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2:55 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:
GOP lawmaker: Senate should invoke ‘nuclear option’ for DHS  —  Immigration hardliner Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) suggested Wednesday that the Senate change its long-standing rules in order to pass a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security while simultaneously revoking President Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster
Discussion: Political Wire
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 and BuzzFeed
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Muslims, Marriage and Bigotry
Associated Press:
YURAS KARMANAU and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV  —  MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Guns would fall silent, heavy weapons would pull back from the front and Ukraine would trade broad autonomy for the east to get back control of its Russian border by the end of 2015 under a peace deal hammered out Thursday …
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Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Ukraine ceasefire deal reached after marathon Minsk talks
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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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.
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
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Danielle Tcholakian / DNAinfo New York:
Barry Diller's $130M Floating Hudson River Arts Park Wins Approval  —  CIVIC CENTER — A new $130 million pier with undulating greenery and an outdoor performance venue will be built on the Hudson River, after the Hudson River Park Trust approved the plan in a unanimous vote on Wednesday.
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 ›
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch's delayed vote over confirmation  —  The debate about confirming Loretta Lynch is suddenly getting partisan.  —  Democrats are now increasingly slamming Republicans' handling of President Barack Obama's nominee for attorney general, accusing them of slow-walking the veteran federal prosecutor's confirmation.
Discussion: Daily Kos and US News
 
 
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Jon Ronson / New York Times:
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John DiStaso / New Hampshire Journal:
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Discussion: Political Wire
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
The new presidential debates?
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Alex Byers / Politico:
The GOP game plan on net neutrality
Discussion: Hit & Run and Techdirt
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Albright: Bibi ‘interfering’ in US politics
Discussion: Religion Dispatches
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