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12:15 PM ET, January 25, 2016


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Glenn Thrush / Politico:
Exclusive: Obama on Iowa, Clinton, Sanders and 2016  —  Barack Obama, that prematurely gray elder statesman, is laboring mightily to remain neutral during Hillary Clinton's battle with Bernie Sanders in Iowa, the state that cemented his political legend and secured his path to the presidency.
Paul Starr / Politico:
I Get Sanders' Appeal.  But He's Not a Credible President.  —  I have a strange idea about presidential primaries and elections: The purpose is to elect a president.  —  And I have a strange thought about primary voters: They have a choice between sending the country a message and sending it a president.
NBC News:
First Read: Get Ready for a Long Fight for the Democratic Nod  —  First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  Get ready for a longer-than-expected Democratic race
Hillary Clinton deserves Democratic nomination  —  America looks different in 2016 than it did the last time Hillary Clinton ran for president: The economy has come out of free fall, the military has left the quagmire of the Iraq war, barriers to equality have toppled, and universal access to health care has become a reality.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:   Hillary Clinton Stumbles
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Clinton vows to win nomination to keep Bloomberg out of race
Discussion: Instapundit
Podcast: President Barack Obama
David Axelrod / New York Times:
The Obama Theory of Trump  —  It was so obvious, I'm embarrassed I missed it.  —  Like most of the other talking heads on TV, I was haughtily dismissive of Donald Trump's candidacy.  “It's apparently open mike day in the Republican campaign for president,” I tweeted last June …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Rick Perry endorses Ted Cruz  —  Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is endorsing Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential primary, Perry told POLITICO in an interview Sunday night.  —  Perry, who also sought the GOP nomination before dropping out in September, said he now sees the race as one that is between Cruz …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
GOP fear and loathing in New Hampshire  —  NASHUA, N.H. — On Friday and Saturday, the New Hampshire Republican Party held its final big event before the February 9 GOP primary.  The First-in-the-Nation Presidential Town Hall, at the Nashua Radisson, attracted the local officials, activists …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:   Guess which divisive Republican is now campaigning as a political uniter?
Ryan Lizza / New Yorker:
The Duel  —  Donald Trump has a rule at his rallies: for the fifty minutes before he takes the stage, the only music that can be played is from a set list that he put together.  The list shows a sensitive side, mixing in Elton John's “Tiny Dancer” and music from “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
The Likelihood of Recent Record Warmth  —  Abstract  —  2014 was nominally the warmest year on record for both the globe and northern hemisphere based on historical records spanning the past one and a half centuries1,2.  It was the latest in a recent run of record temperatures spanning the past decade and a half.
Donald Rumsfeld:
At 83, I Decided to Develop an App  —  I've done business, politics, and war.  Now I'm trying my hand at mobile gaming.  —  Among the things one learns as time passes is that everyone has to age, but not everyone has to get old.  One of the best ways to stay young is to keep learning.
Greg Stohr / Bloomberg Business:
Sentences for Young Murderers Limited by U.S. Supreme Court  —  The U.S. Supreme Court gave retroactive effect to a 2012 ruling that banned automatic life-without-parole sentences for juvenile murderers, in a decision that may apply to hundreds of inmates.  —  The 6-3 ruling came in the case …
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
5 things to watch in Internet privacy fight  —  Advocates are pressing the Federal Communications Commission to quickly propose strong Internet privacy rules, one of the unfinished parts of last year's net neutrality order.  —  The agency is expected to release a proposal any month now.
Discussion: Washington Post
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Bush Praises Michigan Guv For His Handling Of Flint Water Crisis  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Sunday praised Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), who is currently facing calls for his resignation over his handling of the Flint water crisis, for taking responsibility for the fiasco.
Discussion: The Week
Monica Langley / Wall Street Journal:
Behind Donald Trump's Attack Strategy  —  A behind-the-scenes look at how the GOP front-runner personally drives his pointed attacks  —  NASHUA, N.H.— Donald Trump made his decision to start skewering Sen. Ted Cruz as his private jet was approaching here earlier this month.
Eun Kyung Kim /
Donald Rumsfeld: Donald Trump has ‘touched a nerve in our country’  —  Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in an interview with TODAY's Matt Lauer, addressed criticism by former President George H.W. Bush and weighed in on the candidacy of GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
Discussion: RedState and Politico
Nick Gass / Politico:
Rand Paul insists he'll be on main debate stage  —  Rand Paul says he thinks he will be on the main stage of Thursday's Republican debate.  If Fox News makes the right call with its polling criteria, that is.  —  “We think we'll be in the first tier if you count the polls,” …
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 Earlier Items: 
Fox News:
New ISIS video shows Paris attackers committing prior atrocities, threatening UK
Discussion: Washington Free Beacon and Hot Air
Los Angeles Times:
Some Republican candidates spend big on ads, with little to show for it
Discussion: The Mahablog
Frederick News-Post:
Since when did the Republican Party forget the power of the free market?
Tony Barboza / Los Angeles Times:
Fast-acting methane from Aliso Canyon leak is boosting global warming
Discussion: The Week, 89.3 KPCC and NPR
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
This election feels like a reunion of the Woodstock generation
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
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Wesley Muller / Sun Herald:
Father and son die in shootout at Pearl River County gun shop
Discussion: WLOX-TV and Associated Press