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5:30 PM ET, February 4, 2014

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Erik Wasson / The Hill:
CBO: O-Care slowing growth, contributing to job losses  —  The new healthcare law will slow economic growth over the next decade, costing the nation about 2.5 million jobs and contributing to a $1 trillion increase in projected deficits, the Congressional Budget Office said in a report released Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
CBO: Health-care law will mean 2 million fewer workers  —  The Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of full-time workers by more than 2 million in coming years, congressional budget analysts said Tuesday in the most detailed analysis of the law's impact on jobs.
CBO's Publications:
The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2014 to 2024  —  The federal budget deficit has fallen sharply during the past few years, and it is on a path to decline further this year and next year.  CBO estimates that under current law, the deficit will total $514 billion in fiscal year 2014, compared with $1.4 trillion in 2009.
Annie Lowrey / New York Times:
Health Care Law May Result in 2 Million Fewer Full-Time Workers  —  WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act will result in more than 2 million fewer full-time workers in the next several years, according to an analysis released Tuesday by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House On Obamacare Report: If There Were No Medicare, 95-Year-Olds Would Work More
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare will reduce incomes of most Americans
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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Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Brent Bozell Will Try To Remove Every GOP Leader From Office  —  There's no shortage of conservative groups that take aim at Republicans, be it to drag incumbents further to the right or out of office entirely.  But now one group is targeting the biggest fish they can fry.
Robert Costa / Post Politics:
House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook  —  Several House members told The Washington Post on Monday that Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies to two options: trading a one-year extension for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, or trading …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
McConnell Pours Cold Water On Immigration Reform: ‘Irresolvable’  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday said immigration reform poses an “irresolvable conflict” between the two chambers and predicted that it won't be completed in 2014.  —  “I think we have a sort …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   McConnell: Immigration reform not going to happen in 2014
Daniel Newhauser / Roll Call:
Boehner: 'No Sense Picking a Fight We Can't Win' on Debt Limit (Updated)
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Fox News:
TRANSCRIPT: Full interview between President Obama and Bill O'Reilly  —  BILL O'REILLY - One of my, uh, points on the Factor is that poverty is driven by the dissolution of the American family, that is the prime mover, okay.  On your watch, median income has dropped seventeen percent among working families in this country.
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Ruth R. Wisse / Wall Street Journal:
Ruth Wisse: The Dark Side of the War on ‘the One Percent’  —  Stoking class envy is a step in a familiar, dangerous and highly incendiary process.  —  Two phenomena: anti-Semitism and American class conflict.  Is there any connection between them?  In a letter to this newspaper …
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
Obama Aides Doubt Clinton Strategy  —  “She doesn't need this,” says Benenson.  —  Mike Theiler / Reuters  —  Top advisers and former aides to Barack Obama say Hillary Clinton is repeating the mistakes she made in 2008, building a machine in lieu of a message and lumbering toward …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Rogers: Greenwald illegally sold docs  —  A top lawmaker argued Tuesday that journalist Glenn Greenwald is illegally selling stolen material by asking news organizations to pay for access to U.S. intelligence secrets taken from the National Security Agency.  —  “For personal gain …
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Associated Press:   US Official: Snowden Leaks Lead to Pentagon Change
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.) …
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.
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Bridget_anne_kelly.Jpg / New Jersey Online:
Bridge scandal: Bridget Kelly refuses to turn over documents subpoenaed by legislative committee
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Noam Scheiber / The New Republic:
The Case for Socialized Law  —  Inequality has bent American justice.  Here's a radical way to fix it.  —  Maintain and refine, maintain and refine.  That's how progressives talk about the welfare state these days.  After nearly a century of expanding government with programs like Social Security …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Liberaland
Dusty Lane / KATU-TV:
New Cover Oregon allegations: 'If it's true, someone's going to prison'  —  PORTLAND, Ore. - You already know the process that led to the failed rollout of the Cover Oregon website was bad.  —  But was it criminally bad?  —  Former Republican state Rep. Patrick Sheehan told the KATU Investigators …
CNN:
'We can't answer that...' … 'There's no hiding' … ‘Anger?  Anger’ … ‘I could hurt them, too’ … Isolation in Alaska contributes to the state's high rate of reported rape. … The lawless ‘end of the land’  —  Nunam Iqua — which means “end of the land” …
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
You can't celebrate America, school says  —  Students and parents at a Colorado high school are outraged after administrators turned down their request for a spirit week day honoring America because it might offend non-Americans.  —  “They said they didn't want to offend anyone from other countries …
The Hill:
Greens warn base will sit out election  —  Environmental groups are warning President Obama that his liberal base might stay home on Election Day if he approves the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  —  Proponents of the $5.4 billion Canada-to-Texas pipeline say their case is buoyed …
Katherine Connell / National Review:
Wendy Davis's Media Meltdown  —  It's been a rocky rollout for the Wendy Davis campaign in Texas.  She announced for governor four months ago on the strength of the massive public attention paid to her 13-hour filibuster of a bill limiting abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy.
Discussion: Business Insider
David Dayen / The New Republic:
The Farm Bill Still Gives Wads of Cash to Agribusiness.  It's Just Sneakier About It  —  The Senate passed on Thursday a farm bill that took two years to complete.  Most of the discussion around the bill—and the reason for the delay—concerns the level of cuts to food stamps …
 
 
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