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9:55 AM ET, February 7, 2014

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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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Ron Fournier / NationalJournal.com:
A Brutal Translation of the ‘Disincentive to Work’  —  If Obamacare isn't the biggest drag on the workforce (and it isn't), what is?  —  The biggest “disincentive for people to work” is not Obamacare.  It's the lack of jobs in a fast-changing, post-industrial economy that's leaving millions of Americans behind.
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.
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
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Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Are People Already Tired of Hillary?
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 …
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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Adam Edelman / NY Daily News:
Vice President Biden blasts LaGuardia Airport as feeling like 'it's in some third world country'
Discussion: Liberaland
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:   Joe Biden likens LaGuardia to ‘3rd world’
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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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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
Discussion: Telegraph, BBC and Mediaite
Russell Berman / The Hill:
McMorris Rodgers faces ethics review  —  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is under review by the Ethics Committee stemming from her victory in an internal party leadership race to become chairman of the House Republican conference.  —  The Ethics Committee, in its first public statement on the matter …
Discussion: The Week, Mediaite and CNN
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.
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Christopher J. Miller / kyivpost.com:
‘F**k the EU,’ frustrated Nuland says to Pyatt, in alleged leaked phone call (UPDATED)
Tom Murphy / Associated Press:
ADMINISTRATION SAID TO PONDER INSURANCE EXTENSION  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Administration said to ponder insurance extension  —  The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep …
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.
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
On Blog, an Ex-Christie Ally Showed Approach to Politics  —  As Wally Edge, political blogger, David Wildstein was so anonymous that when he sold his company, the buyer did not know his real name.  —  He knew so much about politics that reporters who worked for him assumed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CANNONFIRE
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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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects jobless benefits
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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.
 
 
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Most Divided Congress Ever, At Least Until Next Year
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Firedoglake
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
Cheryl Hurd / nbcbayarea.com:
Controversy Surrounds Lunch Menu at Concord High School
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
O'Reilly reporter confronts Pelosi
Wall Street Journal:
Russian Officials Fire Back at Olympic Critics
 

 
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