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10:35 AM ET, February 18, 2015


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Steve Kornacki /
Jeb Bush and the ghost of W  —  The model for Jeb Bush's campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is obvious: his brother.  —  Sixteen years ago, George W. Bush joined an unusually cluttered and formless Republican field in a race considered more wide open than any the party had ever seen.
Discussion: The Great Debate and The Week
Inside Jeb Bush's ‘shock and awe’ launch  —  While Bush avoided the spotlight last year, aides were making a plan.  —  NEW YORK — In November 2013, Jeb Bush took to the rostrum at New York's Marriott Marquis for the annual meeting of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and rubber hose
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Jeb Bush: ‘I love my father and my brother...but I am my own man’
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Hot Air and The Week
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Republican Jeb Bush on foreign policy views: ‘I am my own man’
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
New York Times:
A Judge's Assault on Immigration  —  President Obama surely knew that his recent executive actions to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation would run into trouble as soon as a 26-state lawsuit opposing the actions landed on the desk of Federal District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Brownsville, Tex.
Serena Marshall / ABC News:
Obama Administration Unlikely to Seek Emergency Stay on Immigration Ruling … While President Obama has made it clear his administration will appeal District Court Judge Andrew Hanen's ruling blocking his executive action on immigration, the president's immigration plan will likely be on hold for months or longer.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog and ABC News
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Marie Harf to Critics: Maybe My Comments Were ‘Too Nuanced’ for You  —  “We cannot kill our way out of this war,” State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told MSNBC's Chris Matthews “We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it's a lack of opportunity for jobs.”
Tim Hains / RealClearPolitics Videos:
State Dept's Harf: “We Can Not Kill Our Way Out Of This War,” Must Address Root Causes Like Joblessness
Discussion: Hot Air, RedState and Scared Monkeys
Fox News:
State Department spokeswoman floats jobs as answer to ISIS
Barack Obama / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism  —  The United States has made significant gains against terrorism.  We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.  —  At the same time, the threat has evolved.
Peter Oborne / openDemocracy:
Why I have resigned from the Telegraph  —  The coverage of HSBC in Britain's Daily Telegraph is a fraud on its readers.  If major newspapers allow corporations to influence their content for fear of losing advertising revenue, democracy itself is in peril.  —  Five years ago I was invited …
John Plunkett / Guardian:   Peter Oborne resigns, saying Telegraph's HSBC coverage a ‘fraud on readers’
Byron York / Associated Press:
Joe Biden's woman-touching habit  —  Vice President Joe Biden left some observers in and out of Washington aghast with his whisper-in-ear embrace of new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's wife Stephanie at Carter's swearing-in Tuesday.  As Carter was delivering his first speech as Pentagon chief …
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Italy Fears ISIS Invasion From Libya  —  As ISIS makes inroads into Libya, officials in Rome are panicking about an Islamic State just across the sea—but have no idea how to combat the crisis.  —  ROME — Last weekend in Italy, as the threat of ISIS in Libya hit home with a new video addressed to …
Ruth Sherlock / Telegraph:
Islamic State ‘planning to use Libya as gateway to Europe’
DHS officials worry short-term solution as painful as a shutdown  —  The way things are going in Congress, the Department of Homeland Security could be lucky if it gets just enough funding next week so it doesn't have to shut its doors.  —  But in reality, a continuing resolution …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
New York Times:
After Judge's Ruling, Obama Delays Immigration Actions
Discussion: Roll Call and The Nation
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
ObamaCare enrollment beats administration goal  —  This year's ObamaCare enrollment officially beat expectations with at least 11.4 million Americans signing up in the second year, the White House announced late Tuesday.  —  The new estimates put the Obama administration ahead of its target …
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
White House Boasts 11.4 Million Now Enrolled in Obamacare
Lydia Wheeler / The Hill:
Holder calls for halt to US executions  —  Attorney General Eric Holder called Tuesday for a national moratorium on the death penalty until the Supreme Court weighs in on the issue later this year.  —  “Our system of justice is the best in the world.  It is comprised of men and women …
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Oklahoma Bill Banning AP US History Would Make Students Study Ten Commandments, 3 Speeches By Reagan  —  An Oklahoma bill banning Advanced Placement U.S. History would also require schools to instruct students in a long list of “foundational documents,” including the Ten Commandments, two sermons and three speeches by Ronald Reagan.
Hillary Clinton / CNN:
Going Back to the Future in 2016?  —  (CNN)Who among the nascent field of 2016 contenders represents the future?  For half of Americans, it's Hillary Clinton.  —  Asked in a new CNN/ORC poll whether seven possible candidates better represent the future or the past, 50% said Clinton evoked the future …
Robert Allen / Detroit Free Press:
Religious hate suspected in Southfield bus stop stabbings  —  A man asked two people whether they were Muslims before stabbing them at a Southfield bus stop on Saturday, the victims told police.  —  A 52-year-old Detroit man was stabbed five times; once in the face, once in the neck …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul Is Looking to April to Announce Plan to Run for President, Associates Say  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Rand Paul is eyeing April 7 as the day he will announce his plans to run for president, people close to him said, a step that would position him ahead of his potential Republican rivals …
Edward Morrissey / The Week:
Scott Walker, and the problem with valuing credentials over competence  —  “Whatever you do, make sure you finish college.  You'll regret it if you don't have a degree.”  —  My father offered me this advice once.  Actually, he offered it to me thousands of times (as did my mother) …
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
U.S. Expects to Quadruple the Number of Syrian Refugees Brought Here  —  ( - The United States has “a long tradition of welcoming refugees,” and it expects to welcome thousands more of them from Syria in 2015 and 2016, despite concerns about foreign fighters, the State Department said.
Mike Spies / Vocativ:
Which Congressman Misses The Most Votes?  —  If that government is best that governs least, these chronically absent lawmakers are superstars.  Here are the biggest no-shows in Congress  —  Of the lawmakers currently serving in the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is the least likely to show up for work.
New York Times:
First Draft: Hillary Clinton, Privately, Seeks the Favor of Elizabeth Warren  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton held a private, one-on-one meeting with Senator Elizabeth Warren in December at Mrs. Clinton's Washington home, part of an effort to cultivate the increasingly influential populist senator.
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Jeanna Smialek / Bloomberg Business:
Student-Loan Delinquencies Rise in U.S.
Discussion: Common Dreams
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
16-Year-Old ROTC Cadet Fatally Shoots Parents, 12-Year-Old Sister After Being Banned From Computer
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Give Some Syria Rebels Ability to Call Airstrikes
Discussion: National Review and Telegraph
Alex Griswold / The Daily Caller:
Eric Holder Blames Fox News For Concern About ‘Radical Islam’ [VIDEO]
Discussion: Mediaite, Power Line, US News and Hot Air
Tara Palmeri / New York Post:
Municipal ID law has ‘delete in case of Tea Party’ clause
Discussion: Hot Air and New York Magazine