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11:10 AM ET, February 16, 2015


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Los Angeles Times:
Republican majorities struggle to get Congress working  —  After six weeks in session and 139 roll call votes in a House and Senate that feature some of the largest Republican majorities in generations, one of the most telling statistics from the new Congress is this: President Obama's veto threats outnumber …
Discussion: Horizons and Political Wire
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Boehner ‘certainly’ prepared to let DHS funding expire  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Sunday that he is “certainly” willing to let federal funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expire this month if a congressional standoff that is threatening the agency's appropriation continues.
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and Daily Kos
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Conservatives not sweating Homeland Security shutdown
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Scott Walker's national education effect: Column  —  The college dropout governor may bring reality back to an Ivy League-suffocated government.  —  A lot of people don't know much about him yet, and he may not even be running, but if Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is elected president in 2016 …
New York Post:
Let's see her e-mails  —  It's been nearly two years since Lois Lerner planted a question at an American Bar Association gathering to slip in the fact that the IRS had singled out Tea Party groups for special scrutiny.  —  Since then, we've learned the following:
Daily Mail:
Mother of four shot in road rage horror while teaching daughter to drive dies as grieving husband vows to find mystery killer  — Las Vegas mom Tammy Meyers, 44, gave her 15-year-old daughter a driving lesson that triggered an unthinkable chain of events  — A car allegedly followed …
Discussion: Liberaland, FOX News Radio and ABC News
Chris Stephen / Guardian:
Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video  —  President Sisi had vowed to ‘avenge the criminal killings’ after release of video purporting to show killing of 21 Christians, believed to be kidnapped Egyptians  —  Egypt reported that its war planes …
Discussion: CNN, The Intercept, Hot Air and NPR
Richard Benedetto / The Hill:
Washington and Lincoln, forgotten on Presidents Day  —  According to the blizzard of furniture, appliance and auto ads in the newspapers and on TV, today is Presidents Day.  —  But according to Congress, it's not Presidents Day at all.  It's George Washington's Birthday.
Discussion: FishbowlDC
New York Times:
C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons  —  The Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure …
Discussion: Hot Air and
Matthewjbuettner / CBS Denver:
Union President Calls For Chief's Resignation Over Defaced Fallen Officer Memorial  —  DENVER (CBS4) - Two people were arrested Saturday afternoon while police monitored a group that had been staging protests throughout Denver.  —  During the protest a memorial dedicated to fallen police officers …
The Atlantic Online:
What ISIS Really Wants  —  The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths.  It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.  Here's what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.  —  Graeme Wood
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
David Carr / New York Times:
David Carr's Last Word on Journalism, Aimed at Students  —  David Carr was known at The New York Times as a supreme talent scout, a mentor to young reporters and a blunt critic of those who didn't measure up.  He was a natural teacher, and right up until the day he died last week …
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
North Carolina Paper Issues Correction: Obama Is Not The Antichrist (Whew!)  —  A North Carolina paper thinks Obama is so powerful that he will usher in the Antichrist.  He'll smite us all, just because.  At least they acknowledge that the letter they published didn't identify Obama as the dreaded Antichrist.
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Boehner: Didn't Want White House Screwing up Netanyahu Invitation with Their ‘Animosity’  —  House speaker John Boehner (R-OH) spoke to Fox News Sunday's Chris Wallace Sunday morning about what Wallace characterized as the GOP's majority's slow start in Congress and his controversial invitation …
Discussion: Haaretz and FOX News Radio
Agence France-Presse:
Netanyahu urges Jews to move to Israel after Copenhagen attacks
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Fox Host Grills Roy Moore: You Already Got Fired Once For Putting Yourself ‘Above The Law’  —  Alabama Chief Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore on Sunday insisted that he had a moral duty to defy the United States Supreme Court if they tried to change God's “organic law” by declaring that LGBT people had an equal right to marriage.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Ariel Edwards-Levy / The Huffington Post:
Judge Challenging Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore On Gay Marriage: 'We're On The Right Side Of History'
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
HHS Pushes Church Talking Points, Bulletins to Promote Obamacare
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and Raw Story
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Rick Perry hires Iowans, heads to Sioux City
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Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How Jon Stewart turned lies into comedy and brainwashed a generation
Discussion: NewsBusters
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Call Off the Dogs
Discussion: BREITBART.COM and Ed Driscoll