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2:25 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.
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 …
Steve Peoples / Associated Press:
FORMER GOP NOMINEE ROMNEY WILL NOT RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN '16  —  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 into making another run for president …
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.
Jon Ward / Yahoo! News:
Mitt Romney says he will not make 2016 White House bid
ABC News:
Mitt Romney Says No to 2016 Presidential Run
Romney to tell supporters his 2016 plans Friday
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
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.
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.
GOP chairmen to lead task force to develop Obamacare alternative  —  Three powerful committee chairmen — including Rep. Paul Ryan — will lead a working group to develop an alternative to Obamacare, the House Republicans' most serious attempt thus far to develop their health care reform package, according to GOP sources.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
A.B. Stoddard / The Hill:   GOP is back at the edge
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
Arit John / Bloomberg Business:
Obama, HuffPost Blogger, Tells Democrats to Get News Elsewhere
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Los Angeles Times:
‘Suge’ Knight arrested on suspicion of murder; held on $2-million bail  —  Notorious former rap music mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been arrested on suspicion of murder after he allegedly ran over two men with his truck following an argument on a film set in Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed.
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.
Louise Radnofky / Wall Street Journal:
Republicans to Block Legislative Fix to Health-Care Law
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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 …
Maria Caspani / Reuters:
U.S. lawmakers introduce bill to promote LGBT rights worldwide  —  NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced on Thursday a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
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.
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.
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
Zack Ford / ThinkProgress:
ExxonMobil Finally Officially Protects Its LGBT Employees  —  ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson answers questions at a 2014 shareholders meeting.  —  CREDIT: AP Photo/LM Otero  —  For over a decade, ExxonMobil shareholders and company officials have repeatedly voted against extending corporate policy …
Discussion: Joe. My. God. and Washington Blade
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George E. Condon Jr / National Journal:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Fox News and Belmont Club
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
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Discussion: Politico
Joseph R. Biden Jr / New York Times:
Joe Biden: A Plan for Central America
Discussion: Politico
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Do we really mean ‘never again’?
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Canada spy agency given more powers to disrupt terror attacks: media
Discussion: TalkLeft
Jonathan Allen / Bloomberg Business:
Hillary Clinton Faces Scrutiny for Use of Private Jets
Discussion: Weekly Standard, Hot Air and Politico