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12:20 PM ET, February 20, 2015


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William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
A Fire Bell in the Night  —  Dozing off as we pored through a raft of mostly meaningless polls this week, we were startled awake by one set of findings.  The CNN/ORC survey released February 18 was The Weekly Standard's own little fire bell in the night.  —  What, you surely ask, alarmed us so?
Discussion: alicublog
Mike Allen / Politico:
Big hire for Jeb: Tim Miller as comms director  —  Jeb Bush plans to name Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, as his top communications aide, Republican sources told POLITICO on Friday.  —  Miller initially will be a senior adviser to Bush's Right to Rise PAC …
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Opposition Research Hand Tim Miller Joins Jeb Bush Team  —  Tim Miller, who helps run one of the most prominent Republican attack machines in national politics, is joining Jeb Bush's political committee as a senior adviser.  —  If the former Florida governor runs for president …
Wayne Barrett / NY Daily News:
What Rudy Giuliani knows about love — a response to his 'doesn't love America' critique of Obama  —  Rudy Giuliani knows a lot about love.  —  Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was “offended” when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Giuliani questions Obama's love of US; Democrats cry foul
Mother Jones:
Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem  —  The Fox News host has said he was in a “war zone” that apparently no American correspondent reached.  —  After NBC News suspended anchor Brian Williams for erroneously claiming that he was nearly shot down in a helicopter while covering …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly: Mother Jones report ‘garbage’
Discussion: Mediaite
New York Times:
Critics in G.O.P. Say Chris Christie Is in a ‘Bubble’  —  He does not return phone calls.  He does not ask for support.  He arrives late for meetings.  And he acts as if he has all the time in the world.  —  The complaints have piled up for weeks, dismaying many longtime supporters …
James Hohmann / Politico:
The POLITICO Caucus: Christie slips from first tier
Discussion: and The Week
Washington Post:
Chris Christie losing home-state donors as Jeb Bush makes inroads
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health Exchange Sign-Up Period Extended Through Tax Season  —  Obama administration gives more time to avoid tax penalties under health law  —  The Obama administration said it would allow people to sign up for plans on through April to avoid tax penalties for going uncovered in 2015.
Discussion: Liberal Values and Twitchy
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
800,000 customers given wrong tax info
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
After MSNBC Axes Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid's Shows, Is Chris Hayes Next?  —  As its afternoon shows hosted by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid are canceled due to poor ratings, MSNBC is reportedly planning to replace Chris Hayes with Rachel Maddow.  —  It was hardly a surprise Thursday …
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties  —  Family charities collected donations from companies she promoted as secretary of state  —  Among recent secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton was one of the most aggressive global cheerleaders for American companies, pushing governments to sign deals …
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Attacks on Koch brothers contributed to Democrats' midterms losses, party officials say … Democratic officials are second-guessing the party's obsession with attacking the Koch brothers, saying it bears some of the blame for last year's devastating election losses as the focus …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Cranking Up for 2016  —  Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin, is said to be a rising contender for the Republican presidential nomination.  So, on Wednesday, he did what, these days, any ambitious Republican must, and pledged allegiance to charlatans and cranks.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Debbie's damage control  —  Wasserman Schultz's office said she'd switch positions on medical pot if a donor took back his criticism, emails show.  —  Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's office offered to change her position on medical marijuana if a major Florida donor recanted …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The GOP Strategy To Pave The Way For The Supreme Court To Gut Obamacare  —  WASHINGTON — For Republicans, winning the potentially decisive vote of Chief Justice John Roberts to gut a centerpiece of Obamacare could hinge on persuading him that the health care system won't descend into chaos if he grants them their wish.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ACS Blog
Mike Nowatzki / INFORUM:
ND House Republicans cancel opening prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday  —  BISMARCK - Republican leaders in the North Dakota House of Representatives said they canceled the opening prayer by a Muslim on Ash Wednesday because some members thought it was more appropriate to have a Christian deliver the invocation.
Discussion: and Political Wire
DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat  —  Hunter: Terrorists crossed U.S. border  —  Story highlights  — Intelligence assessment focuses on domestic terror threat from right-wing sovereign citizen extremists  — Some law enforcement groups view domestic terror threat …
Discussion: FreakOutNation and Raw Story
Joe Tacopino / Page Six:
Prince Charles ‘exploited’ sons & Diana to ‘boost’ image: doc  —  Prince Charles gave out information about his sons, William (left) and Harry, in order to boost his image, according to a new BBC documentary.  —  Prince Charles employed a ruthless p.r. man who callously threw his sons under …
Discussion: Liberaland
Ukraine: UK and EU ‘badly misread’ Russia  —  The UK and the EU have been accused of a “catastrophic misreading” of the mood in the Kremlin in the run-up to the crisis in Ukraine.  —  The House of Lords EU committee claimed Europe “sleepwalked” into the crisis.
Discussion: The Agonist, NPR and New York Times
New York Post:
NYPD's idea of reform included breath mints and baby oil  —  Reform czar Michael Julian's odd ideas like breath mints for officers on the verge of cursing, got him reassigned after only two months.  —  Mayor de Blasio ordered sweeping reforms for the NYPD after the Eric Garner death …
Julie Driscoll / FreakOutNation:
South Dakota Lawmaker Says Planned Parenthood Is Worse Than ISIS  —  It's an honest mistake to confuse a terrorist group that specializes in public, televised, brutal beheadings with a health organization that provides millions of men, women and young people with affordable, high quality healthcare.
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Amanda Taub / Vox:
Kim Jong Un has an amazing new haircut. We have many, many questions.
Discussion: Guardian, CNN, US News and USA Today
Paul Singer / Associated Press:
Rep. Schock's flights may violate House rules
Discussion: Political Wire
Germany softens tone ahead of crunch Greek debt talks
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Cost of a Decline in Unions
Laura Borchers / WBNS-TV:
Woman Shoots And Kills Suspected Burglar
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Limited airborne transmission of Ebola is ‘very likely,’ new study says
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Wants to Start Producing Cars as Soon as 2020
 Earlier Items: 
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
The Tea Party's Own World Star Hip-Hop
Michael Allen /
North Carolina Woman Calls Police For Help, Gets Killed By Cop (Video)
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Alex Roarty / National Journal:
Meet The Democratic Senate Candidate Who Drives Democrats Crazy
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
White House Summit on Violent Extremism Opens With Muslim Prayer - No Other Faiths Represented