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10:30 AM ET, February 3, 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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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 …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Obama manager: Watch for Christie, Bush, Kasich  —  Jim Messina, President Obama's 2012 campaign manager, says that Chris Christie, Jeb Bush and John Kasich are the presidential candidates to watch on the Republican side.  —  “I think [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie could potentially …
Discussion: Political Wire
Ali Elkin / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Joins 2016 Fray on Vaccines  —  A measles outbreak transforms into the 2016 issue du jour.  —  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday became the latest potential presidential candidate to weigh in on the merit of vaccines as a 14-state measles outbreak transformed into the 2016 issue du jour.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Tough Path Facing Chris Christie and Marco Rubio  —  The end of Mitt Romney's candidacy has brought the so-called invisible primary — the behind-the-scenes competition for the resources and credibility needed to win the nomination — into a new phase, with new players.
Discussion: New Jersey News …
Washington Post:
Vaccination debate flares in GOP presidential race, alarming medical experts
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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Politico:
How Rand Paul bombed at Koch brothers gathering  —  His laid-back style turns off big money donors.  —  “Jeans might work for a younger audience,” said one attendee, “but these are old bulls who put on a tie every day to go to the office.”  Getty  —  Some of the most influential players …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Paul shushes CNBC host in testy interview
New York Times:
In Chris Christie's Career, a Fondness for Luxe Benefits When Others Pay the Bills  —  As Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey waited to depart on a trade mission to Israel in 2012, his entourage was delayed by a late arrival: Mr. Christie's father, who had accidentally headed to the wrong airport.
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
The Perfect Storm On The Horizon That May Kill The Supreme Court Filibuster  —  Divisions among Senate Republicans have burst a trial balloon floated in recent days by two top lieutenants of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to eliminate the 60-vote rule for confirming Supreme Court nominees.
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Politico:   Supreme Court Obamacare case poses political peril for GOP
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Public Health Experts Have Estimated How Many Americans Will Die If the Supreme Court Repeals Obamacare
Discussion: Washington Post
Ben Terris / Washington Post:
He's got a 'Downton Abbey'-inspired office, but Rep. Aaron Schock won't talk about it.  —  The Rayburn House Office Building is a labyrinth of beige offices.  —  And then, there's . . .  Rep. Aaron Schock's new digs.  —  Bright red walls.  A gold-colored wall sconce with black candles.
Brad Stone / Bloomberg Business:
Exclusive: Google Is Developing Its Own Uber Competitor  —  The two companies are going to war over self-driving taxis  —  Don't Miss Out — … Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries that includes dubious regulators, litigious drivers, hostile members of the press, and some well-funded rivals.
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John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars
Discussion: The Verge and CBS San Francisco
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Nancy Reagan Turned Down Rock Hudson's Plea For Help Nine Weeks Before He Died  —  On a Sunday evening in July 1985, just hours after arriving in Paris from Los Angeles, Rock Hudson collapsed shortly after checking into the famed Ritz hotel.  —  Rock Hudson and Elizabeth Taylor in ‘Giant’, 1956.
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Obamacare will add to Dems' 2016 problems  —  Next month will mark five years since the Affordable Care Act became law.  Obamacare was supposed to be popular by now, but it's not.  And as far as President Obama and the Democrats who passed it are concerned, the law's current approval rating might be as good as it gets.
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Daily Mail:
Killed for ‘being gay’: ISIS savages blindfolded man and threw him off tower block - then stoned him to death when he SURVIVED the fall  —  A man has reportedly been blindfolded and thrown off a tower block in Syria for ‘being gay’ before being stoned to death after surviving the fall.
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
New York Times:
President Obama's New Budget  —  President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget, released on Monday, pulls together the themes and policies set forth in his State of the Union address and other recent speeches and gives them a force and coherence — an ambitiousness — that a more piecemeal delivery does not convey.
David Knowles / Bloomberg Business:
Poll: Iowa Republicans Side with Obamas After Huckabee's Beyoncé Attack  —  Iowans may or may not like Beyoncé, but their opinion on one issue involving the singer is clear in a new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll: Mike Huckabee crossed a line when he suggested …
Discussion: Hot Air, Mediaite and National Review
Thomas Escritt / Reuters:
U.N.'s highest court absolves Croatia, Serbia of genocide  —  (Reuters) - The United Nations' highest court ruled on Tuesday that neither Croatia nor Serbia had committed genocide against each other's populations during the wars that accompanied the violent breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s.
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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David E. Sanger / New York Times:
President Tweaks the Rules on Data Collection
Discussion: The Hill and The Verge
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Long-Run Cop-Out  —  On Monday, President Obama will call …
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority recants
Martin O'Malley / New York Times:
Don't Drill Along the East Coast
Bryan Alexander / USA Today:
Sneak peek: ‘Frozen’ returns in ‘Frozen Fever’
Mosaic Magazine:
Obama's Secret Iran Strategy
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
US-Venezuela Tensions Escalate Over Human Rights, VP Biden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jessica Donati / Reuters:
U.S. forces declassify data on Afghan troops after watchdog dispute
Discussion: New York Times, BarbWire.com and NPR
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
A Discredited Vaccine Study's Continuing Impact on Public Health
Peter J. Henning / New York Times:
Court Sets Up a Hurdle, Not a Barrier, for Insider Trading Cases
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawmakers try again on FOIA reform
Discussion: Times of San Diego
Jillian Kay Melchior / National Review:
Busted  —  So far, every for-profit enterprise started …
Discussion: Fox News Insider and BizPac Review
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Mocks ‘Bizarre’ Michael Sam Call, Fears Gay ‘Economic Terrorism’
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
‘KKK’ Graffiti At South Carolina High School: ‘Happy Ni**er Month’
Discussion: Raw Story and FOX News Radio