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2:15 PM 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: Daily Kos and Horizons
Keith Laing / The Hill:
Boehner ‘certainly’ prepared to let DHS funding expire
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Lerman / Bloomberg Business:   Democrats to Be at Fault If Homeland Money Ends: Boehner
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 …
The White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on the Murder of Egyptian Citizens
Discussion: Power Line and BizPac Review
Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after 21 Egyptians beheaded
Discussion: Associated Press, Fox News and The Week
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Presidential Education  —  One of the issues raised by Scott Walker's quick ascendancy to the top tier of presidential candidacy in the 2016 Invisible Primary is the phony scandal of his lack of a college degree.  I call it a “phony scandal” because while there have been a few liberals …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Scott Walker's national education effect: Column
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: RedState, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
GOP cools on Loretta Lynch  —  President Obama's pick to serve as the next attorney general is having a hard time finding Republican supporters.  —  To be confirmed by the Senate, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch only needs four Republicans to support her nomination.
Robert Patrick / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Police dash cam shows part of contested arrest - until St. Louis officer turns camera off  —  ST. LOUIS  • As video cameras begin to sweep post-Ferguson policing — and policymakers grapple with whether to bar the public from watching the images — one such recording sits at the heart of a new lawsuit.
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Raw Eggs and No Husband Since '38 Keep Her Young at 115  —  VERBANIA, Italy — Celebrity came late to Emma Morano.  Her routine life, in fact, might have raised barely an eyebrow were it not for the fact that she's managed to hold on to it for so long.  —  At 115 years and nearly three months …
Discussion: WGN-TV and Feministing
Ian Parker / New Yorker:
The Shape of Things to Come  —  How an industrial designer became Apple's greatest product.  —  I. Launch Day … “We can do this the easy way or we can do this the cute way.”  —  BUY THE PRINT » … II. The Studio … “Excuse me—those performance reviews were supposed to be anonymous.”
Sean Kelly /
Texas Fireman Responds To Houston Islamic Center Fire: ‘Let It Burn’  —  A man who claimed to be a firefighter in Houston, Texas responded to a massive fire at a Houston Islamic Center with a controversial tweet that read, “Let it burn ... block the fire hydrant.”
Discussion: Liberaland and FreakOutNation
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:
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Get ready for the return of the Global War On Terror  —  Are you ready for a revival of the Global War on Terror?  Not that it ever really went away (even if President Obama retired the term), but the increasingly complex situation with ISIS is moving America toward a return to the days of fear and loathing …
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
A perfect storm brews in the Middle East  —  TEL AVIV — Mistrust between the Obama administration and Benjamin Netanyahu has widened even further in recent days because of U.S. suspicion that the Israeli prime minister has authorized leaks of details about the U.S. nuclear talks with Iran.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Horizons
Michael Wilner / Jerusalem Post:
Washington officials deny report of freezing Israel out of Iran nuclear talks
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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
Yanis Varoufakis / New York Times:
No Time for Games in Europe  —  ATHENS — I am writing this piece on the margins of a crucial negotiation with my country's creditors — a negotiation the result of which may mark a generation, and even prove a turning point for Europe's unfolding experiment with monetary union.
Tom Gross / Weekly Standard:
Nothing Random Here  —  Yesterday evening's Copenhagen synagogue shooting is yet another attack on Jews as Jews — just as we have witnessed such attacks at the Toulouse Jewish primary school, the Brussels Jewish museum, the Paris kosher supermarket, the firebombing of the synagogue …
Discussion: Babalú Blog, Hot Air and JustOneMinute
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Brianna Ehley / Yahoo! News:
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Fox News:
Surveyors to announce Washington Monument's new official, shorter height
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Washington Times
Nick Gass / Politico:
Early state polls show wide-open GOP primary
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Jeryl Bier / Weekly Standard:
HHS Pushes Church Talking Points, Bulletins to Promote Obamacare
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Richard Benedetto / The Hill:
Washington and Lincoln, forgotten on Presidents Day
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Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
North Carolina Paper Issues Correction: Obama Is Not The Antichrist (Whew!)
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New York Times:
C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons
Discussion: Hot Air and
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Fox Host Grills Roy Moore: You Already Got Fired Once For Putting Yourself ‘Above The Law’
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