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7:40 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.”
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 …
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
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Verge and CBS San Francisco
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.
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
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.
Discussion: Raw Story and Joe. My. God.
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
David Edwards / Raw Story:   ‘Happy N***** Month’: ‘KKK’ defaces South Carolina high school to mock first day of Black History Month
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
In Net Neutrality Push, F.C.C. Is Expected to Propose Regulating Internet Service as a Utility  —  The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission this week is widely expected to propose regulating Internet service like a public utility, a move certain to unleash another round …
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC is moving to preempt state broadband limits
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Verge and Nextgov
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: AGE OF AUTISM and Washington Post
Jessica Donati / Reuters:
U.S. forces declassify data on Afghan troops after watchdog dispute  —  (Reuters) - The U.S.-led force in Afghanistan is to make recently classified data on the Afghan security forces available to the public after a U.S. government watchdog complained about undue secrecy surrounding reconstruction efforts.
Discussion: New York Times, and NPR
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
New York Times:
In 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.
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
Bryan Alexander / USA Today:
Sneak peek: ‘Frozen’ returns in ‘Frozen Fever’  —  Even in the middle of winter, the world is yearning for a new Frozen.  And it's here.  —  The filmmakers who brought us the animated hit musical Frozen in November 2013 have created a seven-minute short centered around Princess Anna …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Lawmakers try again on FOIA reform  —  Less than two months after a bill to reform the Freedom of Information Act died in the House, four lawmakers announced Monday that they're taking another shot at improving the often frustrating process through which journalists, activists and other citizens can request federal government records.
Discussion: Times of San Diego
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 …
Mosaic Magazine:
Obama's Secret Iran Strategy  —  The president has long been criticized for his lack of strategic vision.  But what if a strategy, centered on Iran, has been in place from the start and consistently followed to this day?  —  President Barack Obama wishes the Islamic Republic of Iran every success.
Discussion: Israel Matzav and Weekly Standard
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Associated Press:
Obama's record budget: Tax the rich, help middle class
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
US-Venezuela Tensions Escalate Over Human Rights, VP Biden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Fox News:
Texas declares ‘Chris Kyle Day,’ as Medal of Honor petition drive launches
Jillian Kay Melchior / National Review:
Busted  —  So far, every for-profit enterprise started …
Discussion: Fox News Insider and BizPac Review
Fox News:
Pataki exploring 2016 White House run
Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack in Talks to Sell Half Its Stores to Sprint, Shutter the Rest
Discussion: Hit & Run and Mashable
Annie LinskeyLaura Curtis / Bloomberg Business:
Obama Wants Same-Sex Couples to Have Spousal Benefits
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Fox Host Calls Out Anti-Vaccine Parents: 'You're Science Deniers!'
Discussion: Mediaite
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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
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Vox Sets Out To Prove All Religions Are Equally Violent. And Fails
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Bill Curry / Salon:
We need our own Tea Party: The fight is much more than Hillary v. Warren
Discussion: Hullabaloo