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3:45 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 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.
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Former Fox employee attempts suicide outside News Corp. building
New York Post:
Man shot outside News Corp building in NYC
Discussion: TVNewser
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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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 …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
New faces grab spotlight in 2016 GOP race
Discussion: Booman Tribune
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
Julie Bykowicz / Bloomberg Politics:
The Republican Approach to the Minimum Wage
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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 …
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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
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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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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
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 …
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 …
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
Jake Sherman / Politico:
Snow forces House to cancel Monday votes  —  And action on a border security bill has been postponed for the entire week.  —  The House has canceled its vote series Monday evening due to the winter storm bearing down on the East Coast.  —  This was already slated to be a short week in Washington.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler
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
Rebecca Shabad / The Hill:
Congress torn over depleted disability fund  —  A Social Security fund that provides benefits to nearly nine million disabled people is projected to run out by the end of 2016, and a new House rule could cause headaches for majority Republicans during the upcoming push to shore it up.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 
 
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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
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
 Earlier Items: 
Lauren French / Politico:
9 Republicans launch House Freedom Caucus
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert Wilde / BREITBART.COM:
“I can make America great again,” …
Discussion: FOX News Radio
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
As Justice Department Weighs In, Saks Backs Down On Claims In Trans Discrimination Case
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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