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9:00 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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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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Los Angeles Times
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
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
Milk, Bread, and Eggs: The Trinity of Winter-Storm Panic-Shopping  —  Lines of frantic shoppers have mobbed grocery stores in Washington, D.C., after the National Weather Service gently advised residents on Wednesday that an intense weekend storm will pose “a threat to life and property” …
Discussion: New York Magazine, Slantpoint and VICE
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 …
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
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 …
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
John Hawkins /
Christians, Conservatives, Men, and White People Are Not Responsible For Your Problems  —  Lou Holtz once said, “Don't tell your problems to people: eighty percent don't care; and the other twenty percent are glad you have them.”  Unfortunately, Lou Holtz is a man out-of-step with our whiny age.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Jane Mayer Condemns the Koch Brothers for Not Being Progressive
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Cafe Hayek
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
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