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4:35 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.
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.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   House Republicans Tell McConnell To Ax The Filibuster For Immigration Fight
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.
Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
Facing Mixed Messages, Alabama May Gain Clarity on Gay Marriage
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Scott Kaufman / Raw Story:
‘Redneck News’ correspondent looks for evidence that gay marriage is destroying Alabama
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:   Alabama's ‘Redneck News’ Reports On Changes After Gay Marriage (VIDEO)
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.
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 …
Laura Gunderson / Oregonian:
Democratic leaders tell John Kitzhaber: It's time to resign  —  Senate President Peter Courtney and House Majority Leader Tina Kotek met with Gov. John Kitzhaber on Thursday morning and told him it was time to resign, according to multiple sources.  —  Courtney is expected to meet with reporters at 1 p.m.
Discussion: Political Wire and National Review
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Amanda Macias / Reuters:
Ukraine: 50 Russian tanks and 40 missile systems rolled into the country while Putin talked peace  —  About 50 tanks, 40 missile systems, and 40 armored vehicles crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia via the Izvaryne border crossing into the separatist Luhansk region, a Kiev military spokesman said on Thursday.
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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 …
James B. Comey / FBI:
Home  • News  • Speeches  • Hard Truths: Law Enforcement and Race  —  Speaker may deviate from prepared remarks.  —  Thank you for inviting me to Georgetown University.  I am honored to be here.  I wanted to meet with you today to share my thoughts on the relationship …
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
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
BuzzFeed:
Things Everybody Does But Doesn't Talk About, Featuring President Obama  —  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 ›  —  BuzzFeedVideo / Via Facebook: video.php
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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