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10:55 AM ET, February 5, 2014

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John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Congressional Budget Office sends death blow to ObamaCare  —  The Affordable Care Act, a k a ObamaCare, became law almost four years ago.  It became operational last Oct. 1.  Yesterday, Feb. 4, 2014, the ACA may well have been dealt its death blow.
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New York Times:
Freeing Workers From the Insurance Trap  —  The Congressional Budget Office estimated on Tuesday that the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by 2.5 million over the next decade.  That is mostly a good thing, a liberating result of the law.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Wall Street Journal:
The Jobless Care Act  —  Congress's budget office says ObamaCare will increase unemployment.  —  There are 7.8 million Americans working part-time who want full-time work, including a fry cook whose restaurant cut his hours to avoid Affordable Care Act mandates and confronted President Obama …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Why the new CBO report on Obamacare is good news
Glenn Kessler / The Fact Checker:
No, CBO did not say Obamacare will kill 2 million jobs
The White House:
Statement by the Press Secretary on Today's CBO Report and the Affordable Care Act
Seema Mehta / Los Angeles Times:
Sandra Fluke forgoes congressional bid to run for state Senate  —  President Obama and Sandra Fluke wave at a campaign event at the University of Colorado in Aurora.  (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press / August 8, 2012)  —  Democratic attorney and activist Sandra Fluke has decided …
Ken Kurson / The New York Observer:
The Tyranny and Lethargy of the Times Editorial Page  —  Reporters in ‘semi-open revolt’ against Andrew Rosenthal  —  IT'S WELL KNOWN AMONG THE SMALL WORLD of people who pay attention to such things that the liberal-leaning reporters at The Wall Street Journal resent the conservative-leaning editorial page of The Wall Street Journal.
Chad Terhune / Los Angeles Times:
Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices  —  Many consumers faced hurdles signing up for Covered California health plans.  Now they're having trouble finding in-network doctors.  —  Maria Berumen uses a device to manage the pain from bone spurs on her spine.
Sarah Kliff / Wonkblog:
CVS to stop selling cigarettes by Oct. 1  —  Pharmacy chain CVS said Wednesday it will stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 locations across the United States, a move that public-health advocates hope will become a watershed and pressure other large drug store franchises to follow suit.
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Justice Antonin Scalia says World War II-style internment camps could happen again  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL SUPREME COURT ANTONIN SCALIA  —  Justice Antonin Scalia predicts that the Supreme Court will eventually authorize another a wartime abuse of civil rights such as the internment camps for Japanese-Americans during World War II.
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Bloomberg:
Resist the Siren's Call of ‘Originalism’
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A reporter jumps to conclusions, and hilarity ensues.  —  The New York Times finally ran a correction today of its much-criticized Chris Christie scoop: … So, other than that the story was accurate?  Not quite.  Evidence exists tying reporter Kate Zernike to having erred.
Matthew O'Brien / The Atlantic Online:
Everything You Need to Know About the Emerging-Market Currency Collapse  —  Money poured into developing economies after the financial crisis, and now it's starting to pour out.  How much should we worry?  —  Here we go again.  —  First, money poured into emerging markets when it looked like they offered juicy returns.
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Florida Rep Helped Fugitive Embezzlers  —  Sen. Robert Menendez is under federal investigation for his advocacy on behalf of two Ecuadorian bankers convicted of embezzlement.  Turns out he wasn't the only prominent lawmaker accepting donations and doing favors for the brothers.
Discussion: Yahoo! News
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Chris Christie's pain is Scott Walker's gain  —  As Chris Christie's star falls, the party is giving a second look to another brash blue-state governor who stared down unions at home: Scott Walker.  —  Republican strategists say no one is in a better position to get a boost …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Week
Dante Chinni / Washington Wire:
Poll Shows One Welcome Trend for Chris Christie  —  The most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll data show an interesting wrinkle in voters' views on the Chris Christie bridge saga.  —  While the poll showed a drop in the positive feelings toward New Jersey Gov. Christie overall and a drop …
Tal Kopan / Politico:
Jesse Ventura hiding from drones  —  Former wrestler and Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura says he has gone “off the grid” in Mexico to avoid drones knowing where he is.  —  Ventura spoke with CNBC's “Closing Bell” from an “undisclosed location in Mexico” on Tuesday, prompting the hosts to ask him where he was and why he was there.
Discussion: The Verge
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Next Phase of Obama's Executive Push: Climate Hubs  —  WASHINGTON — On the heels of the Senate's passage of a long-awaited farm bill, the Obama administration is to announce on Wednesday the creation of seven regional “climate hubs” aimed at helping farmers and rural communities respond …
MyFoxBoston:
Cafeteria worker accused of threatening to shoot up school with AK-47  —  NORFOLK, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) — A cafeteria cook at King Philip Middle School is facing charges amid allegations that she threatened to shoot up the school over a batch of cookies.
Hoover Institution:
My Rand Paul Problem  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of hoover ip squared working group steering committee)  —  Why classical liberalism is superior to hard-core libertarianism.  —  The name of my Defining Ideas column is “The Libertarian.”
Discussion: The Fix and The Raw Story
Jason Beattie / Mirror.co.uk:
Danny Alexander: George Osborne will cut top rate of tax over my DEAD BODY  —  +1  —  His comments made exclusively in an interview with the Mirror will enrage Conservative MPs who are pushing to slash the rate from 45p ahead of the election  —  Defiant Danny Alexander today opened …
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
New York Times:
Four People Arrested as Part of Inquiry Into Hoffman's Death  —  Four people were arrested in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday evening with more than 350 bags of heroin as part of the investigation into the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, a law enforcement official said.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Clay Aiken Is Officially Running For Congress (VIDEO)  —  Former “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken officially launched his congressional campaign on Wednesday.  —  Aiken released a web video that describes his difficult upbringing and lays out the reasons he's running …
Discussion: TIME, Mediaite and ABC News
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Is Boehner's Gavel on the Line?  —  Labrador said Tuesday that the issue of immigration could cost Boehner his speakership.  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)  —  Updated 8:15 p.m. |  Speaker John A. Boehner should lose his gavel if he pursues immigration this year, a prominent tea party Republican …
Discussion: Poynter
 
 
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Immigration Detention for Teen in Leaf-Pile Deaths
New York Times:
Teachers' Push for Back Pay May Pinch New York City
Joel Rubin / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: Beck finds cops violated policy in Dorner mistaken-ID shooting
Discussion: Firedoglake and Poynter
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix Renews ‘House of Cards’ for Season 3
Discussion: Politico and TVbytheNumbers
Associated Press:
Vatican Surveys Find Catholics Reject Teachings On Sex, Contraception
Discussion: ECHIDNE OF THE SNAKES
Jonathan Gruber / Washington Monthly:
A Shot in the Arm  —  How today's health care reform can create tomorrow's entrepreneurs.
Rose Pastore / Popular Science:
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