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2:25 PM ET, February 17, 2015


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Julia Preston / New York Times:
Obama Immigration Policy Halted by Federal Judge in Texas  —  A federal judge in Texas has ordered a halt, at least temporarily, to President Obama's executive actions on immigration, siding with Texas and 25 other states that filed a lawsuit opposing the initiatives.
Patrick Brennan / National Review:
Federal Judge Blocks Implementation of Obama's Executive Amnesty, For Now
Josh Blackman / Josh Blackman's Blog:
Instant Analysis: Injunction in Texas v. United States
Discussion: Washington Post
Houston Chronicle:
Federal judge blocks Obama immigration order
Discussion: The Hill, and TPNN
Dara Lind / Vox:
A federal judge just put the brakes on Obama's immigration actions
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Federal judge in Texas blocks Obama immigration orders
Carolyn Kaster / Associated Press:
US To Appeal Ruling That Blocked Obama's Executive Action On Immigration
Melanie Eversley / Associated Press:
Judge orders halt to Obama immigration plan
Poll: Blame for DHS shutdown would fall to GOP  —  Jennifer Agiesta, CNN Director of Polling  —  Boehner tells the Senate to pass DHS funding 00:27  —  Washington (CNN)Republicans in Congress would shoulder the blame for a shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security if they are unable …
Alexandra Jaffe / CNN:
CNN/ORC poll: Majority of Americans oppose Netanyahu invite  —  Should Netanyahu cancel his speech to Congress?  —  Washington (CNN)A large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Scott Johnson / Power Line:
Marie Harf explains  —  Marie Harf trotted out the “root causes” school of thought last night to explain how ISIS will ultimately be defeated.  “We cannot win this war by killing them,” according to Harf.  “We cannot kill our way out of this war.  We need in the medium to longer term …
The Right Scoop:
State Dept. Spox on ISIS: “We CANNOT win this war by killing them”  —  State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf told Chris Matthews tonight that we cannot win this war with ISIS by killing them.  She said we have to get to the root cause of why people are attracted to Jihad — you know like poverty, jobs, etc...
Discussion: TPNN, Moe Lane, Israel Matzav and RedState
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
Mad Matthews: America 'Getting Humiliated, Sounds Like We Can't Stop' ISIS
Discussion: Hot Air
Aaron Rupar /
Pioneer Press apologizes for calling President Obama an ‘assclown’  —  This morning, the Pioneer Press created some waves by calling President Obama an “assclown.”  —  The off-color remark came in the context of the PiPress's “Loop Ten” feature, which is a slideshow that serves …
Karoli / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
The Islamophobia Fear Factory And The Billionaires Who Pay For It  —  With Islamophobia at the front and center of the news day after day, the Center for American Progress updated their 2011 report outlining who buys the Islamophobes and promotes them in order to understand how to tamp it down.
Democracy Now:
Fear, Inc. 2.0: As Anti-Muslim Incidents Continue, Report Exposes Funders, Pundits of Islamophobia
Discussion: Shakesville
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Debbie Wasserman Schultz considering 2016 Senate bid  —  Democratic insiders say the Florida rep. and DNC chair would seek Marco Rubio's seat.  —  Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Democratic National Committee chair, is strongly considering a bid for U.S. Senate …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Political Wire
Vandals set fire at Florida church, write ‘Allahu Akbar’  —  Melbourne police investigate possible hate crime  —  Author: Daniel Dahm, Managing Editor of, … A possible hate crime is under investigation after a fire was set at a Central Florida church and “Allahu Akbar” was written nearby.
David McCabe / The Hill:
Republican mocks DC snow day: ‘Wimps.’  —  The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee mocked the federal government for closing Tuesday due to snow.  —  “Wimps,” wrote Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah.)  “Snowing in DC and they close the government.
Why does ISIS keep making enemies?  —  Story highlights  —  Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at the New America Foundation and the author of “Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden — From 9/11 to Abbottabad.”  —  (CNN)Whenever ISIS carries out a new atrocity …
John Hawkins / John Hawkins' Right Wing News:
50 Million Down The Tubes: How 17 Conservative PACs Are Spending Their Money  —  The late, great Eric Hoffer once said that, “Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.”  —  Some people have started to wonder whether that's happened …
Joseph Menn / Reuters:
Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program  —  (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop …
Matt Vespa /
In Jersey, A Flintlock Pistol Can Get You A 10-Year Jail Sentence  —  Where is there any justice in locking up a 72-year-old man for up to 10 years for having an antique flintlock pistol?  I'm sure in the Garden State authorities can find frivolous reasons, but there really isn't any justification for such a prosecutorial overreach.
Discussion: Hot Air and Instapundit
Nia-Malika Henderson / Washington Post:
Joe Biden takes ‘being Biden’ to new heights (or depths)  —  We've been here so many times with Joe Biden, the world's most powerful close talker, that it hardly seems worth commenting on.  But we couldn't help noticing this photo from Tuesday's swearing-in ceremony of Ashton Carter, the new Secretary of Defense.
Discussion: National Review
Edvard Pettersson / Bloomberg Business:
Koch Group Claims California Endangers Donors by Demanding Names  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — A Koch brothers advocacy group contends California Attorney General Kamala Harris has no business demanding the names and addresses of its donors, who might face “grotesque threats” if identified.
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New York Times:
Hillary Clinton, One on One, Curried Elizabeth Warren's Favor
Matt Krupnick / New York Times:
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Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
Bill Nye Pleads With MSNBC: More Climate Hysteria, Please!
Yahoo! News:
Meet the man behind Rand Paul's rise to ‘troller-in-chief’
Discussion: The Hill
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Intensifies Effort to Blunt ISIS' Message
Wbastone / The Smoking Gun:
Cops: Denied Sex, Woman Pulled Gun On Live-In Beau
Robert Samuels / Washington Post:
Gov. Walker, eyeing a 2016 bid, picks new fight in Wisconsin: Universities
Discussion: National Review and Salon
 Earlier Items: 
Chicago Tribune:
Emanuel closing in on majority he needs to avoid runoff, Tribune poll finds
Discussion: Politico and Chicago
U.S. Office of Personnel Management:
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Politician Answers Entire Interview with Emojis
Discussion: FOX News Radio
David Skolnick / Vindicator:
Ex-Gov. Ted Strickland is raising money for a U.S. Senate bid
Discussion: OnPolitics
President Rand Paul? Wall Street on high alert
Discussion: The Hill
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Dems will splinter on trade deals
New York Times:
Anger of Suspect in Danish Killings Is Seen as Only Loosely Tied to Islam