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1:00 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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Politico:
Dems pick Philly for '16 convention
Mark Preston / CNN:
First on CNN: Philadelphia wins bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Hot Air
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
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: CBS New York and Mediaite
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
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 …
The Hill:
GOP profanity, ‘math challenges’ color showdown on immigration  —  House and Senate Republicans offered up plenty of color on Wednesday about the looming shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but solutions were harder to find.  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) …
Discussion: Daily Kos, New York Times and Politico
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Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Boehner on DHS: Senate Democrats Need to ‘Get Off Their Ass’
Discussion: Don Surber
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
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 …
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
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Ahmed Al-Haj / Associated Press:
Yemen rebels seize US vehicles as Western embassies close
Discussion: Gawker
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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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 …
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 …
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Leaders in Ukraine Talks Announce Cease-Fire Agreement  —  MINSK, Belarus — A renewed cease-fire and an overall agreement to end the war in Ukraine was announced here on Thursday by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France after marathon overnight bargaining that nearly collapsed at the very end.
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Vladimir Soldatkin / Reuters:
‘Glimmer of hope’ for Ukraine after deal at Minsk peace summit
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Harry Reid released from hospital after 2nd eye surgery  —  Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid was released from The George Washington University Hospital on Wednesday evening following a second surgery on his injured right eye, though it remains unclear whether he will fully regain his vision.
Discussion: The Hill and Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Plain Dealer:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich getting advice from Ed Gillespie, John E. Sununu and others as he ponders presidential bid
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Vice names new EIC, head of content
Pete Kasperowicz / TheBlaze.com:
Vets Group Demands VA Secretary Apologize for Asking Iraq War Veteran, ‘What Have You Done?’
John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
Perry: In '16, Americans will want ‘someone who has been tested’
Discussion: Political Wire
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
The new presidential debates?
Discussion: ABC News and Democratic Strategist
Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Charlie Sheen comes out of political closet, says he's a ‘constitutional Republican’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and TPNN
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Byers / Politico:
The GOP game plan on net neutrality
Discussion: Hit & Run and Techdirt
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
So, When Does Rev. Al Sharpton's Suspension Begin?
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Albright: Bibi ‘interfering’ in US politics
Discussion: Religion Dispatches
Christopher Flavelle / Bloomberg View:
Yep, Obamacare Costs a Fortune
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Unease Grows as Hillary Clinton Stays on Sidelines
Discussion: USA Today, Taylor Marsh and The Hill