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2:15 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.
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Boehner on DHS: Senate Democrats Need to ‘Get Off Their Ass’
Discussion: Don Surber
Burgess Everett / Politico:   Harry Reid released from hospital after 2nd eye surgery
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
Discussion: New York Times and BuzzFeed
Ciara Torres-Spelliscy / Feeds:   Dark Money Could Get Even Darker
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
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
Ukraine ceasefire deal reached after marathon Minsk talks  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)Marathon peace talks aimed at ending the bloody crisis in eastern Ukraine concluded Thursday in a breakthrough: A ceasefire that's due to start Sunday and an agreement for both sides to pull back heavy weapons.
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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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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 …
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
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Pete Kasperowicz / TheBlaze.com:
Vets Group Demands VA Secretary Apologize for Asking Iraq War Veteran, ‘What Have You Done?’  —  A key veterans group on Wednesday demanded that Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald apologize for insulting a member of Congress who just happens to be a 22-year Marine Corps veteran.
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 …
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
 
 
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Tom Cotton / Salon:
“Sarah Palin with a Harvard degree”: Why new senator Tom Cotton is so frightening
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Loretta Lynch faces delayed vote over confirmation
Discussion: US News
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Swoyer / Washington Times:
Charlie Sheen comes out of political closet, says he's a ‘constitutional Republican’
Discussion: TPNN and The Daily Caller
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