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9:00 AM ET, February 4, 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
Paul Steinhauser / CNN:
First on CNN: Conservative group pushes to topple GOP leaders in Congress  —  Washington (CNN) - A conservative group is launching a new campaign which calls on “the GOP leadership in both the House and the Senate to step aside.”  —  ForAmerica told CNN that it's putting six figures behind its …
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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 …
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Tampa Bay Times:
Campaign site misleads man into donating money against Sink
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.
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Mississippi Most Religious State, Vermont Least Religious  —  Average religiousness of states continues to range widely  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Religiousness across the U.S. in 2013 remained similar to previous years.  With 61% of its residents classified as very religious …
Aaron Blake / Post Politics:
Sandra Fluke files in California for congressional bid  —  Women's rights activist Sandra Fluke appears to be moving forward with a run for Congress.  —  Fluke has filed with the California state Democratic Party to seek its endorsement in the race for retiring Rep. Henry Waxman's (D-Calif.) …
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: Sheriff-Coroner and Hullabaloo
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Olson and Boies, Legal Duo, Seek Role in 2 Cases on Gay Marriage  —  WASHINGTON — Theodore B. Olson and David Boies, the star legal duo who defied skeptics by successfully challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage, are seeking to play a central role in the next round of marriage cases …
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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ThinkProgress:
Missouri Senate Committee Votes To Jail Federal Agents Who Enforce Gun Laws
Discussion: Daily Kos
Manu Raju / Politico:
Ted Cruz makes nice  —  At a GOP lunch last week, Sen. John McCain noted that “some crazy guy from Texas” stormed out during President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.  —  “Hey,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz chimed in, “I didn't walk out of the State of the Union.”  —  The packed room erupted in laughter.
BBC:
Cancer ‘tidal wave’ on horizon, warns WHO  —  The globe is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists.  —  It predicts the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented.
Discussion: Guardian and Outside the Beltway
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Carper: US should ‘lead way’ in Bitcoin regulation  —  Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) called on the U.S. to “lead the way” on regulation of Bitcoin after a new study found most countries do not have rules in place to address virtual currencies.  —  “The United States may not be as far behind …
Idaho Statesman:
State police cite 44 for trespassing after ‘Add the Words’ protest blocks Senate  —  Frustrated after eight years of rejection, a group of Add the Words supporters blocked the entrance to the Idaho State Senate chamber at the Capitol in Boise Monday morning.
Politico:
Rob Andrews to retire  —  Longtime New Jersey Rep. Rob Andrews will announce that he is leaving Congress, according to multiple senior Democrats.  —  Andrews has represented the heavily Democratic Philadelphia area suburbs since 1990.  —  Andrews has been under investigation …
Discussion: Philly.com
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Big Tech puts ‘down payment’ on connecting schools  —  Private companies are getting behind President Barack Obama's new push for increased access to high-speed Internet access and technology — to the tune of what they say is more than $750 million in services, training and hardware.
Discussion: CNN
Eleanor Clift / The Daily Beast:
Scenes from the GOP Civil War  —  Republicans are supporting Democratic colleagues' Senate candidacies, while others, like Barry Goldwater, Jr., are embracing subsidies for clean energy—all small steps across old battle lines.  —  The U.S. Senate is a clubby place, so it shouldn't be all that surprising …
Mary Clare Jalonick / Associated Press:
Senate Set to Send Farm Bill to Obama  —  Congress is poised to send a massive, five-year farm bill that provides food for the needy and subsidies for the nation's farmers to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature.  —  The Senate was expected to pass the almost $100 billion …
Associated Press:
Joan Mondale dies at 83  —  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Joan Mondale, who burnished a reputation as “Joan of Art” for her passionate advocacy for the arts while her husband was vice president and a U.S. ambassador, died Monday.  She was 83.  —  Walter Mondale, sons Ted and William and other family members …
Discussion: Politico, CNN and The Moderate Voice
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 and ThinkProgress
Damon Root / Hit & Run:
“Paranoid Libertarianism” Is Just As Mainstream As Modern Liberalism  —  The specter of “paranoid libertarianism” continues to haunt American liberals.  Hot on the heels of Sean Wilentz's recent fretting in The New Republic that Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, and Julian Assange have undermined …
Discussion: LewRockwell
 
 
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Gil Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu calls on world to pressure Palestinians after Abbas refuses to recognize Jewish state
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Israpundit
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: Rep. Paul Ryan
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Klayman asks Supreme Court to hear NSA case
Discussion: SCOTUSblog
Penny Starr / CNSNews:
Panelist at Podesta Think Tank on Common Core: ‘The Children Belong to All of Us’
Marc A. Thiessen / Washington Post:
How Obamacare killed immigration reform
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Washington Monthly
Patrick Hynes / New Hampshire Journal:
Shaheen: “Pay more' to keep your doc,' won't say if she'd vote for O-Care again
 Earlier Items: 
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
Republicans: Immigration Reform Will Doom Us In The 2014 Elections
CBS News:
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: Lying
Discussion: Politico
Emilie Lamb / New York Post:
Betrayed by the President and ObamaCare
Josh Rogin / The Daily Beast:
Senators: Kerry Admits Obama's Syria Policy Is Failing
Benjamin Wallace / New York Magazine:
Here, Let Ezra Explain  —  What is D.C.'s most famous young …
Discussion: Marginal Revolution and The Dish