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2:45 PM ET, February 20, 2015


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The CMS Blog:
What Consumers Need to Know about Corrected Form 1095-As  —  Last year, millions of Americans used advance payments of tax credits to help lower the cost of their monthly health insurance premiums.  Now that tax season is here, individuals and families enrolled in a health plan through …
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.
Fox News:
Obama administration sent 800,000 customers incorrect tax forms
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: Daily Kos, Liberal Values and Twitchy
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Political Wire
Beth Reinhard / Wall Street Journal:
GOP Opposition Research Hand Tim Miller Joins Jeb Bush Team
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
Timothy Egan / New York Times:
The Plot to Kill Health Care  —  Republicans hate activist judges — those black-robed elites who are willing to upset the lives of millions of people just to further a political cause.  Ditto trial lawyers trolling for clients, the ambulance-chasing, “Better Call Saul” guys.  They hate them, until they need them.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
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’
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Abolish the filibuster  —  I've been radicalized.  By Harry Reid and Barack Obama.  Goodbye moderation and sweet reason.  No more clinging to constitutional and procedural restraint.  It's time to go nuclear.  —  In the fourth quarter of his presidency, Obama unbound is abusing presidential authority …
Discussion: Power Line and Fox News Insider
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 …
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 …
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.
Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obama Takes On Rand Paul For Just ‘Talking the Talk’ … President Obama delivered a rallying cry to Democrats at the party's winter meeting in Washington, D.C., today, urging an unabashed embrace of his economic record as they head into the 2016 campaign.  —  “We were told by our good friends …
Discussion: Politico
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.
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 …
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An Administration Adrift on Denial
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ron Paul: “Good News” That Secession Is Happening
Discussion: Balloon Juice and FOX News Radio
Michael S. Schmidt / New York Times:
F.B.I. Chief Not Invited to Meeting on Countering Violent Extremism
Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Marie Harf Wrote Thesis on How Conservative Support for Israel Complicates U.S. Foreign Policy
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
Jon Harper / Stars & Stripes:
CENTCOM: US-Iraq mission to take back Mosul to launch in April or May
 Earlier Items: 
Mike Nowatzki / INFORUM:
ND House Republicans cancel opening prayer from Muslim on Ash Wednesday
Discussion: and Political Wire
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
Joe Tacopino / Page Six:
Prince Charles ‘exploited’ sons & Diana to ‘boost’ image: doc
Discussion: Liberaland
S.A. Miller / Washington Times:
Attacks on Koch brothers contributed to Democrats' midterms losses, party officials say
Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton's Complex Corporate Ties
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Debbie's damage control