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7:40 PM ET, February 16, 2015

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Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
Poll: Most disapprove of Obama handling of ISIS  —  Washington (CNN)Americans are increasingly unhappy with President Barack Obama's handling of ISIS, and a growing share of the nation believes that fight is going badly, according to a new CNN/ORC survey released Monday.
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Chris Stephen / Guardian:
Libya and Egypt launch air strikes against Isis after militants post beheadings video
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
NBC News:
Walker and Bush: Meet Your Republican Presidential Frontrunners  —  There are two big takeaways from our new NBC/Marist polls of Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina that we released yesterday.  First, with less than a year...
Discussion: Hot Air and FOX News Radio
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Marist Poll:
2/15: 2016 Wide Open GOP Field in Early Caucus and Primary States... Clinton Solid Front-Runner on Democratic Side
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Nick Gass / Politico:
Early state polls show wide-open GOP primary
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and The Daily Caller
Jim Newell / Salon:
Scott Walker's lack of a college degree: A non-issue that Democrats should avoid  —  His lack of a college degree is not one of them  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has emerged as a modest front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination in the past couple of weeks.  This may well be a temporary state of affairs.
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Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
A Presidential Education
Wall Street Journal:
Greek Financing Talks Break Down  —  Wide gulf between Athens and its official creditors triggers a period of high uncertainty  —  BRUSSELS—Talks among euro-zone finance ministers over a new financing arrangement for Greece broke down abruptly Monday, demonstrating a wide gulf between Athens …
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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.
Sue Kerr / Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents:
22 Year Old Ohio Trans Woman Stabbed to Death By Father  —  February 15.2015. … 22-year-old Bri Golec has recently returned to a transgender support group in the Akron, Ohio area.  She had participated a few years ago, then stopped attending.  Recently, she began to more assertively explore her gender identity.
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Plain Dealer:   Akron father accused of fatally stabbing 22-year-old son, blaming cult
Irin Carmon / msnbc.com:
Ruth Bader Ginsburg on abortion, race and the broken Congress  —  WASHINGTON - The Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion isn't in danger of being overturned anytime soon, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told msnbc in a wide-ranging, exclusive interview.
Emily Le Coz / The Clarion Ledger:
Alday says he's not racist; GOP leaders decry statements  —  State Rep. Gene Alday, R-Walls, who came under fire after his racist comments appeared in a Clarion-Ledger article Sunday about public education, said today his remarks were out of context and that he's a nice guy.
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.
NRG:
10 hours of fear and loathing in Paris  —  One month after the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris, NRG's correspondent, wearing a tzitzit and a kippa, took what proved to be an intimidating walk across the French capital.  “What is he doing here Mommy?
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
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Boehner Says He'd Allow Homeland Security Shutdown
New York Times:
Spyware Embedded by U.S. in Foreign Networks, Security Firm Says  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The United States has found a way to permanently embed surveillance and sabotage tools in computers and networks it has targeted in Iran, Russia, Pakistan, China, Afghanistan and other countries closely watched …
Discussion: The Week
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Joe Walsh eyes comeback bid  —  Controversial former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) is talking up a Tea Party challenge to Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).  —  “I am very seriously considering challenging him in a primary,” Walsh told The Hill on Thursday.  “Mark Kirk has got to be challenged.”
Heather / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Ben Carson Doesn't Want Any Rules For Our Military  —  Potential 2016 presidential contender Ben Carson thinks the only thing that should matter to our military is “winning,” whatever the hell that's supposed to mean these days when we're occupying countries or inserting ourselves …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Tom Vanden Brook / Associated Press:
Army eases policy on transgender soldiers  —  WASHINGTON — The decision to discharge transgender soldiers from the Army now has to be made by a top, senior civilian official, documents obtained by USA TODAY show, a move that will make it more difficult to remove such troops from the service.
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 …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
 
 
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Michael Warren / Weekly Standard:
Hillary Campaign Signs at Politico Reporter's Wedding
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Alan Pyke / ThinkProgress:
Boston Using Prison Labor To Shovel Heaps Of Snow In Frigid Temperatures For Pennies
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
Democrats Seek Relief From Obamacare Penalties
David Leopold / The Hill:
Republicans using the courts to push their anti-Obama agenda
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: ISIS Represents Islam Like KKK Represents Christianity
Lydia Warren For / Daily Mail:
‘I had to kill a man’: Court may hear American Sniper killer Eddie Ray Routh's full taped confession today
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Michael A. Cooper Jr / The New Republic:
The War on the War on Poverty  —  North Carolina conservatives …
Kurt Schlichter / Townhall.com:
Liberal Militant Atheist Murders Muslims; Conservative Christians Clearly To Blame
 Earlier Items: 
Brianna Ehley / Yahoo! News:
Tech Issues Plague HealthCare.gov as Deadline Passes
Discussion: National Review
Elisabetta Povoledo / New York Times:
Raw Eggs and No Husband Since '38 Keep Her Young at 115
Discussion: WGN-TV and Feministing
Fox News:
Surveyors to announce Washington Monument's new official, shorter height
New York Post:
Let's see her e-mails  —  It's been nearly two years since …