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6:35 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.  —  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 …
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
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Was Longtime Member Of Group That Promoted Autism-Vaccines Link
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
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
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 ...
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Fox Host Calls Out Anti-Vaccine Parents: 'You're Science Deniers!'  —  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 to vaccinate …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
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 …
Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack in Talks to Sell Half Its Stores to Sprint, Shutter the Rest  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — RadioShack Corp. is preparing to shut down the almost-century-old retail chain in a bankruptcy deal that would sell about half its store leases to Sprint Corp. and close the rest …
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mashable
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
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 …
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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David Edwards / Raw Story:
‘Happy N***** Month’: ‘KKK’ defaces South Carolina high school to mock first day of Black History Month
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Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
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Discussion: Washington Monthly
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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
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:
Court Decisions That Set No Precedent
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Bennet could break stalemate on schools
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Bill Curry / Salon:
We need our own Tea Party: The fight is much more than Hillary v. Warren
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Graham: 10K US boots on the ground needed to stop ISIS in Syria
Discussion: Politico
OMB Communications / The White House:
FACT SHEET: Middle Class Economics: The President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget
Rachel M. Cohen / American Prospect:
Blind to the Future: Chris Christie and the Republican Default on Public Investment
Discussion: Eschaton
Manu Raju / Politico:
Mitch McConnell's way  —  The leader of the new GOP Senate …
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
Bjorn Lomborg / Wall Street Journal:
The Alarming Thing About Climate Alarmism
Discussion: BarbWire.com and The Daily Caller