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5:50 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?  —  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
CNN:
Christie's office to try to keep focus on the NYT, not him
Discussion: Business Insider and Erik Wemple
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
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: Post Politics
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Benghazi a 2016 proxy battle
Discussion: CNN
Dan Merica / CNN:
O'Malley preparing ‘ground work’ for potential 2016 run
Discussion: Politico and OnPolitics
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
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
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.”
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
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.
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?
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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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 …
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.
 
 
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Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Panelist at Podesta Think Tank on Common Core: ‘The Children Belong to All of Us’
Tampa Bay Times:
Campaign site misleads man into donating money against Sink
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Daily Kos and First Read
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%
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CBS News:
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Lying
Discussion: Politico
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Democrats break from Obama
 

 
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