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7:55 PM ET, February 6, 2014


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CNN Poll: Is Bush still to blame for economy?  —  Washington (CNN) - Although nearly two-thirds of Americans still give the nation's economy a thumbs down, the percentage who rate the current economic conditions as good now stands at its highest level in six years, according to a new national poll.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Hot Air
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 …
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.
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.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects jobless benefits
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Fails to Pass 3-Month Extension of Jobless Benefits
Deirdre Walsh / CNN:
Boehner signals immigration unlikely this year
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Boehner Doubts Immigration Overhaul Will Pass This Year
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
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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: Liberaland
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Military dog captured by Taliban fighters, who post video of their captive
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Afghan Taliban capture British military dog
Discussion: Mediaite and Telegraph
Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Are People Already Tired of Hillary?  —  Kevin Drum highlights a potential problem for Hillary Clinton: … Is there any evidence that voters “get tired” of politicians?  I don't want to get into the whole literature on what governs presidential elections, but the simple answer …
Yahoo! News:   Hillary's question: not if, but how  —  Let's be clear …
How John Podesta is changing Obama's White House
AOL Chairman Slashes 401K Benefits, Blames Two Women Who Gave Birth To Sick Babies  —  AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong blamed the babies of two employees for increasing the company's benefit costs on Thursday, explaining in a conference call that AOL had to pay millions out in medical bills and alter its entire benefits package.
Jia Lynn Yang / Wonkblog:
AOL chief cuts 401(k) benefits, blames Obamacare and two “distressed babies”
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
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:
Joe Biden likens LaGuardia to ‘3rd world’  —  No time zone was safe from the zingers of Vice President Joe Biden, whose well-known comedy was on full display during his remarks Thursday at Philadelphia's 30th Street Train Station, even making a crack at his own expense.
Dana Davidsen / CNN:   Biden: LaGuardia like a ‘third world country’
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 …
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 …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Romney floats Martinez, others for 2016
Discussion: Politico
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.
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: Hot Air and CANNONFIRE
Russell Brand / Guardian:
Philip Seymour Hoffman is another victim of stupid drug laws  —  In Hoffman's domestic or sex life there is no undiscovered riddle - the man was a drug addict and, thanks to our drug laws, his death inevitable  —  Philip Seymour Hoffman's death was not on the bill.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Huffington Post
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Josh Kraushaar /
The Most Divided Congress Ever, At Least Until Next Year
Wall Street Journal:
More than one in six men ages 25 to 54, prime working years, don't have jobs.
Discussion: American Spectator and Gawker
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
On Generational Equity, Healthcare, and Keynesian Economics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Power Station Sniper
Discussion: The Week and Global Guerrillas
 Earlier Items: 
GOP Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces possible ethics inquiry
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
At Executive Mansion, McAuliffe puts out the welcome mat
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Democrats Aim for a 2014 More Like 2012 and 2008