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3:00 PM ET, February 1, 2014


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Rep. Henry A. Waxman / Washington Post:
Rep. Henry Waxman: The reason I'm leaving Congress  —  Rep. Henry A. Waxman is a Democrat from California.  —  I announced this past week that I will be retiring after having the honor of serving my Los Angeles constituents in Congress for 40 years.  —  Immediately, speculation began …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Daily Kos
Virginia Postrel / Bloomberg:
Obama Fails Art History and Economics  —  President Obama had a perfectly fine message for young people when he spoke at a General Electric plant in Wisconsin yesterday: Learning a skilled trade can be just as lucrative and worthy of respect as getting a college diploma.  Unfortunately, that's not what he said.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Will Immigration Reform Finally Happen?  —  Speaker John Boehner finally tipped his hand on an issue he says he's committed to getting done.  But will the rest of the Republicans in Congress agree to his set of “principles”?  —  CAMBRIDGE, Maryland — In this snowbound summer town …
Discussion: The Hill and The Dish
Republicans' Immigration Deal Makes No Sense  —  House Republicans who want to advance what they call “comprehensive immigration reform” say they've found a workable compromise, one that allays the concerns of opponents, improves current policy and allows the party to make gains among Hispanics.
Christina Hoff Sommers / The Daily Beast:
No, Women Don't Make Less Money Than Men  —  It's the bogus statistic that won't die—and president deployed it during the State of the Union—but women do not make 77 cents to every dollar a man earns.  —  President Obama repeated the spurious gender wage gap statistic in his State of the Union address.
Discussion: Power Line
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Rebel Conservatives Excel in G.O.P. Fund-Raising, Heralding a Tug Right  —  Insurgent conservatives seeking to pull the Republican Party to the right raised more money last year than the groups controlled by the party establishment, whose bulging bank accounts and ties to major donors …
Chris Christie denies accusations  —  The lawyer for a onetime Chris Christie appointee said Friday that there is evidence contradicting what the Republican governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate has said he knew about the lane closures at the center of a growing New Jersey traffic scandal.
Jonathan D. Fitzgerald / The Daily Beast:
‘Alone Yet Not Alone’: Inside the Conservative Christian Movie the Oscars Ousted  —  A right-wing sugar daddy, two groups of evangelical filmmakers, a famous composer, an Oscar nod, and an Academy backlash: the strange story of a Christian movie's 15 minutes of fame.
Discussion: American Spectator and NewsBusters
Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans eye repeal of ObamaCare ‘bailout’ in debt-limit bill  —  CAMBRIDGE, Md. - House Republicans are considering attaching a provision that would prevent a “bailout” of insurance companies under ObamaCare to a one-year increase in the debt limit.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
Harvey Silverglate / Wall Street Journal:
Harvey Silverglate: Justice Goes After the GOP  —  Investigating Chris Christie's administration, indicting another prominent Republican.  Is it political?  —  Is Eric Holder's Justice Department driven by a political agenda, or are the department's recent prosecutorial decisions simply signs of overzealousness?
John Aziz / The Week:
Study: Liberals drink more alcohol than conservatives  —  Apparently, being liberal is thirsty work  —  sobering new study published by the Journal of Wine Economics — yes, there is a Journal of Wine Economics — finds that alcohol consumption in American states rises as the population's politics becomes more liberal.
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Montana GOP Candidate Calls Hillary Clinton The ‘Anti-Christ’  —  A Republican candidate for Congress in Montana compared former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the anti-Christ.  —  The candidate, state Sen. Ryan Zinke, is one of five Republicans competing for the nomination to succeed …
S.E. CUPP SPEAKS OUT AGAINST MSNBC'S LATEST MISSTEP: THEY HAVE A PROBLEM THAT IS ‘SPIRALING OUT OF CONTROL’  —  MSNBC's latest public apology shows the network has a problem that is “spiraling out of control,” TheBlaze's S.E. Cupp said Thursday.  —  The network prompted outrage Wednesday …
Washington Post:
State Department releases Keystone XL final environmental impact statement  —  View Photo Gallery — Eight things you should know about the Keystone XL pipeline: A big issue before President Obama is a proposal to approve a pipeline carrying fuel from Canada's oil sands through America's heartland to Texas.
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