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1:45 AM ET, February 7, 2014

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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.
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ThinkProgress:   Taliban Fighters Claim To Have Captured U.S. Military Dog
BBC:
Afghan Taliban capture British military dog
Discussion: Mediaite and Telegraph
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 …
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.
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Froma Harrop / Real Clear Politics:
Obamacare Bad-News Report Not So Bad
Discussion: Mediaite and VodkaPundit
Chicago Tribune:
Obamacare and the incentive to work
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 …
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Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Fails to Pass Three-Month Extension of Jobless Aid  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate failed to move forward on a three-month extension of assistance for the long-term unemployed on Thursday, leaving it unlikely that Congress would approve the measure soon while undercutting a key aspect of President Obama's economic recovery plan.
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Ted Barrett / CNN:   Senate fails to advance unemployment bill
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects jobless benefits
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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 …
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’
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: Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
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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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.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Are People Already Tired of Hillary?
Discussion: American Prospect and The Dish
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.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
The most painful speech ever  —  Washingtonians sit through terrible speeches all the time: dry rules hearings, partisan floor lectures and, let's face it, even the State of the Union some years.  —  So it was a bad day for Rep. Donna Edwards Thursday, when Washingtonians gathered at coffee pots …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hot Air
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Most Divided Congress Ever, At Least Until Next Year  —  Congress is more polarized now than ever before, and the 2014 midterms will do nothing but exacerbate the divide.  —  The Blue Dog Democrats boasted some exciting news last month—the addition of four new members to replenish their depleted ranks.
 
 
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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Shares A Laugh With GOP Rep Who Thinks He's Destroying America (VIDEO)
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
On Blog, an Ex-Christie Ally Showed Approach to Politics
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
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Doubts Immigration Bill Will Pass in 2014
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
On Generational Equity, Healthcare, and Keynesian Economics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A Rough Final Winter for New York's Sanitation Chief
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Malia Zimmerman / Hawaii Reporter:
Hawaii lawmaker renews fight to end or revise controversial sex ed program
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Indie smash hit ‘Flappy Bird’ racks up $50K per day in ad revenue
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Paul Ryan Is the Odds-On Favorite to Win the Republican Nomination in 2016
Discussion: Hot Air and CANNONFIRE
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
At Executive Mansion, McAuliffe puts out the welcome mat
 

 
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