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5:40 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.
Mark Halperin / Bloomberg Politics:
How Mitt Romney Made His Decision Not To Run  —  Late Thursday evening, Romney's political operation sent scores of supporters an email under his name inviting them to join a Friday morning conference call to be led by Romney himself for “an update.”  The email was signed “All the best, Mitt.”
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.
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
New Iowa Poll: Romney Would Have Faced Many Campaign Hurdles  —  Mitt Romney would have faced numerous challenges in the presidential nomination lead-off state of Iowa if he had decided to enter the 2016 presidential contest, a new Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows.
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 …
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:
White House: Romney ‘Worthy of Our Respect’
Discussion: Political Wire
Mitt Romney not running
Jon Ward / Yahoo! News:
Mitt Romney says he will not make 2016 White House bid
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney decides against 2016 presidential race
Louise Radnofky / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans to Block Legislative Fix to Health-Care Law  —  Supreme Court Considers Striking Down Subsidies to Millions Nationwide  —  Congressional Republicans say they won't move to preserve consumers' health insurance tax credits if the Supreme Court strikes them down …
GOP chairmen to lead task force to develop Obamacare alternative
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:
GOP is back at the edge
Discussion: Politico
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Congress Meets Reality
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Truth Revolt
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.
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 …
Daily Mail:
'Kill our pilot and we'll execute ALL your prisoners': Jordan ‘says it will hang its ISIS captives’ if airman hostage is dead  —  Jordan has threatened to fast-track the execution of a would-be suicide bomber the Islamic State is trying to free if the terror group kills its captured pilot, it was reported today.
Michael Moore / Facebook:
The Day Clint Eastwood Said He Would “Kill” Me, 10 Years Ago This Week  —  A lot of people are asking me if this is true as this “rumor” about Clint Eastwood confronting me in 2005 has now re-surfaced and floated around the internet in the past few days.  So I thought I should say a few words...
New York Times:
Most Americans Support Government Action on Climate Change, Poll Finds  —  WASHINGTON — An overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curb global warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times …
Former Gov. Ted Strickland will run for the U.S. Senate next year, sources close to him confirmed today.  —  Attempts to reach Strickland, a Democrat, by The Vindicator today have been unsuccessful.  —  However, those sources say he told political allies Thursday that he would run …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Boris Johnson: jihadis are porn-watching ‘wankers’  —  London mayor says men who fight with Islamic State are ‘very badly adjusted in their relations with women’ because of sense of failure  —  Boris Johnson has described men who go to fight with Islamic State as “literally wankers” who watch porn because they can't meet women.
John Fund / National Review:
The Scandals at Justice  —  It is well known in legal circles that Eric Holder's Justice Department has become so politicized, so unprincipled, and so ethically shoddy that Loretta Lynch, President Obama's appointee to replace Holder, had to assure senators at her confirmation hearing that she was not Eric Holder.
Daniel Halper / Weekly Standard:
Biden: ‘The Past Six Years Have Been Really, Really Hard For This Country’  —  At an event this morning, Vice President Joe Biden told Democrats that, “To state the obvious, the past six years have been really, really hard for this country.”  —  “And they've been really tough for our party.
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Jeannine Aversa: (202) 606-2649 (News Media)  —  National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2014 (Advance Estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the United States, adjusted for price changes …
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
Scott Walker visits D.C., slams D.C.
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Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
ExxonMobil Finally Officially Protects Its LGBT Employees
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Washington Blade
Patrick Gillespie / CNNMoney:
US economy misses its mark at end of 2014
Discussion: CNBC, Hot Air and The PJ Tatler
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama to Dems: ‘Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post’
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Discussion: The PJ Tatler
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Public opinion left out of picture in Obama immigration drive
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
A grim warning cry on soaring US debt
Discussion: Politico and VodkaPundit
New York Times:
No Case for Killing the Medical Device Tax
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Do we really mean ‘never again’?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Betsy's Page