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12:45 PM ET, January 30, 2015

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Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
The Romney Statement: Not Running.  “I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the Party the opportunity to become our next nominee.” … I've been emailed this text of remarks Mitt Romney will be making to his supporters shortly:  —  Let me begin by letting you know who else is on this call, besides Ann and me.
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Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Politics:
Why Mitt Romney Thinks He Can Win (and Jeb Bush Can't)  —  The data is in.  For Mitt Romney, it is time to decide.  —  According to people familiar with the thinking of the two-time presidential candidate, Romney has now gathered all the information he needs to reach a conclusion about whether to run a third time.
New York Times:
Mitt Romney Said to Decide Against Running in 2016 Presidential Election  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, according to people familiar with his decision.  —  Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was expected to share …
The Daily Beast:
Mitt Romney Is Running for President  —  Mitt Romney will call senior donors at 11am EST Friday to give them “an update” on his campaign plans.  Sources have told the Daily Beast that the former Massachusetts governor will announce his intention to explore another run for the White House.
Politico:
Mitt Romney not running  —  He tells backers he could have won but realizes it would have been ‘a hard fight.’  —  Mitt Romney will not run for president a third time, he said Friday on a conference call with donors, a surprise announcement that caps three weeks of fevered exploration.
Jeb Bush / Facebook:
Mitt Romney has been a leader in our party for many years.  There are few people who have worked harder to elect Republicans across the country than he has.  Though I'm sure today's decision was not easy, I know that Mitt Romney will never stop advocating for renewing America's promise through …
Jon Ward / Yahoo! News:
Mitt Romney says he will not make 2016 White House bid  —  WASHINGTON - Mitt Romney wanted to go out on his terms.  —  The former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate pulled back from the brink of a third only after determining that he could position himself as going out on top.
Discussion: Power Line and Washington Post
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
Former GOP nominee Romney will not run for president in '16  —  3 photos  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — After a three-week flirtation with a new campaign for the White House, Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will not seek the presidency in 2016.  —  “After putting considerable thought …
CNN:
Romney to tell supporters his 2016 plans Friday
Lauren French / Politico:
President Obama: Mitt Romney cares about poverty? 'That's great ... Let's do something about it.'
Discussion: Bloomberg Business
Jeffrey Goldberg / The Atlantic Online:
Israeli Ambassador: Netanyahu Never Meant to Disrespect Obama  —  Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. (Reuters)  —  Earlier this week, shortly after I published a lengthy post critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer …
Discussion: JP Updates and LewRockwell
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New York Times:
Netanyahu Is Talking to Leading Democrats to Little Effect So Far  —  WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress.
Speaker.gov:
Background on Invitation to Prime Minister Netanyahu
Andrew Porter / SportsRadio 94WIP's Wing Bowl 23:
Wing Bowl Exclusive: Cataldi Releases Never Before Seen Footage Of Christie Falling In-Studio  —  PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Never before publicly-seen footage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie falling off his chair during an in-studio appearance at SportsRadio 94WIP was released Friday morning during 94WIP's Wing Bowl 23.
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama to Dems: ‘Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post’  —  PHILADELPHIA - President Obama on Thursday asked wary House Democrats to hold their fire while the administration negotiates several trade deals opposed by scores of liberal lawmakers.  —  “Keep your powder a little dry …
Discussion: New York Magazine
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Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
Obama, HuffPost Blogger, Tells Democrats to Get News Elsewhere  —  President Obama has a new piece of advice for House Democrats: don't get your news from The Huffington Post.  —  During his talk at the group's retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday, Obama asked members of his party …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
TMZ.com:
Suge Knight — Arrested for Murder in Hit and Run (UPDATE)  —  ARRESTED FOR MURDER  —  In Hit and Run  —  EXCLUSIVE  —  4:15 AM PT — Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... after interviewing Suge Knight, cops have formally arrested him on murder charges, and his bail has been set at $2 million.
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Politico:
Elizabeth Warren backers fund poll stoking Hillary Clinton doubts  —  A group of major liberal donors who want Elizabeth Warren to run for president have paid for a poll intended to show that Hillary Clinton does not excite the Democratic base and would be vulnerable in a 2016 general election.
John Amato / Latest from Crooks and Liars:
Anti-Muslim Protesters Shout Islamophobic Insults At Muslims In Texas Capitol  —  Texas Muslim Capitol Day is a good thing and has been going on since 2003.  Its function is to have Muslims in the community meet lawmakers and learn about the political process.
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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The Texas Tribune:
Rep to Staff: Ask Muslim Visitors to Pledge Allegiance
Megan McArdle / Bloomberg View:
When Bread Bags Weren't Funny  —  Last week, in her State of the Union response, Jodi Ernst mentioned going to school with bread bags on her feet to protect her shoes.  These sorts of remembrances of poor but honest childhoods used to be a staple among politicians — that's why you've heard …
Discussion: VodkaPundit
Patrick Gillespie / CNNMoney:
US economy misses its mark at end of 2014  —  The U.S. economy gained steam last year, but it closed out the year with a big disappointment, raising more questions about 2015.  —  America's economy grew only 2.6% in the final three months of the year, much lower than the estimate of 3.3%.
Discussion: Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
GOP is back at the edge  —  When it comes to the Republican Party's immigration divide, the more things stay the same, the more they stay the same.  —  The 2016 campaign has begun, and Jeb Bush, a pro-reform candidate, is believed to have raised the most money.
New York Times:
No Case for Killing the Medical Device Tax  —  In seeking to dismantle the Affordable Care Act piece by piece, congressional Republicans have placed a high priority on repealing a tax on medical devices that would raise some $29 billion over the next 10 years to help ensure that health reform will not increase the deficit.
 
 
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