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8:25 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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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
What has happened to the New York Times?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
CNN:
Christie's office to try to keep focus on the NYT, not him
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
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
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  —  Washington (CNN) - What a difference two months makes.  —  In late November and early December, in the wake of Chris Christie's landslide re-election victory, the Republican governor from New Jersey was riding high in the polls.
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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ThinkProgress:
Missouri Senate Committee Votes To Jail Federal Agents Who Enforce Gun Laws
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Senators: Kerry Admits Obama's Syria Policy Is Failing  —  In a closed-door meeting, two senators say, the Secretary of State admitted to them that he no longer believes the administration's approach to the crisis in Syria is working.  Peace talks have failed, he conceded …
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Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:   Senators say John Kerry admitted U.S. failure in Syria
Emilie Lamb / New York Post:
Betrayed by the President and ObamaCare  —  ObamaCare was supposed to help me.  —  That's all I could think as I sat in the House of Representatives last Tuesday night as the guest of my congresswoman, only a few hundred feet away from President Obama as he gave his State of the Union address.
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Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Shaheen: “Pay more' to keep your doc,' won't say if she'd vote for O-Care again
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
Inside The Plan To Get More Young Americans To Enroll In Obamacare
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Trick Websites Dupe Democrats Into Donating To Republicans  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee has set up a number of websites that look like they could be a Democratic candidate's campaign page, unless you read the fine print.  They may even violate a Federal Election Commission regulation …
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Tampa Bay Times:
Campaign site misleads man into donating money against Sink
Discussion: Daily Kos and First Read
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Allen West / Allen B. West:
Coca Cola ad on Super Bowl — American's brand? Hm.
CNN:
Police capture killer after prison break  —  (CNN) — Escaped Michigan convict Michael David Elliot was captured Monday in LaPorte County, Indiana, authorities said.  —  His capture ended a manhunt that kicked into overdrive after a woman abducted by Elliot managed to call 911.
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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 …
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.
The Official Google Blog:
Shedding some light on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests  —  We believe the public deserves to know the full extent to which governments request user information from Google.  That's why for the past four years we've shared and continuously expanded and updated information …
Discussion: Guardian, emptywheel and Re/code
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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 …
Rasmussen Reports:
Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 42%, Grimes (D) 42%  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell runs dead even with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Rasmussen Reports' first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky.  But McConnell's GOP primary rival Matt Bevin leads Grimes by six points.
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
How Obamacare killed immigration reform  —  Barack Obama has all but conceded his lame-duck status.  His State of the Union address was bereft of big ideas.  And his declaration that he will use his “pen and a phone” to issue a raft of executive orders is an admission of political impotence …
 
 
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Klayman asks Supreme Court to hear NSA case
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
California man points gun at Girl Scout at his door to sell cookies
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Niraj Chokshi / GovBeat:
Eight U.S. states have policies similar to Russia's ban on gay ‘propaganda’
Discussion: Liberaland and Washington Post
Alexis Levinson / The Daily Caller:
Republican Senate candidate shows support for impeaching Obama
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Panelist at Podesta Think Tank on Common Core: ‘The Children Belong to All of Us’
Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Barone: How ObamaCare Misreads America
Discussion: AEIdeas
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans: Immigration Reform Will Doom Us In The 2014 Elections
Discussion: Hot Air
CBS News:
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Lying
Discussion: Politico and Liberaland
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Myth-making about economic inequality
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Democrats break from Obama
 

 
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