension?  —  In light of Brian Williams sanction, MSNBC host's lies deserve review  —  With its swift and severe punishment of Brian Williams, NBCUniversal declared yesterday that it will not stand for on-air talent lying to viewers.
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Boehner on DHS: Senate Democrats Need to ‘Get Off Their Ass’  —  House leaders emerged from a Republican Conference meeting Wednesday with a persistent refrain on Department of Homeland Security funding: The House has done its job; it's time for the Senate to act.
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
Matt Berman / National Journal:
Scott Walker Just Got Asked If He Believes in Evolution. He Punted.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker When Asked About Evolution: 'I'm Going To Punt On That'
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
The new presidential debates?  —  Republican presidential hopefuls may be rid of an overloaded debate schedule, but a packed calendar of forums is taking their place.  —  Conservative activists and right-leaning news outlets are scrambling to plan a heavy schedule of candidate gatherings ahead of the first official debate in August.
Discussion: ABC News
Amira Ata / Fusion:
Chapel Hill shooting: My best friend was killed and I don't know why  —  21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha was shot in the head alongside her husband and her sister in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday.  A preliminary police investigation suggests that the fatal shootings were the result …
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg View:
Yep, Obamacare Costs a Fortune  —  Whenever I write about Obamacare's expansion of health insurance, most of the e-mails I get from readers include some version of: Sure, the premiums may be low, but who can afford to see a doctor?  —  A survey released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation …
Discussion: Betsy's Page
The White House:
Letter from the President — Authorization for the Use of United States Armed Forces in connection with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant  —  TO THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES:  —  The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) poses a threat to the people and stability of Iraq …
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Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Charlie Sheen comes out of political closet, says he's a ‘constitutional Republican’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TPNN
Bob Moser / American Prospect:
How Democratic Progressives Survived a Landslide
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Alex Byers / Politico:
The GOP game plan on net neutrality
Discussion: Hit & Run and Techdirt
Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:
‘Glimmer of hope’ for Ukraine after deal at Minsk peace summit
Discussion: New York Times, Gawker and Hot Air
Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Brian Williams's Crash and Tom Brokaw's Role
Discussion: FTVLive and Politico
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Dina Cappiello / Associated Press:
Congress Clears Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Setting up Veto
Claude Brodesser-Akner / New Jersey Online:
History says Christie must write a book to be president. Here's why he hasn't. Yet.
Tiffany Willis /
28 Reasons I'm DONE Talking To Most Of My Conservative Friends And Family Members
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
The Republican Discovery of the Poor
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
President Obama really really really really hates Maureen Dowd
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