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9:00 PM ET, February 3, 2015


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Brendan James / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Senator: Don't Force Employees To Wash Their Hands After Using Toilet  —  In a week packed with news over concerns for public health, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) described his own history of opposing certain health and hygiene regulations, including those that require employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom.
Susie Madrak / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
NC Senator: Starbucks Workers Shouldn't Have To Wash Hands After Bathroom Break  —  New Sen. Tillis worked when he was a state legislator to push much-needed policies like voter ID legislation, cuts to unemployment benefits, tax cuts for the wealthy, and abortion restrictions.
David Edwards / Raw Story:
GOP senator: Let restaurants ‘opt out’ of handwashing after toilet to ‘reduce regulatory burden’
Discussion: Shakesville
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:
Thom Tillis: Keep Government Out of the Bathroom
Discussion:, ABC News and FreakOutNation
Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: ISIS stoop to new barbarity beyond words as they release video of themselves TORCHING captive Jordanian pilot to death in a cage  — In response to sickening footage, Jordan has reportedly moved five ISIS-linked prisoners to a prison in the south of the country
Agence France-Presse:
Jordan to execute jailed would-be bomber, jihadists  —  Amman (AFP) - Jordan will execute Wednesday an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death row and other jihadists after having vowed to avenge the murder of a Jordanian pilot by Islamic State jihadists, an official said.
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
ISIS Appears to Kill Jordanian Pilot in New Video
Manu Raju / Politico:
Cruz: Block Lynch until Obama blinks on immigration  —  Stalling the attorney general nominee would be a ‘concrete’ tool 'to rein in the president's lawlessness,' he says.  —  Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is demanding that Republicans block the nomination of Loretta Lynch as attorney general until …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems block legislation reversing immigration actions
Discussion: Politico and Siskind Susser PC
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Block Vote on Homeland Security Bill, Creating Confrontation
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Dems filibuster DHS bill
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Democrats filibuster DHS spending bill, block GOP on amnesty debate
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz: Parents With ‘Religious Convictions’ Should Get A Pass On Vaccines  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Tuesday said he believes children should be vaccinated, but he said he supports exemptions for people with certain religious beliefs.  —  Cruz said that there is “widespread agreement” …
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Draft of Arrest Warrant for Argentine President Found at Dead Prosecutor's Home  —  BUENOS AIRES — Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor whose mysterious death has gripped Argentina, had drafted a warrant for the arrest of President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, accusing her of trying …
Jim Clifton / Gallup:
The Big Lie: 5.6% Unemployment  —  Here's something that many Americans — including some of the smartest and most educated among us — don't know: The official unemployment rate, as reported by the U.S. Department of Labor, is extremely misleading.  —  Right now, we're hearing much celebrating …
Scott Keyes / ThinkProgress:
Congressman: Measles Outbreak May Be Caused By ‘Illegal Aliens’  —  An Alabama congressman with virulently anti-immigrant beliefs has a new theory on who may be causing the current measles outbreak: “illegal aliens.”  —  Appearing on the Matt Murphy radio show Tuesday morning, Rep. Mo Brooks …
New York Times:
Chris Christie Shows Fondness for Luxury Benefits When Others Pay the Bill  —  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.
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
Hammocks and Hammers  —  Greg Sargent draws attention to a conference call (or “tele-town hall,” which explains why the Des Moines Register's Jennifer Jacobs was allowed to listen in) Scott Walker held with Iowa conservative activists.  Jacobs seemed to think what was most newsworthy …
George Packer / New Yorker:
Why ISIS Murdered Kenji Goto  —  Why did ISIS execute a second Japanese hostage?  Before the beheading of the journalist Kenji Goto, Japan didn't think that it was even in a fight with the Islamic State.  All Japan had done was contribute a couple of hundred million dollars in humanitarian aid to countries fighting ISIS.
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.
Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Bobby Jindal's Official Painting Looks Nothing Like Bobby Jindal  —  This is a picture of Bobby Jindal, the Republican Governor of Louisiana:  —  [Christopher Halloran /]  —  And now this is the official portrait of Governor Bobby Jindal, tweeted out by Louisiana political blogger Lamar White:
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
SECOND HARPER LEE NOVEL TO BE PUBLISHED IN JULY … NEW YORK (AP) — “To Kill a Mockingbird” will not be Harper Lee's only published book after all.  —  Publisher Harper announced Tuesday that “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released July 14.
Discussion: Mediaite, The Verge, Gawker and Daily Kos
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel
Rick Ungar / Forbes:
Scott Walker Presidential Bid Self-Destructs On ABC's ‘This Week’  —  Appearing yesterday on ABC's “This Week,” Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that, “People want new, fresh leadership with big, bold ideas and the courage to act on it.  If we're going to take on a name from the past …
Discussion: Fox News and Politico
Cathy Young / The Daily Beast:
Columbia Student: I Didn't Rape Her  —  Paul Nungesser was cleared of a rape charge but faced a harsh trial-by-media.  Now, as new details come to light, he's speaking out and fighting back.  —  The Columbia University senior vividly remembers the day, in April 2013, when he received …
Brett LoGiurato / Fusion:
Young people will hit the polls in 2016, and they want Hillary  —  Young people are planning to turn out the vote in 2016.  And they have a clear choice at this point about who they want to be the nation's next president.  —  Those are some of the highlights from Fusion's Massive Millennial Poll …
Ashley Lee / Hollywood Reporter:
‘Last Week Tonight With John Oliver’: Season 2 Has More Guests, “Long-Term Mayhem Production”  —  “I don't really feel like we've settled in yet,” John Oliver told a handful of reporters on Tuesday morning at HBO's New York City headquarters.  “I don't know what comfort level we'll reach or when …
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
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 …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grayson eyes Florida Senate seat
Discussion: Political Wire and Moe Lane
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican contender Ted Cruz 'foolishly experimented with marijuana …
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
GOP to take on Barack Obama at Ash Carter hearing
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Political Wire
Geek Girl Diva / EW Community:
Get your exclusive first look at Grand Moff Tarkin on ‘Star Wars Rebels’
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Ross K. Baker / USA Today:
Do Dems have a women problem? Column
Discussion: Slate, Hullabaloo and Shakesville
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Melanie Zanona / Roll Call:
Florida Democrat Goes There, Messes With Texas (Video)
Discussion: Post On Politics
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
A Future Segregated by Science?
Discussion: Liberty Unyielding
ABC News:
Chuck Grassley News
Discussion:, Hot Air and Weekly Standard