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9:25 AM ET, February 4, 2015


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Walker targets Romney donors, Jeb turf  —  But several big donors aren't ready to commit just yet.  —  Scott Walker is moving to seize on Mitt Romney's withdrawal from the presidential race and show he can compete with Jeb Bush as a top-tier candidate.  Sources tell POLITICO …
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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Jeb Bush coming to Iowa in March  —  Bush, Scott Walker and other likely presidential candidates will appear at the Iowa Ag Summit, Republicans tell The Des Moines Register  —  Jeb Bush will make his Iowa debut for the 2016 presidential cycle next month.  —  Amid copious speculation …
Dana Bash / CNN:
Bush to pitch ‘reform conservatism’ in Detroit
Discussion: National Review
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: Unqualified Offerings and Gawker
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.
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Tillis: Give Firms More Leeway on Sanitation, Other Mandates
The Hill:
House votes to repeal ObamaCare  —  The GOP House on Tuesday voted for the fourth time to completely repeal ObamaCare, but this time with instructions for several committees to replace the healthcare law with new policies.  —  Passage fell largely along party lines by a vote of 239-186.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP on immigration: ‘There is no plan B’  —  House conservatives are doubling down in their efforts to undo President Obama's lenient new deportation policies as part of a bill funding the Homeland Security Department.  —  The Republicans, including Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) …
Discussion: Prairie Weather and Politico
Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Senate Democrats Block Republicans' Homeland Security Bill
Discussion: Roll Call and The Atlantic Online
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Dems filibuster DHS bill
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
Annie Karni / NY Daily News:
Obama shocked, ‘slightly irritated’ by Mitt Romney's 2012 concession call: David Axelrod  —  The president claimed his GOP opponent insinuated that Obama won only by getting out the black vote, according to a new book by the presidential campaign strategist.
Ralph Jennings / Associated Press:
Taiwan plane with 58 aboard crashes in Taipei; 12 killed  —  6 photos  —  TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A Taiwanese flight with 58 people aboard went sideways, clipped an elevated roadway and careened into a river Wednesday shortly after takeoff from the island's capital of Taipei, killing at least 12 people, local media and officials said.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and NPR
At least nine killed when TransAsia plane crashes into Taiwan river
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
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 …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
GOP stalls in effort to oust Reid  —  Senate Republicans are unlikely to land their most formidable recruit to take down Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).  —  With Gov. Brian Sandoval delaying any decision until summer, his indecision is costing Republicans precious time in their quest …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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 …
Asawin Suebsaeng / The Daily Beast:
Blame Hollywood for Anti-Vaxxers  —  From Oprah to Bill Maher, famous folks have made dumb or reckless comments about vaccines and gave Jenny McCarthy a soapbox.  —  Measles is back and spreading, hurting kids and invading Disneyland.  Likely Republican presidential contenders Chris Christie …
Discussion: National Review and TIME
Matt Fuller / Roll Call:
House Freedom Caucus Looks to Be a Force — in Leadership and Lawmaking  —  The House Freedom Caucus is only a few weeks old, but some members say the new conservative faction is already pulling the House Republican Conference to the right.  Before the HFC convened a single meeting …
Discussion: Political Wire
Bob Davis / Wall Street Journal:
‘Reformicons’ Put New Twist on Tax Debate  —  Young Conservatives Push GOP Presidential Candidates to Back Targeted Breaks, Not Just Broad-Based Tax-Rate Cuts  —  WASHINGTON—A group of young conservatives, dubbed “reformicons,” are making inroads among Republican presidential candidates …
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
Hedge Fund Co-Founded by Chelsea Clinton's Husband Suffers Losses Tied to Greece  —  Eaglevale Partners' Main Fund Lost Money in Two of Past Three Years  —  The hedge fund co-founded by Bill and Hillary Clinton 's son-in-law suffered losses tied to an ill-timed bet on Greece's economic recovery …
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
After ISIS execution, angry King Abdullah quotes Clint Eastwood to U.S. lawmakers  —  Members of the House Armed Services Committee met with Jordan's King Abdullah Tuesday not long after news broke that ISIS had burned to death a Jordanian pilot captured in the fight against the terrorist group.
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
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 …
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?
Discussion: Power Line
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'
New York Post:
6 dead after Metro-North train collides with SUV  —  Sex people were killed and 15 injured when a Metro-North train slammed into an SUV dashing across the tracks in Westchester Tuesday night, causing a massive explosion and fire that trapped rush-hour commuters inside, sources said.
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Ben Carson Blames Measles Outbreak On ‘Undocumented People’
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Grayson eyes Florida Senate seat
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Scott Walker Presidential Bid Self-Destructs On ABC's ‘This Week’
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