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11:05 AM ET, February 3, 2015


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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.
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.”
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Paul shushes CNBC host in testy interview
NBC News:
Rand Paul: Vaccines Can Lead to ‘Mental Disorders’
Washington Post:
Vaccination debate flares in GOP presidential race, alarming medical experts
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.
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
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
The Tough Path Facing Chris Christie and Marco Rubio
Discussion: New Jersey News …
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.
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
Supreme Court Obamacare case poses political peril for GOP  —  The Supreme Court could be months away from blowing a huge hole in Obamacare — and Republicans on Capitol Hill are at odds over how they'll respond if their side wins.  —  It's the latest example in a long-running quandary for Republicans …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
Measles Proves Delicate Issue to G.O.P. Field  —  WASHINGTON — The politics of medicine, morality and free will have collided in an emotional debate over vaccines and the government's place in requiring them, posing a challenge for Republicans who find themselves in the familiar …
Pew Research Center:
Young adults more likely to say vaccinating kids should be a parental choice
Bloomberg Business:
Amazon in Talks to Buy Some of RadioShack's Stores  —  Don't Miss Out —  (Bloomberg) — Inc., aiming to bolster its brick-and-mortar operations, has discussed acquiring some RadioShack Corp. locations after the electronics chain files for bankruptcy, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
Bloomberg Business:
RadioShack in Talks to Sell Half Its Stores to Sprint, Shutter the Rest
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
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.”
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
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.
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Uber Opening Robotics Research Facility In Pittsburgh To Build Self-Driving Cars
Discussion: The Verge and CBS San Francisco
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Whistleblowers: US Gave Visas to Suspected Forgers, Fraudsters, Criminals
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George Rede / Oregonian:
Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against lesbian couple, Oregon hearings officer rules
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Joe. My. God.
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 …
Thomas Escritt / Reuters:
U.N.'s highest court absolves Croatia, Serbia of genocide
Discussion: Hot Air
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President Obama's New Budget
Martin O'Malley / New York Times:
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Obama's Secret Iran Strategy
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Jessica Donati / Reuters:
U.S. forces declassify data on Afghan troops after watchdog dispute
Discussion: New York Times, and NPR
Clyde Haberman / New York Times:
A Discredited Vaccine Study's Continuing Impact on Public Health
Discussion: Washington Post and AGE OF AUTISM
Jillian Kay Melchior / National Review:
Busted  —  So far, every for-profit enterprise started …
Discussion: BizPac Review and Fox News Insider
Brian Tashman / Right Wing Watch:
Mike Huckabee Mocks ‘Bizarre’ Michael Sam Call, Fears Gay ‘Economic Terrorism’
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
Discussion: FreakOutNation and FOX News Radio