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3:00 PM ET, February 2, 2015

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Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie Says Parents Should Have ‘Choice’ on Vaccinations  —  Gov. Chris Christie visited the headquarters of One Nucleus, a life science company, in Cambridge, England, on Monday.  —  Neil Hall/Reuters  —  Updated, 10:27 a.m. |  CAMBRIDGE, England — Amid an outbreak of measles …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Christie clarifies comments on measles vaccine after call for ‘balance’ causes stir  —  CAMBRIDGE, England - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie walked back comments he made here Monday morning calling for “balance” on the measles vaccine debate to allow for parental choice, asserting that “there is no question kids should be vaccinated.”
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
CDC warns of ‘large outbreak’ of measles  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Tom Frieden on Sunday warned that the U.S. could see a “large outbreak” of measles.  —  “We are very concerned by the growing number of people who are susceptible to measles …
Benjy Sarlin / msnbc.com:
Chris Christie expressed concern about vaccine autism link in '09  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Monday that officials find a “balance” between requiring vaccinations and allowing parents to turn them down.  But his run in with the issue may go back much longer.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Christie In 2009: Anti-Vaxxer Parents ‘Need A Voice In These Debates’
Discussion: Daily Kos
ABC News:   Chris Christie News
Amy Davidson / New Yorker:
God and the G.O.P.  —  The brief apparition of a third Mitt Romney Presidential bid vanished last Friday, with a conference call to several of his supporters.  “You can't imagine how hard it is for Ann and me to step aside,” Romney told them.  He added that he thought he would have won …
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CNN:
Jeb Bush adds veteran consultants to likely campaign team  —  Washington (CNN)Jeb Bush is bringing on a pair of veteran political consultants, including a former ad-maker for Ron Paul and Ted Cruz, for his all-but-certain presidential campaign.  —  Jon Downs and Danny Diaz …
Politico:
The FCC chair's Internet pivot  —  Tom Wheeler is poised to propose some of the toughest rules possible.  —  Tom Wheeler was feeling the heat.  —  It was August and the head of the Federal Communications Commission was sitting on the deck of his family's vacation home on Maryland's Eastern Shore.
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Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits
National Journal:
If Republicans are smart, they will nominate for president someone in the mold of George W. Bush in 2000.  —  TO MAKE AN educated guess about whether these trends will continue, it helps to look at how the white working class and middle class have behaved historically.
Caitlin Nolan / NY Daily News:
‘There was no snowball fight’: Video showing New Rochelle police officer pulling gun on teens not what it seems: cops  —  WARNING: Graphic language.  The footage appears to catch a cop holding a group of teenagers at gunpoint after an alleged snowball fight.
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Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Lawmaker: Same-Sex Couples Don't Deserve Same Financial Benefits As Other Families  —  Most conservatives who oppose marriage equality will cite the Bible, “nature,” or polygamy and incest to justify their opposition.  —  But for one Alabama state senator, a reason to oppose marriage equality …
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Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Lawmaker In Alabama: Gay Marriage Is So Expensive! (AUDIO)
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Post:
Teacher keeps job despite ‘unsatisfactory’ rating 6 years in a row  —  Six strikes and she's not out.  —  The city Department of Education has failed to fire a teacher rated “unsatisfactory” for six consecutive years.  Ann Legra, 44, a first-grade teacher at PS 173 in Washington Heights …
Melanie Michael / WFLA-TV:
St Pete man builds gun range in yard, neighbors outraged  —  The Lakewood Estates neighborhood is filled with families and children.  On any given day, you'll see kids climbing trees and playing on swing sets.  —  That's why news of a residential gun range did not sit well with neighbors.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria  —  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is considering a 2016 presidential bid, said on Sunday it would require 10,000 American “boots on the ground” to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Syria.
Discussion: Politico
Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
The Alarming Thing About Climate Alarmism  —  Exaggerated, worst-case claims result in bad policy and they ignore a wealth of encouraging data.  —  By  —  It is an indisputable fact that carbon emissions are rising—and faster than most scientists predicted.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rubio plots his path to victory  —  Marco Rubio sees room for himself in the GOP's crowded 2016 field — and is starting to throw elbows to make space.  —  The Florida senator is moving full throttle towards a White House bid, hitting the road hard to raise money and elevate his profile.
Discussion: Political Wire
Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
The Kochs Are Already Getting What They Paid for in Congress  —  What the Keystone debate is really about  —  Ask progressives what the last three weeks of Senate debate on a Keystone XL bill was really about, and they might mention the Koch brothers.  “The Republican's Keystone XL obsession …
Discussion: Politico and Hot Air
Rachel M. Cohen / American Prospect:
Blind to the Future: Chris Christie and the Republican Default on Public Investment  —  Some day not long from now, if you are traveling by rail in the Northeast, you may be stuck in a train waiting to enter a tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey.
Discussion: Eschaton
 
 
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Washington Post:
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Instapundit
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