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5:45 PM ET, February 5, 2014

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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 …
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CBO director: Obamacare will reduce unemployment  —  As noted here yesterday, Republicans went mad with glee at the new Congressional Budget Office report on deficits and the Affordable Care Act, with multiple GOP officials claiming it showed the law will kill over two million jobs.  That was false.
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.
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.
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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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden's one reason NOT to run for President  —  (CNN) - As he considers another run for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden laid out one reason why he wouldn't want to be the nation's next chief executive.  —  “Everybody wants to know whether or not I'm going to run for president.
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Kathryn Davis / The Center for Media and Public Affairs:
Study: Leno's Top Joke Target Was Bill Clinton
Discussion: Mediaite, TheBlaze.com and CNN
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie's ‘High School’ Attack On Wildstein Has One Big Flaw  —  An article published Tuesday by The Bergen Record called into question the accuracy of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) attack against the character of former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive David Wildstein.
Discussion: Firedoglake and NorthJersey.com
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Steve Strunsky / New Jersey Online:
Port Authority eliminates ‘director’ job created for Wildstein
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Is Chris Christie Being Treated Unfairly?
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.
Politico:
House GOP could tie doc fix to debt bill  —  House Republicans, having trouble finding votes for a debt ceiling hike, are considering attaching a nine-month patch of the reimbursement formula for doctors who treat Medicare patients.  —  That the so-called “doc fix” — known more formally …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Don't Go It Alone, Obama  —  The president's new unilateral approach is bad politics
Discussion: The Dish
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer backs CBC on judicial nominees
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
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 …
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 …
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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Patrick Howley / The Daily Caller:
Email: IRS's Lerner, Treasury Department secretly drafted new rules to restrict nonprofits  —  The Obama administration's Treasury Department and former IRS official Lois Lerner conspired to draft new 501(c)(4) regulations to restrict the activity of conservative groups in a way that would …
Jonathan Strong / BREITBART.COM:
BOEHNER, UNDETERRED, MOVES FORWARD ON IMMIGRATION  —  Speaker John Boehner isn't ready to let the dream die.  —  On Tuesday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters immigration is just not in the cards in 2014.  Last Thursday, rank-and-file House members sent a loud message …
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Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Is Boehner's Gavel on the Line?
Discussion: TPNN, Daily Kos, Poynter and Post Politics
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Barack Obama's ‘hard-working American’ is actually a London Overground commuter  —  New advert by Organising for Action, an Obama campaign group, accidentally features footage from a British train  —  President Barack Obama's political action group, Organizing for Action …
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.
 
 
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Khowell / news.ufl.edu:
UF poll: Floridians interested in governor's race; Crist leads Scott by seven points
TMZ.com:
George Zimmerman — Boxing Match Set — HE WILL FIGHT DMX
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Third Intifada  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — For a while now …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Rep. Cohen: Ask Philip Seymour Hoffman If Pot Is As Dangerous As Heroin
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: Piers Morgan “Sensationalized” My Story
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap
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
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Florida Rep Helped Fugitive Embezzlers
Anna Palmer / Politico:
Chris Christie's pain is Scott Walker's gain
 

 
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