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1:15 AM ET, February 4, 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.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Senator says restaurant employees shouldn't be required to wash their hands  —  Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) said at the Bipartisan Policy Center that maybe the government should not require food workers to wash their hands after using the bathroom.  (C-SPAN)  —  Once we're done debating …
Discussion: Gawker and
Humberto Sanchez / Roll Call:
Thom Tillis: Keep Government Out of the Bathroom  —  Freshman Sen. Thom Tillis likes to tell a story about why he doesn't believe government should require coffee shop employees to wash their hands after using the bathroom.  —  “Just to give you an idea of where my bias is when it comes to regulatory reform …
Charles Babington / Associated Press:   Tillis: Give Firms More Leeway on Sanitation, Other Mandates
David Edwards / Raw Story:
GOP senator: Let restaurants ‘opt out’ of handwashing after toilet to ‘reduce regulatory burden’
Discussion: Shakesville
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.
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.
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Block Republicans' Homeland Security Bill  —  WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican bill that would finance the Department of Homeland Security, objecting to a measure that would have gutted President Obama's recent executive actions on immigration.
Discussion: Roll Call and The Atlantic Online
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Dems filibuster DHS bill
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Dems block legislation reversing immigration actions
Discussion: Politico and Siskind Susser PC
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Ben Carson Blames Measles Outbreak On ‘Undocumented People’  —  Potential 2016 candidate Dr. Ben Carson, who has expressed support for strict vaccination policies, on Tuesday linked the measles outbreak in California to undocumented immigrants.  —  CNN's Jake Tapper asked Carson …
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 …
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 portrait of Governor Bobby Jindal that greets visitors at his office …
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 …
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Rand Paul Gets a Booster Vaccination  —  Senator Rand Paul received a booster vaccination for Hepatitis A on Tuesday in the Capitol physician's office.Credit: Jeremy W. Peters  —  Senator Rand Paul, facing a backlash over his comments that cast doubt on whether he believes vaccines can pose …
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
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
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: Mediaite and Raw Story
Oren Yaniv / NY Daily News:
EXCLUSIVE: Assault indictment for NYPD officer seen on video apparently stomping on suspect's head, sources say  —  Police Officer Joel Edouard, 36, was caught on a cell phone video seemingly kicking 32-year-old Jahmiel Cuffee in the head on July 23 during an arrest in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Fall in Fortunes for Pennsylvania Attorney General  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. — The question before Pennsylvanians is this: Is Kathleen G. Kane, the first woman to be elected as the state's attorney general, the victim of angry men who targeted her after she exposed their pornography habits?
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Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
Obama shocked, ‘slightly irritated’ by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
“People could die and that's OK”: Why the right's free-market health philosophy is ludicrous
Discussion: Daily Kos and Hullabaloo
Julie Scelfo / New York Times:
A University Recognizes a Third Gender: Neutral
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
More than 90 celebs say they're ready for Warren
Discussion: Hot Air
Associated Press:
‘No questions!’  Chris Christie clams up and CANCELS three press conferences on final day of disastrous UK trip
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grayson eyes Florida Senate seat
Discussion: Moe Lane
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Pat Robertson Rails Against Fluoride In Water And Vaccine Mandates (VIDEO)
Discussion: US News
 Earlier Items: 
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican contender Ted Cruz 'foolishly experimented with marijuana …
Discussion: Business Insider
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
GOP to take on Barack Obama at Ash Carter hearing
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Geek Girl Diva / EW Community:
Get your exclusive first look at Grand Moff Tarkin on ‘Star Wars Rebels’
Discussion: Spinoff Online and
Ross K. Baker / USA Today:
Do Dems have a women problem? Column
Discussion: Slate, Hullabaloo and Shakesville
Brett LoGiurato / Fusion:
Young people will hit the polls in 2016, and they want Hillary