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1:05 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
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Why the new CBO report on Obamacare is good news
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
The Best Of The Bad Reporting On Obamacare, The CBO And 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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Alexandra Jaffe / The Hill:
Koch-backed group buys $150K for Southerland  —  Americans for Prosperity, the conservative group affiliated with the Koch Brothers, is launching ads in Rep. Steve Southerland's (R-Fla.) district this week.  —  The group has reserved $150,000 in airtime in the Tallahassee and Panama City markets …
Discussion: Politico
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
 
 
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CNN:
Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
U.S. said to curtail drone strikes in Pakistan as officials there seek peace talks with Taliban
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
Guardian:
UN denounces Vatican over child abuse; demands immediate action
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Beattie / Mirror.co.uk:
Danny Alexander: George Osborne will cut top rate of tax over my DEAD BODY
Discussion: Guardian and Spectator
Hoover Institution:
My Rand Paul Problem
Discussion: The Fix and The Raw Story
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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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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