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Matt Hamilton / Los Angeles Times:
Aide to Kamala Harris, 2 others accused of running rogue police force  —  An aide to state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and two others are accused of operating a rogue police force that claimed to exist for more than 3,000 years and have jurisdiction in 33 states and Mexico, authorities said Tuesday.
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Mrkamlet / CBS Los Angeles:
Group Claiming To Be Descendants Of Knights Templar Arrested In Impersonating Police Officers
Discussion: Raw Story
Peter Bernard / WFLA-TV:
Woman's 911 call to order pizza saves her from domestic abuse  —  A quick-thinking Highlands County woman saved herself and her children from possible harm when she ordered an online pizza with a secret message saying she was being held hostage.  —  Highlands County Sheriff's Office investigators …
Nick Gass / Politico:
New Iowa poll: Scott Walker leads, Jeb Bush in 7th place  —  The latest Iowa polling numbers are great news for Scott Walker, and terrible news for Jeb Bush.  —  The Wisconsin governor retains his advantage among Iowa Republican caucus-goers, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday …
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David Weigel / Bloomberg Business:   In Iowa, Huckabee Defends Social Security and Attacks Fast Track for Trade
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Bill Clinton concedes role in mass incarceration  —  Bill Clinton addresses foundation donations 01:34  —  (CNN)President Bill Clinton on Wednesday conceded that over-incarceration in the United States stems in part from policies passed under his administration.
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Sasha Goldstein / NY Daily News:
ISIS threatens controversial blogger Pamela Geller in message boasting of ‘71 trained soldiers in 15 different states’  —  ISIS appears to declare war on controversial blogger Pamela Geller on Tuesday in an ominous online message claiming it has fighters across America ready to attack “any target we desire.”
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New England Patriots:
Statement from New England Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on the Wells Report  —  “When I addressed the media at the Super Bowl on January 26 - over 14 weeks ago - I stated that I unconditionally believed that the New England Patriots had done nothing inappropriate in this process …
Laura Vitto / Mashable:
16 people who are hot for McDonald's new Hamburglar  —  McDonald's brought back its iconic Hamburglar mascot on Wednesday, and much to Twitter's delight, he's actually pretty smokin'.  —  The beefed up new Hamburglar has folks fanning themselves over his slick new trench coat …
Discussion: FOX31 Denver and abc7chicago.com
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Aidan Gardiner / DNAinfo New York:
VIDEO: Gay Couple Bashed With Chair at Chelsea Dallas BBQ  —  MANHATTAN — A gay couple was bashed over the head with a wooden chair, knocked to the ground and kicked by two men hurling anti-gay slurs at the Chelsea Dallas BBQ Tuesday night, in an attack captured on a graphic video, according to police and the victims.
Adam B. Vary / BuzzFeed:
Joss Whedon Calls “Horsesh*t” On Reports He Left Twitter Because Of Militant Feminists  —  “I just thought, Wait a minute, if I'm going to start writing again, I have to go to the quiet place, and this is the least quiet place I've ever been in my life,” Whedon told BuzzFeed News.
esrl.noaa.gov:
March 2014: 398.10 ppm  —  The graph shows recent monthly mean carbon dioxide globally averaged over marine surface sites.  The Global Monitoring Division of NOAA/Earth System Research Laboratory has measured carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases for several decades at a globally distributed network …
David McCabe / The Hill:
Democrat: My party didn't cause the problems in Baltimore  —  Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) on Wednesday rejected the idea that Democratic political leaders were responsible for problems in Baltimore.  —  “Chris, come on Chris,” he told CNN's Chris Cuomo on “New Day.”
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Alan M. Dershowitz / BostonGlobe.com:
Are Baltimore charges about justice or crowd control?
Discussion: Hit & Run and The Atlantic
Robby Soave / Hit & Run:
CNN Anchor Says Constitution Doesn't Protect Hate Speech, Try Reading It.  Okay, Let's Do That.  —  Chris Cuomo is co-host of CNN's morning show.  He's also a former law and justice correspondent for ABC News.  He has a law degree from Fordham University and is a licensed attorney.
Jennifer Epstein / Bloomberg Business:
An Inside Look at the Hillary Clinton Inner Circle  —  Some expected names and some surprises-a who's who in the campaign.  —  t MarkHalperin  —  For a quarter-century, Clintonology has been all about figuring out who's up and who's down, who's part of the inner circle, and who's been left out in the cold.
Pamela Geller / TIME:
A Response to My Critics—This Is a War  —  Pamela Geller is the President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and publisher of PamelaGeller.com.  —  Some are saying I provoked this attack.  But to kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.
Bryan Fischer / American Family Association:
“Gay Conservative” Is an Oxymoron … If the term “conservative” is to have any meaning at all, it must include certain ideals and exclude others.  —  The political editor of a nominally conservative website, Townhall.com, revealed this week that he is a practicing homosexual.
David Glasner / Uneasy Money:
Cluelessness about Strategy, Tactics and Discretion  —  In his op-ed in the weekend Wall Street Journal, John Taylor restates his confused opposition to what Ben Bernanke calls the policy of constrained discretion followed by the Federal Reserve during his tenure at the Fed …
Amy Chozick / New York Times:
Questions for Hillary Clinton: Immigration  —  Hillary Rodham Clinton led a round-table discussion at Rancho High School in Las Vegas on Tuesday.Credit: Isaac Brekken for The New York Times … On Tuesday, at an event in Las Vegas, Mrs. Clinton laid out an extensive and ambitious plan …
abc11.com:
CONFEDERATE FLAG PHOTO UPSETS CHAPEL HILL STUDENTS  —  Concerned parents told ABC11 Monday that a photo posted to the social media site Instagram has upset many students.  —  The picture was allegedly taken by an East Chapel Hill High School student.  It shows two girls waving confederate flags.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Report: Iranian Navy Chases After U.S. Warships  —  An Iranian naval fleet chased a U.S. warship and military planes through the waters off the southern coast of Yemen late Monday in yet another provocative encounter between the two nations, according to Iranian state media reports.
Shane Goldmacher / National Journal:
Rand Paul Apparently Paid $100,000 for RandPaul.com  —  The presidential hopeful's campaign recorded a large line-item purchase for a domain name just days before the candidate launched.  —  Days before Paul launched his bid for president, his campaign shelled out more than $100,000 to a domain-buying firm to purchase a “domain name.”
Tom Randall / Bloomberg Business:
Tesla's New Battery Doesn't Work That Well With Solar  —  Even Elon Musk's SolarCity, the biggest supplier in the U.S., isn't ready to install Tesla's home battery for daily users  —  Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk introduced a new family of batteries designed to stretch the solar-power revolution into its next phase.
Discussion: The Verge, BGR and Raw Story
NPR:
Six Words: 'My Name Is Jamaal ... I'm White'  —  Listen to the Story  —  NPR continues a series of conversations from The Race Card Project, where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.  —  People make a lot of assumptions based on a name alone.
Discussion: Weekly Standard
CBS New York:
Obama Administration: Times Square's Iconic Billboards Must Be Removed Or Else  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You can call it a bureaucratic blunder ... or a Washington blooper.  —  But any way you slice it a move by the federal government to make the city remove Times Square's iconic billboards falls …
Chris Christoff / Bloomberg Business:
Michigan Voters Reject Tax Increase to Pay for Roads and Bridges  —  Michigan voters rejected increasing sales taxes to pay for schools and gas taxes to generate $1.3 billion annually for road and bridge construction, according to Governor Rick Snyder.  —  Votes were still being counted …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Pentagon credit cards used for gambling, escorts
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David McCabe / The Hill:
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Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Catholicism Undervalues Women
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