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12:00 PM ET, February 3, 2014

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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Delusions of Failure  —  The Republican response to the State of the Union was delivered by Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Republican representative from Washington — and it was remarkable for its lack of content.  A bit of uplifting personal biography, a check list of good things her party wants …
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New York Times:
What G.O.P.-Style Reform Looks Like
Discussion: American Spectator
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Bill O'Reilly interviews President Obama  —  BILL O'REILLY, HOST: Mr. President, thank you for doing this.  —  BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Great to be with you.  —  O'REILLY: Really appreciate it.  —  I want to get some things on the record.
Yahoo! News:
A year after snub, Chris Christie will speak at CPAC 2014  —  After being denied a speaking slot last year at the largest annual gathering of conservatives, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has accepted an invitation to speak at the 2014 Conservative Political Action Conference next month, Yahoo News has learned.
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Elizabeth Titus / Politico:
Subpoenaed Christie staffer Christina Renna resigns  —  A Chris Christie aide who was subpoenaed in a growing New Jersey traffic scandal resigned Friday, the aide's lawyer confirmed to POLITICO.  —  Christina Renna becomes the second person to leave the Republican governor's office since the scandal escalated in January.
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
HealthCare.gov can't handle appeals of enrollment errors  —  Tens of thousands of people who discovered that HealthCare.gov made mistakes as they were signing up for a health plan are confronting a new roadblock: The government cannot yet fix the errors.  —  Roughly 22,000 Americans …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Democrats break from Obama  —  President Barack Obama is counting on Senate Democrats to help approve his legislative agenda during his final years in office.  And though they are his staunchest allies on most economic issues, many Democratic senators are breaking with him on key issues in very public ways.
Discussion: ABC News
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Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:   2014 Senate races may be a referendum on Obama; if so, Democrats should worry
Steve Coll / New Yorker:   ON THE TRAIL  —  Last month, Colorado opened its first retail marijuana shops.
John King / CNN:   Obama at odds with himself on immigration
Allen West / Allen B. West:
Coca Cola ad on Super Bowl — American's brand?  Hm.  —  I'm watching the Super Bowl, looks like good defense (Seattle) is trouncing good offense (Denver) when a Coca Cola commercial came on and it started rather patriotically with the words of “America the Beautiful.”
New York Times:
Building a Better Battery  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power.  Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.
Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Study: Abortion rate at lowest point since 1973  —  The abortion rate in the United States dropped to its lowest point since the Supreme Court legalized the procedure in all 50 states, according to a study suggesting that new, long-acting contraceptive methods are having a significant impact in reducing unwanted pregnancies.
Jewish / The Jewish Press:
Scholar and Columnist Professor Barry Rubin Passed Away at 64  —  Barry Rubin's was a rare voices of clarity in the Israeli academia and in Jewish media.  He was one of the good guys.  —  Baruch Dayan Ha'Emet: Professor Barry Rubin, one of the great intellectual defenders of Israel, passed away Monday morning.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Benghazi a 2016 proxy battle  —  It is hard to count all the investigations into the Benghazi, Libya, attack — the exhaustive hearings and extensive testimony, the State Department review, the Senate report, the House report, the piles of newspaper and television stories.
Bloomberg:
Kerry Tells Senators That Obama Syria Policy Is Collapsing  —  Two prominent Republican senators say that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told them — along with 13 other members of a bipartisan congressional delegation — that President Barack Obama's administration is in need of a new …
Bruce Weber / New York Times:
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Actor of Depth, Dies at 46  —  Philip Seymour Hoffman, perhaps the most ambitious and widely admired American actor of his generation, who gave three-dimensional nuance to a wide range of sidekicks, villains and leading men on screen and embraced some of the theater's …
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New York Post:
Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead with needle in arm: cops
 
 
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Are immigration reformers talking down chances so opponents will drop guard?
Economist:
Sochi or bust  —  The conspicuous dazzle of the games masks a country …
Discussion: The New Republic
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.
Discussion: Business Insider and ParaPundit
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Court to review religious law once hailed by Democrats but now used to battle Obamacare
Politico:
The Janet Yellen era begins
Cathy Young / Reason:
Is There a Cyber War on Women?
Discussion: Althouse
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Russell Berman / The Hill:
House Republicans pivot in search of a positive message
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Gospel According to Paul
Discussion: Hit & Run and Althouse