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4:40 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.
BuzzFeed:
Carly Fiorina On Vaccinations: “Parents Have To Make Choices For Their Family”
Discussion: Washington Post, Mediaite and Raw Story
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Christie's Office Does Damage Control On Vaccine Remarks
Discussion: CBS News, The Dish and PoliticusUSA
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
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
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.
TMZ.com:
Warren Sapp — Arrested For Soliciting Prostitute (Update)  —  ARRESTED FOR SOLICITING PROSTITUTE  —  [Update: Suspended From NFL Network]  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  12:55 PM PT — New details in the Warren Sapp arrest ...  Cops say two women told police they were at the hotel “as escorts” …
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
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
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Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama: US ‘doing exactly what we should be doing’ in ISIS fight
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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 …
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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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.
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
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.
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.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Bennet could break stalemate on schools  —  “Let me warn you, I don't have the party line — I'm sui generis on this one.”  —  Those are the first words from Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) as we start to discuss his willingness to antagonize teachers' unions.
 
 
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Garrett Epps / The Atlantic Online:
Harry Potter and the Healthcare Statute of Doom
The Washington / Washington Times:
The Democratic hole  —  More shovels in reckless hands will only dig in a little deeper
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Vox Sets Out To Prove All Religions Are Equally Violent. And Fails
Discussion: Weekly Standard
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Bill Curry / Salon:
We need our own Tea Party: The fight is much more than Hillary v. Warren
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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Rebecca Leber / The New Republic:
The Kochs Are Already Getting What They Paid for in Congress
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Rubio plots his path to victory
Discussion: Political Wire
Rachel M. Cohen / American Prospect:
Blind to the Future: Chris Christie and the Republican Default on Public Investment
Discussion: Eschaton
Claire Milhench / Reuters:
Oil prices rally above $53 as investors pile in
Discussion: Hot Air
Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
McCain On Sarah Palin's Incoherent Speech: I Didn't See It
Discussion: CNN and Addicting Info
Lyndsey Telford / Telegraph:
Elderly cousins undergo joint euthanasia for fear of being separated
Discussion: Hot Air and National Review
Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
The Alarming Thing About Climate Alarmism
Discussion: The Daily Caller