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11:45 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
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: Daily Kos
David Lerman / Bloomberg Business:
Democrats to Be at Fault If Homeland Money Ends: Boehner
Discussion: CBS News and Power Line
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 …
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
Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after 21 Egyptians beheaded  —  (Reuters) - Egypt's air force bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya on Monday, a day after the group released a video showed the beheading of 21 Egyptians there, marking an escalation in Cairo's battle against militants.
Discussion: Fox News, Associated Press and The Week
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:
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
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
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
Nick Gass / Politico:
Early state polls show wide-open GOP primary  —  The Republican field for 2016 remains wide open in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to a new set of NBC News/Marist polls, with Hillary Clinton still the overwhelming favorite among Democrats.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Washington officials deny report of freezing Israel out of Iran nuclear talks  —  Jewish congressmen ask Boehner to explain accusation ...  Boehner admits making calculated move not to inform W...  Earlier on Sunday, Channel 2 reported that Obama administration would cease providing Israel …
Discussion: Washington Post and Israel Matzav
Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Boehner: Didn't Want White House Screwing up Netanyahu Invitation with Their ‘Animosity’
Discussion: Haaretz and FOX News Radio
Agence France-Presse:
Netanyahu urges Jews to move to Israel after Copenhagen attacks
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 …
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
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Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Rick Perry hires Iowans, heads to Sioux City
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
How Jon Stewart turned lies into comedy and brainwashed a generation
Discussion: NewsBusters