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3:25 PM ET, February 12, 2015

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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) …
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Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster  —  A growing number of House GOP conservatives are pressuring Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday to invoke the “nuclear option” and change the chamber's rules to pass a bill defunding President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Discussion: Political Wire
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: Senate should invoke ‘nuclear option’ for DHS
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   House Republicans Tell McConnell To Ax The Filibuster For Immigration Fight
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Boehner on DHS: Senate Democrats Need to ‘Get Off Their Ass’
Discussion: Don Surber
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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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Judge: I could ‘dissent’ from Supreme Court gay marriage ruling  —  The Alabama Supreme Court's chief justice is ready to go to war with the Supreme Court, if the high court rules in favor of same-sex marriage, asserting that the potential ruling could be as damaging as historical decisions that set back racial equality.
Discussion: New York Times
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Muslims, Marriage and Bigotry
Courtney Weaver / Guardian:
Ukraine ceasefire agreed at Belarus talks  —  Ceasefire will come into force on Sunday, but Hollande and Merkel say much work still to be done after marathon overnight negotiations  —  The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany have reached a ceasefire deal after 17 hours of talks in Minsk, Belarus, on the Ukrainian conflict.
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Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Ukraine ceasefire deal reached after marathon Minsk talks
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
A GOP one-party state?  —  If the Republican nominee for president is elected in 2016 — even by one vote — America will become an effective one-party state with the GOP controlling the presidency, the House, the Senate and the Supreme Court.  —  I warn my fellow liberals who casually discuss …
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Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch's delayed vote over confirmation
Discussion: Daily Kos and US News
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” …
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Scott Kaufman / Raw Story:
‘Redneck News’ correspondent looks for evidence that gay marriage is destroying Alabama
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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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Bill would allow concealed weapons across state lines  —  Gun owners would be allowed to carry concealed weapons around the country under new legislation introduced in the Senate.  —  The Constitutional Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would allow gun owners who have a concealed carry permit …
Discussion: National Review
CBS News:
Little League cheating call raises allegations of racism  —  Shares -  —  Supporters of a Chicago Little League team that had its national title revoked over allegations of cheating accused the Little League organization Wednesday of racism.  —  Little League International announced Wednesday morning …
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.
Tom Cotton / Salon:
“Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree”: Why new senator Tom Cotton is so frightening … Newly elected Tom Cotton of Arkansas is one of the youngest members of the Senate, only 37 years old, a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law and a veteran of both Afghanistan and Iraq.
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
BuzzFeed:
We Got President Obama To Use A Selfie Stick In This Video About Things We All Do But Won't Admit  —  How did we get Obama to use a selfie stick?  Oh, because he wants you to go to https://www.healthcare.gov.  —  So what does President Obama do when no one's around?  —  View Video ›
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
Todd Starnes / Associated Press:
Student reprimanded for saying “God Bless America”  —  A Florida high school student was disciplined after a national atheist organization took offense when he concluded the morning announcements by saying “God Bless America.”  —  A spokesperson for the Nassau County School District told …
Los Angeles Times:
LAPD officer shoots, injures teen after seeing a replica gun  —  The Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday that an officer shot and injured a 15-year-old in the back after spotting him in an alley next to someone who appeared to be aiming a handgun.  —  The weapon turned …
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 …
 
 
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New York Times:
Data From Seized Computer Fuels a Surge in U.S. Raids on Al Qaeda
Discussion: The Diplomat
Danielle Tcholakian / DNAinfo New York:
Barry Diller's $130M Floating Hudson River Arts Park Wins Approval
Jon Ronson / New York Times:
How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco's Life
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
Is Jeb Bush Buying the Nomination?
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Paul skeptical of banning Internet ‘fast lanes’
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
 Earlier Items: 
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Top tech CEOs to snub Obama cyber summit
John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
Perry: In '16, Americans will want ‘someone who has been tested’
Discussion: Political Wire
Alex Byers / Politico:
The GOP game plan on net neutrality
Discussion: Techdirt and Hit & Run
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Albright: Bibi ‘interfering’ in US politics
Discussion: Religion Dispatches
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit