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1:55 AM ET, February 24, 2015

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Kimberlee Kruesi / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Idaho lawmaker asks if woman can swallow camera for gynecological exam before medical abortion  —  BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.
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Kara Brown / Jezebel:
Male Politician Thinks that Your Vagina and Stomach are Connected  —  Republican State Representative Vito Barbieri from the state of Idaho thinks that a woman's vagina has some sort of direct passageway to her stomach because, I mean, how else does the pee come out?
Discussion: FreakOutNation
The Hill:
McConnell moves to prevent Homeland Security shutdown  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took steps Monday to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security by splitting off legislation attacking President Obama's immigration actions from the funding fight.
Discussion: RedState and Politico
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Politico:
Congress inches closer to cliff  —  For the fourth time, Democrats block a bill that seeks to reverse Obama's immigration order.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to discuss the length of a short-term resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security with GOP senators in a closed-door lunch Tuesday.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Concerns Mount as Homeland Security Shutdown Looks Likely
Discussion: Firedoglake, NPR and Washington Monthly
Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
Leaked cables show Netanyahu's Iran bomb claim contradicted by Mossad  —  Gulf between Israeli secret service and PM revealed in documents shared with the Guardian along with other secrets including CIA bids to contact Hamas  —  Binyamin Netanyahu's dramatic declaration to world leaders …
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Ewen MacAskill / Guardian:
CIA attempted to contact Hamas despite official US ban, spy cables reveal
Discussion: Al Jazeera English and Mashable
Associated Press:
Historic US-Iran nuclear deal could be taking shape
Discussion: Hot Air and Agence France-Presse
Will Jordan / Al Jazeera English:
Mossad contradicted Netanyahu on Iran nuclear programme
Amanda Marcotte / Slate:
Patricia Arquette's Feminism: Only for White Women  —  It's easy to laugh at the timid way that celebrities frequently wade into feminism, offering pat statements scripted by a team of public relations experts to be as nonoffensive as possible.  But Patricia Arquette's performance …
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Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
Fox News Bashes Patricia Arquette For Advocating Wage Equality: ‘I Was Appalled’
Discussion: Salon, Daily Kos and Washington Post
David Wood / The Huffington Post:
VA Secretary Robert McDonald Falsely Claimed He Served In Special Forces  —  WASHINGTON — Robert McDonald, the secretary of veterans affairs, wrongly claimed in a videotaped comment earlier this year that he served in special operations forces, the most elite units in the armed forces …
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ABC News:
VA Secretary Robert McDonald Apologizes for Misstating He Served in Special Forces
Discussion: Mediaite and The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
Bill O'Reilly and Fox News Redouble Defense of His Falklands Reporting  —  The Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday stepped up his defense against reports that he embellished stories about his war reporting earlier in his career, while some former colleagues continued to say he had exaggerated his experiences.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Why the Bill O'Reilly charges aren't sticking  —  Fox News host Bill O'Reilly almost certainly exaggerated his experiences during the Falklands War and its aftermath in 1982, as several CBS News staffers who were with him at the time attest.  He wasn't actually in a “war zone” or “combat situation …
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
The Media's Embarrassing Scott Walker Spectacle  —  The farcical game of the one-sided “gotcha” question  —  On Saturday afternoon, two of the Washington Post's crack political correspondents accosted Governor Scott Walker in the lobby of a JW Marriott hotel and asked him whether he believed that President Obama is “a Christian.”
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Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Walker fundraises off ‘gotcha’ questions
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Yehuda Remer / Truth Revolt:
James O'Keefe: ‘I Am Afraid For My Life On This One’  —  Conservative journalist filmmaker James O'Keefe on Saturday tweeted an ominous message to those who follow him and his influential work.  —  “We have a story we're going to release this coming week and I've never thought …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and FOX News Radio
Steve Schmadeke / Chicago Tribune:
Sex assault charges tied to ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ movie  —  A University of Illinois at Chicago student leader was charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old female student in what Cook County prosecutors said Monday was part of a re-enactment of scenes from the film “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
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Erica Demarest / DNAinfo Chicago:
Alleged Rapist Tells Police He Was Acting Out ‘50 Shades of Grey’
Discussion: Clash Daily
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Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
Why “Citizenfour” Deserved Its Oscar
Discussion: BillMoyers.com, FishbowlDC and Althouse
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring … UT/TT Poll - February 2015 - Summary UT/TT Poll - February 2015 - Methodology  —  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has erased U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's strong lead among Texas Republicans in the volatile and still-developing race …
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Seven in 10 Americans Continue to View Israel Favorably  —  PRINCETON, N.J. — Even as relations between the leaders of Israel and the United States reportedly deteriorate over disagreement about how to handle Iran's nuclear program, Israel has retained its broadly favorable image in the U.S. over the past year.
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Molly Dischner / Associated Press:
Alaska pot news guide: Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska
Discussion: ABC News and FOX News Radio
Associated Press:
Lawmaker with lavish decor billed private planes, concerts
Discussion: Mediaite
Jordan Schachtel / BREITBART.COM:
Media Hoax: 20 Muslims Holding Hands Become 1,000-Strong ‘Ring of Peace’ at Oslo Synagogue
NBC News:
As Controversy Swirls, Scott Walker Plays With Fire
Barry Levine / VentureBeat:
Drones overhead in L.A.'s Valley are tracking mobile devices' locations
Discussion: Hit & Run, The Verge and Gizmodo
 Earlier Items: 
John Kerry / US Department of State:
Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons
Discussion: Politico, NPR and CBS San Francisco
Kelley Holland / CNBC:
Look who's living on the financial edge
Discussion: CBS Philly, US News and FOX News Radio
John Fund / National Review:
The ‘Gotcha’ Game, Fair and Square
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Secrecy around police surveillance equipment proves a case's undoing
Discussion: ACLU, BarbWire.com and Common Dreams
Greg Ferenstein / The Atlantic Online:
Why People Probably Won't Pay to Keep Their Web History Secret
Discussion: Big Think
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Knowledge Isn't Power  —  Regular readers know that I sometimes mock …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money