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9:55 AM ET, February 26, 2015


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Washington Post:
‘Jihadi John:’ Islamic State killer is identified as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi  —  LONDON — The world knows him as “Jihadi John,” the masked man with a British accent who has beheaded several hostages held by the Islamic State and who taunts audiences in videos circulated widely online.
IS militant ‘Jihadi John’ named as Mohammed Emwazi from London  —  The masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John”, who has been pictured in the videos of the beheadings of Western hostages, has been named.  —  The BBC understands he is Mohammed Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man …
Discussion: NPR and Mashable
ABC News:
‘Jihadi John’ Identity Revealed as Londoner Mohammed Emwazi
Discussion: WBAY-TV
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Republicans suspect the White House is hiding ObamaCare fallback plan  —  Some Republicans say they simply do not believe that the Obama administration isn't developing a fallback plan in case the Supreme Court dismantles a piece of the healthcare law this summer.
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Is Washington Ready for the Death of Obamacare?  —  The possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will soon eliminate federal subsidies for people buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is the biggest story in politics and economics that no one wants to talk about.
Supreme Court ruling could upturn Obamacare politics  —  What Obamacare gave, the Supreme Court could take away.  —  The Supreme Court next Wednesday hears a case that could end Obamacare subsidies in 34 states that use If the justices rule that the subsidies are illegal through …
Noah Feldman / Bloomberg View:
How the Supreme Court Could Save Obamacare Again
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Althouse
Scott Walker / USA Today:
Gov. Scott Walker: I refuse to take the media's bait  —  When we keep our focus on what matters to the people, we earn their respect.  —  Americans believe our nation is facing some substantial challenges.  Government spending is out of control.  Terrorists seek to destroy our way of life.
Discussion: Althouse and Politico
New York Times:
Scott Walker Is Set to Deliver New Blow to Labor in Wisconsin  —  MADISON, Wis. — It was a flashback to 2011: Hundreds of union members in hard hats and work boots waved signs under falling snow, denouncing Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republican lawmakers outside this Capitol building on Wednesday.
Discussion: Democratic Strategist
Washington Post:
Foreign governments gave millions to foundation while Clinton was at State Dept.  —  The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Foreign donation slipped Clinton vetting process
Discussion: Fox News
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Breaking stalemate, Senate votes 98-2 to debate ‘clean’ DHS bill  —  The stalemate over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was broken Wednesday as the Senate voted 98-2 to proceed to legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Boehner says he hasn't spoken to McConnell
Mike Allen / Politico:
Jay Carney to Amazon  —  Mike Allen's Politico Playbook will report: “Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs.  —  The new position brings the e-commerce giant's worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney.
James Hohmann / Politico:
CPAC: 8 things to watch  —  The so-called silent primary is underway.  As thousands of conservative activists descend Thursday on National Harbor in the Washington suburbs, the field of prospective 2016 GOP candidates will reach a key milepost.  —  At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference …
America Magazine:
The Catholic Pagan: 10 Questions for Camille Paglia  —  Camille Paglia is an American cultural critic who serves as the University Professor of Humanities and Media Studies at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she has taught since 1984.  She received her B.A. from the State University …
Discussion: protein wisdom and Althouse
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Adieu, Chris Christie, Adieu  —  Chris Christie is political toast.  —  Cause of his charred presidential prospects: an unreformed state pension system.  I know that's disappointing.  Not nearly as exciting as the political near-death experiences that went before.
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Boehner reminds members of dress code: ‘You know who you are’  —  Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) halted floor proceedings Wednesday to remind members of chamber decorum.  —  During the final vote series of the day, Boehner reiterated the rules for proper behavior on the House floor.
Discussion: American Spectator
Billy House / Bloomberg Business:   John Boehner Scolds House Members on Dress Code, Decorum
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Why Has Fox News Stopped Defending Bill O'Reilly?  —  Over the past week, Fox News has aggressively rebutted accusations that its star host Bill O'Reilly lied about his whereabouts during the Falklands War in 1982.  But after a new report challenged O'Reilly's recent claim that he was present …
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
Hillary Clinton's soapbox  —  Hillary Clinton emerged from her undisclosed location Tuesday to reportedly earn $300,000 speaking to a group in Silicon Valley, where she couldn't resist praising actress Patricia Arquette's Oscar night exhortation for equal pay.
Paul Waldman / The Week:
Obama, Rubio, and America's Rookie of the Year problem  —  Marco Rubio is a young man in a hurry.  A mere 43 years old, he faces a choice next year.  He can run for re-election to the Senate, a race he would probably win, then keep building a legislative record in preparation for one of the seven …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and
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Discussion: FOX News Radio and FreakOutNation
Megan R. Wilson / The Hill:
Anti-gay crusader had 250-page FBI file
Discussion: Daily Kos
Anthony Faiola / Washington Post:
‘Mein Kampf’: A historical tool, or Hitler's voice from beyond the grave?
Neela Debnath / The Independent:
Condom vending machines introduced to prisons in California
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
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Will Ragland / ThinkProgress:
State Lawmaker Says Common Core Contributed To Children's Deaths
Discussion: Raw Story
Alex ShermanEd Hammond / Bloomberg Business:
HP in Talks to Buy Aruba Networks for Wi-Fi Infrastructure
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
The return of Todd Akin?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
CJ Ciaramella / Washington Free Beacon:
Lois Lerner Received $129K in Bonuses
Discussion: American Spectator
Ina Fried / Re/code:
Lytro Cuts Jobs, Raises $50 Million in Shift Toward Virtual Reality and Video (Exclusive)
Discussion: Mashable, The Verge, Gigaom and Gizmodo