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5:50 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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Chris Christie just called for ‘balance’ in vaccinations. Uh-oh.
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Christie's Office Does Damage Control On Vaccine Remarks
Discussion: CBS News, The Dish and PoliticusUSA
BuzzFeed:
Carly Fiorina On Vaccinations: “Parents Have To Make Choices For Their Family”
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Raw Story
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
TMZ.com:
Warren Sapp — Arrested For Soliciting Prostitute (Update)  —  ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTE  —  [Update: Fired by NFL Network]  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  2:15 PM PT — The NFL Network has fired Sapp.  He'd been with the network since 2008.  —  12:55 PM PT — New details in the Warren Sapp arrest ...
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)
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.
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 …
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
Anti-Vaccine Doctor: I Don't Care If My Kids Make Others Gravely Sick (VIDEO)  —  An Arizona cardiologist told CNN in an interview that went online Monday that he doesn't care if his refusal to vaccinate his kids gives other children grave, preventable diseases.  —  “I'm not going to sacrifice the well-being of my child.
Discussion: The Daily Banter
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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 …
Associated Press:
Portland strippers head to Salem to lobby for better work conditions  —  SALEM — Any tourist guide to Portland will tell you about the strip clubs.  —  There are dozens of them, something for any taste or any neighborhood, helped to ubiquity by Oregon's fierce protection of free speech.
Dennis Magee / Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier:
Iowa Supreme Court's first case freed a slave  —  Editor's note: Historical accounts about Ralph Montgomery sometimes provide conflicting details.  The information presented here comes from multiple sources, whenever possible deferring to those that agree, to individuals who knew Ralph and to publications from the era.
Discussion: Washington Post
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Fox Host Shep Smith Blasts Anti-Vaxxers: 'You're Science Deniers!'  (VIDEO)  —  Fox News host Shep Smith slammed parents who refuse to vaccinate their kids as “science deniers” on Monday during his show.  —  He made the remark during a segment about President Obama's call for parents …
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Vox Sets Out To Prove All Religions Are Equally Violent.  And Fails  —  “This study obliterates the myth that Muslims are more violent” says a trolly headline over at Vox, where Zack Beauchamp combines a strawman and an absurd study to tell us absolutely nothing about Islam.  —  He begins:
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Alanna Petroff / CNNMoney:
Offshore corporate cash piles at risk from Obama tax plan  —  A slew of big companies, including Apple, GE and Microsoft, are at risk of being slapped with billions in tax bills if President Obama follows through on his plan to tax their overseas cash piles.
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: BarbWire.com and The Daily Caller
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Harry Potter and the Healthcare Statute of Doom  —  On July 21, 2007, my daughter Maggie and I fought our way into a crowded Dublin bookstore and bought not one but two copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which was published worldwide that day.  Over the next 36 hours …
 
 
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Court Decisions That Set No Precedent
Tony Tran / OpposingViews.com:
Virginia Public Schools To Receive Bibles From Gideons
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Was Longtime Member Of Group That Promoted Autism-Vaccines Link
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Juan Williams / The Hill:
Bennet could break stalemate on schools
Bill Curry / Salon:
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Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria
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Rachel M. Cohen / American Prospect:
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell's way  —  The leader of the new GOP Senate …
Claire Milhench / Reuters:
Oil prices rally above $53 as investors pile in
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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
McCain On Sarah Palin's Incoherent Speech: I Didn't See It
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