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9:50 PM ET, January 22, 2016


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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
How Change Happens  —  There are still quite a few pundits determined to pretend that America's two great parties are symmetric — equally unwilling to face reality, equally pushed into extreme positions by special interests and rabid partisans.  It's nonsense, of course.
Adam Gabbatt / Guardian:
Hillary Clinton angers Iowa fans who waited hours for five-minute speech  —  Not even a special performance by singer Demi Lovato improved the mood of some supporters who were unimpressed by Democratic candidate's brevity  —  Hillary Clinton left her audience cold in Iowa City on Thursday night …
Joe Klein / TIME:
The Democrats Stumble Toward 50 Shades of Socialism  —  How much should the government redistribute?  —  A specter is haunting the Democratic Party-the specter of socialism.  A question is being asked, mostly by Republicans, but also by MSNBC's Chris Matthews: What is the difference between a Democrat and a Socialist?
Loras College:
Associated Press:
Clinton ups attacks on Sanders in final days of campaign
Suffolk University:
Suffolk University Poll Shows Sanders Leading Clinton in NH Democratic Primary
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeet Heer / New Republic:
National Review Fails to Kill Its Monster  —  In “Against Trump,” the conservative magazine can't come to terms with the fact that it is partly responsible for the rise of Donald Trump.  —  National Review is the great intellectual gatekeeper of the American right, a journal of opinion …
National Review:
Against Trump  —  Donald Trump leads the polls nationally and in most states in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.  There are understandable reasons for his eminence, and he has shown impressive gut-level skill as a campaigner.  But he is not deserving of conservative support in the caucuses and primaries.
Nat Brown / National Review:
Houston, We Have a Problem  —  National Review was asked …
Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: Clinton email exposed intel from human spying  —  At least one of the emails on Hillary Clinton's private server contained extremely sensitive information identified by an intelligence agency as “HCS-O,” which is the code used for reporting on human intelligence sources in ongoing operations …
Guy Benson /
Gates: ‘Odds Are High’ Russia, China, Iran Accessed Hillary's Unsecure Server
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
What's The Real Reason Ted Cruz Doesn't Have Health Insurance?  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) revealed Thursday that he and his family — including his two young daughters — are not currently covered by health insurance.  His reason?  The 2016 presidential candidate told his audience …
Peter Sullivan / The Hill:   Average ObamaCare premium rises to $408 per month
Jen Steer /
Canton boy stuck in toilet while left home alone; Parents charged … CANTON, Ohio- Two people are facing charges after their son became stuck in the toilet while he was left home alone.  —  Canton officers were called to an apartment on Kingston Drive Southeast on Thursday.
Discussion: WGN-TV and KTLA
Lori Monsewicz / Independent:   Child stuck in toilet; parents absent; police find marijuana
Ben Child / Guardian:
Oscars 2016: Charlotte Rampling says diversity row is ‘racist to white people’
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Former Carson campaign manager Barry Bennett is quietly advising Trump's top aides  —  Barry Bennett, the longtime Republican strategist who until recently was Ben Carson's campaign manager, is now serving as an informal adviser to Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Inside the Carson campaign meltdown
Discussion: NBC News and Daily Kos
Armstrong Williams / Facebook:
God morning :  —  The unmitigated gall of Barry Bennett …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
Melissa Leon / The Daily Beast:
Gillian Anderson: I Was Offered Half Duchovny's Pay for ‘The X-Files’ Revival  —  The award-winning actress discusses the return of Dana Scully in Fox's beloved supernatural series and her epic battle to be treated equally on the show.  —  Gillian Anderson was just 25 years old when she walked …
Tim Carpenter / Topeka Capital-Journal:
Kansas Senate chairman's rules block female witnesses in revealing attire  —  Sen. Mitch Holmes targets mini-skirts, necklines on women; he expects men to be ‘professional’  —  A Senate committee chairman imposed a dress code on Kansans testifying on elections or ethics bills …
David Mastio / USA Today:
Flint lead crisis getting a tad overdone: David Mastio  —  Before hitting the panic button, remember we are winning the war on lead poisoning  —  Now that the leaching of poisonous lead into the tap water of Flint, Mich., has been declared a national emergency, it might be time to dial back the panic just a notch (or two).
Discussion: Vox, ThinkProgress, NPR and Raw Story
Oliver Milman / Guardian:
US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water
Discussion: CNN, Common Dreams and Truth Revolt
Cory Bennett / The Hill:
Anonymous wants Michigan governor jailed over Flint water crisis
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and Mediaite
Watch Live: Snowfall from the Speaker's Balcony  —  Here's something from Washington, DC, that won't make you want to throw your phone across the room.  No speeches.  No politicians.  No media pundits.  It's just a pure, uninterrupted livestream of the snow falling on the National Mall …
Discussion: New York Times, Mashable and Engadget
ABC News:
ANALYSIS: The Storm That's Hit the GOP  —  The Republican Party has long had a tradition of discipline in presidential elections.  That's coming to an end, and fast.  —  Decades of establishment office-holder and thought-leader machinations have resulted in conventional and predictable …
Discussion: Politico and Yahoo
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Ted Cruz Welcomes Endorsement Of Mike Bickle, Who Believes Oprah Is A Forerunner To The Antichrist  —  Back in 2011, when Texas governor Rick Perry was planning his first run for the presidency, he kicked off his campaign with a massive prayer rally in Houston called “The Response.”
Boze Herrington / The Atlantic:   The Seven Signs You're in a Cult
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Trump retweets neo-Nazi's insult of Jeb Bush  —  Donald Trump on Friday retweeted a message from a Twitter user with the handle @WhiteGenocideTM.  —  The tweet features a photoshopped picture of Jeb Bush holding a “vote for Trump” sign outside of Trump Tower.
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Streiff / RedState:
New Ted Cruz Ad Highlights Donald Trump As A Crony Capitalist (VIDEO)
Discussion: neo-neocon, Daily Wire and Raw Story
WATCH: ‘Angela Merkel You Have Killed Germany!’ …
Fred Lucas /
Obama Administration: ‘Possible, If Not Likely,’ That Some of the Billions in Iran Sanctions Relief Will Fund Terrorism
 Earlier Items: 
Barbara Vitello / Daily Herald:
Disbarred attorney pleads not guilty to 1973 Barrington Township murder
Discussion: AOL
Mike Ives / New York Times:
Vietnam's Sacred Turtle Dies at an Awkward, Some Say Ominous, Time
Discussion: The Week