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5:40 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.
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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Campbell Robertson / New York Times:
U.S. Judge Orders Alabama Official to Issue Same-Sex Marriage Licenses  —  MOBILE, Ala. — A federal judge here ordered a county official in Mobile on Thursday to comply with her earlier ruling and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  —  In the decision, Judge Callie V. S. Granade …
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:   Judge: I could ‘dissent’ from Supreme Court gay marriage ruling
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.
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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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.
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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 …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Which image of Obama mugging for BuzzFeed's cameras diminishes the presidency the most, ranked  —  The #Millennial-friendly website BuzzFeed has taken over for Zach Galifianakis as the White House's preferred video venue for encouraging young people to sign up for health insurance.
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 …
Seth Mandel / Commentary Magazine:
Why They Fear Scott Walker  —  As I write this, the No. 1 “most read” story on the Washington Post's website is its investigation into the college years of Scott Walker, headlined: “As Scott Walker mulls White House bid, questions linger over college exit.”  Most of the time …
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J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Obama Secretly Partied With Bill Ayers Last Summer  —  On Aug. 30, 2014, MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner and former White House chef Sam Kass got married at a private wedding north of New York City.  It was widely reported at the time that President Obama, a longtime friend of the groom, attended the ceremony with his family.
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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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 …
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
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
Biden: Running away from Obama in 2016 would be ‘mistake’ for Dems … Vice President Joseph R. Biden said Democratic presidential candidates in 2016 should embrace President Obama's economic policies and “run on what we have done” instead of running away from the administration.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
The Destroyer Goeth  —  I met Walter Cronkite once.  He was a jerk.  —  The occasion was the 100th anniversary of my college newspaper, the Daily Texan, where Cronkite had worked as a young man before dropping out of the University of Texas.  It was 1999, and the possibility of …
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
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
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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