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10:30 AM ET, January 21, 2016

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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Bob Dole Warns of ‘Cataclysmic’ Losses With Ted Cruz, and Says Donald Trump Would Do Better  —  Bob Dole, the former Kansas senator and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, has never been fond of Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.  But in an interview Wednesday, Mr. Dole said that the party would suffer …
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Jeff Black / Bloomberg Business:
Trump Fear Stalks Davos as Elite Pray for Spring Reality Check  —  Concerns over protectionism and U.S. reputation bubble up  —  Ex-White House advisor still thinks Trump will be nominee  —  If Donald Trump as president of the United States is the ghost that's stalking Davos …
Harper Neidig / The Hill:
Trump: Cruz is ‘nervous’  —  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says rival Ted Cruz is worried the election is slipping away from him.  —  “He's very concerned because his poll numbers are going down and he looks very, very nervous,” Trump told CNN's Don Lemon on Wednesday evening.
Rich Lowry / Politico:
The Battle for the Soul of the Right  —  At the moment, the Republican establishment is relevant to the presidential nomination battle only as an epithet.  —  Two weeks from the Iowa caucuses, the fight for the Republican nomination isn't so much a vicious brawl between the grass roots …
ABC News:
Palin's Re-Emergence Underscores GOP Split
Discussion: Politico and WCDC-TV
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Sarah Palin's Circle of Victimhood  —  In endorsing Donald Trump, Sarah Palin faced a challenge.  How does a woman who has built her brand on hating cultural elites endorse a billionaire, Manhattan TV star?  Her answer: by turning Trump into a victim.  —  She began by reasserting her own victimhood.
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
What Palin does for Trump, and to Cruz  —  AMES, Iowa — In September, when Donald Trump appeared before a giant rally in Dallas, a person in the Trump circle described the coming months of the campaign.  Sure, a big event like Dallas got headlines, but Trump knew he couldn't do the same rally …
Eli Stokols / Politico:
The Bush blame game begins  —  They think he wasted money on everything from an iPad-sized video mailer to direct mail for donors in states that don't yet matter.  They think his attacks on Marco Rubio are doing more harm than good.  And they worry that, at the end, all he will have accomplished …
Discussion: Political Wire, CNN and NBC News
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
GOP party elders aren't rallying for Rubio  —  Republican Party elders in Congress have nothing but nice things to say about Marco Rubio, but the Florida senator is encountering a nagging problem — they're not ready to coalesce around him as the man to stop Donald Trump or Ted Cruz from marching to the nomination.
Discussion: Political Wire
Anthony Brooks / WBUR:
WBUR Poll: Large Share Of N.H.'s Undeclared Voters Yet To Settle On A Candidate Or A Party
Nick Corasaniti / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders, and Simon and Garfunkel, Put Focus on Voters  —  With the help of the Simon and Garfunkel song “America,” Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has released a powerful 60-second commercial in Iowa that seeks to remind his supporters how far he, and they, have come — and to inspire them anew to caucus for him on Feb. 1.
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
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Moe Lane / RedState:
CNN announces sudden Democratic town hall debate on a Monday during prime time!  —  The debate will be 9 PM on Monday, January 25th - and on CNN, to boot.  It's going to be a town hall type format, which as Vanity Fair notes is something that the DNC would not normally be involved in anyway.
Discussion: New York Times
Tina Nguyen / Vanity Fair:
Hillary Clinton Gets One More Shot to Take Down Sanders
Kelly Riddell / Washington Times:
Democrats fear Sanders' supporters won't back Clinton if she wins nomination
Discussion: American Spectator
New York Post:
Hillary Clinton blames the vast right-wing conspiracy for her e-mail woes  —  Now the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy has its anti-Clinton tentacles all the way into the Obama administration.  At least, that's the new excuse from Team Hillary on why the e-mail mess keeps getting worse.
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Oregonian:
Oregon standoff: One of protesters has murder conviction  —  Neil Sigurd Wampler (center, green coat), 68, is among the protesters taking part in the armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge outside Burns.  Here is pictured here behind Ammon Bundy, who is speaking at a morning news conference.
New York Times:
As Water Problems Grew, Officials Belittled Complaints From Flint  —  LANSING, Mich. — A top aide to Michigan's governor referred to people raising questions about the quality of Flint's water as an “anti-everything group.”  Other critics were accused of turning complaints about water into a “political football.”
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Einer Elhauge / Salon:
Ted Cruz is not eligible to run for president: A Harvard Law professor close-reads the Constitution  —  The closer you study the Constitution, the weaker Ted Cruz's case squares with the actual meaning of “natural-born”  —  The argument that Ted Cruz is eligible to run for president initially looked strong …
Annie Karni / Politico:
Bill Clinton questions Hillary's Super Tuesday plan  —  Bill Clinton is getting nervous.  —  With polls showing Bernie Sanders ahead in New Hampshire and barely behind, if at all, in Iowa, the former president is urging his wife to start looking toward the delegate-rich March primaries …
 
 
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