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11:20 AM ET, February 24, 2015

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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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Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
VA chief falsely claimed special forces service  —  Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald falsely claimed that he served in a military special forces unit, he admitted to the Huffington Post.  —  When a homeless veteran told McDonald in a conversation captured by CBS that he had served …
ABC News:
VA Secretary Robert McDonald Apologizes for Misstating He Served in Special Forces
Fox News:
VA Secretary Robert McDonald admits lying about Special Forces service
Discussion: Pat Dollard and Shark Tank
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP gets bad news on ObamaCare repeal plan  —  The Senate's chief referee has dealt a significant setback to conservatives who want to send an ObamaCare repeal bill to the president's desk this year.  —  GOP sources say Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough has raised red flags …
Discussion: Politico
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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.
Washington Post:
On Homeland Security funding, Republicans govern without logic  —  WHATEVER ITS merits or shortcomings, a federal judge's decision last week blocking the Obama administration's immigration policy offered congressional Republicans an escape path from the corner into which they had painted themselves …
President Obama / The Hill:   Moving forward to fix our broken immigration system
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:
Bill O'Reilly threatens N.Y. Times reporter  —  Fox News host Bill O'Reilly threatened a New York Times reporter on Monday night, promising to come after the reporter “with everything I have” if he felt that any of the reporter's coverage about his Falklands war controversy was inappropriate.
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Mother Jones' David Corn On His Bill O'Reilly Reporting -And Himself
New York Post:
Eric Garner's daughter on Al Sharpton: 'He's all about the money'  —  Al Sharpton (left) and Erica Snipes.  —  Al Sharpton is all about the Benjamins, a daughter of police chokehold victim Eric Garner claims in a bombshell videotape.  —  Erica Snipes tees off on the reverend as interested primarily …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Scott Walker Criticizes Media's ‘Gotcha Moments’  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Gov. Scott Walker on Monday said news reporters had created “gotcha moments” that are of little concern to most people and that he would seek to build a campaign that addresses issues important to “everyday Americans.”
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Robert Tracinski / The Federalist:
Scott Walker Is a Threat to the Existing Social Order
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
Discussion: FreakOutNation
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: Daily Kos, Salon and Washington Post
Associated Press:
Boehner, McConnell: Pipeline veto purely political  —  The White House should look for common ground on Keystone, not interest group approval.  —  Tuesday, as promised, the new Congress is sending the White House legislation that would approve the Keystone XL pipeline.
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.”
Associated Press:
Lawmaker with lavish decor billed private planes, concerts  —  2 photos  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, a rising Republican star already facing an ethics inquiry, has spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard private planes owned by some of his key donors, The Associated Press has found.
 
 
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Jay Cost / Weekly Standard:
Jeb and the ‘Immortal 306’  —  Today, the Republican nomination process is a muddle.
Gallup:
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Discussion: Washington Post
Mike Barnicle / The Daily Beast:
Rudy Giuliani's Raging Bull
Discussion: Daily Kos
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Calista Flockhart Joins ‘Supergirl’ Pilot
Molly Dischner / Associated Press:
Alaska pot news guide: Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska
Discussion: FOX News Radio and ABC News
Chris Fusco / Chicago:
Rev. Jeremiah Wright's daughter heading to jail after an alleged theft violates her bail
 Earlier Items: 
NBC News:
As Controversy Swirls, Scott Walker Plays With Fire
Ross Ramsey / The Texas Tribune:
UT/TT Poll: In Texas, Walker Ties Cruz; Clinton Soaring