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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.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Chris Christie just called for ‘balance’ in vaccinations.  Uh-oh.  —  Asked Monday about how best to handle the growing measles outbreak in the United States, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) started off on the right foot.  “Mary Pat and I have had our children vaccinated and we think that it's …
Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Parents ‘own’ children, not the state
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Christie's Office Does Damage Control On Vaccine Remarks
Discussion: CBS News, The Dish and PoliticusUSA
Benjy Sarlin / msnbc.com:
Chris Christie expressed concern about vaccine autism link in '09
NBC News:
Rand Paul: Vaccines Can Lead to ‘Mental Disorders’  —  Republican Sen. Rand Paul is standing by his statement that most vaccinations should be “voluntary,” telling CNBC that a parent's choice not to vac...
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David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
How Rand Paul tried to lead an eye doctors' rebellion  —  The letters came from a young ophthalmologist in Kentucky.  He was recruiting for an eye doctors' rebellion.  —  “We won't be trod upon,” he wrote, using the language of 1776.  “You can't promulgate injustice without consequences.”
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Was Longtime Member Of Group That Promoted Autism-Vaccines Link
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Welp, So Much for Young People  —  In recent years many progressive political thinkers have focused on the views of so-called millennials.  They are more pro-gay rights, more racially inclusive and generally have more progressive political views on a host of issues.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Althouse
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars  —  Driver-on-demand service Uber is building a robotics research lab in Pittsburgh, PA to “kickstart autonomous taxi fleet development,” sources close to the decision have confirmed to TechCrunch.
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Brad Stone / Bloomberg Business:
Exclusive: Google Is Developing Its Own Uber Competitor
Discussion: Nerdist, The Verge, Mashable and Hit & Run
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
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The GOP: Still the Party of Stupid  —  That Scott Walker speech was great?  It was shallow, tedious, and wrong.  In other words, it struck the perfect chord for today's GOP voters.  —  Mitt Romney definitely had his down sides as a candidate: the retread factor, and, as I noted two weeks ago …
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
‘KKK’ Graffiti At South Carolina High School: ‘Happy Ni**er Month’  —  Pictures have surfaced on social media of racist graffiti at a South Carolina high school on the first day of Black History Month.  —  According to Raw Story, officials at South Pointe High School in Rock Hill confirmed …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Happy N***** Month’: ‘KKK’ defaces South Carolina high school to mock first day of Black History Month
Discussion: theGrio
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Annie LinskeyLaura Curtis / Bloomberg Business:
Obama Wants Same-Sex Couples to Have Spousal Benefits
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
FIRE:
Students, FIRE Go Four-for-Four as Ohio U. Settles Speech Code Lawsuit  —  In a settlement signed today, Ohio University (OU) agreed to revise several policies that restricted free speech on campus rather than fight a student-led First Amendment lawsuit in court.
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 …
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.
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Mocks ‘Bizarre’ Michael Sam Call, Fears Gay ‘Economic Terrorism’  —  Mike Huckabee appeared last week on Dave Garrison's “Faith & Liberty” radio show, where he spoke about his new book, “God, Guns, Grits and Gravy.”  Garrison told Huckabee that he was upset about how Right Wing Watch …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
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
 
 
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Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack in Talks to Sell Half Its Stores to Sprint, Shutter the Rest
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mashable
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Fox Host Calls Out Anti-Vaccine Parents: 'You're Science Deniers!'
Discussion: Addicting Info and Mediaite
Alanna Petroff / CNNMoney:
Offshore corporate cash piles at risk from Obama tax plan
Dennis Magee / Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier:
Iowa Supreme Court's first case freed a slave
Discussion: Washington Post
Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Harry Potter and the Healthcare Statute of Doom
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The Washington / Washington Times:
The Democratic hole  —  More shovels in reckless hands will only dig in a little deeper
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Courts Write Decisions That Elude Long View
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Bennet could break stalemate on schools
Bill Curry / Salon:
We need our own Tea Party: The fight is much more than Hillary v. Warren
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
The Kochs Are Already Getting What They Paid for in Congress
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