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2:05 PM ET, February 7, 2014

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Lindsay Perna / CNN:
Biden says presidential decision will come next summer  —  Vice President Joe Biden joked this week that being able to drive his Corvette - is one good reason not to run.  But, when asked to give another good reason not to run, Biden responded simply.  —  “I can't.”
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Wall Street Journal:
The right kills immigration reform and the left freer trade.  —  The U.S. economy has averaged about 2.5% growth for four and a half years in what is supposedly a recovery, median household income is below where it was when the recession ended in June 2009, and job growth is mediocre.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Behind Retreat on Immigration, a Complicated Political Interplay
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health, Work, Lies  —  On Wednesday, Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, said the obvious: losing your job and choosing to work less aren't the same thing.  If you lose your job, you suffer immense personal and financial hardship.
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Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Bill Clinton to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky  —  The big dog is coming to Kentucky to help Alison Lundergan Grimes.  —  Former President Bill Clinton — known as the “Big Dog” — will come to Louisville this month for a campaign event for Grimes, who is running …
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Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama bundler nominated as ambassador to Argentina has never been to the country  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA MARCO RUBIO 2012 ELECTIONS ARGENTINA  —  Presidents often award diplomatic posts to campaign donors and fundraisers, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspects that Obama's choice …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Nominee for Ambassador to Argentina Hasn't Been There, but Has Raised Lots of Money for Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘HRC,’ inside Clinton's State Dept. and the political machine  —  Ah, public service, among the noblest of callings, pursued by selfless individuals who have laid aside greed, ego or other personal gain, devoting themselves to democracy and the common good — and when necessary …
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Dish
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BBC:
Victoria Nuland gaffe: Angela Merkel condemns EU insult  —  Germany's Angela Merkel has said a US official's apparent insult of the EU's efforts to mediate in the Ukraine crisis is “totally unacceptable”.  —  Victoria Nuland has apologised after a voice resembling hers used a graphic swear word …
Discussion: Fox News, Hit & Run and Guardian
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Crist: Rick Scott To Blame For Deaths Through Refusal To Expand Medicaid  —  Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist argued the decision by Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) and his fellow Republicans in the state to not expand Medicaid is the ongoing source of many deaths in Florida.
Ike Brannon / Weekly Standard:
I've Been Trying Since November—But I Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare  —  Despite my earnest intentions, my family and I are still not covered on the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange.  I am beginning to despair that I will ever obtain insurance from the exchange.
Mike Allen / Politico:
DATA PARITY ELUDES GOP - CHRISTIE BIO next year — JAMIE SMITH last day at 1600 — CHANCES RISE FOR GOP TO TAKE SENATE — DEL CECATO EXPANDS - TAPPER FILM DEAL - JAMES CARVILLE to Fox  —  SIREN — “Republicans still seen falling behind in election data wars,” by Reuters' Gabriel Debenedetti …
CNN:
Republicans slam President over jobs report  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican leaders were quick to criticize President Barack Obama over the January jobs report.  —  “The American people continue to ask ‘where are the jobs?’ and the president clearly has no answers.
Discussion: Politico
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David Weigel / Slate:
CBOghazi: Journalists Have No Idea “What Will Matter” in an Election  —  The Internet is picking on WaPo columnist Chris Cillizza, founder and editor of the Fix and many-times-a-day pronouncer of what “will matter” in politics.  His offense: defending a post he wrote about the political damage …
Discussion: Paul Krugman, Pressthink and Liberaland
Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lt. Gov. John Walsh Chosen for Baucus' Senate Seat  —  Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he has appointed Lt. Gov. John Walsh to serve out the term of Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who will be leaving the seat to become the next ambassador to China.  —  Walsh, 53, is a Butte native …
Discussion: CNN
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Texan Hispanics Tilt Democratic, but State Likely to Stay Red  —  Hispanics statewide are less likely to be Democratic than other U.S. Hispanics  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas Hispanics are decidedly Democratic in their political party preferences, 46% to 27%, but that 19-percentage-point Democratic advantage …
Discussion: The Fix and Hot Air
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 6, 2014 - Despite Christie Woes, Clinton Struggles In Colorado, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Udall Locked In Tight Race For Reelection  —  The George Washington Bridge traffic scandal stalls New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie's 2016 presidential bid in Colorado …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Peters, Obama pair up  —  Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will appear alongside President Obama when he visits Michigan on Friday, a sign Peters doesn't think the president is as problematic for his Senate campaign as some other swing-state Democrats.  —  Peters will join Obama and Sen. Debbie Stabenow …
Discussion: The Fix and Fox News
Adam Edelman / NY Daily News:
Vice President Biden blasts LaGuardia Airport as feeling like 'it's in some third world country'  —  Biden made the amusing, and some would say, true, comments about the aging airport during an event about infrastructure in Philadelphia.  —  “If I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport …
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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Biden: LaGuardia like a ‘third world country’
Discussion: Trail Blazers Blog and Politico
 
 
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Steven Shepard / NationalJournal.com:
Liz Cheney Exaggerated Her Senate Campaign Fundraising
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Henri J. Barkey / Washington Post:
Obama's ambassador nominees are a disservice to diplomacy
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New York Times:
A Missing Argument on Contraceptives
Discussion: Wired and ACS Blog
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2016 Presidential Ratings Update: Nothing but Questions on the Republican Side
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and Liberaland
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CBC dislikes Jarrett's message
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
In Japan, a Beloved Deaf Composer Appears to Be None of the Above
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Christopher J. Conover / Weekly Standard:
An Obamacare Report Card
Discussion: Power Line
Michael Bachelard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Witness details burns claims
Discussion: ABC, BBC and Guardian
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
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Talking Points Memo
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Military dog captured by Taliban fighters, who post video of their captive