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6:10 PM ET, February 7, 2014


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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 …
Lindsay Perna / New Day:
Biden says presidential decision will come next summer  —  Producer Elizabeth Stuart contributed to this report  —  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.
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.
Ken Thomas / Associated Press:
Biden: ‘No Obvious Reason’ Not to Run in 2016
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Martin / New York Times:
Senator Races to Renew Ties, if Not Make a Home, in Kansas  —  DODGE CITY, Kan. — It is hard to find anyone who has seen Senator Pat Roberts here at the red-brick house on a golf course that his voter registration lists as his home.  Across town at the Inn Pancake House on Wyatt Earp Boulevard …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Obama Bundler Nominated As Ambassador To Argentina Says He's Never Been There  —  A bundler for President Barack Obama who is nominated as the next U.S. ambassador to Argentina said Thursday that he's never actually been to that country.  —  During a Senate Foreign Relations Committee confirmation hearing …
Discussion: ABC News and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Joel Gehrke / Washington Examiner:
Obama bundler nominated as ambassador to Argentina has never been to the country
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
David Weigel / Slate:   Nominee for Ambassador to Argentina Hasn't Been There, but Has Raised Lots of Money for Obama
House GOP closing in on debt limit package  —  House Republicans are moving toward introducing a bill that would lift the debt limit until the first quarter of 2015, while patching the Medicare reimbursement rate for nine months and reversing recent changes to some military retirement benefits …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
The U.S. government is getting a new borrowing cap Friday, almost four months after Washington defused October's government shutdown and debt crisis.  —  The new cap on borrowing is expected to be about $17.2 trillion.  It means Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will have to employ bookkeeping maneuvers …
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 …
Scott Kaufman / The Raw Story:
Oklahoma restaurant won't serve ‘freaks,’ ‘f*ggots,’ the disabled and welfare recipients  —  A restaurant outside of Oklahoma City is facing criticism after its outspoken owner made a series of inflammatory comments after one of his former customers, who is disabled, complained that he'd been banned from the establishment.
Ashley Kringen / KFOR-TV:   GRAPHIC LANGUAGE: Oklahoma restaurant owner says doesn't want ‘f*ggot, freak’ customers
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 …
David M. Herszenhorn / New York Times:
Russia Opens Sochi Games With Pageantry and Pride  —  SOCHI, Russia — With an outsize extravaganza that reached deep into the repertoire of classical music and ballet, traversed the sights and sounds of the world's largest geopolitical expanse, soared into outer space, and swept across 400 years …
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
NSA is collecting less than 30 percent of U.S. call data, officials say  —  The National Security Agency is collecting less than 30 percent of all Americans' call records because of an inability to keep pace with the explosion in cellphone use, according to current and former U.S. officials.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Stephen Kim pleads guilty in Fox News leak case  —  A State Department contractor charged with leaking top-secret information about North Korea to Fox News entered a guilty plea Friday and agreed to serve a 13-month prison term.  —  During an 80-minute hearing at U.S. District Court …
Discussion: emptywheel
Gabriel Debenedetti / Reuters:
Insight: Republicans still seen falling behind in election data wars  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team's technological prowess, allowing …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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
Mark Wilson /
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 …
Noah Rothman / Mediaite:
Colin Powell: ‘Elements’ in GOP 'Demonize People Who Don't Look Like the Way They'd Like'  —  Appearing on MSNBC, former Secretary of State Colin Powell savaged the Republican Party of which he says he is still a member for catering to “elements” that are overtly hostile to people of other races or nationalities.
New York Times:
A Missing Argument on Contraceptives  —  One of the most anticipated showdowns of the Supreme Court's current term will take place March 25, when the justices are scheduled to hear two cases brought by secular, for-profit corporations whose owners want an exemption, based on their religious beliefs …
Discussion: Wired, Balkinization and ACS Blog
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: Guardian, Hit & Run and Fox News
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Alicia A. Caldwell / Associated Press:
US: Syria Conflict a Threat to Homeland
Discussion: Politico
Hadas Gold / Politico:
James Carville joins Fox News
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Major Jewish Groups Won't Back Boycott Bill
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Liz Cheney Exaggerated Her Senate Campaign Fundraising
Discussion: The Raw Story
Henri J. Barkey / Washington Post:
Obama's ambassador nominees are a disservice to diplomacy
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Daniel Strauss / Talking Points Memo:
Crist: Rick Scott To Blame For Deaths Through Refusal To Expand Medicaid
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Peters, Obama pair up
Discussion: The Fix and Fox News
Andrew Dugan / Gallup:
Texan Hispanics Tilt Democratic, but State Likely to Stay Red
Discussion: Hot Air and The Fix
 Earlier Items: 
Ike Brannon / Weekly Standard:
I've Been Trying Since November—But I Still Can't Sign Up for Obamacare
Brian Beutler / Salon:
Exclusive: Despite escalating government intimidation, Greenwald will “force the issue” and visit U.S.
Discussion: Firedoglake, Mediaite and Liberaland
Liza Mundy / Washington Post:
Book World: ‘HRC,’ inside Clinton's State Dept. and the political machine
Discussion: NewsBusters and The Dish