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2:55 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.
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 …
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
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obamacare's scorekeepers deliver a game-changer
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 …
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
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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James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
A reporter jumps to conclusions, and hilarity ensues.  —  The New York Times finally ran a correction today of its much-criticized Chris Christie scoop: … So, other than that the story was accurate?  Not quite.  Evidence exists tying reporter Kate Zernike to having erred.
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Steve Strunsky / New Jersey Online:
Port Authority eliminates ‘director’ job created for Wildstein
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.
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.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
The Third Intifada  —  RAMALLAH, West Bank — For a while now …
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
John Kerry a no on 2016: This is my last stop
Discussion: Politico, Mediaite and Weasel Zippers
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
CNN:
Poll: Majority of Americans want government to reduce income gap
Discussion: The Plum Line and Daily Kos
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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
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
Is Boehner's Gavel on the Line?
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New York Times:
Teachers' Push for Back Pay May Pinch New York City
 

 
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