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9:30 AM ET, February 3, 2015


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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 …
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.”
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...
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 …
Discussion: ABC News and
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Paul shushes CNBC host in testy interview
Washington Post:
Vaccination debate flares in GOP presidential race, alarming medical experts
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
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.
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
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Matt Drudge might be more powerful now than ever before  —  Matt Drudge is currently running a “poll” on his website — it's the Drudge Report if you have paid no attention to politics for the last 17 years — that asks readers to choose their preferred 2016 Republican presidential candidate.
Discussion: Hot Air, Politico and Althouse
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
The GOP: Still the Party of Stupid
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington Post
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Michael Barone / Washington Examiner:
Co-author of The Emerging Democratic Majority recants  —  John Judis, co-author of the 2002 book The Emerging Democratic Majority, now says that majority has come and gone.  That's the thesis of his important National Journal article “The Emerging Republican Advantage.”
Brian Beutler / The New Republic:
Public Health Experts Have Estimated How Many Americans Will Die If the Supreme Court Repeals Obamacare  —  When conservative American Enterprise Institute scholar Michael Strain published an article last week titled, “End Obamacare, and people could die.  That's okay.” he made two critical errors …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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
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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
Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
US-Venezuela Tensions Escalate Over Human Rights, VP Biden
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
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
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
VIDEO: Fox Host Calls Out Anti-Vaccine Parents: 'You're Science Deniers!'
Discussion: Mediaite
David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Vox Sets Out To Prove All Religions Are Equally Violent. And Fails
Discussion: Weekly Standard