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7:05 PM ET, January 22, 2016

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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 …
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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 …
Hanna Trudo / Politico:
RNC disinvites National Review as debate partner
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.
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Loras College:
CLINTON MAINTAINS LEAD, NEW LORAS COLLEGE POLL FINDS
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
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 …
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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
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 …
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Guy Benson / Townhall.com:
Gates: ‘Odds Are High’ Russia, China, Iran Accessed Hillary's Unsecure Server
Jen Steer / fox8.com:
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: WTVR-TV and KTLA
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Lori Monsewicz / Independent:   Child stuck in toilet; parents absent; police find marijuana
Oscars.org:
ACADEMY TAKES HISTORIC ACTION TO INCREASE DIVERSITY  —  Lifetime voting rights reframed; new governor seats added and committees restructured  —  Goal to double number of diverse members by 2020  —  In a unanimous vote Thursday night (1/21), the Board of Governors of the Academy …
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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 …
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.
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Inside the Carson campaign meltdown
Discussion: Daily Kos and NBC News
Armstrong Williams / Facebook:
God morning :  —  The unmitigated gall of Barry Bennett …
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
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
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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
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 …
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 …
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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 …
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.
Speaker.gov:
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: Mashable and Engadget
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Jeb Bush Says It's “Not Appropriate” For Palin To Blame Obama For Son's Actions  —  “It's a national tragedy, all of us I think have a responsibility to roll up our sleeves — I don't think blaming the president is appropriate.”  —  Don Emmert / AFP / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Payment of $1.7 Billion to Iran Raises Questions of Ransom  —  Wiring of disputed money to Tehran coincided with departure of plane carrying 3 Americans  —  A deal that sent $1.7 billion in U.S. funds to Iran, announced alongside the freeing of five Americans from Iranian jails …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
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Fred Lucas / TheBlaze.com:
Obama Administration: ‘Possible, If Not Likely,’ That Some of the Billions in Iran Sanctions Relief Will Fund Terrorism
 
 
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Jeff Bezos flies Jason Rezaian home on private jet
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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
Breitbart:
WATCH: ‘Angela Merkel You Have Killed Germany!’ …
Barbara Vitello / Daily Herald:
Disbarred attorney pleads not guilty to 1973 Barrington Township murder
Discussion: AOL
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New York Times:
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