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3:25 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.”
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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.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Rand Paul demands Dems return money raised by ‘sexual predator’ Bill Clinton  —  ** FILE ** Former President Bill Clinton, left, is seen on March 9, 2004, in New York.  Monica Lewinsky, is shown in an undated promotional photo provided by Fox.  Sen. Rand Paul said Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 …
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Biden: ‘No Obvious Reason’ Not to Run in 2016  —  Vice President Joe Biden wants to make one thing clear: Don't count me out in 2016.  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is widely viewed as the Democratic front-runner to succeed President Barack Obama but the vice president …
Discussion: TalkLeft
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Behind Retreat on Immigration, a Complicated Political Interplay
CNN:
Republicans slam President over jobs report
Discussion: Politico
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.
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Mark Wilson / NationalJournal.com:
Where Is the Democratic Party's Pro-Obamacare Campaign?  —  No headline candidate or big-money advocacy group, not even OFA, is running political ads touting the health law's successes.  Instead, they're trying to change the message.  —  The most robust defense of Obamacare on television right …
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Bill Clinton to campaign for Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky  —  The big dog is coming to Kentucky to help Alison Lundergan Grimes.  —  Former President Bill Clinton — known as the “Big Dog” — will come to Louisville this month for a campaign event for Grimes, who is running …
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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 …
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David Weigel / Slate:
Nominee for Ambassador to Argentina Hasn't Been There, but Has Raised Lots of Money for Obama
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Turkish Authorities Search Plane Over Bomb Claim  —  A passenger on board an Istanbul-bound flight Friday claimed there was a bomb on board and tried to hijack the plane to Sochi, Russia, where the Olympics are kicking off, an official said.  —  The plane from Kharkov, Ukraine …
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CBS News:
Sochi dog lovers scramble to save strays from poison as they're culled in Olympic host city
BBC:
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: Fox News, Hit & Run and Guardian
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Matt Volz / Associated Press:
Lt. Gov. John Walsh Chosen for Baucus' Senate Seat  —  Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Friday he has appointed Lt. Gov. John Walsh to serve out the term of Democratic U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, who will be leaving the seat to become the next ambassador to China.  —  Walsh, 53, is a Butte native …
Discussion: Politico and CNN
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 …
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
AIPAC breaks with GOP on Iran sanctions  —  America's main pro-Israel lobby came out against an immediate vote on Iran sanctions Thursday, just hours after 42 Republican senators demanded a vote.  —  The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) issued its statement after the bill's author …
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
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Peters, Obama pair up
Discussion: The Fix and Fox News
Sabato's Crystal Ball:
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Brian Beutler / Salon:
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Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and Liberaland
Christopher J. Conover / Weekly Standard:
An Obamacare Report Card
Discussion: Power Line
Adam Edelman / NY Daily News:
Vice President Biden blasts LaGuardia Airport as feeling like 'it's in some third world country'