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5:10 PM ET, February 3, 2014

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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
As the Latest Christie Story Evolved, The Times Should Have Noted a Change  —  In the digital age, news evolves before our very eyes.  A story breaks and goes online with perhaps a few rough paragraphs.  Soon after, more details are added, new angles explored and writing is tuned up.
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Mark Lagerkvist / New Jersey Watchdog:
GOV. CHRISTIE'S NJ STATE POLICE BODYGUARD BUSTED FOR THEFT Report by Mark Lagerkvist  —  A state police bodyguard to Chris Christie is facing criminal charges in Pennsylvania — despite his attempt to use his ties with the New Jersey governor to avoid arrest.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
What has happened to the New York Times?  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  What has happened to The New York Times?  —  The Gray Lady, America's Paper of Record, where readers turn to find “All the News That's Fit to Print,” has gone off the deep end.  —  Last Friday, the paper published a huge story.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding.  Just Ask the Business World.  —  In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann's, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks.  Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling …
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A STARTLING DISCOVERY … American “business,” a concept …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Eschaton
Bloomberg:
Kerry Tells Senators That Obama Syria Policy Is Collapsing  —  Two prominent Republican senators say that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told them — along with 13 other members of a bipartisan congressional delegation — that President Barack Obama's administration is in need of a new …
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Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Senators: Kerry Admits Obama's Syria Policy Is Failing
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:   Senators say John Kerry admitted U.S. failure in Syria
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Not waiting for Clinton, Md. Gov. O'Malley prepares for possible presidential bid  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is moving ahead with preparations for a possible presidential bid and said in an interview that if he's going to lay the groundwork for a national campaign …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Christie's loss appears to be Clinton's gain
Discussion: The Hill and Post Politics
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Coca-Cola's Multicultural Super Bowl Ad Really Angered Conservatives  —  Not many people expected the Seattle Seahawks to steamroll the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Sunday.  Less surprising was the right-wing outrage over an ad featuring a patriotic hymn performed in multiple languages.
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Allen West / Allen B. West:
Coca Cola ad on Super Bowl — American's brand?  Hm.  —  I'm watching the Super Bowl, looks like good defense (Seattle) is trouncing good offense (Denver) when a Coca Cola commercial came on and it started rather patriotically with the words of “America the Beautiful.”
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Bill O'Reilly interviews President Obama  —  BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Mr. President, thank you for doing this.  —  BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Great to be with you.  —  O'REILLY: Really appreciate it.  —  I want to get some things on the record.
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Shaheen: ‘Pay more’ to keep your doc,' won't say if she'd vote for O-Care again  —  Americans who have lost access to their health care providers due to ObamaCare may be able to get their old doctors back but only if they are “willing to pay more.”  That's Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) …
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Emilie Lamb / New York Post:   Betrayed by the President and ObamaCare
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Study: Abortion rate at lowest point since 1973  —  The abortion rate in the United States dropped to its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states, according to a study suggesting that new, long-acting contraceptive methods are having a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies.
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Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
Here, Let Ezra Explain  —  What is D.C.'s most famous young policy wonk doing leaving the Washington Post?  Trying to start a news organization he thinks could one day eclipse it.  —  On January 24, at five in the morning after his final day at the ­Washington Post …
ThinkProgress:
Elizabeth Warren Proposes Replacing Payday Lenders With The Post Office  —  The Postal Service (USPS) could spare the most economically vulnerable Americans from dealing with predatory financial companies under a proposal endorsed over the weekend by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
Discussion: Riehl World News
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren / The Huffington Post:
Coming to a Post Office Near You: Loans You Can Trust?
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
HealthCare.gov can't handle appeals of enrollment errors  —  Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors.  —  Roughly 22,000 Americans …
CNN:
Officials: Michigan killer on loose  —  (CNN) — Locked in a gas station bathroom, the woman whispers into her cell phone, an escaped Michigan murderer banging on the door.  —  “He didn't say where, exactly, he just said somewhere far,” she says in a 911 call, telling the dispatcher …
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Fox News:   Authorities find abandoned Jeep in search for escaped Michigan murderer
New York Times:
Building a Better Battery  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power.  Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.
 
 
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
How Obamacare killed immigration reform
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Barone: How ObamaCare Misreads America
Discussion: AEIdeas
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans: Immigration Reform Will Doom Us In The 2014 Elections
Discussion: Hot Air
Rasmussen Reports:
Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 42%, Grimes (D) 42%
CBS News:
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Lying
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Associated Press:
Feds want cars to be able to talk to each other
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Myth-making about economic inequality
Brandie Kessler / York Daily Record:
Local church removes gay man's membership, denies him communion
Discussion: The Raw Story and Liberaland
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
Sober Look at the Depth Chart Intensifies for House Democrats
Discussion: Roll Call and Booman Tribune
Julia Ioffe / The New Republic:
The Loneliness of Vladimir Putin
Discussion: Mediaite and Economist
Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Battles Loom in Many States Over What to Do With Budget Surpluses
Discussion: The Fine Print and Althouse
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Democrats break from Obama
 

 
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