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1:10 PM ET, February 20, 2015


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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 …
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
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 …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
800,000 Using Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data  —  WASHINGTON — About 800,000 taxpayers who enrolled in insurance policies through received erroneous tax information from the government, and were urged on Friday to hold off on filing tax returns until the error could be corrected.
Discussion: Josh Blackman's Blog and The Week
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / Associated Press:
800,000 customers given wrong tax info
Louise Radnofsky / Wall Street Journal:
Health Exchange Sign-Up Period Extended Through Tax Season
Discussion: Liberal Values and Twitchy
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
Dylan Byers / Politico:
David Corn hits back at Bill O'Reilly
Discussion: Taylor Marsh and Mediaite
James Hohmann / Politico:
The POLITICO Caucus: Christie slips from first tier  —  In other findings, GOP insiders say a pro-immigration reform candidate can win, and Carly Fiorina impresses.  —  Twice as many early state insiders believe that New Jersey's credit downgrades are a bigger problem for Chris Christie's presidential hopes …
Discussion: and The Week
Washington Post:
Chris Christie losing home-state donors as Jeb Bush makes inroads
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 …
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC pulls ‘Ronan Farrow’, ‘Reid Report’
Jon Harper / Stars & Stripes:
CENTCOM: US-Iraq mission to take back Mosul to launch in April or May  —  WASHINGTON — American military officials and their Iraqi counterparts have developed a detailed battle plan to recapture Iraq's second largest city, and a brutal urban fight could kick off as early as April, according to U.S. Central Command.
Agence France-Presse:
US wants Mosul offensive on IS in April-May
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 …
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
E. J. Graff / New York Times:
Boston's Winter From Hell  —  CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — BY now you've seen the starkly beautiful shots of Boston buried under snow: the panoramic city under a white blanket; snowbanks so high they crest over parked cars; piercing icicles glinting for two full stories from gutters dammed with ice …
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 …
Amanda Taub / Vox:
Kim Jong Un has an amazing new haircut.  We have many, many questions.  —  North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un debuted a new haircut — and a new ... eyebrowcut? — at a politburo meeting on Wednesday.  The style is a variation on Kim's signature shaved sides, but with the top now sculpted into a high …
Discussion: Guardian, CNN, US News and USA Today
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 …
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.
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.
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Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Abolish the filibuster  —  I've been radicalized.  By Harry Reid and Barack Obama.
Discussion: Power Line
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Rent-stabilized tenant evicted after cashing in on Airbnb
Discussion: Mashable
Kevin Cirilli / The Hill:
Warren acknowledges 2016 supporters, says public ‘ready to fight back’
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and Mediaite
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Our Plan for Countering Violent Extremism
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Mike Nowatzki / INFORUM:
ND House Republicans cancel opening prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday
Discussion: and Political Wire
Paul Singer / Associated Press:
Rep. Schock's flights may violate House rules
Discussion: Political Wire
Joe Tacopino / Page Six:
Prince Charles ‘exploited’ sons & Diana to ‘boost’ image: doc
Discussion: Liberaland
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The GOP Strategy To Pave The Way For The Supreme Court To Gut Obamacare
Discussion: Washington Monthly and ACS Blog
Germany softens tone ahead of crunch Greek debt talks
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
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Debbie's damage control
Tim Higgins / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Wants to Start Producing Cars as Soon as 2020
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