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12:35 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.
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 …
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.
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
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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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.
Steve Strunsky / New Jersey Online:
Port Authority eliminates ‘director’ job created for Wildstein  —  wildstein-port-authority-job- eliminated.jpg  —  David Wildstein, with striped tie, at the State house Annex in Trenton on Jan. 9 following his testimony before the Assembly's transportation committee.
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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.
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 …
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 …
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’
EU Press Room:
Antitrust: Commission obtains from Google comparable display of specialised search rivals- Frequently asked questions  —  A) The Commission's investigation and Google's proposal  —  What is the Commission objective in this investigation?  —  The Commission's objective is to address …
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
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 …
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.
Guardian:
UN denounces Vatican over child abuse; demands immediate action  —  Devastating UN report demands Vatican ‘immediately remove’ all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers  —  A UN human rights committee has denounced the Vatican for adopting policies that allowed priests to rape …
 
 
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Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP poll: Gingrey leads in Ga. Senate primary
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: Piers Morgan “Sensationalized” My Story
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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
Jason Beattie / Mirror.co.uk:
Danny Alexander: George Osborne will cut top rate of tax over my DEAD BODY
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Hoover Institution:
My Rand Paul Problem
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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Clay Aiken Is Officially Running For Congress (VIDEO)
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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
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
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