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1:10 PM ET, February 7, 2014


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Lindsay Perna / CNN:
Biden says presidential decision will come next summer  —  Vice President Joe Biden joked this week that being able to drive his Corvette - is one good reason not to run.  But, when asked to give another good reason not to run, Biden responded simply.  —  “I can't.”
Wall Street Journal:
The right kills immigration reform and the left freer trade.  —  The U.S. economy has averaged about 2.5% growth for four and a half years in what is supposedly a recovery, median household income is below where it was when the recession ended in June 2009, and job growth is mediocre.
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Behind Retreat on Immigration, a Complicated Political Interplay
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Health, Work, Lies  —  On Wednesday, Douglas Elmendorf, the director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, said the obvious: losing your job and choosing to work less aren't the same thing.  If you lose your job, you suffer immense personal and financial hardship.
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘HRC,’ inside Clinton's State Dept. and the political machine  —  Ah, public service, among the noblest of callings, pursued by selfless individuals who have laid aside greed, ego or other personal gain, devoting themselves to democracy and the common good — and when necessary …
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Dish
Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Are People Already Tired of Hillary?
Rachael Bade / Politico:
The most painful speech ever  —  Washingtonians sit through terrible speeches all the time: dry rules hearings, partisan floor lectures and, let's face it, even the State of the Union some years.  —  So it was a bad day for Rep. Donna Edwards Thursday, when Washingtonians gathered at coffee pots …
Mike Allen / Politico:
DATA PARITY ELUDES GOP - CHRISTIE BIO next year — JAMIE SMITH last day at 1600 — CHANCES RISE FOR GOP TO TAKE SENATE — DEL CECATO EXPANDS - TAPPER FILM DEAL - JAMES CARVILLE to Fox  —  SIREN — “Republicans still seen falling behind in election data wars,” by Reuters' Gabriel Debenedetti …
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama bundler nominated as ambassador to Argentina has never been to the country  —  BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL BARACK OBAMA MARCO RUBIO 2012 ELECTIONS ARGENTINA  —  Presidents often award diplomatic posts to campaign donors and fundraisers, but Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., suspects that Obama's choice …
Republicans slam President over jobs report  —  Washington (CNN) - Republican leaders were quick to criticize President Barack Obama over the January jobs report.  —  “The American people continue to ask ‘where are the jobs?’ and the president clearly has no answers.
Discussion: Politico
David Weigel / Slate:
CBOghazi: Journalists Have No Idea “What Will Matter” in an Election  —  The Internet is picking on WaPo columnist Chris Cillizza, founder and editor of the Fix and many-times-a-day pronouncer of what “will matter” in politics.  His offense: defending a post he wrote about the political damage …
Discussion: Pressthink, Paul Krugman and Liberaland
Ike Brannon / Weekly Standard:
I've Been Trying Since November—But I Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare  —  Despite my earnest intentions, my family and I are still not covered on the Washington, D.C. Obamacare exchange.  I am beginning to despair that I will ever obtain insurance from the exchange.
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Peters, Obama pair up  —  Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will appear alongside President Obama when he visits Michigan on Friday, a sign Peters doesn't think the president is as problematic for his Senate campaign as some other swing-state Democrats.  —  Peters will join Obama and Sen. Debbie Stabenow …
Discussion: The Fix and Fox News
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Texan Hispanics Tilt Democratic, but State Likely to Stay Red  —  Hispanics statewide are less likely to be Democratic than other U.S. Hispanics  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Texas Hispanics are decidedly Democratic in their political party preferences, 46% to 27%, but that 19-percentage-point Democratic advantage …
Discussion: The Fix and Hot Air
Quinnipiac News + Events:
Release Detail  —  February 6, 2014 - Despite Christie Woes, Clinton Struggles In Colorado, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Udall Locked In Tight Race For Reelection  —  The George Washington Bridge traffic scandal stalls New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie's 2016 presidential bid in Colorado …
Discussion: Hot Air, Weekly Standard and OnPolitics
Victoria Nuland gaffe: Angela Merkel condemns EU insult  —  Germany's Angela Merkel has said a US official's apparent insult of the EU's efforts to mediate in the Ukraine crisis is “totally unacceptable”.  —  Victoria Nuland has apologised after a voice resembling hers used a graphic swear word …
Discussion: Hit & Run, Fox News and Guardian
Adam Edelman / NY Daily News:
Vice President Biden blasts LaGuardia Airport as feeling like 'it's in some third world country'  —  Biden made the amusing, and some would say, true, comments about the aging airport during an event about infrastructure in Philadelphia.  —  “If I blindfolded you and took you to LaGuardia Airport …
Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Biden: LaGuardia like a ‘third world country’
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and Liberaland
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CBC dislikes Jarrett's message
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In Japan, a Beloved Deaf Composer Appears to Be None of the Above
 Earlier Items: 
Christopher J. Conover / Weekly Standard:
An Obamacare Report Card
Discussion: Power Line
Russell Berman / The Hill:
McMorris Rodgers faces ethics review
Discussion: PoliticusUSA, The Week and Mediaite
Michael Bachelard / Sydney Morning Herald:
Witness details burns claims
Discussion: ABC, BBC and Guardian
Tom Kludt / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Shares A Laugh With GOP Rep Who Thinks He's Destroying America (VIDEO)
Discussion: Liberaland and Mediaite
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
On Blog, an Ex-Christie Ally Showed Approach to Politics
Discussion: CANNONFIRE and Talking Points Memo
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Military dog captured by Taliban fighters, who post video of their captive