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4:55 PM ET, January 26, 2015

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Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
Former Fox Station Employee Shoots Himself Outside News Corporation Building  —  A former employee of a Fox television station in Texas shot himself outside the front doors of a Midtown Manhattan office building shortly before 9 a.m. Monday, a law-enforcement official said.
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John Dickerson / Slate:
Wisconsin's Scott Walker outshines the competition in Iowa.  —  Before the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, one Republican activist summed up Gov. Scott Walker's challenge this way: “He doesn't make the flashbulbs go off.”  But at the end of the marathon day of speeches before conservatives …
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Evan McMurry / Mediaite:
Rove Tells Trump Not to Lecture Romney on ‘Choking’: You Choke on Running!
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Peter Hamby / CNN:
Jeb's invisible man strategy
Discussion: Bloomberg Politics
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.
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New York Times:
Romney's Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say
Discussion: Althouse
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Politics:
The Republican Approach to the Minimum Wage
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.
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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
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
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Democratic Congressman: A Lot Of Strong GOP Support For Israel “Has To Do With Fundraising”  —  “You know, I'm a Jewish member of Congress, I'm a strong supporter of Israel, but my first obligation is to the Constitution of the United States, not to the Constitution of Israel.”  —  w.soundcloud.com
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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 …
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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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.
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 …
Kenneth P. Vogel / Politico:
The Koch network's 2016 spending goal: $889 million  —  The Koch brothers' political operation intends to spend $889 million in the run-up to the 2016 elections, according to an attendee at the operation's annual winter donor gathering in the California dessert.
Bloomberg:
Russia Credit Rating Cut to Junk by S&P First Time in Decade  —  Russia's credit rating was cut to junk by Standard & Poor's, putting it below investment grade for the first time in a decade.  —  S&P, which last downgraded Russia in April, cut the sovereign one step to BB+, according to a statement.
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Bloomberg View
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 …
David McCabe / The Hill:
US closes embassy in Yemen amid unrest  —  The U.S. has closed its embassy in Yemen's capital because of security concerns, the State Department said Monday.  —  The closure comes after the resignation of Yemen's president, pressured by rebel forces.  —  “We are continuously analyzing …
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Reuters and NPR
Des Moines Register:
Gov. Branstad transported to hospital after falling ill  —  Gov. Terry Branstad was hospitalized today after falling ill Monday at an event at DuPont Pioneer in Johnston, an aide said.  —  An ambulance was called and Branstad was transported to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines …
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Government Employee Crashes Small Drone at White House  —  WASHINGTON — The small drone that crashed into a tree on the South Lawn of the White House early Monday morning was operated by a government employee who has told the Secret Service that he did not mean to fly it over the White House fence …
Robert Wilde / BREITBART.COM:
“I can make America great again,” entrepreneur and television host Donald Trump told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview broadcast on SiriusXM Patriot Sunday.  —  On Breitbart News Sunday hosted by Breitbart Executive News Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Jim Garamone / DoD:
Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King  —  The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University.  —  The king, who died Jan. 23 at age 90 …
 
 
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Susan L.M. Goldberg / The PJ Tatler:
Obama Backs Campaign to Defeat Netanyahu in Israeli Elections
Hank Green / Medium:
Holy S**t, I Interviewed the President
Discussion: BuzzFeed and Hot Air
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Snow forces House to cancel Monday votes
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Sahil Kapur / Talking Points Memo:
GOP Leaders: Obama Economy Has Only Improved For The Rich (VIDEO)
Discussion: New York Times
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Media moves: Ioffe, Fuller, Bruenig
Discussion: FishbowlDC
Derek Hunter / Townhall.com:
This Is “Forward”?  —  Progressive politicians and activists …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
CIA Iran leak jury signals impasse
Discussion: ExposeFacts
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Mary Bruce / ABC News:
Joe Biden and John Boehner Share State of the Union Survival Tips
Discussion: Politico
Tampa Bay Times:
PunditFact: Ohio Gov. John Kasich puts words in Abraham Lincoln's mouth about tax policy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Mediaite
Lauren French / Politico:
9 Republicans launch House Freedom Caucus
Discussion: Daily Kos
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Congress torn over depleted disability fund
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
WPMT FOX43:
York man arrested for shooting teen over snowballs
Discussion: Raw Story and Addicting Info
David J Lynch / Bloomberg Politics:
Obama Gets a Warm Welcome, but Indians Pine for Bush
Discussion: Hot Air and ABC News
New York Times:
Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up