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1:35 AM ET, February 3, 2015

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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...
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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 …
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.
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.”
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Paul shushes CNBC host in testy interview
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul Was Longtime Member Of Group That Promoted Autism-Vaccines Link
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.
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Christie clarifies comments on measles vaccine after call for ‘balance’ causes stir
Michael Barbaro / New York Times:
Christie Says Parents Should Have ‘Choice’ on Vaccinations
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.
Discussion: The Verge and CBS San Francisco
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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 …
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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
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: Joe. My. God. and Raw Story
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.
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
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.
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 ...
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.
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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Josh Lederman / Associated Press:
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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
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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 and Addicting Info
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Iowa Supreme Court's first case freed a slave
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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
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