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12:55 PM ET, February 6, 2014


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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor takes mission impossible  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is taking the lead on crafting the GOP's Obama-Care replacement proposal.  —  The extraordinarily tough task faces many obstacles and is complicated by election-year politics and an unruly GOP conference.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP buoyant about midterms
Discussion: Politico and The Hugh Hewitt Show
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Boehner proposes linking debt-limit hike to a restoration of recent cuts to military benefits
Politico:   John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's role reversal
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Anatomy of a media disaster: Why the press is botching the latest Obamacare story  —  Mix of innumeracy, vulnerability to spin and thirst for controversy explains lame coverage of CBO Obamacare report  —  Twenty-four hours later, after a tremendous swell of misinformation …
Chicago Tribune:
Obamacare and the incentive to work  —  What's behind the CBO numbers … The Congressional Budget Office issued a sobering report this week that projected how many people will choose to work less because of the effects of the Affordable Care Act.  CBO predicts that the health care law …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Hot Air
Will Obamacare Kill Jobs?
James Carville / The Hill:
Days ahead for Dems not so dark  —  When one has retired from the ranks of American domestic political consulting, as I have, you are not really allowed to just quit.  You become emeritus, of counsel, senior status and God knows what.  Basically your role becomes one of trying …
Mother Jones:
The Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference—Read It Here  —  A list of one-on-one meetings between VIP donors and the Kochs and their operatives offers a revealing look into their mighty political machine.  —  Charles Koch: Bo Rader/ZUMA; David Koch: Sonia Moskowitz/ZUMA
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Work was supposed to be liberating.  Now nonwork is.  —  Annie Lowrey, an economics reporter for the New York Times, has an essay in this coming weekend's Times magazine rebutting what she calls “the policy solution du jour” to the problem of “how to alleviate poverty”—namely, “marriage promotion.”
How John Podesta is changing Obama's White House  —  John Podesta doesn't have a standing appointment with President Barack Obama.  He doesn't join chief of staff Denis McDonough for the nightly “wrap” meeting with the president.  He doesn't have a defined portfolio of assignments.
Discussion: The New Republic
GOP Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces possible ethics inquiry  —  GOP Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.) faces a possible House Ethics Committee investigation over allegations by a former staffer that she improperly mixed campaign and official funds to help win a 2012 House leadership race.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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’
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Legal experts gobsmacked after British judge orders Mormon leader to prove faith's origins
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Power Station Sniper  —  What motivated the sophisticated sniper attack on a San Jose power station last April?  The Times wonders:  —  Months Later, Sniper Attack at Power Hub Still a Mystery  —  SAN FRANCISCO — A mysterious and sophisticated sniper attack last year …
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
Jake Tapper's Exclusive Interview with Secretary of State John Kerry  —  Please credit all usage to - CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper.  —  FULL TRANSCRIPT … Conducted February 5, 2014  —  JAKE TAPPER, HOST: Thank you so much for agreeing to do this.  —  JOHN KERRY, SECRETARY OF STATE: Good to be with you.
Wall Street Journal:
New evidence undercuts White House claims about IRS motivation.  —  House committees are still digging into the IRS political targeting scandal, and based on a hearing Wednesday there's more to learn.  The day produced more evidence blowing apart President Obama's claims that there was …
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Democrats Aim to Make 2014 More Like 2012 and 2008  —  WASHINGTON — The Democrats' plan to hold onto their narrow Senate majority goes by the name “Bannock Street project.”  It runs through 10 states, includes a $60 million investment, and requires more than 4,000 paid staffers.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Mediaite
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Karl Rove: The Numbers That Scare Senate Democrats  —  Voting with Obama 97% of the time is going to end some careers.
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Key Democratic Group Will Sit Out Midterm Elections  —  Priorities USA Action, the super PAC now backing Hillary Clinton, won't spend to help Democrats in the House and Senate this year, a spokesperson confirms.  —  Mike Theiler / Reuters  —  The Democratic Party's biggest super PAC …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
At Executive Mansion, McAuliffe puts out the welcome mat  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has added a potent weapon to his bipartisan charm offensive: better booze.  —  Desperately in need of Republican friends to get his agenda through a divided General Assembly, McAuliffe (D) …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Romney floats Martinez, others for 2016  —  Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday expanded his list of possible 2016 GOP presidential candidates — floating a number of dark horses, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R).  —  Romney named a laundry list …
Discussion: Politico
Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed:
22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution  —  I asked 22 self-identifying creationists at the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate to write a message/question/note to the other side.  Here's what they wrote.  —  1.  —  Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed  —  2.  —  Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
The Worst Idea in the World  —  Five years after the Bolshevik Revolution, Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises predicted that the Soviet project was doomed to fail.  In his classic work Socialism, Mises explained that the attempt to replace the market system with central economic planning could not succeed …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Cafe Hayek
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Laura Litvan / Bloomberg:
Mileage Tax Pushed by Shuster to Pay for Highway Bill
Discussion: Hot Air
Vancouver band demands compensation after learning music used for Guantanamo Bay torture
Discussion: Politico and Washington Wire
Scott Brown cuts ties with company sending emails to his list of political supporters
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Racing to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
Republican Hedges His Bets by Targeting House Seats in 4 States
Discussion: American Prospect and Liberaland
Mark Bittman / New York Times:
Just Say No  —  President Obama indicated in his State …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Louise Brown / Toronto Star:
U of T student loses bid to avoid class with women because he's shy
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Obama not ‘offended’ if vulnerable Dems stay away
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Obamacare's Attack on the Work Ethic
Dan Merica / CNN:
Paul says GOP infighting is a good thing
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Breaking: Union rule despised by right-wingers now roaring back to life
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ryan Holeywell / Fuel Fix:
Former Obama official: Fracking has never been an environmental problem