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4:15 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.
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
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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Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Is Chris Christie Being Treated Unfairly?
Eric Lach / Talking Points Memo:
Christie's ‘High School’ Attack On Wildstein Has One Big Flaw
Discussion: Firedoglake and NorthJersey.com
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 …
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Ashley Killough / CNN:
Biden's one reason NOT to run for President
Discussion: The Daily Caller
CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap
CNN:
Biden to campaign for House candidate in tight Florida race
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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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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: Washington Monthly
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer backs CBC on judicial nominees
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
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 …
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.
TMZ.com:
George Zimmerman — Boxing Match Set — HE WILL FIGHT DMX  —  Boxing Match Set!!!  —  HE WILL FIGHT DMX  —  2/4/2014 8:48 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  It's official ... X gonna give it to George Zimmerman — TMZ has learned, rapper DMX has just been named Zimmerman's opponent in his upcoming celebrity boxing match.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: American Spectator
 
 
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Khowell / news.ufl.edu:
UF poll: Floridians interested in governor's race; Crist leads Scott by seven points
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
Discussion: Mediaite and Associated Press
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Transgender Advocate Janet Mock: Piers Morgan “Sensationalized” My Story
Discussion: The Raw Story and ThinkProgress
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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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