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2:55 PM ET, January 25, 2015


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Roger Simon / Politico:
GOP clown car runs into ditch  —  Simon says the Republican Party's clown car has become a clown van.  —  DES MOINES — The Republican Party's clown car has become a clown van.  —  With nearly two dozen possible presidential candidates, the GOP is having a seriousness deficit.
Anomaly / FreakOutNation:
Unhinged Woman Climbs Onstage At Iowa Freedom Summit, Starts Rambling Incoherently  —  At the “Iowa Freedom Summit,” Sarah Palin delivered a one of her strangest speeches yet and even Scott Conroy from RealClearPolitics, described it as the “strangest speech I've ever seen Sarah Palin deliver.”
Discussion: FOX News Radio and Mediaite
Tom Boggioni / Raw Story:
Sarah Palin delivers ‘bizarro’ speech to Iowa Freedom Summit and Twitter users react hilariously  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  Appearing at Iowa Congressman Steve King's Freedom Summit, star speaker Sarah Palin spoke from a binder of notes, delivering a string …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
For Republicans at Campaign Kickoff, Sideshows Precede Big Show
Discussion: Yahoo! News and Politico
Juliet Eilperin / Washington Post:
Obama administration to propose new wilderness protections in Arctic refuge — Alaska Republicans declare war  —  The Obama administration will propose setting aside the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday …
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
De Blasio, Obama and a Flawed Vision of Liberalism  —  MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO recently got some good news in his standoff with the Police Department.  In the first major poll conducted after the high-profile murder of two patrolmen, 69 percent of New Yorkers said they objected to police officers' turning …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Scott Walker takes Iowa by storm  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Scott Walker's stock is soaring after a triumphant return to Iowa.  —  The Wisconsin Republican governor delivered a pitch-perfect speech to a room packed with influential Hawkeye State conservatives on Saturday …
Discussion: Des Moines Register
Ed Vulliamy / Observer:
Jewish outrage as ship named after SS war criminal arrives in Europe  —  As Holocaust day nears, anger erupts at arrival in Rotterdam of the Pieter Schelte, the world's largest vessel  —  Leaders of Jewish communities and Holocaust memorial groups in Britain and the Netherlands have reacted …
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Ben Carson pulls crowd to its feet  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson (R) delivered a rousing speech to the conservative faithful, earning the first standing ovation of the day at the Iowa Freedom Summit and showing why he's generating buzz with conservative activists.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay and Politico
Jonathan Topaz / Politico:
Walker to Iowa conservatives: ‘Go big and go bold’
Discussion: ABC News
Cameron Joseph / The Hill:
Scott Walker shows fire in Iowa
Greece election: Exit polls signal big Syriza win  —  Exit polls suggest a historic victory for the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's general election.  —  The polls indicate that Syriza took between 36% and 38% of the total vote, with the ruling New Democracy party a distant second with 26%-28%.
Discussion: Eschaton
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Pope's visit to stoke climate fight  —  Pope Francis's visit to the United States this fall will give him an important stage to push for climate change policies, in a year when global warming is shaping up to be a central issue both for the Vatican and Washington.
Associated Press:
Senators: More US special ops troops may be needed in Yemen  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Two influential senators are calling on President Barack Obama to send more U.S. ground troops to hotspots around the Middle East.  —  The suggestion by Republican John McCain and Democrat Dianne Feinstein …
Discussion: Daily Signal
Agence France-Presse:
Brazil finds coffee protein with morphine effect  —  14 hrs ago  —  Brasília (AFP) - Brazilian scientists have discovered a protein in coffee that has effects similar to pain reliever morphine, researchers at the state University of Brasilia (UnB) and state-owned Brazilian Agricultural …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough  —  Below is the rush transcript for “This Week” on January 25, 2015.  It may contain errors and will be updated.  —  Below is the full transcript of the “This Week” interview with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.
Discussion: Politico
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