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John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Dominates Republican Field in Pre-Debate Bloomberg Poll  —  Billionaire Donald Trump is lapping the Republican field, a new Bloomberg Politics national poll shows, as two prominent governors, Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio, rank in the top 10 ahead of the first presidential debate.
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Carrie Dann / NBC News:
How the Public Views Planned Parenthood and the NRA  —  Planned Parenthood and the National Rifle Association may both be the targets of protests and heated rhetoric, but they are still viewed more favorably than the candidates running for president on both sides of the aisle.
Peter Nicholas / Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton Loses Ground With White Women — WSJ/NBC Poll  —  Many Democrats have long hoped that Hillary Clinton might expand Barack Obama's electoral coalition by drawing in more white women voters.  —  A new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll suggests she may have a tough time pulling it off.
Isabel Taft / Politico:
Chris Christie: 'I've used birth control, and not just the rhythm method'  —  The Christie camp has been using the hashtag #TellingItLikeItIs to promote the New Jersey governor's campaign on Twitter.  And that's exactly what he was doing at a town hall meeting in Manchester …
Discussion: CBS DC
NBC News:
First Read: A Lousy Poll for Almost Every 2016 Candidate  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  A rough poll for almost the entire 2016 field
John DiStaso / WMUR:
WMUR poll: Donald Trump surges to top of GOP primary field in NH  —  Outspoken business exec leads Jeb Bush, 24 percent to 12 percent  —  For the first time in the 2016 Republican presidential primary campaign, there is a clear Granite State frontrunner.  Business executive Donald Trump's …
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Donald Trump leads GOP field in 2016 presidential race
Discussion: CBS New York and The Right Scoop
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Christie: 'I've Used Birth Control And Not Just the Rhythm Method' (VIDEO)
Discussion: Jezebel
Sahil Kapur / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump: Shut Down the Government to Defund Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Daily Kos
David Daleiden / The Center for Medical Progress:
“Intact Fetal Cadavers” At 20-Weeks “Just a Matter of Line Items” at Planned Parenthood TX Mega-Center: Abortion Docs Can “Make it Happen”  —  #PPSellsBabyParts “INTACT FETAL CADAVERS” AT 20-WEEKS “JUST A MATTER OF LINE ITEMS” AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD TX MEGA-CENTER: ABORTION DOCS CAN “MAKE IT HAPPEN”
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Peter Sullivan / The Hill:
Trump: Shut down government over Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Politico, Horizons and LifeNews.com
Brett LoGiurato / Yahoo Politics:
TRUMP: I think we have to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood
Discussion: Business Insider
Daniela Galarza / Eater:
Whole Foods' $6 Asparagus Water Is Just Water With Three Stalks of Asparagus in It [Updated]  —  Is Whole Foods trolling its own employees?  —  Twitter user Layla Dhere (@dhere) expressed confusion in a recent tweet featuring the above image of a row of bottles of what is labeled “Asparagus Water” on a shelf.
Discussion: Mashable and Althouse
Jordan Fabian / The Hill:
Obama to call for Voting Rights Act restoration on law's anniversary  —  President Obama will call for the restoration of the Voting Rights Act on its 50th anniversary Thursday, the White House said.  —  Obama will hold a teleconference to commemorate the landmark legislation and call for its renewal …
Discussion: ACS Blog
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Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
A Rare Red-State Accord for More Voter Access
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
ABC News:
Hear Trump's Message on His Leaked Cellphone  —  Donald Trump has turned the tables on Gawker.  After the online site released one of Donald Trump's cellphone numbers, the GOP presidential candidate changed his voicemail this morning.  —  “Hi, this is Donald Trump and I'm running …
Emma Green / The Atlantic:
The Freakishness of Christianity  —  Evangelical Christianity has long had a stranglehold on how Americans imagine public faith.  Vague invocations of “religion”—whether it's “religion vs. science” or “religious freedom”—usually really mean “conservative, Protestant, evangelical Christianity …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Crisis in Santorum campaign  —  The moves leave the winner of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses without a campaign manager and raise questions about whether he can last until Iowa votes on Feb. 1 next year.  —  Several top staffers have left Rick Santorum's campaign to create a new super PAC …
New York Times:
Uneven Performances in Trump-less Republican Forum  —  Jeb Bush stumbled through a familiar question about his brother and father, struggling for the right words as he cracked a joke about duking it out with anyone who questioned the legacy of his aging dad.
Discussion: Jezebel, Mediaite and UnionLeader.com
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Bill Turque / Washington Post:
Montgomery boxes Confederate statue to protect it from vandalism  —  Montgomery County has erected a wooden box around a Confederate monument recently spray-painted with the words “Black Lives Matter,” in hopes of shielding the statue from further vandalism as officials seek to move it out of downtown Rockville.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Henrietta Wildsmith / Associated Press:
2 Men Open Fire On Soldiers At Jade Helm Training Site In Mississippi  —  HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A sheriff in Mississippi says authorities are searching for two men who fired gunshots from a vehicle at soldiers at a military facility.  No injuries were reported.
Discussion: The Clarion Ledger and Mediaite
Los Angeles Times:
2 immigrants in U.S. illegally are named to Huntington Park commissions  —  Julian Zatarain always assumed the doors of City Hall were closed to him because he is here illegally, arriving from Sinaloa in 2007 when he was 13.  —  The 21-year-old college student found other outlets for service …
Discussion: KTLA and ImmigrationProf Blog
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Debbie Meron / CBS Los Angeles:
Huntington Park Councilman To Appoint 2 Undocumented Immigrants As Commissioners
Todd Starnes / Fox News:
TCU student punished for criticizing Islam, Baltimore riots  —  All it took was 140 characters for Texas Christian University to suspend a conservative student who posted a series of social networking posts that insulted the Islamic State, the Baltimore rioters and Mexicans.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Scott Walker just got punked at a New Hampshire pizza shop  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Maybe it should have been a tip-off that the two 20-somethings were so overly excited to meet Scott Walker.  Like dramatically excited.  The young woman was literally bouncing with excitement.
Rachelle Blidner / New York Daily News:
SEE IT: California cops pull man out of car before train slams into it  —  Two quick-thinking deputies dragged a man out of his car just moments before two trains plowed into it in California.  —  San Mateo County sheriff's deputies Lance Whitted and Erik Rueppel were just blocks away …
Discussion: Raw Story and BizPac Review
Jules Johnston / Politico:
In the words of young Germans, just ‘merkeln’  —  Angela Merkel inspires German dictionary manufacturer's youth word of 2015.  —  The German dictionary manufacturer Langenscheidt came up with the idea seven years ago to to create a list of new words and expressions invented by teens by selecting the …
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Obama Administration Urges States to Cut Health Insurers' Requests for Big Rate Increases  —  WASHINGTON — Hoping to avoid another political uproar over the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration is trying to persuade states to cut back big rate increases requested by many health insurance companies for 2016.
Associated Press:
Committee approves bill to take Alabama out of marriage biz  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved a bill to take Alabama probate judges out of the wedding license business following the U.S Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
 
 
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Matthew Gilbert / BostonGlobe.com:
Jon Stewart's game-changing legacy
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Arnie Graf / LabourList:
Labour's failure had little to do with organisers in the field
Discussion: Guardian
New York Post:
9/11 victim's kids grew up in poverty unaware of $1M payout
Discussion: theGrio and Daily Mail
Dave Altimari / Hartford Courant:
Sandy Hook Families Settle Lawsuits Against Lanza Estate For $1.5M
Discussion: 89.3 KPCC
 Earlier Items: 
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
For GOP ‘kids,’ no Trump could mean better debate
Discussion: Hot Air
Joel Currier / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Man claimed he rammed St. Louis police car ‘for the black people,’ charges say
Discussion: Mediaite, The Jawa Report and Twitchy
Alberto Mingardi / EconLog:
Yanis Varoufakis as a media star
Discussion: Bloomberg View and Samizdata
Niall Stanage / The Hill:
Biden challenge to Clinton would face high hurdles
Discussion: ABC News
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Charles Koch's focus on ‘injustices’ is fueled by an unlikely partnership
Discussion: OnPolitics and Daily Kos