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11:25 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.
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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
New York Post:
60 Minutes' Bob Simon killed in car crash
Discussion: Gothamist and Politico
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  —  Washington (CNN)Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in July 2016, a source with knowledge of the selection process tells CNN.  —  While the Democratic National Committee …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hot Air
Politico:
Dems pick Philly for '16 convention  —  Philadelphia has been chosen as the host of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, party officials announced Thursday.  —  The decision is a huge disappointment for New York City, where Mayor Bill de Blasio had made a major effort to land the convention for Brooklyn.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
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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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 …
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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
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Russ Smith / SPLICETODAY.com:
Mainstream Journalists Are Scared of Scott Walker
Discussion: Hot Air and VodkaPundit
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
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
Washington Post:
Within NBC, an intense debate over whether to fire Brian Williams  —  (Stephanie Klein-Davis/Roanoke Times via AP)  —  Senior NBC officials seriously considered firing anchor Brian Williams because he lied to his viewers about riding in a military helicopter hit by a rocket-propelled grenade during …
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Ken Auletta / New Yorker:
Brian Williams's Crash and Tom Brokaw's Role
Discussion: FTVLive and Politico
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 …
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 …
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
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
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
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
 
 
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