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9:35 AM ET, February 4, 2014

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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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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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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.
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  —  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.
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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Tampa Bay Times:
Campaign site misleads man into donating money against Sink
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.) …
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 …
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 …
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
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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ThinkProgress:
Missouri Senate Committee Votes To Jail Federal Agents Who Enforce Gun Laws
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
New York Times:
Karzai Arranged Secret Contacts With the Taliban  —  KABUL, Afghanistan — President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has been engaged in secret contacts with the Taliban about reaching a peace agreement without the involvement of his American and Western allies, further corroding already strained relations with the United States.
Discussion: Jihad Watch
Shane Goldmacher / NationalJournal.com:
Congress Took More Free Trips in 2013 Than in Any Year Since the Abramoff Reforms  —  The tally: 1,887 trips at a cost of $6 million, new data from LegiStorm shows.  —  Members of Congress and their aides took more free trips around the world in 2013 than in any year since new restrictions …
Discussion: Liberaland
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: Philly.com
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: Hot Air
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 …
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
 
 
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook
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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Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Senate Set to Send Farm Bill to Obama
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Klayman asks Supreme Court to hear NSA case
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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
Emilie Lamb / New York Post:
Betrayed by the President and ObamaCare
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
Here, Let Ezra Explain  —  What is D.C.'s most famous young …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and The Dish