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10:20 PM ET, January 19, 2016


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump, Rallying Conservatives  —  Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed.
Bristol Palin:
Is THIS Why People Don't like Cruz?  —  Is my Mom going to endorse Donald Trump for President of the United States?  —  That's the rumor, and I've been too busy with diapers to delve too much into politics these days.  But the rumors were enough to cause staffers from Ted Cruz's office to slam my mom.
Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said Tuesday he would like to see Texas Republican Ted Cruz defeated in Iowa.  —  Speaking to reporters at the Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit, Branstad said Iowans would make a mistake in supporting Cruz, the current Iowa frontrunner and staunch opponent of the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Jordan Sargent / Gawker:
Track Palin Was Arrested Last Night for Domestic Violence  —  Today is a big day for Sarah Palin.  She is in Iowa to endorse Donald Trump, which will shore up Trump's standing with Real Americans and once again give the Palin family a moment in the national spotlight.
David Wasserman / FiveThirtyEight:
Beware A GOP Calendar Front-Loaded With States Friendly To Trump And Cruz  —  In a few weeks' time, it's possible that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz will steamroll their way through Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina and dominate the so-called “SEC Primary” — the collection of 13 mostly Southern states …
Discussion: JustOneMinute, Booman Tribune and MSNBC
USA Today:
Trump's ‘big announcement’ sparks Palin buzz  —  15k Shares  —  Donald Trump earlier this week touted on Twitter that he'd be making a “big announcement” on Tuesday in Ames, Iowa.  A Facebook post from Trump on Sunday indicated he would have “a very special guest in attendance.”
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
The Republican establishment really, really doesn't like Ted Cruz  —  There's an assumption among casual consumers of politics that establishment Republicans loathe Donald Trump.  Not really true.  Yes, they worry about what Trump might do downballot to the GOP if he is the nominee.
Timothy Cama / The Hill:
Trump calls for higher ethanol mandate  —  Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal regulators should increase the amount of ethanol blended into the nation's gasoline supply.  —  Speaking at an event hosted by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, Trump, a real estate mogul and the front-runner …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Palin tweets: 'Is THIS Why People Don't like Cruz?'
Leon H. Wolf / RedState:
It's Official: Palin Endorses Trump
Christopher Massie / BuzzFeed:
Rick Perry: “We All Make Fun Of New York”
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Devin Henry / The Hill:
Iowa gov: Don't vote for Cruz
Discussion: National Review and Rush Limbaugh
Katherine Krueger / Talking Points Memo:
Match Made In Reality TV Heaven: Sarah Palin Endorses Donald Trump
Discussion: BBC and The Daily Caller
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic:
Why Precisely Is Bernie Sanders Against Reparations?  —  Last week Bernie Sanders was asked whether he was in favor of “reparations for slavery.”  It is worth considering Sanders's response in full: … For those of us interested in how the left prioritizes its various radicalisms, Sanders's answer is illuminating.
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Times
CNN/WMUR Poll: Sanders trouncing Clinton in New Hampshire  —  (CNN)Bernie Sanders' lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire is on the rise, with the Vermont senator leading the former secretary of state by 27 points, 60% to 33%, a new CNN/WMUR poll has found.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Weakened at Bernie's  —  With the release of Bernie Sanders' health plan — or actually, health “plan” — the Democratic primary is coming into much better focus.  Sanders is still a long shot for the nomination, but is a serious enough contender that he deserves some real scrutiny.
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Here's a list of Bernie Sanders' $19.6 trillion in tax hikes
Fox News:
Inspector General: Clinton emails had intel from most secretive, classified programs  —  EXCLUSIVE: Hillary Clinton's emails on her unsecured, homebrew server contained intelligence from the U.S. government's most secretive and highly classified programs, according to an unclassified letter …
Daniella Diaz / CNN:
Report: 10% of college graduates think Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court  —  (CNN)Nearly 10% of college graduates surveyed in a poll believe Judith Sheindlin, aka “Judge Judy,” serves on the Supreme Court.  —  Sheindlin is an American lawyer made popular as the judge on a court show by the name of “Judge Judy.”
New York Times:
Supreme Court to Hear Challenge to Obama Immigration Actions
Joseph O'Sullivan / The Seattle Times:
State lawmaker in Olympia asks visiting teens if they're virgins  —  Walking into a meeting with state Rep. Mary Dye, a group of high school students visiting Olympia with Planned Parenthood didn't expect to be asked if they were virgins.  —  OLYMPIA — Walking into a meeting Monday morning …
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Judge rejects Obama's executive privilege claim over Fast and Furious records  —  A federal judge has rejected President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious, a gunrunning probe that allegedly allowed thousands …
Katie Pavlich /   BREAKING: Federal Judge Obama Appointed Strikes Down His Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim
Andrew / Statistical Modeling …:
Middle-aged white death trends update: It's all about women in the south  —  Jonathan Auerbach and I wrote up some of the age-adjustment stuff we discussed on this blog a couple months ago.  Here's our article, a shorter version of which will appear as a letter in PPNAS.
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The Mountain Echo:
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Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Michael Brendan Dougherty / The Week:
How an obscure adviser to Pat Buchanan predicted the wild Trump campaign in 1996
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nick Gass / Politico:
Jeb Bush mispronounces the name of Obama's daughter
Discussion: Mediaite and The Slot
Sam Biddle / Gawker:
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Discussion: Fusion, Raw Story and Mashable
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