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1:30 PM ET, February 4, 2014

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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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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.
Washington Post:
CBO: Health-care law will mean 2 million fewer workers  —  The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday in the most detailed analysis of the law's impact on jobs.
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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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 …
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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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
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.
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
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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Rob Andrews to retire
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 …
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.
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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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
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
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
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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Jillian Rogers / GOP.com:
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John Cotter / Globe and Mail:
Environmental health risks of Alberta oil sands likely underestimated: study
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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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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Carper: US should ‘lead way’ in Bitcoin regulation
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