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5:50 PM ET, February 3, 2015


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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.
Discussion: Liberaland and Hullabaloo
David Edwards / Raw Story:   GOP senator: Let restaurants ‘opt out’ of handwashing after toilet to ‘reduce regulatory burden’
Freshman GOP Senator: I'm Okay With Not Forcing Restaurant Workers to Wash Up
Discussion: Mediaite and FreakOutNation
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
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.
Daily Mail:
BREAKING NEWS: ISIS stoop to new barbarity beyond words as they release video of themselves …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Gateway Pundit
Lee Ferran / ABC News:
ISIS Appears to Kill Jordanian Pilot in New Video
Kristina Wong / The Hill:   ISIS burns captive Jordanian pilot alive
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.
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  —  The Senate on Tuesday failed to move forward with legislation overturning President Obama's executive actions on immigration after Democrats united to block it.  —  Most of the Senate's 55 Republicans backed the motion to proceed …
Discussion: Politico and Siskind Susser PC
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Democrats filibuster DHS spending bill, block GOP on amnesty debate
Where 2016 GOPers stand on vaccinations  —  After an outbreak of measles in 14 states, the debate on whether parents should vaccinate their children has broken out on the political stage.  —  On Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a likely White House hopeful, said that parents …
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.
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 …
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Why Matt Drudge might be more powerful now than ever before
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.
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 …
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 …
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:   The Perfect Storm On The Horizon That May Kill The Supreme Court Filibuster
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 …
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 …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Flying coach with Rand Paul
Discussion: Twitchy
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel  —  Harper Lee, the reclusive author of the beloved best-selling novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will publish a second novel this summer, her publisher, Harper, announced Tuesday.  —  The novel, “Go Set a Watchman …
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, Politico and Hot Air
Sara Roth / KGW-TV:
Ore. bakery will have to pay same-sex couple up to $150K  —  GRESHAM, Ore. - A Gresham bakery discriminated against a same-sex couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Monday.  —  The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery will have to pay …
George Rede / Oregonian:
Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against lesbian couple, Oregon hearings officer rules
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 …
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Jeremy Herb / Politico:
GOP to take on Barack Obama at Ash Carter hearing
Discussion: Political Wire and ThinkProgress
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
We Asked All The Likely 2016 Candidates Two Questions About Vaccinations
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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
Melanie Zanona / Roll Call:
Florida Democrat Goes There, Messes With Texas (Video)
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Hillary eyes Brooklyn for campaign HQ
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Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Rep On Vaccines: An ‘Oppressive State’ Shouldn't Tell Us What To Do
New York Times:
Measles Outbreak Proves Delicate Issue to G.O.P. Field