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12:20 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: 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
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 …
Egypt bombs Islamic State targets in Libya after 21 Egyptians beheaded
Discussion: Fox News, Associated Press and The Week
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:
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 and Hot Air
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
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
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.
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
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
Fox News:
Surveyors to announce Washington Monument's new official, shorter height  —  FILE- In this Sept. 26, 2014, photo, the monuments of Washington are silhouetted through the lifting fog over the nation's capitol as seen from an overlook in Arlington, Va. From left are, the Lincoln Memorial …
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Washington Times
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 …
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
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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:
North Carolina Paper Issues Correction: Obama Is Not The Antichrist (Whew!)
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Rick Perry hires Iowans, heads to Sioux City
David / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Fox Host Grills Roy Moore: You Already Got Fired Once For Putting Yourself ‘Above The Law’
Discussion: FOX News Radio