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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: O-Care slowing growth, contributing to job losses  —  The new healthcare law will slow economic growth over the next decade, costing the nation about 2.5 million jobs and contributing to a $1 trillion increase in projected deficits, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
CBO: Health-care law will reduce jobs by two million  —  The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by more than two million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday in the most detailed analysis of the law's impact on jobs.
CBO's Publications:
The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024  —  The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year.  CBO estimates that under current law, the deficit will total $514 billion in fiscal year 2014, compared with $1.4 trillion in 2009.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare will reduce incomes of most Americans
Discussion: Hot Air and americanthinker.com
USA Today:
Health insurance ads target Gen Y women
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 …
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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 …
CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Debt Ceiling blame game
Discussion: The Fix and Post Politics
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.) …
The Hill:
Greens warn base will sit out election  —  Environmental groups are warning President Obama that his liberal base might stay home on Election Day if he approves the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  Proponents of the $5.4 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline say their case is buoyed …
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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 …
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.
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: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
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
Discussion: CNN
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 …
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 …
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
New York Times Fires Back At ‘Morning Joe’ Over Christie Scandal Coverage  —  The New York Times on Tuesday defended its recent coverage of the George Washington Bridge scandal amid steady criticism from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) most vocal allies in the media.
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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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
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
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
New York City public school kids getting new Muslim, Lunar New Year holidays  —  Mayor de Blasio said Monday that he'd move forward with closing schools for Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, two Muslim holy days, and for Lunar New Year.  But he was hesitant regarding Hindu festival Diwali.
Discussion: Liberaland and The Gateway Pundit
Jillian Rogers / GOP.com:
RNC Launches Black History Month Ad Campaign  —  WASHINGTON - In recognition of Black History Month, the Republican National Committee today announced a series of paid advertisements placed with black media outlets in urban markets.  It is a first of its kind ad buy recognizing the accomplishments …
CNN:
'We can't answer that...' … 'There's no hiding' … ‘Anger?  Anger’ … ‘I could hurt them, too’ … Isolation in Alaska contributes to the state's high rate of reported rape. … The lawless ‘end of the land’  —  Nunam Iqua — which means “end of the land” …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Erik Wemple
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Big Tech puts ‘down payment’ on connecting schools  —  Private companies are getting behind President Barack Obama's new push for increased access to high-speed Internet access and technology — to the tune of what they say is more than $750 million in services, training and hardware.
Discussion: CNN
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Justin Sink / The Hill:   Obama secures $750 million in corporate gifts for Internet push
 
 
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John Cotter / Globe and Mail:
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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
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Carper: US should ‘lead way’ in Bitcoin regulation
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