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3:30 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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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 …
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obamacare's scorekeepers deliver a game-changer
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Government will pocket $8B profit from ObamaCare ‘bailout’ program, CBO says
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 …
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Kathryn Davis / The Center for Media and Public Affairs:
Study: Leno's Top Joke Target Was Bill Clinton
Discussion: Mediaite, TheBlaze.com and CNN
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.
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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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.
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer backs CBC on judicial nominees  —  Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) found a strong ally Tuesday in their fight against some of President Obama's judicial nominees, as Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) suggested the Senate should reject several of the picks in the name of diversity.
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
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Politico:
Few signs of movement on debt ceiling
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cohen: Ask Philip Seymour Hoffman If Pot Is As Dangerous As Heroin  —  Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) on Tuesday cited the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman while arguing that the federal government shouldn't treat marijuana and harder drugs like heroin equally.
Discussion: Mediaite and Associated Press
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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.
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.
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.
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 …
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
John Kerry a no on 2016: This is my last stop  —  For more of our exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry, watch “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on CNN at 4 p.m. ET.  —  Washington (CNN) - While his predecessor Hillary Clinton and his colleague Vice President Joe Biden …
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.
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.
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Third Intifada  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — For a while now I've wondered why there's been no Third Intifada.  That is, no third Palestinian uprising in the West Bank, the first of which helped to spur the Oslo peace process and the second of which — with more live ammunition from the Israeli side …
 
 
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Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's ‘hard-working American’ is actually a London Overground commuter
CNN:
Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP poll: Gingrey leads in Ga. Senate primary
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: Piers Morgan “Sensationalized” My Story
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
Guardian:
UN denounces Vatican over child abuse; demands immediate action
Discussion: BBC and The Agonist
Dante Chinni / Washington Wire:
Poll Shows One Welcome Trend for Chris Christie
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Chris Christie's pain is Scott Walker's gain
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Is Boehner's Gavel on the Line?
Discussion: Poynter
New York Times:
Teachers' Push for Back Pay May Pinch New York City