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7:40 AM ET, February 7, 2014

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Dana Davidsen / CNN:
Biden: LaGuardia like a ‘third world country’  —  (CNN) - LaGuardia airport is notorious for older crowded terminals and other constraints that contribute to horrid flight delays.  And Vice President Joe Biden doesn't appear to be a big fan.  —  “If I blindfolded someone and took …
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Adam Edelman / NY Daily News:
Vice President Biden blasts LaGuardia Airport as feeling like 'it's in some third world country'
Discussion: Liberaland
Lucy McCalmont / Politico:   Joe Biden likens LaGuardia to ‘3rd world’
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Military dog captured by Taliban fighters, who post video of their captive  —  In the annals of prisoner of war videos, this seems to be a first.  A slightly befuddled Belgian Malinois appears on a tight leash, surrounded by heavily armed, bearded men boasting of their battlefield loot.
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ThinkProgress:
Taliban Fighters Claim To Have Captured U.S. Military Dog
Discussion: Telegraph
BBC:
Afghan Taliban capture British military dog
Discussion: Telegraph and Mediaite
Jia Lynn Yang / Wonkblog:
AOL chief cuts 401(k) benefits, blames Obamacare and two “distressed babies”  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong blames the new health care law for why his company has made a major change to its 401(k) benefits.  (Photo by Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)  —  AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong …
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ThinkProgress:
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.
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 …
Russell Berman / The Hill:
McMorris Rodgers faces ethics review  —  Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) is under review by the Ethics Committee stemming from her victory in an internal party leadership race to become chairman of the House Republican conference.  —  The Ethics Committee, in its first public statement on the matter …
Discussion: CNN
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Politico:
GOP Conference chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers faces possible ethics inquiry
Discussion: CNN, Mediaite and Talking Points Memo
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
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Senate Fails to Pass Three-Month Extension of Jobless Aid  —  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 while undercutting a key aspect of President Obama's economic recovery plan.
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Ted Barrett / CNN:   Senate fails to advance unemployment bill
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects jobless benefits
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
CNN:
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: Hot Air and Talking Points Memo
Yahoo! News:
Hillary's question: not if, but how  —  Let's be clear about this much: no matter what the soothsayers on cable TV tell you, Hillary Clinton is no more likely to clear the Democratic field and avoid a primary in 2016 than Dennis Rodman is to become her secretary of state.
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
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Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Are People Already Tired of Hillary?
Discussion: American Prospect and The Dish
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.
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 …
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Cheryl Hurd / nbcbayarea.com:
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 …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
On Blog, an Ex-Christie Ally Showed Approach to Politics  —  As Wally Edge, political blogger, David Wildstein was so anonymous that when he sold his company, the buyer did not know his real name.  —  He knew so much about politics that reporters who worked for him assumed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and CANNONFIRE
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 …
Bloomberg:
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.
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Froma Harrop / Real Clear Politics:
Obamacare Bad-News Report Not So Bad
Discussion: Mediaite and VodkaPundit
 
 
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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
Josh Kraushaar / NationalJournal.com:
The Most Divided Congress Ever, At Least Until Next Year
Discussion: Booman Tribune and Firedoglake
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
 Earlier Items: 
Dean Baker / American Prospect:
On Generational Equity, Healthcare, and Keynesian Economics
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
Paul Ryan Is the Odds-On Favorite to Win the Republican Nomination in 2016
Discussion: Sky Dancing, Hot Air and CANNONFIRE
Dylan Scott / Talking Points Memo:
New Bogus GOP Obamacare Attack Debuts In 2014 Political Ad (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Fact Checker