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1:55 PM 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.
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Government will pocket $8B profit from ObamaCare ‘bailout’ program, CBO says  —  The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday threw a potential wrench into House Republican plans to tie an elimination of ObamaCare risk corridors to the next debt-ceiling increase.
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 …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Paul Ryan Fact-Checks Republicans On Obamacare Job ‘Costs’  —  At least one Republican is setting the record straight on what the Congressional Budget Office actually said this week about Obamacare and its effect on jobs.  —  House Budget Chair Paul Ryan (R-WI) explained in a Wednesday hearing …
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Why the new CBO report on Obamacare is good news
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.
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Los Angeles Times:
CVS Caremark, No. 2 drugstore chain, will end all tobacco sales
Stephanie Strom / New York Times:
CVS Plans to End Sales of Tobacco Products by Oct. 1
Elizabeth Landau / CNN:   CVS stores to stop selling tobacco
Dylan Howard / RADAR:
Hurley's Ex-Lover Caught On Bombshell Audio Recording Revealing Ex-Prez's White House Sex Romps Behind Wife Hillary's Back  —  As Hillary Clinton prepares to run for President in 2016, RadarOnline.com has uncovered bombshell new information that could torpedo her White House dreams …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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Steve Strunsky / New Jersey Online:
Port Authority eliminates ‘director’ job created for Wildstein
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.
Alicia Dennis / People.com:
Dylan Farrow's Brother Moses Defends Woody Allen  —  Dylan Farrow's Feb. 1 open letter to The New York Times detailing sexual molestation she says she suffered at the hands of her father Woody Allen reignited a controversy that has divided their family bitterly for more than 20 years.
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.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cohen: Ask Philip Seymour Hoffman If Pot Is As Dangerous As Heroin
Discussion: Associated Press and Mediaite
Craig Jarvis / Raleigh News & Observer:
Clay Aiken makes it official: He will run for Congress  —  RALEIGH — Singer Clay Aiken will officially announce his campaign for Congress on Wednesday, injecting a nationally known personality into what has been a quiet Democratic primary to produce a challenger to U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers.
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Clay Aiken Is Officially Running For Congress (VIDEO)
Discussion: TIME and Mediaite
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: Talking Points Memo and The Verge
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 …
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
Democrat And Chronicle:
Russia won't let Chobani yogurt in Sochi for Olympics  —  A shipment of New York-made Greek yogurt waiting in a New Jersey airport might just go to waste.  —  U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has sent a letter to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and International Olympic Committee head Thomas Bach urging …
Politico:
Few signs of movement on debt ceiling  —  House Republicans are in an increasingly tight political box on the debt limit and have no idea how they'll get out of it.  —  At a GOP leadership meeting Wednesday morning, top Republicans privately acknowledged that they cannot pass a debt limit bill …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
 
 
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CNN:
Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Koch-backed group buys $150K for Southerland
Discussion: Politico
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP poll: Gingrey leads in Ga. Senate primary
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: Piers Morgan “Sensationalized” My Story
CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Plum Line
TIME:
Here's What's Troubling American Troops in One Chart
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Guardian:
UN denounces Vatican over child abuse; demands immediate action
Jason Beattie / Mirror.co.uk:
Danny Alexander: George Osborne will cut top rate of tax over my DEAD BODY
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
Dante Chinni / Washington Wire:
Poll Shows One Welcome Trend for Chris Christie
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Is Boehner's Gavel on the Line?
Discussion: Poynter and The Hill
New York Times:
Teachers' Push for Back Pay May Pinch New York City
 

 
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