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6:40 AM ET, January 23, 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.
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?
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Associated Press:
Clinton ups attacks on Sanders in final days of campaign
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  —  Just yesterday, a man asked Hillary Clinton about a report that her unsecure, improper private email server had been hacked.  “Totally untrue,” she responded twice.  Watch:
Discussion: RedState and The Hill
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
Ben Child / Guardian:
Oscars 2016: Charlotte Rampling says diversity row is ‘racist to white people’
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
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
Woman shot at Renton movie theater  —  RENTON, Wash. - A man who police say shot and critically wounded a woman inside a movie theater in Renton Thursday night is in custody.  The victim was upgraded to serious condition Friday morning.  —  The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m. at the Regal Cinemas at The Landing.
Discussion: and Daily Kos
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 …
Andrew Roth / Washington Post:
Jason Rezaian's wife, mother describe their tortuous final hours in Iran  —  LANDSTUHL, Germany — It was the call that Yeganeh Salehi had been awaiting for more than a year.  At 2 p.m. Saturday, she picked up the phone at her home in Iran and heard the voice of her husband, jailed American reporter Jason Rezaian.
Discussion: Truth Revolt and NBC News
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Jeff Bezos flies Jason Rezaian home on private jet
Discussion: Mashable and New York Times
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 …
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 …
Tom Parfitt / Daily Express:
ISIS TERROR WARNING: Jihadists threaten to attack SPAIN in chilling new propaganda clip  —  TWISTED Islamic State has threatened to launch terror attacks in Spain - the world's most popular destination for British tourists.  —  IG  •GETTY  —  Warped Islamic State terrorists have threatened to attack Spain
Oliver Milman / Guardian:
US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water  —  Exclusive: Documents seen by the Guardian reveal questionable practices that mean people's drinking water is at risk in ‘every major city east of the Mississippi’  —  Water authorities across the US are systematically …
Discussion: CNN, Common Dreams and Truth Revolt
David Mastio / USA Today:
Flint lead crisis getting a tad overdone: David Mastio
Discussion: Vox, NPR, Raw Story and ThinkProgress
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
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Liam Stack / New York Times:
Government to Reveal Colleges With Title IX Waivers
Streiff / RedState:
New Ted Cruz Ad Highlights Donald Trump As A Crony Capitalist (VIDEO)
Discussion: neo-neocon and Daily Wire
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
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Barbara Vitello / Daily Herald:
Disbarred attorney pleads not guilty to 1973 Barrington Township murder
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