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12:50 PM ET, February 2, 2014

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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.
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.
Discussion: Guardian and Mashable
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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Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Christie Hits Back: Bridge Official Will ‘Say Anything To Save’ Himself  —  In an email leaked Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's office responded more vigorously to new allegations by his former Port Authority appointee that he knew more about the George Washington Bridge lane closures than he has admitted.
Harvey Silverglate / Wall Street Journal:
Harvey Silverglate: Justice Goes After the GOP
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
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 …
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Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
Will Immigration Reform Finally Happen?
Discussion: The Hill and American Prospect
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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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans eye repeal of ObamaCare ‘bailout’ in debt-limit bill
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Daily Kos
Joy Powell / Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Retiree who called 911 for man is fatally shot in his north Minneapolis home  —  A 69-year-old grandfather was allegedly shot dead by a man who asked for help and who is now in custody.  —  Minneapolis police say a north Minneapolis retiree was fatally shot Friday when he opened his home …
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
Mitt 2016?  Romney Leads In Key Primary State Poll  —  Mitt Romney, Round Three?  A poll released this week in a key presidential primary state found that the 2012 Republican nominee is still the preferred 2016 choice among a crucial cohort of voters.  —  The Purple Strategies poll placed Romney …
Thomas J. Basile / Forbes:
Obama's Weaponization of Government  —  When you analyze the public response to the State of the Union and the latest polling data, it's clear that the President has lost a tremendous amount of credibility with the American public.  I scarcely think he cares at this point.
Discussion: protein wisdom
Karin Kamp / BillMoyers.com:
David Simon on America as a Horror Show  —  This week on Moyers & Company, David Simon, journalist and creator of the TV series The Wire and Treme, talks with Bill about the crisis of capitalism in America.  After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address …
Discussion: The Agonist
 
 
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Tracy Thompson / Slate:
What Does Racism Have to Do With Gridlock?
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Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Bill Maher makes Country Music Awards shooting joke
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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
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