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8:25 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
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
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.
Kristina Wong / The Hill:   ISIS burns captive Jordanian pilot alive
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
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Democrats filibuster DHS spending bill, block GOP on amnesty debate
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Dems filibuster DHS bill
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican contender Ted Cruz ‘foolishly experimented with marijuana,’ his campaign admits after Bush confesses to high-school pot use  — It was ‘when he was a teenager,’ Cruz's spokesperson told Daily Mail Online; 'It was a mistake, and he's never tried it since'
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grayson eyes Florida Senate seat  —  Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) is talking like a man who will run for Senate in 2016.  —  In an interview with The Hill on Tuesday, Grayson said he's thinking about running.  The often-controversial Democrat spoke at length about why he'd begin …
Discussion: Political Wire
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Tina Nguyen / Mediaite:
Bobby Jindal's Official Painting Looks Nothing Like Bobby Jindal
Jeremy Herb / Politico:
GOP to take on Barack Obama at Ash Carter hearing
Discussion: Political Wire and ThinkProgress
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
We Asked A Lot Of Likely 2016 Candidates Two Questions About Vaccinations
Discussion: Bloomberg Business and OnPolitics
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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