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2:00 PM ET, January 26, 2015

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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
As 2016 race begins, GOP faces its Palin problem  —  DES MOINES — As a chance to evaluate possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, the Freedom Summit here in Des Moines was a solid success.  Several potential candidates — Scott Walker, Ted Cruz, Chris Christie, and a few others …
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Erin Dooley / ABC News:
Rand Paul on Possible Mitt Romney Run: ‘No, No, No, No’ … As recently as October, Ann Romney was poo-pooing the notion of a third Mitt Romney candidacy.  After two failed presidential bids, in 2008 and 2012, she and her husband had “moved on,” she told ABC News.
New York Times:
Romney's Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say  —  WASHINGTON — A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith.
Discussion: Althouse
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Politics:
The Republican Approach to the Minimum Wage
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Monthly
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New faces grab spotlight in 2016 GOP race
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
Former Fox Station Employee Shoots Himself Outside News Corporation Building  —  A former employee of a Fox station in Texas shot and killed himself outside the front doors of the News Corporation building shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a law-enforcement official said.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Report: Fox News protestor shoots himself outside News Corp. building  —  A man protesting Fox News shot himself in the chest and was critically injured outside of the News Corp. building on Monday, according to The New York Post.  —  The man was found outside of the News Corp. building …
New York Post:
Man shot outside News Corp building in NYC
Discussion: TVNewser
Justin Haskins / New York Post:
Endlessly slapped by ObamaCare  —  “I'm sorry sir,” the polite Healthcare.gov customer-service agent said.  “There's nothing I can do.  You're either going to have to enroll in Medicaid or you're going to have to pay the full health-insurance rate.”  —  “The rate you quoted earlier?”  I asked.
Discussion: VodkaPundit and Betsy's Page
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Michael R. Strain / Washington Post:
End Obamacare, and people could die.  That's okay.  —  We make such trade-offs all the time.  —  Michael R. Strain is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.  —  Say conservatives have their way with Obamacare, and the Supreme Court deals it a death blow or a Republican president repeals it in 2017.
Sam Baker / National Journal:
What Obama Can Do If SCOTUS Cripples Obamacare
Discussion: Hit & Run and CNN
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Charles Blow: At Yale, the Police Detained My Son  —  Saturday evening, I got a call that no parent wants to get.  It was my son calling from college — he's a third-year student at Yale.  He had been accosted by a campus police officer, at gunpoint!  —  This is how my son remembers it:
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Pam McLoughlin / New Haven Register:
New York Times writer Charles M. Blow ‘fuming’ that son was detained by Yale police
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
17-Year-Old Girl Shot Dead By Three Cops At Texas Police Station  —  CREDIT: Kristiana Coignard, Courtesy of Heather Robertson  —  On Thursday, 17-year-old Kristiana Coignard was shot dead by three police officers in the lobby of the Longview Police Department.
Discussion: Hit & Run
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Marshall News Messenger:
Answers slow in Longview police department shooting
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Times of India:
READ MORE Barack Obama|  Barack Obama Chews Gum  —  NEW DELHI: In an ungainly sight, cameras caught US President Brack Obama chewing gum during the Republic Day parade on Monday.  —  In the picture captured by cameras and posted on Twitter by some users, Obama was spotted removing …
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Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Obama Knocked for Chewing Gum in India: ‘Ungainly Sight’
Mike Allen / Politico:
Inside Hillary Clinton's 2016 plan  —  New campaign takes shape, with ‘big-tent mentality’ and ‘good cop’ for press.  —  Not only is she running, but we have a very good idea of what it will look like.  —  Hillary Clinton is in the final stages of planning a presidential campaign …
Wall Street Journal:
Chris Christie Joins Crowded GOP Fight for Donors  —  PAC Is Clearest Sign Yet That New Jersey Governor Is Running for 2016 Nomination  —  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and his supporters have formed a political-action committee ahead of a likely bid for president, adding a third …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb's invisible man strategy
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Small Drone Is Found on White House Grounds  —  NEW DELHI — A small aerial drone was found on the grounds of the White House but poses no threat, a spokesman for President Obama said on Monday.  —  Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said he did not have details about the size …
Discussion: Mashable
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Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
White House: Release of hostage names not ‘constructive’
Discussion: ABC News and The Hill
Associated Press:
Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear
Erin Durkin / NY Daily News:
Cuomo warns streets, public transit could be closed Monday as potentially historic blizzard threatens to pummel New York  —  Gov. Cuomo told commuters Sunday they should consider staying home in preparation for the storm that's set to dump up to 3 feet of snow on the city.
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The Weather Channel:
Winter Storm Juno: Blizzard Warnings For New York City, Boston, Parts of 7 States for Potentially …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Ending Greece's Nightmare  —  Alexis Tsipras, leader of the left-wing Syriza coalition, is about to become prime minister of Greece.  He will be the first European leader elected on an explicit promise to challenge the austerity policies that have prevailed since 2010.
Haaretz:
Michael Oren calls on Netanyahu to cancel upcoming speech to Congress  —  Former Israeli ambassador to U.S. says Boehner's invitation, PM's subsequent behavior created impression of ‘cynical political move’ that could backfire.  —  Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren called …
Discussion: Political Wire and NBC News
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Drew Curtis' FARK.com:
So I'm running for Governor of Kentucky in 2015 DIT - Drew  —  Hey everyone.  I'm running for Governor of Kentucky in 2015.  —  Here's the tl;dr version:  —  I am not a politician  —  I'm going to win by not playing the game  —  Why I'm doing this  —  A friend of mine inspired me to take the shot.
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Congress torn over depleted disability fund  —  A Social Security fund that provides benefits to nearly nine million disabled people is projected to run out by the end of 2016, and a new House rule could cause headaches for majority Republicans during the upcoming push to shore it up.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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Robert Wilde / BREITBART.COM:
“I can make America great again,” …
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rove Tells Trump Not to Lecture Romney on ‘Choking’: You Choke on Running!
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Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
As Justice Department Weighs In, Saks Backs Down On Claims In Trans Discrimination Case
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WPMT FOX43:
York man arrested for shooting teen over snowballs
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Jim Garamone / DoD:
Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King
Ben Mutzabaugh / USA Today:
Airlines preemptively cancel 3,500 flights ahead of Monday storm
Discussion: BuzzFeed, Gawker and The Dish
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Freed Al Qaeda Agent Was Part of Proposed Swap for Jailed Americans
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 Earlier Items: 
Steve M. / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
The GOP Is The Don Rickles Party
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
Erica Hellerstein / ThinkProgress:
Woman Sues Michigan Police Department For Forced Hijab Removal
Discussion: FOX News Radio
David J Lynch / Bloomberg Politics:
Obama Gets a Warm Welcome, but Indians Pine for Bush
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Daddy issues: Are Ron Paul's hard-core stands a problem for son's presidential bid?
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Associated Press:
Middle-class savings like blood in the water: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Jane the Actuary