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10:15 AM ET, February 6, 2014


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Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Cantor takes mission impossible  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is taking the lead on crafting the GOP's Obama-Care replacement proposal.  —  The extraordinarily tough task faces many obstacles and is complicated by election-year politics and an unruly GOP conference.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP buoyant about midterms  —  Politics was at the forefront of Republicans senators' minds at their annual retreat on Wednesday.  —  After hearing from a congressional handicapper and conservative observers at the Library of Congress, there's growing optimism among GOP lawmakers …
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show and Politico
Politico:   John Boehner and Mitch McConnell's role reversal
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Boehner proposes linking debt-limit hike to a restoration of recent cuts to military benefits
Jake Sherman / Politico:
House GOP stymied on debt limit
Dan Merica / CNN:
Paul says GOP infighting is a good thing
Discussion: Politico
Robert Costa / Post Politics:   Boehner urges allies to consider linking military benefits to debt limit
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Anatomy of a media disaster: Why the press is botching the latest Obamacare story  —  Mix of innumeracy, vulnerability to spin and thirst for controversy explains lame coverage of CBO Obamacare report  —  Twenty-four hours later, after a tremendous swell of misinformation …
Will Obamacare Kill Jobs?
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
CBO director: Obamacare will reduce unemployment
James Carville / The Hill:
Days ahead for Dems not so dark  —  When one has retired from the ranks of American domestic political consulting, as I have, you are not really allowed to just quit.  You become emeritus, of counsel, senior status and God knows what.  Basically your role becomes one of trying …
New York Times:
Democrats Grab for a Chance to Halt Christie's Rise
Discussion: ABC News and Democratic Strategist
Wayne Slater / Trail Blazers Blog:
Chris Christie leaves Bridgegate and heads to Texas to help GOP — Rick Perry and Greg Abbott send regrets
Discussion: ABC News and Talking Points Memo
James Taranto / Wall Street Journal:
Work was supposed to be liberating.  Now nonwork is.  —  Annie Lowrey, an economics reporter for the New York Times, has an essay in this coming weekend's Times magazine rebutting what she calls “the policy solution du jour” to the problem of “how to alleviate poverty”—namely, “marriage promotion.”
Mother Jones:
The Koch Brothers Left a Confidential Document at Their Last Donor Conference—Read It Here  —  A list of one-on-one meetings between VIP donors and the Kochs and their operatives offers a revealing look into their mighty political machine.  —  Charles Koch: Bo Rader/ZUMA; David Koch: Sonia Moskowitz/ZUMA
How John Podesta is changing Obama's White House  —  John Podesta doesn't have a standing appointment with President Barack Obama.  He doesn't join chief of staff Denis McDonough for the nightly “wrap” meeting with the president.  He doesn't have a defined portfolio of assignments.
Discussion: The New Republic
John Bingham / Telegraph:
Head of Mormon church Thomas Monson summoned by British magistrates' court over Adam and Eve teaching  —  Thomas S Monson, president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ordered to appear before British magistrate's court amid claims that the organisation's teaching amounts to ‘fraud’
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Legal experts gobsmacked after British judge orders Mormon leader to prove faith's origins
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Romney floats Martinez, others for 2016  —  Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Wednesday expanded his list of possible 2016 GOP presidential candidates — floating a number of dark horses, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R).  —  Romney named a laundry list …
Discussion: Politico
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Karl Rove: The Numbers That Scare Senate Democrats  —  Voting with Obama 97% of the time is going to end some careers.
James Gordon Meek / ABC News:
Olympic Threat: US Warns Airlines About Toothpaste Tube Bomb … The Department of Homeland Security has issued a warning to U.S. and some foreign airlines traveling to Russia for the Olympic Games to be on the lookout for toothpaste containers, which some intelligence indicates …
Mike Ahlers / CNN:
Airlines warned about possible toothpaste tube bombs ahead of Olympics
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Key Democratic Group Will Sit Out Midterm Elections  —  Priorities USA Action, the super PAC now backing Hillary Clinton, won't spend to help Democrats in the House and Senate this year, a spokesperson confirms.  —  Mike Theiler / Reuters  —  The Democratic Party's biggest super PAC …
Boston Globe:
Realistic statue of man in his underwear at Wellesley College sparks controversy  —  Tony Matelli's Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit at Wellesley College's Davis Museum.  —  By Jaclyn Reiss, Staff  —  A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
At Executive Mansion, McAuliffe puts out the welcome mat  —  RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has added a potent weapon to his bipartisan charm offensive: better booze.  —  Desperately in need of Republican friends to get his agenda through a divided General Assembly, McAuliffe (D) …
Discussion: Mediaite
Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed:
22 Messages From Creationists To People Who Believe In Evolution  —  I asked 22 self-identifying creationists at the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate to write a message/question/note to the other side.  Here's what they wrote.  —  1.  —  Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed  —  2.  —  Matt Stopera / BuzzFeed
Robert Stacy McCain / American Spectator:
The Worst Idea in the World  —  Five years after the Bolshevik Revolution, Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises predicted that the Soviet project was doomed to fail.  In his classic work Socialism, Mises explained that the attempt to replace the market system with central economic planning could not succeed …
Discussion: The Other McCain and Cafe Hayek
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Democrats Aim for a Presidential Fervor in '14 Vote
Discussion: Mediaite
Vancouver band demands compensation after learning music used for Guantanamo Bay torture
Discussion: Politico and Washington Wire
Scott Brown cuts ties with company sending emails to his list of political supporters
Discussion: Politico and Talking Points Memo
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Racing to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi
David Hawkings / Hawkings Here:
Republican Hedges His Bets by Targeting House Seats in 4 States
Discussion: Liberaland
Mark Bittman / New York Times:
Just Say No  —  President Obama indicated in his State …
Discussion: Washington Post
Louise Brown / Toronto Star:
U of T student loses bid to avoid class with women because he's shy
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Ed O'Keefe / Post Politics:
Obama not ‘offended’ if vulnerable Dems stay away
Charles C. W. Cooke / National Review:
Obamacare's Attack on the Work Ethic
Josh Eidelson / Salon:
Breaking: Union rule despised by right-wingers now roaring back to life
Discussion: Daily Kos
Ryan Holeywell / Fuel Fix:
Former Obama official: Fracking has never been an environmental problem
Dvogel / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
How 60,000 bills tried to become law - in one graph
Discussion: Bangor Daily News