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1:35 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.
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 …
Full transcript: POLITICO's Glenn Thrush interviews President Barack Obama on Iowa, 2016, and the choice between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders  —  This interview was conducted on Jan. 22, 2016 in the Oval Office.  It has been edited only slightly, to remove crosstalk.
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.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Stumbles  —  In October, when Hillary Clinton made a spectacle of the congressional Benghazi committee during a marathon interrogation that seemed designed to make a spectacle of her, she emerged stronger than ever.  Her polls numbers surged.
NBC News:
First Read: Get Ready for a Long Fight for the Democratic Nod
Hillary Clinton deserves Democratic nomination
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Clinton vows to win nomination to keep Bloomberg out of race
Discussion: Instapundit
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 …
Katie Glueck / Politico:
Cruz super PAC goes negative on Trump
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 …
Chris Geidner / BuzzFeed:
Supreme Court: Bar On Automatic Life Without Parole For Juvenile Homicide Applies To Past Sentences  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that juveniles previously sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for homicide offenses are covered by a 2012 decision that banned the practice going forward.
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and The Week
Tim Murphy / Mother Jones:
This New Yorker Cover Perfectly Explains the Problem With Donald Trump  —  For the third time since he entered the presidential race last summer, Donald Trump is the subject of a New Yorker cover: … That's Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, George Washington, John F. Kennedy …
CORRECTED — Michael Goldfarb: Trump is the Politics of ‘Fear, Paranoia, Nativism’
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Damian Carrington / Guardian:
Record hot years near impossible without manmade climate change - study
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.
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.”
Discussion: Althouse
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,” …
Blake Neff / The Daily Caller:
‘I Lift, Bro’: Prof MELTS DOWN About Conservative Event, Tries To Pick Fights With Students  —  A professor at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), is at the center of an epic meltdown over an upcoming visit by conservative author Ben Shapiro.  —  It all started when CSULA's branch …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Guess which divisive Republican is now campaigning as a political uniter?  —  SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — In the final minutes of a campaign rally here, after an hour-long speech full of his signature bluster and bomb-throwing, Republican front-runner Donald Trump made his closing pitch to Iowa voters.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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