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11:40 PM ET, February 3, 2014

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Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
As the Latest Christie Story Evolved, The Times Should Have Noted a Change  —  In the digital age, news evolves before our very eyes.  A story breaks and goes online with perhaps a few rough paragraphs.  Soon after, more details are added, new angles explored and writing is tuned up.
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Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
What has happened to the New York Times?
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
CNN:
Christie's office to try to keep focus on the NYT, not him
Rebecca Leber / ThinkProgress:
Trick Websites Dupe Democrats Into Donating To Republicans  —  The National Republican Congressional Committee has set up a number of websites that look like they could be a Democratic candidate's campaign page, unless you read the fine print.  They may even violate a Federal Election Commission regulation …
Discussion: Liberaland
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Tampa Bay Times:
Campaign site misleads man into donating money against Sink  —  “It looked legitimate and had a smiling face of Sink and all the trappings of a legitimate site,” Bellamy, a doctor from Tallahassee who follows Florida politics, wrote in an email to the Buzz.  (Here's Sink's actual site, which uses a similar color scheme.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding.  Just Ask the Business World.  —  In Manhattan, the upscale clothing retailer Barneys will replace the bankrupt discounter Loehmann's, whose Chelsea store closes in a few weeks.  Across the country, Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants are struggling …
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Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
A STARTLING DISCOVERY … American “business,” a concept …
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Eschaton
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Not waiting for Clinton, Md. Gov. O'Malley prepares for possible presidential bid  —  Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is moving ahead with preparations for a possible presidential bid and said in an interview that if he's going to lay the groundwork for a national campaign …
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Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
CNN/ORC Poll: Christie's loss appears to be Clinton's gain  —  Washington (CNN) - What a difference two months makes.  —  In late November and early December, in the wake of Chris Christie's landslide re-election victory, the Republican governor from New Jersey was riding high in the polls.
Rebecca Wind / New from the Guttmacher Institute:
U.S. Abortion Rate Hits Lowest Level Since 1973  —  2008-2011 Decline Spans Almost All States, Suggesting State-level Restrictions Are Not the Cause  —  Early Medication Abortion Makes Up an Increasing Proportion of All Abortions  —  The U.S. abortion rate declined to 16.9 abortions per …
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Sandhya Somashekhar / Washington Post:
Study: Abortion rate at lowest point since 1973
ThinkProgress:
Missouri Senate Committee Votes To Jail Federal Agents Who Enforce Gun Laws
David Edwards / The Raw Story:
California man points gun at Girl Scout at his door to sell cookies  —  A California man was taken into custody over the weekend after he allegedly pulled a gun on a young Girl Scout who was selling cookies.  —  A press release from the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office that the father of the girl …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Senators: Kerry Admits Obama's Syria Policy Is Failing  —  In a closed-door meeting, two senators say, the Secretary of State admitted to them that he no longer believes the administration's approach to the crisis in Syria is working.  Peace talks have failed, he conceded …
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Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
Here, Let Ezra Explain  —  What is D.C.'s most famous young policy wonk doing leaving the Washington Post?  Trying to start a news organization he thinks could one day eclipse it.  —  On January 24, at five in the morning after his final day at the ­Washington Post …
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Allen West / Allen B. West:
Coca Cola ad on Super Bowl — America's brand? Hm.
CNN:
Police capture killer after prison break  —  (CNN) — Escaped Michigan convict Michael David Elliot was captured Monday in LaPorte County, Indiana, authorities said.  —  His capture ended a manhunt that kicked into overdrive after a woman abducted by Elliot managed to call 911.
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Rasmussen Reports:
Kentucky Senate: McConnell (R) 42%, Grimes (D) 42%  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell runs dead even with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Rasmussen Reports' first look at the 2014 U.S. Senate race in Kentucky.  But McConnell's GOP primary rival Matt Bevin leads Grimes by six points.
The Official Google Blog:
Shedding some light on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests  —  We believe the public deserves to know the full extent to which governments request user information from Google.  That's why for the past four years we've shared and continuously expanded and updated information …
Discussion: Guardian and Re/code
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Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
How Obamacare killed immigration reform  —  Barack Obama has all but conceded his lame-duck status.  His State of the Union address was bereft of big ideas.  And his declaration that he will use his “pen and a phone” to issue a raft of executive orders is an admission of political impotence …
NorthJersey.com:
Bridget Kelly invokes Fifth Amendment, declines to produce subpoenaed documents  —  Governor Christie's former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Kelly, will not turn over documents in response to a legislative subpoena, her lawyer said Monday, making her the second person to invoke constitutional protections against self-incrimination.
Niraj Chokshi / GovBeat:
Eight U.S. states have policies similar to Russia's ban on gay ‘propaganda’  —  Eight states limit speech about homosexuality in ways similar to, though not as far-reaching as, the Russian ban that has received international criticism ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Discussion: Washington Post
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Shaheen: “Pay more' to keep your doc,' won't say if she'd vote for O-Care again  —  Americans who have lost access to their health care providers due to ObamaCare may be able to get their old doctors back but only if they are “willing to pay more.”  That's Sen. Jeanne Shaheen's (D-NH) …
 
 
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Emilie Lamb / New York Post:
Betrayed by the President and ObamaCare
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate Democrats break from Obama
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
HealthCare.gov can't handle appeals of enrollment errors
Fox News:
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