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8:30 PM ET, February 6, 2014

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CNN:
CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy?  —  Washington (CNN) - Although nearly two-thirds of Americans still give the nation's economy a thumbs down, the percentage who rate the current economic conditions as good now stands at its highest level in six years, according to a new national poll.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
O'Reilly reporter confronts Pelosi  —  A reporter from Bill O'Reilly's television program attended House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's weekly press conference to confront her about why she won't sit for an interview with the Fox News anchor.  —  “Bill O'Reilly has a quick question for you …
Ted Barrett / CNN:   Senate fails to advance unemployment bill
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor takes mission impossible
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Fails to Pass 3-Month Extension of Jobless Benefits
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects jobless benefits
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Doubts Immigration Overhaul Will Pass This Year
Wall Street Journal:
Russian Officials Fire Back at Olympic Critics  —  One Sochi Defender Claims Only 103 Registered Complaints; ‘Surveillance Video’ in Hotel Rooms  —  SOCHI, Russia—Rooms without doorknobs, locks or heat, dysfunctional toilets, surprise early-morning fire alarms and a Welcome Wagon of stray dogs …
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David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Racing to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi
Discussion: Voices
ThinkProgress:
Taliban Fighters Claim To Have Captured U.S. Military Dog  —  The Taliban this week released a video that may well be the first of its kind — one that shows a dog they claim to be a U.S. military service dog, still wearing its gear, and that they say was captured after a lengthy firefight with American troops.
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Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Military dog captured by Taliban fighters, who post video of their captive  —  In the annals of prisoner of war videos, this seems to be a first.  A slightly befuddled Belgian Malinois appears on a tight leash, surrounded by heavily armed, bearded men boasting of their battlefield loot.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
BBC:
Afghan Taliban capture British military dog
Discussion: Mediaite and Telegraph
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama official: ‘F—k the EU’  —  President Obama's top diplomat to Europe has been caught on tape saying “F—k the EU.”  —  The conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt was anonymously leaked on YouTube.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Christopher J. Miller / kyivpost.com:
‘F**k the EU,’ frustrated Nuland says to Pyatt, in alleged leaked phone call (UPDATED)  —  In a conversation leaked online and posted to YouTube on Feb. 4, voices closely resembling those of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland discuss loosely …
ThinkProgress:
AOL Chairman Slashes 401K Benefits, Blames Two Women Who Gave Birth To Sick Babies  —  AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong blamed the babies of two employees for increasing the company's benefit costs on Thursday, explaining in a conference call that AOL had to pay millions out in medical bills and alter its entire benefits package.
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Jia Lynn Yang / Wonkblog:
AOL chief cuts 401(k) benefits, blames Obamacare and two “distressed babies”  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong blames the new health care law for why his company has made a major change to its 401(k) benefits.  (Photo by Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong …
Yahoo! News:
Hillary's question: not if, but how  —  Let's be clear about this much: no matter what the soothsayers on cable TV tell you, Hillary Clinton is no more likely to clear the Democratic field and avoid a primary in 2016 than Dennis Rodman is to become her secretary of state.
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Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Are People Already Tired of Hillary?
Politico:
How John Podesta is changing Obama's White House
Discussion: The New Republic
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Biden: LaGuardia like a ‘third world country’  —  (CNN) - LaGuardia airport is notorious for older crowded terminals and other constraints that contribute to horrid flight delays.  And Vice President Joe Biden doesn't appear to be a big fan.  —  “If I blindfolded someone and took …
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:   Joe Biden likens LaGuardia to ‘3rd world’
Cheryl Hurd / nbcbayarea.com:
Controversy Surrounds Lunch Menu at Concord High School  —  Administrators at a Northern California private school are facing tough questions and offering a big apology after a menu controversy.  —  Students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord wanted to come up with ways …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
New Bogus GOP Obamacare Attack Debuts In 2014 Political Ad (VIDEO)  —  Despite the consistent refutation of their claim that the Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would cost the country 2 million jobs — even from within their own party — Republicans are now putting the attack in congressional ads.
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Chicago Tribune:
Obamacare and the incentive to work
Russell Brand / Guardian:
Philip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of stupid drug laws  —  In Hoffman's domestic or sex life there is no undiscovered riddle - the man was a drug addict and, thanks to our drug laws, his death inevitable  —  Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was not on the bill.
Bloomberg:
Jails Enroll Inmates in Obamacare to Pass Hospital Costs to U.S.  —  Being arrested in Chicago for, say, drug possession or assault gets you sent to the Cook County Jail to be fingerprinted, photographed and X-rayed.  You'll also get help applying for health insurance.
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Paul Ryan Is the Odds-On Favorite to Win the Republican Nomination in 2016  —  There's been a lot of blathering about who the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is, and so far I've resisted taking part.  But I guess I'm kind of curious: Is there much of a case to be made for anyone other than Paul Ryan?
Discussion: Hot Air and CANNONFIRE
Politico:
GOP ends week with no debt plan  —  House Republicans left Washington Thursday without a plan to lift the debt ceiling.  —  Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are pretty clear in their position: They want a clean debt limit increase.  —  The nation's borrowing limit needs to be lifted by the end of the month …
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Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Most Divided Congress Ever, At Least Until Next Year
Wall Street Journal:
More than one in six men ages 25 to 54, prime working years, don't have jobs.
Discussion: American Spectator and Gawker
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
On Generational Equity, Healthcare, and Keynesian Economics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Power Station Sniper
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Politico:
GOP Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces possible ethics inquiry
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
At Executive Mansion, McAuliffe puts out the welcome mat
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Democrats Aim for a 2014 More Like 2012 and 2008
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