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7:10 PM ET, February 2, 2014

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Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
Award-winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan Apartment, Law-Enforcement Official Said  —  The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death
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New York Post:
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead with needle in arm: cops  —  Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose — in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm — inside a Greenwich Village home on Sunday morning, cops said.
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor, Dies at 46  —  The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday morning of an apparent drug overdose, according to a law enforcement official who requested anonymity because he was not certain the actor's family had been informed of the death.
Dylan Farrow / Nicholas Kristof:
An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow  —  (A note from Nicholas Kristof: In 1993, accusations that Woody Allen had abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, filled the headlines, part of a sensational story about the celebrity split between Allen and his girlfriend, Mia Farrow.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Woody Allen  —  Nick Kristof runs an open leter from Dylan Farow, who was the center of a child molestation situation involving Woody Allen when she was seven years old.  The attention is swirling as a consequence of Mr. Allen's recent receipt of a lifetime achievment award from the Golden Globes.
Discussion: Guardian
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Chris Christie attacks N.Y. Times, David Wildstein  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after a low-key initial response to Friday's explosive allegations about his involvement in a growing bridge-closing scandal, mounted an aggressive defense late Saturday afternoon …
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Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Rep. Paul Ryan: Obama Presidency ‘Increasingly Lawless’  —  President Obama's tenure is becoming “increasingly lawless” with his embrace of executive orders, which are “creating a dangerous trend which is contrary to the Constitution,” House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan said today on “This Week.”
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Missouri Executed This Man While His Appeal Was Pending in Court  —  Herbert Smulls was pronounced dead four minutes before the justices in Washington denied his final stay.  Did Missouri officials breach their ethical duties by permitting this to happen?  —  It is 2014, not 1964 or 1914 …
Politico:
Bill Kristol joins ABC News  —  Bill Kristol, the editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard, has joined ABC News as a contributor, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos announced on Sunday.  —  A source familiar with the negotiations says the former Fox News commentator has landed …
Discussion: Mediaite and The Raw Story
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Immigration Delusion  —  THE debate over immigration reform, rekindled last week by House Republican leaders, bears a superficial resemblance to last fall's debate over the government shutdown.  —  Again, you have establishment Republicans transparently eager to cut a deal …
Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Iran sanctions  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made clear she supports President Barack Obama's call to allow the current negotiations over ending Iran's nuclear development and that new sanctions being debated by Congress should be shelved …
Washington Post:
Republicans face 2016 turmoil  —  As Republicans look ahead to the 2016 presidential race, they are hoping to avoid the kind of chaotic and protracted nominating battle that dismayed party elders and damaged the eventual candidacy of Mitt Romney.  —  That, however, could be a hard thing to prevent.
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt 2016? Romney Leads In Key Primary State Poll
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst  —  LOS ANGELES — The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state's drinking water supply.  —  With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days.
Discussion: Liberaland
 
 
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Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
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Jay Leno / CBS News:
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David Simon on America as a Horror Show
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