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11:20 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.”
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.
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 …
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
Scott Walker is Out of Mitt's Shadow—But Staying In the Spotlight Is A Challenge  —  In a D.C. speech, the Wisconsin governor expands his presidential case.  —  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker was the breakout star of last weekend's Iowa Faith and Freedom Summit, elbowing aside bigger names …
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Althouse
Matt ViserGLOBE /
Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016  —  WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney told his supporters Friday that he will not run for president a third time in 2016, abruptly ending a three-week flirtation that illuminated a conflict between his White House dreams and the prospect of a highly taxing campaign …
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
Katie Glueck / Politico:   Scott Walker visits D.C., slams D.C.
Byron Tau / Wall Street Journal:   White House: Romney ‘Worthy of Our Respect’
Catalina Camia / Associated Press:
Mitt Romney decides against 2016 presidential race
ABC News:
Mitt Romney Says No to 2016 Presidential Run
Michael KranishGLOBE /
Jeb Bush shaped by troubled Phillips Academy years  —  Possible presidential candidate had tumultuous four years at Andover school
Jerusalem Post:
Obama has agreed to 80 percent of Iran's demands in nuclear talks, Israeli officials tell Ch. 10  —  Frontlines Podcast: How Bibi gambled and lost, twice  —  Top Senate Democrat: Netanyahu speech causing backlas...  Netanyahu: Issues over US speech solvable, a nuclear ...
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Israel Matzav
Jeff Dunetz / “The Lid”:
Report: Obama Has Already Given Iran 80% Of What They Want.
Discussion: Hot Air
Charles Krauthammer / Washington Post:
Do we really mean ‘never again’?
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Betsy's Page
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
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...
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.
National Review:
Resist the Lynch Nomination
Discussion: Conservatives4Palin
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.
Molly Ball / The Atlantic Online:
The Republican Congress Meets Reality  —  Republicans promised to do a couple of things right away if given control of Congress.  One was to pass a bill to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline.  Another was to open up the Senate processes that they charged the Democrats had bottlenecked during their time in the majority.
Discussion: CNN, Politico and Truth Revolt
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 …
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Peter Beinart / The Atlantic Online:
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ABC News:
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Michael Kruse / Politico:
Jeb ‘put me through hell’
Shiv Malik / Guardian:
Boris Johnson: jihadis are porn-watching ‘wankers’
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U.S. to Collect Genetic Data to Hone Care
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Obama to Dems: ‘Get informed, not by reading the Huffington Post’