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7:05 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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New York Times:
Jordan Executes 2 Prisoners After ISIS Video of Pilot's Death  —  AMMAN, Jordan — When relatives learned Tuesday night that the Islamic State had released a video showing the death of a Jordanian fighter pilot, First Lt. Moaz al-Kasasbeh, they tried to keep it from his mother, Issaf, and his wife, Anwar.
George Packer / New Yorker:
Why ISIS Murdered Kenji Goto
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
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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 …
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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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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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: 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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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?
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
More than 90 celebs say they're ready for Warren  —  Susan Sarandon, Olivia Wilde and Edward Norton are among the more than 90 entertainers urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren to throw her hat in the 2016 presidential race.  —  The group — which also includes Mark Ruffalo, Natasha Lyonne …
Discussion: Hot Air
 
 
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Tim Devaney / The Hill:
Columbine lawmaker pushing for guns in schools
Ralph Jennings / Associated Press:
Taiwan plane with 58 aboard crashes in Taipei; 12 killed
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Tracy Walsh / Talking Points Memo:
Pat Robertson Rails Against Fluoride In Water And Vaccine Mandates (VIDEO)
Discussion: US News
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Top Republican contender Ted Cruz 'foolishly experimented with marijuana …
Discussion: Telegraph and 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 Comicbook.com
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