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1:00 PM ET, January 15, 2016


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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Have Republicans Given Up on Fighting Donald Trump?  —  A strange defeatism takes hold on the debate stage. … Months ago, during the Summer of Trump, Republicans looked at the appearance of this gross, comic, orange interloper among them with a mix of shock and disdain.
Ben White / Politico:
Bush donors await green light to jump ship  —  When Jeb Bush announced a record fundraising haul in July, the Florida Republican rewarded major donors with a two-day celebratory retreat at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine.  They also delivered a message: $114 million was just the beginning …
Rick Klein / ABC News:
ANALYSIS: Republican Debate Shows What Donald Trump Has Already Won  —  Donald Trump may yet lose the Republican presidential nomination, and Thursday night's debate offered hints of the fights that could make that possible.  —  But the first GOP debate of 2016 revealed the extent to which Trump has already won.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Exclusive: RNC member urges party to rally against Trump  —  CHARLESTON, S.C.—A Republican National committeeman delivered a call-to-arms against Donald Trump during a closed-door GOP meeting on Thursday, urging his colleagues to take a forceful stand against those who he said are destroying the party's brand.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Lindsey Graham endorses Jeb Bush for president  —  NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Sen. Lindsey Graham on Friday endorsed Jeb Bush for president, a major get for the former Florida governor who has struggled to gain traction in the contest.  —  In a press conference here, where the two stood side-by-side …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
The Take: Can Donald Trump actually be the Republican nominee?
Discussion: NBC News and Political Wire
Paola Chavez / ABC News:
The New Donald Trump Anthem You Have to Hear
Discussion:, Yahoo Politics and Mediaite
Associated Press:
Trump-Cruz Rivalry Intensifies in Rollicking GOP Debate
Discussion: ABC News, and Political Wire
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Donald Trump has rented space at an Urbandale movie theater and will give Iowans free tickets to a showing of the Benghazi movie that critics of Hillary Clinton have been eagerly awaiting.  —  “Mr. Trump would like all Americans to know the truth about what happened at Benghazi …
New York Times:
Transcript of Republican Presidential Debate
The POLITICO Wrongometer
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Trump More Than Doubles National Lead in NBC/WSJ Poll
Mike Lupica / New York Daily News:
Lupica: There's just no ‘value’ to Ted Cruz and his criticism to ‘New York values’  —  This is what Ted Cruz, who wasn't just born out of town but out of the country, said about Donald Trump the other day:  —  “Donald comes from New York and he embodies New York values.”
Bloomberg Business:
Cruz's ‘Natural-Born Citizen’ Status Tested in Birther Suit  —  Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Kevin Cirilli  —  Houston attorney files challenge against Canadian-born senator  —  Case presented as 229-year-old question for U.S. Supreme Court  —  Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz …
Walmart Continues Sharpened Focus on Portfolio Management  —  Company exits Walmart Express pilot as part of closing 269 stores globally; Impacted associates to receive assistance  —  Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT: NYSE) today announced plans to close 269 stores in the U.S. and globally.
CBS News:
Sean Penn has “a terrible regret” about “El Chapo” meeting  —  Actor Sean Penn is breaking his silence about his trip to Mexico to meet notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.  In an interview for this Sunday's “60 Minutes,” Penn spoke to “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose Thursday night …
Alex Cerball / KHON2:
Marine Corps helicopters collide off Haleiwa; search on for survivors  —  EDITOR'S NOTE: This post is preliminary and items may change as more information becomes available.  —  (CNN/KHON2) — Two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E helicopters are missing off the North Shore of Oahu late Thursday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Investor's Business Daily:
Humiliated By Iran: How Did The Navy Let It Happen?  —  Weakness: How can an advanced, ultra-agile U.S. combat boat suffer a “navigation error” that leads to a terrorist state capturing its sailors?  Tehran just revealed military ineptitude warranting a congressional probe.
Aaron Smith / CNNMoney:
Chipotle to close all restaurants on Feb. 8 for food safety meeting  —  Chipotle is shutting down all its stores nationwide for a few hours next month to hold staff meetings about food safety.  —  The meeting will occur on February 8.  —  Chipotle (CMG) has suffered from several outbreaks of E. coli …
Julie Jargon / Wall Street Journal:
Chipotle Plans Marketing Campaign to Win Back Customers
Sarah Westwood / Washington Examiner:
Gowdy: Witnesses have confirmed stand-down order on night of Benghazi  —  Rep.Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, said Wednesday that a number of witnesses had confirmed a stand-down order was given to military assets in proximity to Benghazi the night of the 2012 terror attack …
Los Angeles Times:
Search is on for mysterious Powerball winner  —  Powerball players return to Chino Hills 7-Eleven, where one person purchased one of three winning Powerball tickets.  —  The search was on Thursday for the winner of the record Powerball jackpot, which was purchased in Chino Hills.
Stephen Losey / WMAZ-TV:
Robins takes down flyer advertising MLK ‘fun shoot’  —  Robins Air Force Base in Georgia has taken down a flyer advertising a “Martin Luther King Jr. Fun Shoot” scheduled for the holiday honoring the slain civil rights leader.  —  In a statement to Air Force Times, Robins apologized …
Discussion: Raw Story and
Harold Meyerson / American Prospect:
If Labor Dies, What's Next?  —  The only way unions can regain their strength and provide a counterweight to corporate power is if liberals join the fight.  —  Imagine America without unions.  This shouldn't be hard.  In much of America unions have already disappeared.
Discussion: ACS Blog
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Los Angeles Times:
Yosemite's famous Ahwahnee Hotel to change name in trademark dispute
Discussion: Mother Jones and Gizmodo
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Things Get Horribly Awkward When Fiorina Refuses to Say If Clintons ‘Have a Real Marriage’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Was Second Most Popular Story On Evening News In 2015
Discussion: The Week
Sho Chandra / Bloomberg Business:
Retail Sales in U.S. Decrease to End Weakest Year Since 2009
 Earlier Items: 
New York Post:
Woman raped at gunpoint by eHarmony date: cops
Discussion: Gothamist
Bethania Palma Markus / Raw Story:
Carly Fiorina just told a whopper about our support to the Middle East at the #GOPDebate
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Did Neil Cavuto Just Blame Obama For The Bush Financial Crisis?
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Wisconsin Senator Calls Nikki Haley An Immigrant (She's Not)
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Hillary Clinton's national lead is slipping faster in 2016 than it did in 2008