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11:40 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: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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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 …
The Hill:
Greens warn base will sit out election
Discussion: Hot Air, First Read and Reuters
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.
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.) …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook  —  Several House members told The Washington Post on Monday that Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies to two options: trading a one-year extension for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, or trading …
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CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Debt Ceiling blame game
Discussion: The Fix and Post Politics
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 …
Politico:
Rob Andrews to retire  —  Longtime New Jersey Rep. Rob Andrews will announce that he is leaving Congress, according to multiple senior Democrats.  —  Andrews has represented the heavily Democratic Philadelphia area suburbs since 1990.  —  Andrews has been under investigation …
Discussion: CNN
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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 …
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.
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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 …
Discussion: Liberaland
Katie Barrows / LegiStorm:
LEGISTORM PRO  —  Two weeks of unlimited access to our valuable  —  service.  See what people are talking about.  —  DISCLOSURES  —  From our files  —  Lawmakers and their staff broke a record for taking the most privately funded trips since 2007, when reforms came into effect after a major lobbying scandal.
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Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Congress Took More Free Trips in 2013 Than in Any Year Since the Abramoff Reforms
Discussion: Liberaland
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
Ruth R. Wisse / Wall Street Journal:
Ruth Wisse: The Dark Side of the War on ‘the One Percent’  —  Stoking class envy is a step in a familiar, dangerous and highly incendiary process.  —  Two phenomena: anti-Semitism and American class conflict.  Is there any connection between them?  In a letter to this newspaper …
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Olson and Boies, Legal Duo, Seek Role in 2 Cases on Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, the star legal duo who defied skeptics by successfully challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage, are seeking to play a central role in the next round of marriage cases …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Race on same-sex marriage cases runs through Virginia
Discussion: The Daily Beast and NBCNews
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.
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
 
 
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Jillian Rogers / GOP.com:
RNC Launches Black History Month Ad Campaign
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John Cotter / Globe and Mail:
Environmental health risks of Alberta oil sands likely underestimated: study
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Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Recruiting fraud, kickback scandal rocks Army
Jess Bravin / Washington Wire:
Gonzales Calls for Limits on Drone Strikes
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David Nakamura / Washington Post:
With an immigration deal possible, advocates mount new push to end deportations
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Karzai Arranged Secret Contacts With the Taliban
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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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Associated Press:
Joan Mondale dies at 83
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David Edwards / The Raw Story:
California man points gun at Girl Scout at his door to sell cookies
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