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4:05 PM ET, February 3, 2014

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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 that runs from your local pharmacist to Goldman Sachs, which then steals it all and runs away, pronounces itself startled that, having worked diligently at its highest levels to burn the entire house down, it is now difficult to see the TV clearly through all the smoke.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Eschaton
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
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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.
Yahoo! News:
A year after snub, Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014
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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Dan Merica / CNN:
O'Malley preparing ‘ground work’ for potential 2016 run
Discussion: OnPolitics
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Benghazi a 2016 proxy battle
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.
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
Discussion: New York Times, Lawfare and Hot Air
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:   Senators say John Kerry admitted U.S. failure in Syria
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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  —  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 …
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans: Immigration Reform Will Doom Us In The 2014 Elections  —  Republicans may need immigration reform to avoid extinction in the long run, but there's a growing fear within the party that bringing it up now — as House GOP leaders have laid the groundwork to do by releasing a pro-reform blueprint …
Discussion: Hot Air
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Are immigration reformers talking down chances so opponents will drop guard?
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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Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
Michael Barone: How ObamaCare Misreads America
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Rasmussen Reports:
Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 42%, Grimes (D) 42%
CBS News:
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Lying
Discussion: Politico
ThinkProgress:
Elizabeth Warren Proposes Replacing Payday Lenders With The Post Office
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: Liberaland and The Raw Story
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David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
Sober Look at the Depth Chart Intensifies for House Democrats
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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
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Court to review religious law once hailed by Democrats but now used to battle Obamacare
Discussion: Hit & Run and Business Insider
Jewish / The Jewish Press:
Scholar and Columnist Professor Barry Rubin Passed Away at 64
 

 
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