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1:20 PM ET, January 22, 2016


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Shane Goldmacher / Politico:
National Review aims to take down Trump  —  For months, Republican leaders have worried about how to stop 2016 frontrunner Donald Trump.  Now, one of the conservative movement's most influential publications is taking matters into its own hands.  —  National Review is dedicating a special issue …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
GOP establishment warms to Trump — and remains cool toward Cruz  —  The Republican establishment — once seen as the force that would destroy Donald Trump's outsider candidacy — is now learning to live with it, with some elected and unelected leaders saying they see an upside to Trump as the nominee.
New York Times:   A G.O.P. Majority in New Hampshire Pipes Up: We're Not for Trump
Jessica Hopper / ABC News:
Ted Cruz Says Donald Trump's Immigration Policy Amounts to ‘Amnesty’
Jessica Hopper / Yahoo:
Ted Cruz Says Donald Trump's Immigration Policy Amounts to ‘Amnesty’
Nat Brown / National Review:
Houston, We Have a Problem  —  National Review was asked by the RNC to partner in the GOP debates.  We agreed.  Our initial partner was NBC, with whom we were to help moderate the pre-Super Tuesday debate, originally to be held on February 26 in Houston, then suspended by the RNC in retribution …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
National Review Disinvited From GOP Debate After Publishing Anti-Trump Issue  —  WASHINGTON — The publisher of the conservative National Review suggested on Thursday that the Republican National Committee is “depriving” its party by disinviting the magazine from hosting a debate because of an anti-Donald Trump symposium it published.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Conservatives pen anti-Trump manifesto
Associated Press:
Clinton ups attacks on Sanders in final days of campaign  —  INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — With days to go before the lead-off Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton on Thursday ramped up her attacks on fellow Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, saying she is not interested in ideas that will “never make it in the real world.”
Tal Kopan / CNN:
Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders hold solid leads in Iowa, CNN/ORC poll finds
Hillary Clinton unloads on Bernie Sanders
Discussion: PoliticusUSA
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Inside the Carson campaign meltdown  —  On Thanksgiving night, Ben Carson sat in a chartered plane on a Baltimore airport tarmac surrounded by his wife and campaign advisers.  The destination: Jordan.  —  A secret mission to the Middle East, his team hoped, would help reestablish …
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Armstrong Williams / Facebook:
God morning :  —  The unmitigated gall of Barry Bennett and Doug Watts: To attempt to curry favor with the Trump campaign by delivering Dr. Carson's campaign infrastructure on a platter is nothing short of amazing.  Dr. Carson has built the most substantial, comprehensive …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Tara Culp-Ressler / ThinkProgress:
Ted Cruz Forgets To Sign Up For Health Insurance, Blames Obamacare  —  GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz says his family is no longer covered by health insurance, and he thinks it's all Obamacare's fault.  —  “I'll tell you, you know who one of those millions of Americans is who's lost their health care because of Obamacare?
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:   Average ObamaCare premium rises to $408 per month
Boze Herrington / The Atlantic:
The Seven Signs You're in a Cult … November 2, 2012, was a beautiful Friday in Kansas City—clear and cool and sunny.  I had spent the afternoon reading in the library at an unaccredited college affiliated with the International House of Prayer, an evangelical Christian organization commonly referred …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch
Alexander Burns / New York Times:
In Word and Deed, Christie's Ambitions Shrink at Home Amid White House Bid  —  Gov. Chris Christie's return to New Jersey was swift and efficient: He flew to his home state on Monday night after a campaign trip to Iowa.  The next day, he sliced through a towering pile of legislation awaiting his signature …
Ben Child / Guardian:
Oscars 2016: Charlotte Rampling says diversity row is ‘racist to white people’  —  The British actor, who is nominated for the best actress award, says black actors may not have been good enough to make the list of Oscar nominees  —  Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling has claimed the current campaign …
Maane Khatchatourian / Variety:
Mark Ruffalo Calls America ‘Rife With White Privilege Racism’
Discussion: Guardian, The Verge and USA Today
Hilary Whiteman / CNN:
North Korea arrests American student for ‘hostile act,’ state media says  —  (CNN)An American college student has been arrested in North Korea.  —  Otto Frederick Warmbier was detained in Pyongyang on January 2, according to Young Pioneer Tours, the China-based travel company he was with.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business:
Google Paid Apple $1 Billion to Keep Search Bar on IPhone  —  Court records reveal details of two companies' relationship  —  Google Inc. is paying Apple Inc. a hefty fee to keep its search bar on the iPhone.  —  Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript …
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business:
Google's Android Generates $31 Billion Revenue, Oracle Says
Carol Rosenberg / miamiherald:
Guantánamo detainee declines release; 2 others sent to Balkans  —  1 captive feared going to foreign land, declined to leave Guantánamo  —  2 other captives who couldn't go home were sent to Bosnia, Montenegro for resettlement  —  The transfer, the last for at least a month …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Guantánamo Detainee Refuses Release Offer
Mike Ives / New York Times:
Vietnam's Sacred Turtle Dies at an Awkward, Some Say Ominous, Time  —  HANOI, Vietnam — As Vietnam's leaders grappled with a diplomatic spat with China, a vulnerable economy and a factional turf war at a party congress this week, the last thing they needed was the death of a sacred giant turtle.
Discussion: The Week
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
The dog keeps eating IRS hard drives  —  In Oscar Wilde's comedy, “The Importance of Being Earnest,” Lady Bracknell is indignant to hear that Jack Worthing is an orphan.  “To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
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Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Payment of $1.7 Billion to Iran Raises Questions of Ransom
Discussion: Mother Jones and Washington Post
Damian Paletta / Wall Street Journal:
Islamic State Uses Syria's Biggest Dam as Refuge and Potential Weapon
Discussion: Daily Mail and The Daily Caller
Seth Barrett Tillman / THE NEW REFORM CLUB:
Professor Forrest McDonald (1927-2016): Scholar, Patriot, and Friend
Investor's Business Daily:
Obama's ‘Fast and Furious’ Scandal Comes Back To Life
Discussion: Doug Ross
Malcolm Harris / New Republic:
The Dark History of Liberal Reform
Discussion: National Review and Mother Jones
Washington Post:
Rubio's summer of '90: An arrest, then newfound purpose
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Ashley E. McGuire / The Hill:
Pro-life movement has always been driven by women
Discussion: and RedState