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12:25 PM ET, February 12, 2015

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Philly.com:
It's official: Philadelphia to host 2016 Democratic Convention  —  Philadelphia has been selected to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced this morning.  —  The city beat out Columbus, Ohio, and Brooklyn, for the event, which will take place the week of July 25, 2016.
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Mark Preston / CNN:
First on CNN: Philadelphia wins bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hot Air
Politico:
Dems pick Philly for '16 convention
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.
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NY Daily News:
Bob Simon, ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent, killed in crash on 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
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Brian Williams' False 2003 Iraq Helicopter Claim Draws Scrutiny To Other War Exploits  —  NEW YORK — In the wake of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams' suspension for lying about being on a helicopter that took fire in Iraq in 2003, questions are emerging over another of his Iraq exploits.
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Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Brian Williams's Crash and Tom Brokaw's Role
Discussion: FTVLive and Politico
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.
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Ciara Torres-Spelliscy / Feeds:   Dark Money Could Get Even Darker
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 …
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Mother Has Miscarriage After Cop Beats Her Because He Didn't ‘Appreciate Her Tone’  —  A Georgia woman claimed in a lawsuit that police officers in Albany beat her so badly that she had a miscarriage.  —  In a complaint filed in federal court, Kenya Harris explained that she went …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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 …
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Jonathan J. Cooper / Associated Press:   Oregon Governor Planned to Quit but Changed His Mind
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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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.
Discussion: USA Today and Taylor Marsh
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Russ Smith / SPLICETODAY.com:
Mainstream Journalists Are Scared of Scott Walker
Discussion: Hot Air and VodkaPundit
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Alabama's ‘Redneck News’ Reports On Changes After Gay Marriage (VIDEO)  —  An intrepid citizen journalist in Blount County, Alabama posted a video to Facebook on Wednesday reporting on the changes to his state after legalization of gay marriage.  —  With a handheld camera, “Redneck News” …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
What Apple Just Did in Solar Is a Really Big Deal  —  Breaks records, slays trolls  —  Don't Miss Out — … It was a year ago this week that Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook responded to a climate-change heckler at the company's annual shareholder meeting with an impassioned rebuttal …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Top tech CEOs to snub Obama cyber summit  —  The CEOs of Google, Yahoo and Facebook have declined invitations to attend President Obama's tech summit Friday at Stanford University.  —  Though Apple CEO Tim Cook will be present, along with the top executives from firms like Mastercard and Bank of America …
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
Pete Kasperowicz / TheBlaze.com:
Vets Group Demands VA Secretary Apologize for Asking Iraq War Veteran, ‘What Have You Done?’  —  A key veterans group on Wednesday demanded that Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologize for insulting a member of Congress who just happens to be a 22-year Marine Corps veteran.
 
 
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