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10:20 AM ET, February 4, 2014

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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: Conservative group pushes to topple GOP leaders in Congress  —  Washington (CNN) - A conservative group is launching a new campaign which calls on “the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside.”  —  ForAmerica told CNN that it's putting six figures behind its …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Politico
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The Hill:
High anxiety for Obama and Democrats  —  A mood of anxiety hangs over President Obama and congressional Democrats as they conduct a series of meetings this week to coordinate their 2014 political and legislative agendas.  —  While their outlook has improved since last fall …
CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Christie's loss appears to be Clinton's gain
NorthJersey.com:
Bridget Kelly invokes Fifth Amendment, declines to produce subpoenaed documents  —  Governor Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, will not turn over documents in response to a legislative subpoena, her lawyer said Monday, making her the second person to invoke constitutional protections against self-incrimination.
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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Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Sandra Fluke files in California for congressional bid  —  Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke appears to be moving forward with a run for Congress.  —  Fluke has filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement in the race for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) …
Jonathan Tamari / Philly.com:
Source: Rob Andrews to leave Congress  —  WASHINGTON — South Jersey Congressman Rob Andrews will resign from Congress later this month to take a job with a prominent Philadelphia law firm, a source close to the situation said Tuesday morning.  —  Andrews, a Democrat in his 24th year in the House …
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Politico:   Rob Andrews to retire
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious  —  Average religiousness of states continues to range widely  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years.  With 61% of its residents classified as very religious …
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama secures $750 million in corporate gifts for Internet push  —  President Obama is set Tuesday to announce more than $750 million in charitable commitments from technology and telecom companies for a new effort to bring high-speed Internet to the classroom.
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Maggie Severns / Politico:
Big Tech puts ‘down payment’ on connecting schools
Discussion: CNN
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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Idaho Statesman:
State police cite 44 for trespassing after ‘Add the Words’ protest blocks Senate  —  Frustrated after eight years of rejection, a group of Add the Words supporters blocked the entrance to the Idaho State Senate chamber at the Capitol in Boise Monday morning.
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
What accounts for declining abortion rates?  —  “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 …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Aides Doubt Clinton Strategy  —  “She doesn't need this,” says Benenson.  —  Mike Theiler / Reuters  —  Top advisers and former aides to Barack Obama say Hillary Clinton is repeating the mistakes she made in 2008, building a machine in lieu of a message and lumbering toward …
BBC:
Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO  —  The globe is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists.  —  It predicts the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented.
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Full interview between President Obama and Bill O'Reilly  —  BILL O'REILLY - One of my, uh, points on the Factor is that poverty is driven by the dissolution of the American family, that is the prime mover, okay.  On your watch, median income has dropped seventeen percent among working families in this country.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare will reduce incomes of most Americans  —  BARACK OBAMA OBAMACARE DEMOCRATIC PARTY BROOKINGS INSTITUTION ENTITLEMENTS  —  There's no doubt the Affordable Care Act will redistribute wealth in America.  People at the top of the income ladder will pay more; people at the bottom will benefit.
Discussion: americanthinker.com and Hot Air
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
5 Things to Know About the Massive Farm Bill  —  Cuts to food stamps, continued subsidies to farmers and victories for animal rights advocates.  The massive, five-year farm bill heading toward final passage this week has broad implications for just about every American, from the foods we eat to what we pay for them.
Discussion: American Prospect
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Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:   Senate Set to Send Farm Bill to Obama
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
California man points gun at Girl Scout at his door to sell cookies  —  A California man was taken into custody over the weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun on a young Girl Scout who was selling cookies.  —  A press release from the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office that the father of the girl …
Discussion: Sheriff-Coroner and Hullabaloo
Manu Raju / Politico:
Ted Cruz makes nice  —  At a GOP lunch last week, Sen. John McCain noted that “some crazy guy from Texas” stormed out during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.  —  “Hey,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chimed in, “I didn't walk out of the State of the Union.”  —  The packed room erupted in laughter.
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Scenes from the GOP Civil War  —  Republicans are supporting Democratic colleagues' Senate candidacies, while others, like Barry Goldwater, Jr., are embracing subsidies for clean energy—all small steps across old battle lines.  —  The U.S. Senate is a clubby place, so it shouldn't be all that surprising …
Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Case for Socialized Law  —  Inequality has bent American justice.  Here's a radical way to fix it.  —  Maintain and refine, maintain and refine.  That's how progressives talk about the welfare state these days.  After nearly a century of expanding government with programs like Social Security …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Carper: US should ‘lead way’ in Bitcoin regulation  —  Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) called on the U.S. to “lead the way” on regulation of Bitcoin after a new study found most countries do not have rules in place to address virtual currencies.  —  “The United States may not be as far behind …
 
 
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Congress Took More Free Trips in 2013 Than in Any Year Since the Abramoff Reforms
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New York Times:
Karzai Arranged Secret Contacts With the Taliban
Discussion: Jihad Watch and NPR
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Olson and Boies, Legal Duo, Seek Role in 2 Cases on Gay Marriage
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Damon Root / Hit & Run:
“Paranoid Libertarianism” Is Just As Mainstream As Modern Liberalism
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu calls on world to pressure Palestinians after Abbas refuses to recognize Jewish state
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ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Rep. Paul Ryan
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Associated Press:
Joan Mondale dies at 83
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Moderate Voice
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Klayman asks Supreme Court to hear NSA case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Niraj Chokshi / GovBeat:
Eight U.S. states have policies similar to Russia's ban on gay ‘propaganda’
Discussion: Washington Post and ThinkProgress
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Panelist at Podesta Think Tank on Common Core: ‘The Children Belong to All of Us’
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
How Obamacare killed immigration reform
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Washington Monthly
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Shaheen: “Pay more' to keep your doc,' won't say if she'd vote for O-Care again
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Betrayed by the President and ObamaCare
 

 
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