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2:05 PM ET, February 21, 2015


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New York Post:
Giuliani: Obama influenced by communists since youth  —  Rudy Giuliani doubled down on his claims that President Obama doesn't “love America” in an interview with The Post Friday — claiming the commander-in-chief has been influenced by communists since his youth.
Celeste Katz / NY Daily News:
Rudy Giuliani clarifies Obama comments by claiming the President has been influenced by communism, socialism  —  Trying to explain his controversial comments that President Obama doesn't love America, Rudy Giuliani said Friday that he believes the President has been influenced by communism and socialism.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CANNONFIRE
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Scott Walker's cowardice should disqualify him  —  What Rudy Giuliani did this week was stupid.  —  What Scott Walker did ought to disqualify him as a serious presidential contender.  —  Dana Milbank writes about political theater in the nation's capital.  He joined the Post as a political reporter in 2000.
Joe Raedle / National Review:
Rudy Is Right  —  Barack Obama doesn't even like America.  —  Rudy Giuliani is in the stocks for saying that he does not believe that President Barack Obama “loves America.”  He said this at a small, private dinner for Scott Walker, who probably will not be inviting Giuliani to very many events in the near future.
Daily Mail:
‘They have learned our secrets’: CNN ridiculed after ludicrous claim that ISIS is luring women with kittens and Nutella  — Also claimed using emojis to talk about Nutella made life under the terrorist group seem more appealing to women  — They have been posting images of themselves posing …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pressure builds on GOP as deadline to fund DHS nears  —  Pressure is building on Republicans to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department amid an escalating battle over President Obama's immigration policies.  —  The GOP leaders are being squeezed from one side …
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Cesar Vargas / The Hill:
Mr. President, don't back down on immigration  —  This week, a federal judge in Texas issued an injunction preventing the implementation of immigration programs that would provide deportation relief to Dreamers and parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.
Erica Ritz /
Historian David Barton Takes Apart Obama's Claim That ‘Islam Has Been Woven Into the Fabric of Our Country Since Its Founding’  —  After President Barack Obama said this week that “Islam has been woven into the fabric of our country since its founding,” Glenn Beck asked historian David Barton …
The Huffington Post:
Two House Bills Would End Federal Prohibition Of Marijuana  —  Two congressmen filed separate House bills on Friday that together would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana at the federal level, effectively ending the U.S. government's decadeslong prohibition of the plant.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D. / C-FAM:
Obama Tells Faith-Based Groups they Must Refer Refugee Children for Abortions  —  NEW YORK, February 20 (C-Fam) The Obama administration is getting ready to issue new rules requiring charities to provide abortions to child refugees entering the US without their parents.
Discussion: RedState and The Gateway Pundit
Yemen's former leader flees to Aden  —  (Reuters) - Yemen's former president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi escaped weeks of house arrest by the Houthi militia at his official residence on Saturday and fled to his home town of Aden, sources close to him said.  —  He will make a speech later on Saturday …
Discussion: The Week and Booman Tribune
Patrick Marley / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Female inmate in Wisconsin ordered to do jumping jacks during strip search  —  MADISON, WIS. — Corrections officials forced a female inmate to perform naked jumping jacks last year because they believed - wrongly - she had hidden a bottle of urine in her vagina so she could falsify a drug test.
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Begins Process of Vetting — Herself
Ian Livingston / Washington Post:
120-year-old record low broken in D.C., one of many today and in the past week
Discussion: Gothamist
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
BarbWire Pundit: Obama Will Create A ‘North American Caliphate’ As His ‘Final Solution For The USA’
Discussion: and FOX News Radio
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Police Officer Aiming For Dog, Accidentally Shoots His Sergeant
 Earlier Items: 
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Associated Press:
Unwelcome Mat: White House Tries to Counter Netanyahu Visit
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Hot Air