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10:45 AM ET, February 17, 2016


 Top Items: 
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Bush campaign: CBS News should apologize for ‘inexcusable’ report  —  Jeb Bush's campaign is calling on CBS News to apologize for a report that cited jokes about the Republican presidential hopeful committing suicide.  —  “The network should apologize,” Kristy Campbell, Bush's press secretary …
Discussion: Little Green Footballs and CNN
Michael Falcone / ABC News:
Discussion: Betsy's Page
USA Today:
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Reaction by some to Trump and Clinton?  Fear  —  WASHINGTON — Americans aren't just for or against presidential candidates this year: Color them scared.  —  In a national USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll, likely voters given the choice of four options — enthusiastic …
Associated Press:
Ted Cruz rivals pounce on trust issues
Discussion: Associated Press
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Ted Cruz pinched in race for South Carolina's Evangelicals
Discussion: Washington Post
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: Sanders deadlocked with Clinton in Nevada
Associated Press:
GOP Candidates in High-Stakes Chess Match in South Carolina
Discussion: Politico, and ABC News
Lily Rothman / TIME:
A Brief History of Cursing in American Politics
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Erica Orden / Wall Street Journal:
Rubio Camp Accuses Cruz Backers of Dirty Facebook Tricks
Jacob Heilbrunn / Politico:
Trump Is Trampling Over the GOP's Corpse  —  The most basic problem for the Republican Party isn't that Donald Trump is so strong, but that his competitors are so weak.  One can find no better illustration of this, perhaps, than the sorry spectacle of Jeb Bush—who only a year ago was seen …
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Washington Post
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
The More Donald Trump Defies His Party, the More His Supporters Cheer  —  NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Mark Jebens, a veteran of 22 years in the Marine Corps, found no fault with Donald J. Trump's scathing criticism that President George W. Bush “lied” about weapons of mass destruction while leading the United States into war in Iraq.
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Crazy Nut Donald Trump Thinks George W. Bush Was President on 9/11  —  Lying about Muslims is one thing, but accusing Bush of holding office in 2001 is beyond the pale.  —  Last fall, Donald Trump claimed that, on September 11, 2001, thousands of Muslims cheered the fall of the World Trade Center.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Donald Trump makes me miss George W. Bush
Discussion: Political Wire
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
I find this election bizarre for many reasons but none more than this: If I were given a blank sheet of paper and told to write down America's three greatest sources of strength, they would be “a culture of entrepreneurship,” “an ethic of pluralism” and the “quality of our governing institutions.”
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Republicans Show Signs of Division on Supreme Court Tactics  —  The “no hearings, no votes” stance for potential Obama nominees becomes a little less absolute for those wary of an electoral blowback.  —  After Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on Saturday, many Republican senators categorically ruled …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP unity cracks in court fight
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Sensing Republican confusion, Democrats boastfully predict Senate vote for Scalia successor
Andrea Fisher / Great Falls Tribune:
Cops surround home, find ‘The Walking Dead’  —  A Great Falls family gave their neighbors quite a scare while enjoying a favorite TV show Sunday evening.  —  A 911 call came in at 7:28 p.m. from a neighbor who heard “screaming from a house about someone having a gun,” according to Great Falls Police Department notes from the call.
Curtis Skinner / Reuters:
FBI finds trench of human feces at cultural site on Oregon refuge  —  The FBI said it has found a trench of human feces and a road excavated on or next to a sensitive cultural site with artifacts at the Oregon wildlife refuge where armed men staged a standoff with authorities, according to court records filed on Tuesday.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
Tony Romm / Politico:
Apple CEO Tim Cook fires back at FBI in terror case  —  Apple CEO Tim Cook blasted the U.S. government Wednesday after a federal magistrate ordered the company to unlock an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shooting — stirring up the debate over encryption and terrorism that's become …
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Edward Wong / New York Times:
China Telescope to Displace 9,000 Villagers in Hunt for Extraterrestrials  —  BEIJING — More than 9,000 Chinese villagers are leaving their homes to make way for aliens.  —  It is not a colonization plan from outer space.  The Chinese government is relocating thousands of villagers …
Discussion: The Week, Mashable, Guardian and Althouse
Milo Yiannopoulos / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE: Twitter Shadowbanning ‘Real and Happening Every Day’ Says Inside Source  —  Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech.  His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.
Thomas Piketty / Guardian:
Thomas Piketty on the rise of Bernie Sanders: the US enters a new political era  —  The Vermont senator's success so far demonstrates the end of the politico-ideological cycle opened by the victory of Ronald Reagan at the 1980 elections  —  ow can we interpret the incredible success of the …
Discussion: emptywheel
Tim Arango / New York Times:
After 25 Years of U.S. Role in Iraq, Scars Are Too Stubborn to Fade  —  BAGHDAD — It was once a well-kept memorial for hundreds of Iraqi civilians who were killed by American bombs while they slept, a powerful symbol of suffering embraced by a dictator's propaganda machine.
John Wisely / Detroit Free Press:
Flint residents paid America's highest water rates  —  The once quiet city of Flint, Michigan is facing a drinking water crisis that is drawing concern from around the nation.  Here's what you need to know about how the public health crisis has evolved.  VPC
Discussion: New York Magazine
Oliver Jj Lane / Breitbart:
‘Islamic Rape Of Europe’: Polish Magazine Splashes ‘White Europa’ Girl Groped By Migrant Hands  —  One of Poland's most popular weekly magazines has splashed a graphic depiction of the rape of Europe's women by migrants on its front cover.  The image may be one of the most politically incorrect illustrations …
Ian Hanchett / Breitbart:
Juan Williams: ‘I Fear’ ‘Race Has Something to Do’ With Republicans Not Moving On Obama's Appointments  —  Fox News Channel co-host and The Hill columnist Juan Williams said that he fears “race has something to do” with Republicans not moving on President Obama's appointments during a discussion on on Tuesday's broadcast of “The Five.”
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Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WOW!  Trump Invites Supporters On Stage for Handling Protester- CROWD ERUPTS WHEN ONE SAYS HE'S A VETERAN!
John Cardillo / The American Mirror:
FL school caught busing students to Clinton rally
Discussion: Truth Revolt
Morning Consult:
Poll: Voters Split on Whether Bush Kept Us Safe
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Should Just Say Yes to a $15 Minimum Wage
Discussion: Common Dreams and TomDispatch
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Isn't Into Anal, Melania Never Poops, And Other Things He Told Howard Stern
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Political Wire
Walter Russell Mead / The American Interest:
Russia Wields the Kurdish Weapon
Discussion: Israpundit
The White House:
Remarks by President Obama at U.S.-ASEAN Press Conference
California Journey wins top prize at Westminster Dog Show
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Pfeiffer / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Rubio Supported Amnesty As Far Back As 1998
Discussion: RedState
Ted Johnson / Variety:
John Kerry Meets With Hollywood Studio Chiefs to Discuss ISIS
Discussion: Guardian
Zachary Mider / Bloomberg Business:
Hedge-Fund Magnate Mercer Backs Group Attacking IRS
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
George Gaynes, a Versatile Character Actor, Dies at 98
Discussion: NBC News, AOL and New York's PIX11
Bill Curry / Salon:
The Clintons really don't get it: False attacks and failed strategies as Hillary repeats 2008
Discussion: Liberal Values and Instapundit