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11:30 AM ET, January 26, 2015

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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.
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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
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
Washington Post:
Device found on White House grounds identified as drone; no threat posed
Discussion: Mediaite and Outside the Beltway
Associated Press:
Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   White House: Release of hostage names not ‘constructive’
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
White House chief of staff: No let up in focus on middle class
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Politico
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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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 …
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  —  NEW HAVEN >> New York Times op-ed columnist Charles M. Blow claims in a tweet that his son, who is black and a junior biology major at Yale University, was “accosted” at gunpoint Saturday night by university police who thought he was a suspect.
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
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Sam Baker / National Journal:   What Obama Can Do If SCOTUS Cripples Obamacare
Michael R. Strain / Washington Post:
End Obamacare, and people could die. That's okay.
Ambassador Ron Dermer / Facebook:
My speech from tonight's Israel Bonds event in Florida:  —  Ladies and Gentlemen,  —  As purchasers of Israel Bonds, you have been true partners in building Israel.  —  And in the nearly 67 years of Israel's independence, we should be grateful for many things.
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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 …
Ben Mutzabaugh / USA Today:
Airlines preemptively cancel 3,500 flights ahead of Monday storm
Discussion: Gawker, The Dish and Gothamist
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Althouse
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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 …
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.
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New York Times:
Greeks Vote In Austerity Foes, a Major Shift
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.
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Marshall News Messenger:
Answers slow in Longview police department shooting
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Pervaiz Shallwani / Wall Street Journal:
Former Fox 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.
David J Lynch / Bloomberg Politics:
Obama Gets a Warm Welcome, but Indians Pine for Bush  —  Arriving Monday at the site of India's Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, President Barack Obama was greeted by loud and enthusiastic cheers.  Spectators enduring a cool drizzle pointed and waved.  Parents held children aloft to see the American president.
Discussion: ABC News
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Devin Dwyer / ABC News:
Obama Feted in India At Soggy Parade of Camels, Missiles and Tanks
Discussion: Associated Press and Yahoo! News
The Daily Beast:
Exclusive: Freed Al Qaeda Agent Was Part of Proposed Swap for Jailed Americans  —  An American couple's freedom may have come at a steep price: the release of a convicted terrorist from Supermax prison.  —  Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week …
Discussion: Fox News
Steve M. / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
The GOP Is The Don Rickles Party  —  Dear Republican Party: This weekend, the press was at the Iowa Freedom Summit trying to help Americans figure out whether you're ready to run the country.  What we found out was that you're more interested in roasting the country, or at least roasting whoever …
 
 
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Politico:
Pelosi gropes for a game plan
Discussion: Hot Air
Erica Hellerstein / ThinkProgress:
Woman Sues Michigan Police Department For Forced Hijab Removal
New York Times:
Middle Class Shrinks Further as More Fall Out Instead of Climbing Up
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Obama moves to offense in fourth quarter
 Earlier Items: 
Colin Moynihan / New York Times:
New York Braces for Blizzard Amid Warnings of Closings and Hazards
Discussion: Gawker, Fox News and Prairie Weather
New York Times:
Two Employees Dead in Shooting at Home Depot in Chelsea
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / Associated Press:
Middle-class savings like blood in the water: Column
Discussion: Hit & Run, Hot Air and Jane the Actuary
Liz Markhlevskaya / Foster's Daily Democrat:
Couple returns Burger King's $2,631 deposit
Discussion: Addicting Info, FOX31 Denver and Gawker