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4:25 PM ET, February 2, 2014

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Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
Award-winning Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman Found Dead in Manhattan Apartment, Law-Enforcement Official Said  —  The New York Police Department is investigating, and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine exact cause of death
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New York Post:
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead with needle in arm: cops  —  Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose — in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm — inside a Greenwich Village home on Sunday morning, cops said.
Dylan Farrow / Nicholas Kristof:
An Open Letter From Dylan Farrow  —  (A note from Nicholas Kristof: In 1993, accusations that Woody Allen had abused his adoptive daughter, Dylan Farrow, filled the headlines, part of a sensational story about the celebrity split between Allen and his girlfriend, Mia Farrow.
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Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Woody Allen  —  Nick Kristof runs an open leter from Dylan Farow, who was the center of a child molestation situation involving Woody Allen when she was seven years old.  The attention is swirling as a consequence of Mr. Allen's recent receipt of a lifetime achievment award from the Golden Globes.
Discussion: Guardian
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Dylan Farrow's Story  —  WHEN Woody Allen received a Golden Globe award for lifetime achievement a few weeks ago, there was a lively debate about whether it was appropriate to honor a man who is an artistic giant but also was accused years ago of child molestation.
Mike Allen / Politico:
Exclusive: Chris Christie attacks N.Y. Times, David Wildstein  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, after a low-key initial response to Friday's explosive allegations about his involvement in a growing bridge-closing scandal, mounted an aggressive defense late Saturday afternoon …
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Benjamin Bell / ABC News:
Rep. Paul Ryan: Obama Presidency ‘Increasingly Lawless’  —  President Obama's tenure is becoming “increasingly lawless” with his embrace of executive orders, which are “creating a dangerous trend which is contrary to the Constitution,” House Budget Committee Chair Rep. Paul Ryan said today on “This Week.”
Discussion: CNN
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Hits Back: Bridge Official Will ‘Say Anything To Save’ Himself
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
Politico:
Bill Kristol joins ABC News  —  Bill Kristol, the editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard, has joined ABC News as a contributor, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos announced on Sunday.  —  A source familiar with the negotiations says the former Fox News commentator has landed …
Discussion: The Raw Story and Mediaite
Andrew Cohen / The Atlantic Online:
Missouri Executed This Man While His Appeal Was Pending in Court  —  Herbert Smulls was pronounced dead four minutes before the justices in Washington denied his final stay.  Did Missouri officials breach their ethical duties by permitting this to happen?  —  It is 2014, not 1964 or 1914 …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s Immigration Delusion  —  THE debate over immigration reform, rekindled last week by House Republican leaders, bears a superficial resemblance to last fall's debate over the government shutdown.  —  Again, you have establishment Republicans transparently eager to cut a deal …
Washington Post:
Republicans face 2016 turmoil  —  As Republicans look ahead to the 2016 presidential race, they are hoping to avoid the kind of chaotic and protracted nominating battle that dismayed party elders and damaged the eventual candidacy of Mitt Romney.  —  That, however, could be a hard thing to prevent.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt 2016? Romney Leads In Key Primary State Poll
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Aide denies Obama has ‘small’ 2014 agenda  —  White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Sunday defended the 2014 agenda President Obama laid out in his State of the Union and denied there was anything “small” about it.  —  Some critics have raised concerns that the president …
Jay Leno / CBS News:
Major Garrett interview House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.  —  Shares -  —  Below is a transcript of Major Garrett's interview with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va.  —  MAJOR GARRETT: And we're joined by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.  Mr. Leader, great to see you.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CBS DC
 
 
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Maggie Haberman / Politico:
Hillary Clinton backs Obama on Iran sanctions
Abby Goodnough / New York Times:
Glitches in State Exchanges Give G.O.P. a Cudgel
Discussion: The Mahablog
Karin Kamp / BillMoyers.com:
David Simon on America as a Horror Show
Discussion: The Agonist
Thomas J. Basile / Forbes:
Obama's Weaponization of Government
Discussion: protein wisdom
 Earlier Items: 
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bill Maher makes Country Music Awards shooting joke
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The PJ Tatler
Christina Hoff Sommers / The Daily Beast:
No, Women Don't Make Less Money Than Men
Discussion: Power Line, Hot Air, AEIdeas and Althouse
Rep. Henry A. Waxman / Washington Post:
Rep. Henry Waxman: The reason I'm leaving Congress