• Christie maintains defense; Boehner pushes for Keystone

    Afternoon Tip Sheet

    February 4, 2014

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    "What's going on now with all this other stuff is just a game of gotcha."

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Monday maintained he did not know that former aides were allegedly conspiring to close lanes on the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

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    Former Virginia Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. E.W. Jackson, front center, speaks to the media during a demonstration in Norfolk, Va., in favor of a law banning same sex marriage.

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    An impassioned House Speaker John Boenher on Tuesday castigated the Obama administration for not yet having approved the Keystone Pipeline.

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    Number of the day

    2.5 million

    The number of full-time jobs the Affordable Care Act could vanquish by 2024 because of new taxes and increased benefits, according to a Congressional Budget Office forecast released Tuesday.

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  • Afternoon Tip Sheet: Lew urges Congress to raise debt limit; Yellen sworn in

    Afternoon Tip Sheet

    February 3, 2014

    Who said that?

    "Lawmakers still have another responsibility that they must meet – even though the House and Senate approved the budget and passed a bill to keep the government running, they did not yet provide the borrowing authority to pay for the spending commitments that they made."

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, urging lawmakers to pass borrowing authority for the government to pay for spending commitments in a speech today at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

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    Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo applauds new Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen after administering the oath of office today in Washington.

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    The GOP immigration reform plan is starting to take shape, but there is still much left to learn. NBC News' Tracie Potts reports.

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    Number of the day

    $10.10

    The proposed new hourly federal minimum wage, in an ad recently released by Organizing for Action.

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  • Afternoon Tip Sheet: Boehner talks immigration; Obama speaks on manufacturing

    Afternoon Tip Sheet

    January 30, 2014

    Who said that?

    "I think it’s time to deal with it, but how we deal with it is going to be critically important."

    House Speaker John Boehner, telling reporters today that the issue of immigration has “been turned into a political football.”

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    President Barack Obama greets people on stage after speaking today at General Electric’s Waukesha Gas Engines facility.

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    There’s more fallout from an ugly scene following the president’s State of the Union address, when N.Y. Congressman Michael Grimm threatened to throw a a reporter off a Capitol balcony on live TV. “I lost my cool, and it shouldn’t have happened,” he says. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

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    Number of the day

    33.3 million

    Number of Americans who watched the State of the Union speech -- the smallest number since 2000.

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  • Afternoon Tip Sheet: Grimm apology; Obama on the road

    Afternoon Tip Sheet

    January 29, 2014

    Who said that?

    "I'm a human being and sometimes your emotions get the better of you. And the bottom line though is it shouldn't happen, you shouldn't lose your cool, and that's why I apologized. When you're wrong you're wrong, you have to admit it, and it shouldn't have happened."

    New York congressman Michael Grimm, apologizing for physically threatening a reporter at the Capitol, saying there’s “no excuse” for his behavior and that the incident “shouldn’t have happened.”

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    President Barack Obama shakes hands with employees as he tours the U.S. Steel Irvin Plant today in West Mifflin, Pa.

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    Watch NBC News’ “tenacious reporter” Kelly O’Donnell grill Rep. Michael Grimm on the threat he issued to a local New York City reporter.

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    Number of the day

    76

    Percentage of State of the Union viewers who had a positive reaction to the speech, according to CNN's instant poll.

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  • Afternoon Tip Sheet: State of the Union

    Afternoon Tip Sheet

    January 28, 2014

    Who said that?

    "Boosting wages will lower turnover and increase morale, and will lead to higher productivity overall. Raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the government."

    A White House statement released today in advance of President Barack Obama's plans to announce tonight at the State of the Union address that he will issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour.

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    President Barack Obama works on his State of the Unions peech at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House.

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    Congressman Eliot Engel, who has held a coveted aisle seat for every State of the Union since 1989, joins MSNBC to discuss the tradition.

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    Number of the day

    68

    Percentage of NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll respondents who say that the country is either stagnant or worse off since Obama took office.

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  • Hillary Clinton on 2016 run; Rand Paul ramps up

    Afternoon Tip Sheet

    January 27, 2014

    Who said that?

    "I’m not thinking about it. I am trying to get other people not to think about it. I will think about it in the future sometime, but right now let’s think about what we have to do to continue building on our success."

    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, when asked today about the potential of a presidential run in 2016.

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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks to the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting today in New Orleans.

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    Kentucky Senator Rand Paul's aggressive comments towards the Clintons over the weekend prove to Chuck Todd that he’s ready for the 2016 debates.

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    Number of the day

    46 percent

    President Barack Obama's current approval rating, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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