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6:00 PM ET, February 19, 2015


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Penny Starr / CNSNews:
White House Summit on Violent Extremism Opens With Muslim Prayer - No Other Faiths Represented  —  ( - A Muslim prayer was recited at the start of the second day of the White House summit on “Countering Violent Extremism,” but no other religious text was presented during the portion of the event that was open to the press.
Susan Jones / CNSNews:
Obama: ‘Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding’  —  ( - We hear a lot about the United States' Judeo-Christian heritage, but according to President Obama, “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding.”
Martin Matishak / The Hill:
Obama doubles down in extremism debate  —  President Obama sought Thursday to rally world leaders behind his push to stop extremist groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), while doubling down on terminology that has sparked fierce criticism from conservatives.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:   The Defenders of the Faith Apologize for America
Scott Shane / New York Times:
Faulted for Avoiding ‘Islamic’ Labels to Describe Terrorism, White House Cites a Strategic Logic
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Rudy Giuliani: President Obama doesn't love America  —  The former New York mayor makes his remarks at a Scott Walker event.  —  NEW YORK - Rudy Giuliani went straight for the jugular Wednesday night during a private group dinner here featuring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Scott Walker Declines To Say Whether He Thinks Obama ‘Loves America’ (VIDEO)  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said on Thursday he won't comment on whether President Barack Obama “loves America,” but he'll certainly tell you that he loves America.  —  CNBC's Becky Quick asked Walker …
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Bruce Rauner is Scott Walker on steroids. But is that bad?
Discussion: Hot Air
Amy Lange / Fox 2 News in Detroit:
Doctor refuses treatment of same-sex couple's baby  —  Bay Windsor Contreras is 4 months old and she's the apple of her mothers' eye.  —  Both of her mothers, Krista and Jami Contreras were married in Vermont in 2012.  —  In October 2014 they welcomed a beautiful baby bay into the world …
Tresa Baldas / Detroit Free Press:
Pediatrician wouldn't care for baby with 2 moms  —  Sitting in the pediatrician's office with their 6-day-old daughter, the two moms couldn't wait to meet the doctor they had picked out months before.  —  The Roseville pediatrician — one of many they had interviewed — seemed the perfect fit …
Wal-Mart, under pressure, boosts minimum U.S. wage to $9 an hour  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N) said it would raise entry-level wages to $9 an hour, a 24 percent increase from the U.S. minimum wage that some employees now earn, succumbing to longstanding pressure to pay its workforce more.
Discussion: Guardian
Walmart Corporate:
Walmart announces Q4 underlying1 EPS of $1.61 and additional strategic investments in people …
Oliver Sacks / New York Times:
Oliver Sacks on Learning He Has Terminal Cancer  —  A MONTH ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health.  At 81, I still swim a mile a day.  But my luck has run out — a few weeks ago I learned that I have multiple metastases in the liver.  Nine years ago it was discovered …
Associated Press:
Obama picks State Department spokeswoman to head White House communications - but her ‘jobs for jihadis’ deputy will NOT be promoted, insider says  — White House will move State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki in when its communications director joins Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Jim Kuhnhenn / Associated Press:
Obama picks State's Psaki to head White House communications
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and The PJ Tatler
Jeremy Scahill / The Intercept:
How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle  —  AMERICAN AND BRITISH spies hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world, stealing encryption keys used to protect the privacy of cellphone communications across the globe …
Ron Fournier / National Journal:
A Stupid and Sleazy Clinton Decision  —  If Hillary Clinton wants to be president, the Clinton Foundation should stop accepting money from foreign countries.  —  This is sleazy and stupid.  Just as Hillary Clinton is getting ready to run for president again, her family's charitable foundation …
CBS News:
Do Americans want to send ground troops to fight ISIS?  —  Shares -  —  Amid more executions by the militant group ISIS, Americans increasingly see the group as a threat to the U.S. Now, 65 percent of Americans view ISIS as a major threat - up from 58 percent in October - while another 18 percent view it as a minor threat.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Dems gloat over ObamaCare numbers  —  Democrats are touting the latest ObamaCare enrollment numbers as proof that the law is working.  —  The administration announced on Tuesday that 11.4 million people had signed up ahead of Sunday's deadline, a figure that puts the administration on track to beat its goal of 9.1 million enrollees.
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Tucker Carlson Blames ‘Hungover’ Editor For ‘Kill All The Jews’ Headline  —  Tucker Carlson, the editor-in-chief of the conservative news site The Daily Caller, told TPM on Thursday that a “hungover” editor was to blame for a headline on the site's “Guns and Gear” section that included the phrase “Kill All The Jews.”
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Hullabaloo
Rachel Frenklak / Daily Bruin:
Submission: USAC members should apologize for discriminatory act  —  Last week, I attended a council meeting to support my roommate, sorority sister and best friend, Rachel Beyda, as she went through the last step of being confirmed by the council as an appointed justice to the Judicial Board …
Discussion: The College Fix and protein wisdom
Ahiza Garcia / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host: 'There Really Shouldn't Be Public Schools' Anymore  —  Fox host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery suggested getting rid of the nation's public schools during a discussion on Thursday's “Outnumbered.”  —  Kennedy's comments came during a segment about an Oklahoma bill, approved by a House committee …
Caroline Goggin / WBNG-TV:
Southern Tier towns looking to cut NY ties  —  Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The local economy is pushing one organization in Upstate New York to pose a question: Is it possible to secede to Pennsylvania?  —  The Upstate New York Towns Association is researching this very topic.
Discussion: Hot Air, and US News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A Supreme Court decision against Obamacare could cost states billions and billions of dollars  —  If you want a sense of just how far-reaching the impact of a Supreme Court decision gutting Obamacare subsidies could prove, new data on health care signups released this week provide a fresh way to game out such a ruling's consequences.
Kevin McDermott / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Revelations about National Guard mission in Ferguson anger local businesses, leaders  —  Since the night last November when rioting re-erupted in and around Ferguson, local leaders and business owners have complained that the Missouri National Guard and other police entities did nothing to stop the looting and burning that ensued.
HPD: MURDERED WOMAN FILED HARASSMENT REPORT 3 HOURS BEFORE DEATH  —  EMS workers were directed to the clubhouse, where they found the woman's body.  She had been shot once.  The man was unconscious  —  Embed  —  A woman was killed on the job Wednesday at a Medical Center-area apartment complex where she worked.
Tim Jones / Bloomberg Business:
Wisconsin to Skip Debt Payments to Make Up for Walker's Tax Cuts  —  (Bloomberg) — Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, facing a $283 million deficit that needs to be closed by the end of June, will skip more than $100 million in debt payments to balance the books thrown into disarray by his tax cuts.
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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Ronald Brownstein / National Journal:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
Angela Fritz / Washington Post:
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After stumbles, Chicago on course to host Obama library
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
Mediaite Sources: Joy Reid's MSNBC Show Canceled
Discussion: PoliticusUSA and The Daily Caller
Haroon Siddique / Guardian:
RAF scrambles jets after Russian bombers spotted near Cornwall coast
Discussion: NPR
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DNAinfo New York:
Eric Garner's Family Has Yet to Receive Thousands of Dollars Raised Online
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Mediaite and The Week
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Gun groups launch new push for concealed-carry legislation
Michelle Fay CortezAlexander Wayne / Bloomberg Business:
Obamacare Is Barely Denting Corporate Profits
Discussion: Daily Kos and Political Wire
Chicago Tribune:
The Internet isn't broken. Obama doesn't need to ‘fix’ it.
USA Today:
Electric car benefits? Just myths
Discussion: Rush Limbaugh