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8:10 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.
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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
Charles Babington / Associated Press:
Tillis: Give Firms More Leeway on Sanitation, Other Mandates
Discussion: myfox8.com
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
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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
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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
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.
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 / Shutterstock.com]  —  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 …
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Question for Josh Earnest: Does Obama believe vaccines for kids should be mandated by law?  —  He was asked this no fewer than three times at today's briefing.  The first comes at around 58:00 in the clip below, the second comes courtesy of Major Garrett at 1:13:00, and the third picks up at around 1:18:00 when Jon Karl revisits it.
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Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Pat Robertson Rails Against Fluoride In Water And Vaccine Mandates (VIDEO)
Discussion: US News
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 …
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
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 …
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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 …
Discussion: Political Wire and National Review
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 …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
We Asked A Lot Of Likely 2016 Candidates Two Questions About Vaccinations  —  Most still don't have clear answers.  Carson, Cruz, and Rubio are most specific.  —  Nicholas Kamm / AFP  —  BuzzFeed News asked a number of lawmakers, including many of the likely 2016 presidential candidates two questions about vaccinations:
Discussion: OnPolitics and Bloomberg Business
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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
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: al.com, Fox News and Politico
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
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.
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 …
 
 
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THE / Los Angeles Times:
Editorial Obama's budget plan seeks to reframe the spending debate
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David Harsanyi / The Federalist:
Five Ways Liberals Ignore Science
Discussion: Mediaite and FOX News Radio
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Columbine lawmaker pushing for guns in schools
Scott Lemieux / The Week:
The Supreme Court challenge against ObamaCare is rapidly falling apart
Salon:
“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
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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
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican contender Ted Cruz 'foolishly experimented with marijuana …
Discussion: Telegraph and Business Insider
Geek Girl Diva / EW Community:
Get your exclusive first look at Grand Moff Tarkin on ‘Star Wars Rebels’
Discussion: Spinoff Online and Comicbook.com
Brett LoGiurato / Fusion:
Young people will hit the polls in 2016, and they want Hillary