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2:10 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.
ABC News:   Chris Christie News
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and Prairie Weather
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.
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
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
McCain On Sarah Palin's Incoherent Speech: I Didn't See It  —  Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN on Sunday that he hadn't seen former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) widely-panned speech in Iowa last week, but offered his ex-running mate his support regardless.
Discussion: CNN
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CNN:
Arizona measles exposure worries parents of at-risk kids  —  Story highlights  —  (CNN)Anna Jacks checks her baby's forehead over and over again.  Is he hot?  Does he have a rash?  Is his nose still runny?  —  Her son has been sick before, but this time it's different …
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
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.
Martin Fackler / New York Times:
Departing From Country's Pacifism, Japanese Premier Vows Revenge for Killings  —  TOKYO — When Islamic State militants posted a video over the weekend showing the grisly killing of a Japanese journalist, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reacted with outrage, promising “to make the terrorists pay the price.”
 
 
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Angela Fritz / Washington Post:
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CBS News:
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Rachel M. Cohen / American Prospect:
Blind to the Future: Chris Christie and the Republican Default on Public Investment
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Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell's way  —  The leader of the new GOP Senate …
Washington Post:
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Discussion: FOX News Radio
Lyndsey Telford / Telegraph:
Elderly cousins undergo joint euthanasia for fear of being separated
Discussion: National Review
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
GOP senator: ‘Alarm ringing’ in Middle East
Discussion: Instapundit
Scott Bland / National Journal:
A Seller's Market: GOP Campaigns Racing to Lock Down Qualified Staff
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