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11:00 PM ET, February 2, 2015

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Elise Viebeck / The Hill:
Rand Paul: Parents ‘own’ children, not the state  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) doubled down on his position that most vaccines should be voluntary, suggesting Monday that mandated immunization is an example of government overreach.  —  “The state doesn't own your children,” Paul said in an interview with CNBC's “Closing Bell.”
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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...
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson On Vaccinations: We Shouldn't Allow Diseases To Return  —  “Certain communicable diseases have been largely eradicated by immunization policies in this country and we should not allow those diseases to return by foregoing safe immunization programs, for philosophical …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.”
CNBC:
Defensive?  Sen. Rand Paul on voluntary vaccines  —  Sen Rand Paul (R-Ky.) thinks the decision to vaccinate should be voluntary.  Sen. Paul also discusses tax reform, his proposal to audit the Federal Reserve and his plans for the 2016 presidential election.
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Paul shushes CNBC host in testy interview  —  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) squared off with CNBC host Kelly Evans in a testy interview on Monday, at one point “shushing” the host as she challenged him on a tax proposal.  —  In discussing Paul's plan for a tax “holiday” for companies bringing …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Was Longtime Member Of Group That Promoted Autism-Vaccines Link
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 …
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
A Discredited Vaccine Study's Continuing Impact on Public Health  —  Vaccines: An Unhealthy Skepticism Vaccines: An Unhealthy Skepticism  —  An outbreak of measles that started at Disneyland has turned a spotlight on those who choose not to vaccinate their children.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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: Althouse and Washington Monthly
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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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
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits  —  Federal regulators are moving ahead with a proposal to help two cities fighting with their state governments over the ability to build public alternatives to large Internet providers.  —  The Federal Communications Commission this week …
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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 …
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.
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 ...
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Obama supports vaccines now — but pandered to anti-vaxxers in 2008  —  Chris Christie has come under fire for remarks suggesting that parents should have a choice in which vaccines their children do and don't receive.  Those remarks got fierce pushback from public health officials …
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
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.
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 …
Peter J. Henning / New York Times:
Court Sets Up a Hurdle, Not a Barrier, for Insider Trading Cases  —  It is interesting to see how a few words in a judicial opinion can mean so much.  One sentence in the recent appeals court decision in United States v. Newman that overturned the convictions of two hedge fund traders …
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
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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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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Bloomberg Business:
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Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Fox Host Calls Out Anti-Vaccine Parents: 'You're Science Deniers!'
Discussion: Mediaite and Addicting Info
Dennis Magee / Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier:
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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
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Alabama Lawmaker: Same-Sex Couples Don't Deserve Same Financial Benefits As Other Families
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