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1:35 PM ET, January 14, 2016

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Tony Leys / Des Moines Register:
Iowa Poll: Clinton slides, leads Sanders by 2 points  —  Hillary Clinton has lost most of her lead over Bernie Sanders in the race to win Iowa's Democratic presidential caucuses, a new Iowa Poll shows.  —  Clinton, who has been the favorite all along, now leads Sanders by just 2 percentage points …
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Brent Budowksy / The Hill:
Brent Budowsky: Why Clinton feels the burn  —  There is joy in the hearts of the army of small donors supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) for president as a growing number of polls show increasing numbers of voters feeling the Bern in Iowa, New Hampshire and nationally.
Discussion: Bloomberg.com and Politico
The Nation:
Bernie Sanders for President  —  With integrity and principle, the Vermont senator is calling Americans to a political revolution.  —  By  —  Senator Bernie Sanders greets supporters at a campaign rally outside the New Hampshire State House on November 5, 2015.  Reuters/Brian Snyder
Mark Finkelstein / NewsBusters:
Heilemann: Chelsea's Claim Sanders Would ‘Strip Millions’ of Health Insurance a ‘Lie’
Discussion: The Resurgent and Don Surber
Catherine Shoard / Guardian:
Alan Rickman, giant of British screen and stage, dies at 69  —  Much-loved star of stage, TV and films including Harry Potter and Die Hard - and owner of one of the most singular voices in acting ­- has died in London  —  Alan Rickman, one of the best-loved and most warmly admired British actors …
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BBC:
Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69  —  Actor Alan Rickman, known for films including Harry Potter, Die Hard and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, has died at the age of 69, his family has said.  —  The star had been suffering from cancer, a statement said.
Mike McIntire / New York Times:
Ted Cruz Didn't Disclose Loan From Goldman Sachs for His First Senate Campaign  —  As Ted Cruz tells it, the story of how he financed his upstart campaign for the United States Senate four years ago is an endearing example of loyalty and shared sacrifice between a married couple.
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Katie Glueck / Politico:
How Ted Cruz wins debates  —  Wolf Blitzer didn't think Ted Cruz had sufficiently answered his question.  Neither did Hugh Hewitt.  Or Maria Bartiromo.  Or Dana Bash.  So each moderator at the last two Republican debates pressed Cruz further.  —  “Yes or no?”  Blitzer demanded.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Hot Air and The Week
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg Business:
Donald Trump Says His Political Movement Is Bigger Than Reagan's  —  In an interview on Bloomberg's “With All Due Respect,” the Republican front-runner had measured criticism of rival Ted Cruz.  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told Bloomberg's With All Due Respect …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Fox Business debate moderators plan to get aggressive
Discussion: The Resurgent
Streiff / RedState:
Ted Cruz Is Breaking Through the Establishment Firewall
Discussion: Booman Tribune and New York Times
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
South Carolina GOP chairman: Coulter's attack on Haley ‘despicable’  —  The chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party on Wednesday blasted conservative commentator Ann Coulter for suggesting his state's governor, Nikki Haley, be deported.  —  “First off, what Ann Coulter said is despicable …
Discussion: Vox Popoli
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Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Haley responds to SOTU backlash by ripping Rubio, Bush
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
South Carolina GOP Chair Blasts Coulter, Defends Haley
Des Moines Register:
Repeal and replace ... with what?  —  Every remaining Republican presidential candidate supports repealing the Affordable Care Act.  Yet their ideas for replacing the law are “still works in progress,” according to a headline last week in the Wall Street Journal.
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Callum Borchers / Washington Post:
The presidential debate commission is getting ready for a serious 3rd party candidate
Discussion: The Week
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Rand Paul: GOP is ‘responsible’ for my debate exclusion
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Carson campaign in turmoil as finance chair quits  —  Ben Carson's national finance chairman resigned Thursday amid questions about his use of campaign funds and criticism from Carson allies and donors.  —  Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, appointed Parker, a tech industry entrepreneur from Mobile …
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Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Ben Carson's Finance Chair Resigns From Campaign
Discussion: Politico
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Huckabee: “More Readiness On My Part” To Support Trump Than Others If I Lose  —  “At least with him there's an authenticity.”  —  Justin Sullivan / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Mike Huckabee says if he's not the Republican nominee, he will likely support front-runner Donald Trump before other candidates in the race.
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Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Jeb: ‘Donald Trump is a jerk’ to disabled
Discussion: Politico, Washington Post and Hot Air
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
His rivals are saying the same thing in different ways: Marco Rubio is weak  —  Chris Christie depicts Marco Rubio as a truant schoolboy.  Jeb Bush's top ally portrays him as a weather vane.  Ted Cruz and his supporters characterize him as a nervous sellout who bowed to Democratic demands for “amnesty.”
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:   5 things to watch in tonight's GOP debate
BBC:
Jakarta attacks: Bombs and gunfire rock Indonesian capital  —  A series of explosions has rocked the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, with gun battles on the streets.  —  The blasts were centred around Thamrin Street, a major shopping and business district close to foreign embassies and the United Nations offices.
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Susan Page / USA Today:
Paul Ryan: Obama's State of the Union ‘degrades the presidency’  —  WASHINGTON — In a scathing response to President Obama's State of the Union Address, House Speaker Paul Ryan told USA TODAY on Wednesday that the speech's political tone toward Donald Trump and the Republican presidential field “degrades the presidency.”
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Bill lets businesses refuse services to gay couples in Georgia  —  STORY HIGHLIGHTS  —  Florists, bakers or any other private business owner could refuse service to gay couples getting married in Georgia, under legislation filed Wednesday that is likely to inflame the battle at the Capitol over religious freedom and gay rights.
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
How Badly Has the U.S. Been Humiliated? Let's Count the Ways [Updated]
Julie Verhage / Bloomberg Business:
Here's What Morgan Stanley Is Telling Its Wealthiest Clients About Uber  —  No financials, but a number of risk factors.  —  Wealthy clients of Morgan Stanley and Bank of America just got dibs on shares of the unlisted Uber Technologies, but that doesn't mean they're getting a chance …
Discussion: Business Insider
 
 
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Matthew Dickinson / Presidential Power:
NOTES FROM THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL: THE TRUMP PHENOMENON
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times
Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
Alex becomes first January hurricane in Atlantic since 1938
Discussion: The Week and Climate Depot
Sydney Morning Herald:
Police clear Opera House, ferries cancelled
 Earlier Items: 
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Obama's final State of the Union address draws record-low TV audience
Luke Milligan / Courier-Journal:
Commentary | UofL law school is no longer neutral
Discussion: Overlawyered
Betsy McCaughey / New York Post:
Looming setback for public unions would be a political earthquake
Discussion: Betsy's Page