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5:35 PM ET, February 6, 2014


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Ginger Gibson / Politico:
O'Reilly reporter confronts Pelosi  —  A reporter from Bill O'Reilly's television program attended House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's weekly press conference to confront her about why she won't sit for an interview with the Fox News anchor.  —  “Bill O'Reilly has a quick question for you …
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.
CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy?
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate GOP buoyant about midterms
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year
Discussion: Politico
Wall Street Journal:
Russian Officials Fire Back at Olympic Critics  —  One Sochi Defender Claims Only 103 Registered Complaints; ‘Surveillance Video’ in Hotel Rooms  —  SOCHI, Russia—Rooms without doorknobs, locks or heat, dysfunctional toilets, surprise early-morning fire alarms and a Welcome Wagon of stray dogs …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Racing to Save the Stray Dogs of Sochi
Discussion: Voices
Ted Barrett / CNN:
Senate fails to advance unemployment bill  —  Washington (CNN) - A Democratic proposal to continue long term unemployment benefits failed Thursday to get the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate despite support from some Republicans.  —  It was defeated 58 to 40.
Discussion: Liberaland
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects jobless benefits  —  Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked Democrats' third attempt to pass an extension of federal unemployment benefits.  —  The Senate voted 58-40 Thursday on a proposal that would have continued unemployment insurance for three months, just short of the 60 votes needed to end debate.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Fails to Pass 3-Month Extension of Jobless Benefits  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate failed to move forward on a three-month extension of assistance for the long-term unemployed on Thursday, leaving it unlikely that Congress would approve the measure soon and dealing a setback to President Obama's economic agenda.
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
New Bogus GOP Obamacare Attack Debuts In 2014 Political Ad (VIDEO)  —  Despite the consistent refutation of their claim that the Congressional Budget Office said Obamacare would cost the country 2 million jobs — even from within their own party — Republicans are now putting the attack in congressional ads.
Chicago Tribune:
Obamacare and the incentive to work
Froma Harrop / Real Clear Politics:
Obamacare Bad-News Report Not So Bad
Discussion: Mediaite and VodkaPundit
Christopher J. Miller /
‘F**k the EU,’ frustrated Nuland says to Pyatt, in alleged leaked phone call (UPDATED)  —  In a conversation leaked online and posted to YouTube on Feb. 4, voices closely resembling those of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland discuss loosely …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Obama official: ‘F—k the EU’  —  President Obama's top diplomat to Europe has been caught on tape saying “F—k the EU.”  —  The conversation between Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt was anonymously leaked on YouTube.
Taliban Fighters Claim To Have Captured U.S. Military Dog  —  The Taliban this week released a video that may well be the first of its kind — one that shows a dog they claim to be a U.S. military service dog, still wearing its gear, and that they say was captured after a lengthy firefight with American troops.
Discussion: Washington Post and Liberaland
Afghan Taliban capture British military dog
Discussion: Mediaite and Telegraph
USA Today:
Texas candidate keeping distance from Christie  —  ASBURY, N.J. — Not even a trip to the Lone Star State is allowing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to get away from the George Washington Bridge scandal.  —  Christie, as chairman of the Republican Governors Association …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Hullabaloo
James Carville / The Hill:   Days ahead for Dems not so dark
Cheryl Hurd /
Controversy Surrounds Lunch Menu at Concord High School  —  Administrators at a Northern California private school are facing tough questions and offering a big apology after a menu controversy.  —  Students at Carondelet High School for Girls in Concord wanted to come up with ways …
GOP ends week with no debt plan  —  House Republicans left Washington Thursday without a plan to lift the debt ceiling.  —  Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are pretty clear in their position: They want a clean debt limit increase.  —  The nation's borrowing limit needs to be lifted by the end of the month …
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Doubts Immigration Overhaul Will Pass This Year
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Paul Ryan Is the Odds-On Favorite to Win the Republican Nomination in 2016  —  There's been a lot of blathering about who the front-runner for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination is, and so far I've resisted taking part.  But I guess I'm kind of curious: Is there much of a case to be made for anyone other than Paul Ryan?
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Liberaland
Jails Enroll Inmates in Obamacare to Pass Hospital Costs to U.S.  —  Being arrested in Chicago for, say, drug possession or assault gets you sent to the Cook County Jail to be fingerprinted, photographed and X-rayed.  You'll also get help applying for health insurance.
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
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Alaska Miscellany  —For the first time in its polling PPP finds a plurality of Alaskans in support of gay marriage.  47% of voters favor it to 46% who are opposed.  That represents a 9 point shift just from a year ago when only 43% supported it and 51% were against.
Discussion: Daily Kos, and Firedoglake
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Romney floats Martinez, others for 2016
Discussion: Politico
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) …
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Dean Baker / American Prospect:
On Generational Equity, Healthcare, and Keynesian Economics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
A Rough Final Winter for New York's Sanitation Chief
Discussion: Politicker, Gothamist and CBS New York
Ellis Hamburger / The Verge:
Indie smash hit ‘Flappy Bird’ racks up $50K per day in ad revenue
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Power Station Sniper
Discussion: The Week and Global Guerrillas
GOP Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces possible ethics inquiry
Discussion: CNN, Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Democrats Aim to Make 2014 More Like 2012 and 2008
Vancouver band demands compensation after learning music used for Guantanamo Bay torture
Discussion: The Verge, Politico and Washington Wire
Mark Bittman / New York Times:
Just Say No  —  President Obama indicated in his State …
Discussion: Washington Post
Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Karl Rove: The Numbers That Scare Senate Democrats
How John Podesta is changing Obama's White House
Discussion: The New Republic