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10:35 AM ET, February 7, 2014


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Lindsay Perna / New Day:
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.”
Carl Hulse / New York Times:
Behind Retreat on Immigration, a Complicated Political Interplay  —  WASHINGTON — Speaker John A. Boehner would sorely like to help engineer an overhaul of immigration policy to bolster his legacy, help his party politically and address a difficult social and economic problem.
Wall Street Journal:
The right kills immigration reform and the left freer trade.
Fox News:
Boehner hits brakes on immigration overhaul
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.
Ron Fournier /
A Brutal Translation of the ‘Disincentive to Work’  —  If Obamacare isn't the biggest drag on the workforce (and it isn't), what is?  —  The biggest “disincentive for people to work” is not Obamacare.  It's the lack of jobs in a fast-changing, post-industrial economy that's leaving millions of Americans behind.
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 …
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
Seth Masket / Washington Monthly:
Are People Already Tired of Hillary?
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
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 …
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’
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
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.
Tom Murphy / Associated Press:
ADMINISTRATION SAID TO PONDER INSURANCE EXTENSION  —  You are here  —  Home » United States government » Administration said to ponder insurance extension  —  The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep …
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: PoliticusUSA, The Week and Mediaite
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
CBC dislikes Jarrett's message  —  A feud between President Obama and black lawmakers over racial diversity among judges escalated Wednesday.  —  Valerie Jarrett, the president's closest adviser, met with Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) members and refused to back down over controversial nominees despite a growing storm of criticism.
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
Sam Youngman / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Alison Lundergan Grimes holds a slim 4-point advantage over Mitch McConnell in Kentucky  —  Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes holds a slim 4-point advantage over U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in a new Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll, with many voters saying they disapprove …
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.
Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
Senate rejects jobless benefits
Discussion: CNN and Washington Monthly
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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
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
In Japan, a Beloved Deaf Composer Appears to Be None of the Above
Christopher J. Conover / Weekly Standard:
An Obamacare Report Card
Discussion: Power Line
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
Ernesto Londoño / Washington Post:
Military dog captured by Taliban fighters, who post video of their captive
 Earlier Items: 
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
Cheryl Hurd /
Controversy Surrounds Lunch Menu at Concord High School
Ginger Gibson / Politico:
O'Reilly reporter confronts Pelosi
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