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10:35 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.
Bloomberg:
Will Obamacare Kill Jobs?  —  You've probably already read that the Congressional Budget Office thinks the U.S. health-care overhaul will reduce employment by the equivalent of about 2 million jobs in 2017.  Republicans are saying it will cost 2 million jobs; the White House, meanwhile …
Discussion: VodkaPundit and The Federalist
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans Wanted To Free Workers From Bad Jobs Until Obamacare Did It
New York Times:
Freeing Workers From the Insurance Trap
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.
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP stymied on debt limit  —  It's almost time to reach for the kitchen sink.  —  All week, House Republican leaders have been stymied in crafting a debt-limit package that could pass with only Republican support.  —  Now, Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) and other top Republicans …
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Dan Merica / CNN:
Paul says GOP infighting is a good thing  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky told a crowd of social conservatives Wednesday that fighting within the GOP is for the best.  —  Although Paul pointed out that the debate should not be “impolite” or “rude,” …
Discussion: Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Hoyer backs CBC on judicial nominees
Discussion: ThinkProgress 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: NorthJersey.com and Firedoglake
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Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Chris Christie leaves Bridgegate and heads to Texas to help GOP — Rick Perry and Greg Abbott send regrets
Paul Waldman / American Prospect:
Is Chris Christie Being Treated Unfairly?
Steve Strunsky / New Jersey Online:
Port Authority eliminates ‘director’ job created for Wildstein
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
Olympic Threat: US Warns Airlines About Toothpaste Tube Bomb … The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to U.S. and some foreign airlines traveling to Russia for the Olympic Games to be on the lookout for toothpaste containers, which some intelligence indicates …
Discussion: Politico and Business Insider
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Democrat And Chronicle:
Russia won't let Chobani yogurt in Sochi for Olympics
Boston Globe:
Realistic statue of man in his underwear at Wellesley College sparks controversy  —  Tony Matelli's Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit at Wellesley College's Davis Museum.  —  By Jaclyn Reiss, Boston.com Staff  —  A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near …
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Head of Mormon church Thomas Monson summoned by British magistrates' court over Adam and Eve teaching  —  Thomas S Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ordered to appear before British magistrate's court amid claims that the organisation's teaching amounts to ‘fraud’
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.
Caitlin Dewey / WorldViews:
Journalists at Sochi are live-tweeting their hilarious and gross hotel experiences  —  Amid continued debate over whether or not Sochi is prepared to host the 2014 Olympics (here are 15 alarming signs that Russia might not be ready) reporters from around the world are starting to check into local hotels — to their apparent grief.
David Weigel / Slate:
Kansas Senator Wants Indian-American Nominee to Meet His Cool Indian Friends  —  For reasons I completely understand, the confirmation hearing of surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy has not gotten a ton of attention.  Factor one: The filibuster reform of late last year will let Murthy be confirmed by a simple majority vote.
Colleen Jenkins / Reuters:
‘American Idol’ singer Clay Aiken to run for Congress in North Carolina  —  (Reuters) - Former “American Idol” singer Clay Aiken said on Wednesday he will run for U.S. Congress as a Democrat in his home state of North Carolina, where he once worked as a special education teacher.
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Craig Jarvis / Raleigh News & Observer:   Clay Aiken makes it official: He will run for Congress
Rebecca Smith / Wall Street Journal:
April attack that knocked out California power station raises fear that U.S. power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.  —  A sniper attack in April that knocked out an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif., has raised fears that the country's power grid is vulnerable to terrorism.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Even Pat Robertson Thinks Young Earth Creationism Is A ‘Joke’  —  Back in 2012, televangelist Pat Robertson provoked the ire of Young Earth Creationists when he rejected their claim that the earth is approximately 6,000 years old.  Today on the 700 Club, Robertson responded to the debate between Bill Nye …
 
 
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Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Breaking: Union rule despised by right-wingers now roaring back to life
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Breaking News: Fight Breaks Out at Democratic Party Caucus in Minneapolis [Updated]
Ryan Holeywell / Fuel Fix:
Former Obama official: Fracking has never been an environmental problem
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post's Brad Plumer, Sarah Kliff Joining Ezra Klein's Vox Venture
Dvogel / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
How 60,000 bills tried to become law - in one graph
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
Don't Go It Alone, Obama  —  The president's new unilateral approach is bad politics
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Khowell / news.ufl.edu:
UF poll: Floridians interested in governor's race; Crist leads Scott by seven points
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