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10:30 AM ET, January 13, 2016


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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Cruz holds 3-point lead as Trump attacks  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz remains the top pick among likely caucusgoers in the latest Iowa Poll.  Political reporter Jennifer Jacobs and political columnist Kathie Obradovich provide analysis.
Gary Langer / ABC News:
Cruz and Christie Gain in Popularity As Trump, Carson and Bush Stumble (POLL)  —  Ted Cruz has reached top-rank popularity among Republicans and Chris Christie's favorability rating is most improved in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush …
Discussion: Politico and
Eli Stokols / Politico:
Republicans warn Bush team against harming Rubio  —  CORALVILLE, Iowa —Jeb Bush called Tuesday for a “leader with a servant's heart.”  —  “We need a nominee who knows it's not all about him,” the one-time GOP front-runner said.  —  But, increasingly, establishment Republicans worry …
John McCormick / Bloomberg Business:
It's Cruz vs. Trump and Rubio vs. Carson in Home-Stretch Iowa Poll  —  Four candidates have pulled away from the field in the final weeks before voting begins, according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register survey.  —  McCormickJohn  —  Less than three weeks before Iowa caucus-goers cast …
Discussion: RedState, New York Times and Politico
Chris Bodenner / The Atlantic:
What If Bernie Sanders Is the Democrats' Best Bet?  Cont'd  —  In a piece from David Graham showing how close the race is between Clinton and Sanders in key polling, David notes how she is “pulling out various stops.  In particular, she has spent the last few days assailing Sanders for being …
Associated Press:
Clinton Gets Nod From Former Attorney General Eric Holder  —  As she works to maintain an advantage among African-American voters in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has secured an endorsement from the nation's first black attorney general.
ABC News:
The Note: When Chelsea Attacks
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Lead Over Bernie Sanders Slipping in New Poll
Ryan Struyk / ABC News:
New Poll Shows Clinton's National Lead at Narrowest Yet
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Politico and
The White House / Medium:
President Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address  —  The White House is once again making the full text of the State of the Union available online ahead of the speech, as prepared for delivery, continuing efforts to meet people where they are and make the speech as accessible as possible.
New York Times:
Transcript of Obama's 2016 State of the Union Address  —  Following is the transcript of President Obama's State of the Union address, as prepared and released by the White House.  —  Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:
John Bresnahan / Politico:
Pollster: Cruz would hurt Republican House hopefuls most  —  A leading Republican pollster privately told Speaker Paul Ryan and his leadership team Sen. Ted Cruz would be the biggest drag on House Republicans should he win his party's nomination, according to multiple sources who attended …
Tim Devaney / The Hill:
President barely mentions guns in SOTU
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Arlette Saenz / ABC News:
President Obama Delivers Final State of the Union Speech
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Homeland Security secretary named ‘designated survivor’
Discussion: ABC News and
Daily Mail:
Pictured: Ten U.S. sailors captured by Iran as Revolutionary Guard RELEASES them after ‘snooping’ row - including one female who was forced to wear a headscarf  —  These are the 10 American sailors who were captured by Iran after being accused of snooping when their boats drifted into Iranian waters - but they have now been freed.
New York Times:
Iran Seizes U.S. Sailors Amid Claims of Spying
Moe Lane / RedState:
Nikki Haley's response to Donald Trump. ...  And, oh, yeah, Barack Obama's State of the Union speech.  —  Republican South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley was tapped to give the official Republican response to the State of the Union tonight, and you will be gratified to hear that it was... good.
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Obama delivers the most boring speech of his presidency
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
The latest on President Barack Obama's last State of the Union address.
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and
Laurence H. Tribe /
Under Ted Cruz's own logic, he's ineligible for the White House  —  There's more than meets the eye in the ongoing dustup over whether Ted Cruz is eligible to serve as president, which under the Constitution comes down to whether he's a “natural born citizen” despite his 1970 Canadian birth.
David Brooks / New York Times:
The Brutalism of Ted Cruz
Vice President Biden / Medium:
Inspiring a New Generation to Defy the Bounds of Innovation: A Moonshot to Cure Cancer. … Tonight, the President tasked me with leading a new, national mission to get this done.  —  It's personal for me.  But it's also personal for nearly every American, and millions of people around the world.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Jane Mayer and the New York Times Dive Into the Gutter  —  Jane Mayer of the New Yorker is not just a bad reporter, but a detestable one.  She habitually deceives her readers in order to advance a left-wing agenda.  One of her most outrageous hit pieces, published in the New Yorker in 2010 …
Discussion: RT, The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Matt Fuller / The Huffington Post:
GOP Rep. Just Found Out He Invited Kim Davis To The State Of The Union  —  There's a reason this was such a well-kept secret on Capitol Hill.  —  It's been a mystery all day on Capitol Hill: Which member of Congress invited controversial Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis to the State of the Union address?
Rams headed back to Los Angeles; Chargers have option to join  —  HOUSTON — The Rams are moving back to Los Angeles — and might be doing so with company.  —  The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders might end up staying where they are, but leadership of the teams didn't come close to making that commitment Tuesday night.
John DiStaso / WMUR: first: Jeb Bush gets personal in new TV ad focusing on daughter's former addiction  —  Ad focuses on s one of top issues facing New Hampshire, nation  —  Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush's campaign on Wednesday will begin airing a new television ad based on a personal story Bush told …
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Pete Wells / New York Times:
At Thomas Keller's Per Se, Slips and Stumbles
Discussion: Gothamist and Althouse
Katy Steinmetz / TIME:
The Gender-Neutral Bathroom Revolution Is Growing
Discussion: Truth Revolt and Hot Air
Chicago Tribune:
Why Mayor Rahm Emanuel is losing Chicagoans
Discussion: Fusion
Kristina Wong / The Hill:
Chuck Hagel to the next president: ‘Listen’
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Seth Barrett Tillman / THE NEW REFORM CLUB:
The European Media & the Cologne Attacks
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Rand Paul: Obama Should Say He's A Failure, Then Resign In State Of The Union
Discussion: Mediaite
Daily Mail:
The Arabic gang-rape ‘Taharrush’ …