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3:45 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
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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Yahoo! News:
A year after snub, Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
What has happened to the New York Times?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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: Hot Air
Fred Hiatt / Washington Post:   Senators say John Kerry admitted U.S. failure in Syria
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.
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Delusions of Failure  —  The Republican response to the State of the Union was delivered by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican representative from Washington — and it was remarkable for its lack of content.  A bit of uplifting personal biography, a check list of good things her party wants …
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Emilie Lamb / New York Post:   Betrayed by the President and ObamaCare
New York Times:
What G.O.P.-Style Reform Looks Like
Discussion: American Spectator
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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Rebecca Wind / New from the Guttmacher Institute:
U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 1973
Discussion: Daily Kos, CNN and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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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Juan Williams / The Hill:   Benghazi a 2016 proxy battle
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
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Democrats break from Obama  —  President Barack Obama is counting on Senate Democrats to help approve his legislative agenda during his final years in office.  And though they are his staunchest allies on most economic issues, many Democratic senators are breaking with him on key issues in very public ways.
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   2014 Senate races may be a referendum on Obama; if so, Democrats should worry
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.
Associated Press:
Feds want cars to be able to talk to each other  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Raising hopes of preventing many deadly collisions, transportation officials said Monday they plan to propose requiring automakers to equip new cars and light trucks with technology that lets vehicles communicate with each other.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 
 
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Elizabeth Warren Proposes Replacing Payday Lenders With The Post Office
Robert J. Samuelson / Washington Post:
Myth-making about economic inequality
Khaled Abu Toameh / Jerusalem Post:
Fatah wants Kerry prosecuted before ICC for ‘threatening’ Abbas
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Israel Matzav
Brandie Kessler / York Daily Record:
Local church removes gay man's membership, denies him communion
Discussion: Liberaland and The Raw Story
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
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Rick Lyman / New York Times:
Battles Loom in Many States Over What to Do With Budget Surpluses
Discussion: The Fine Print and Althouse
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Are immigration reformers talking down chances so opponents will drop guard?
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
Daniel Libit / NationalJournal.com:
Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, and the 25-Year-Old Wunderkind Dems Fell For
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans pivot in search of a positive message
Discussion: Shakesville
Jewish / The Jewish Press:
Scholar and Columnist Professor Barry Rubin Passed Away at 64
 

 
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