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9:25 PM ET, February 5, 2016

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James Pindell / BostonGlobe.com:
New poll shows Rubio closing in on Trump  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — With four days until New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation presidential primary, the Republican contest is tightening at the top and churning in the middle as nearly a third of likely Republican voters say they could still change their mind …
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Ben Carson Compares Cruz's Reaction To Iowa Controversy To Clinton's Benghazi Response  —  “I'm not saying that it rises to the level up Benghazi, I'm saying it's the same kind of attitude.”  —  Mark Wilson / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Ben Carson questioned the Christian morality …
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Poll: Sanders nearly tied with Clinton nationwide
Erick Erickson / Townhall.com:
Cruz vs. Rubio
Sarah Kaplan / Washington Post:
Wife crashes her own funeral, horrifying her husband, who had paid to have her killed  —  Noela Rukundo sat in a car outside her home, watching as the last few mourners filed out.  They were leaving a funeral — her funeral.  —  Finally, she spotted the man she'd been waiting for.
Discussion: theGrio, Shakesville and The Week
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Richard Hooper / BBC:
Spared by the hitmen with principles  —  One year ago a group of gunmen in Burundi was hired to kill a woman visiting from Australia.  But the hit did not go as planned, leaving her with a chance to turn the tables on the man who wanted her dead.  —  “I felt like somebody who had risen again,” says Noela Rukundo.
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Why did MSNBC put Rachel Maddow on the debate stage?  —  Rachel Maddow did a pretty good job in questioning Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders at MSNBC's Democratic debate last night.  —  But she shouldn't have been on that stage as a moderator, sitting next to Chuck Todd, NBC's political director and moderator of “Meet the Press.”
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
MSNBC's Democratic debate is lowest rated of the season  —  MSNBC's feisty debate between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton received high marks from political observers, but not high ratings from ordinary viewers.  —  It was the lowest-rated debate of the 2016 election cycle by far, according to preliminary Nielsen data.
Ryan Gully / Eye Opener:
Hills That Defy Gravity: That's Weird  —  A strange phenomenon can be experienced on a hill in the small town of Middlesex, New York.  The location on Newell Road has come to be known as “Spook Hill.”  —  At the peak of the road, just as the pavement appears to decline, a car stopped in neutral will roll backwards up-hill.
Discussion: Fox17
Melissa Fares / Reuters:
Sanders supporters banned from Tinder after campaigning on dating app  —  Stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Tinder is getting some women banned from the online dating app after sending campaign messages to prospective matches.  —  Two women - one from Iowa …
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CNNMoney:
Bernie Sanders to appear on ‘Saturday Night Live’ with Larry David
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Week
The Twitter Blog:
Combating Violent Extremism  —  Like most people around the world, we are horrified by the atrocities perpetrated by extremist groups.  We condemn the use of Twitter to promote terrorism and the Twitter Rules make it clear that this type of behavior, or any violent threat, is not permitted on our service.
CNN:
Trump's unwelcome support: White supremacists  —  (CNN)New Hampshire voters may be stunned to hear the latest robocall asking for their vote; it's from white nationalists with a simple, disturbing message.  —  “We don't need Muslims.  We need smart, educated, white people,” …
Discussion: RedState, Slantpoint and Joe.My.God.
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Leon H. Wolf / RedState:   Donald Trump Cancels All New Hampshire Events Today
CNN:
Trump cancels New Hampshire town hall, blames snow
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
The Bernie vs. Hillary Fight Is Kind of Ridiculous  —  Michigan senator Debbie Stabenow supports Hillary Clinton: “I think Bernie's terrific as an advocate.  There's a difference between a strong community advocate and being someone who can get things done.”
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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Martin Longman / Washington Monthly:
The Democratic Camps are Getting Nasty
Discussion: Politico
Ellie Shechet / The Slot:
Here's What Happens When You Try and Track Down a Ted Cruz College Rumor  —  Is there anything people wouldn't believe about Ted Cruz?  A few months ago, someone sent Jezebel a tip about the rising Republican presidential candidate's days as a Princeton undergraduate.
Andy Nguyen / Eye Opener:
We're Gunna Eat HOW Much On Super Bowl Sunday?! … Super Bowl is the second largest day for food consumption in the U.  —  S.?  —  Here are some  —  game day  —  numbers for you to chew on.  —  According to the National Chicken Council, more than 1.3 billion wings are expected to be devoured
Discussion: Fox17, WQAD-TV and FOX 61
New York Post:
Video captures fatal crane collapse in Manhattan  —  Warning: Graphic content.  —  A pedestrian was killed and three other people injured — two seriously — when a massive construction crane collapsed in Lower Manhattan on Friday morning while it was being lowered as a precaution due to the wind, officials said.
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Las Vegas Review-Journal:
RJ editorial board endorses Marco Rubio for Nevada Republican caucus  —  With Iowa's caucuses in the rearview mirror and New Hampshire's primaries just ahead, we are reminded that the 2016 presidential race — the real race — finally is underway.  After many months of considering candidates' positions …
Kate Hairopoulos / Dallas Morning News:
Johnny Manziel's father: If son doesn't get help, QB 'won't live to see his 24th birthday'  —  Johnny Manziel's family is concerned for his well-being as his NFL career and personal life falter, but the quarterback has twice declined to be admitted to area rehabilitation facilities in the last week …
Ben Jacobs / Guardian:
Iowa Democratic party altered precinct's caucus results during chaotic night  —  Shift of one delegate from Bernie Sanders to Hillary Clinton raises questions about Iowa Democratic party's management of first-in-the-nation vote  —  In the Iowa Democratic party's chaotic attempt …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Emails: Top Clinton Aide Secretly Wrote Item for Mike Allen's Politico Playbook Newsletter  —  Most people in Washington attribute the success of Politico's marquee morning newsletter, Playbook, to the superhuman work ethic of its main author and Politico's Chief White House correspondent, Mike Allen.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jesse Walker / Reason:
Utah Fusion Center Warns Cops: Watch Out for Don't-Tread-on-Me Flags  —  With LaVoy Finicum's funeral being held today, Utah police are on the lookout for “armed extremists.”  What sort of advice are they getting?  —  Funeral services will be held today in Kanab, Utah, for LaVoy Finicum …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Katy Barnato / CNBC:
Citi: World economy trapped in ‘death spiral’  —  The global economy seems trapped in a “death spiral” that could lead to further weakness in oil prices, recession and a serious equity bear market, Citi strategists have warned.  —  Some analysts — including those at Citi …
Paul Mirengoff / Power Line:
Washington Post airbrushes Obama's mosque visit  —  Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post provides a near-worshipful account of President Obama's Wednesday visit to a Baltimore mosque.  Jaffe's third paragraph is representative: … Jaffe describes the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque as “a simple house of worship.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Pamela Geller
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
What jobs?  BLS says 665,000 job LOSSES  —  New Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that there were 665,000 jobs lost in January, a blunt finding that confuses the heralded report that 151,000 jobs were created in January in non-farm payrolls.  —  But who got them?
 
 
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Judy Walton / timesfreepress.com:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Discussion: Facing South
Los Angeles Times:
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Darren Sands / BuzzFeed:
Lawyer Who Represented Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin Families Will Endorse Clinton
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Republican Nomination
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Time for Chelsea Clinton's Easy Ride to End