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4:25 PM ET, January 27, 2016


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Fox News:
Full statement on Trump declining to participate in Fox News/Google Debate  —  As many of our viewers know, FOX News is hosting a sanctioned debate in Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday night, three days before the first votes of the 2016 election are cast in the Iowa Caucus.
Kevin Cirilli / Bloomberg Business:
Trump, Fox News at War After He Decides to Skip Debate  —  The Republican front-runner says that the cable network treated him “unfairly” at a past debate.  —  Citing unfair treatment by Fox News, Donald Trump will not participate in the Republican presidential debate on Thursday, his campaign manager told reporters on Tuesday.
Chris Spargo For / Daily Mail:
Donald Trump feud causes panicking Fox News CEO Roger Ailes to call Ivanka and Melania in attempt to get the frontrunner BACK to the debate - but he'll only speak to Murdoch  — The network's CEO has reportedly reached out to both Ivanka and Melania Trump to try and get the Republican front-runner to change his mind
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Paul: With Trump gone, GOP will have its ‘best debate’  —  Rand Paul argued that Republicans are in for their best presidential debate of the cycle on Thursday night with party front-runner Donald Trump absent from the stage after refusing to participate.  —  “It's sort of a double-win for me …
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Trump's Debate Boycott Throws Fox News Into Chaos  —  It’s risky for both sides, but Trump has already scored a historic victory against the network.  —  Tonight, Donald Trump's months-long war with Fox News entered a chaotic and — for both sides — perilous new phase …
Donald J Trump for President:
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
Rand Paul makes main debate stage
Discussion: Hot Air
Discussion: Vox and The Daily Caller
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Fox News Responds to Trump's Latest ‘Twitter Poll’ With First-Rate Trolling
Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Oregon standoff spokesman Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum killed, Bundys in custody after shooting near Burns  —  BURNS - Oregon standoff spokesman Robert “LaVoy” Finicum was killed and other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation were arrested Tuesday after the FBI …
Les Zaitz / Oregonian:
Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum shot and killed while charging police, driver says  —  BURNS - Robert “LaVoy” Finicum, the spokesman of the refuge occupation, was shot and killed after he charged police during a roadside stop north of Burns on Tuesday, according to a man on Facebook who claims …
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Eyewitnesses knock down conspiracy theories about LaVoy Finicum dying with his hands up  —  DON'T MISS STORIES.  FOLLOW RAW STORY!  —  The Bundy militants and their supporters are trying to turn LaVoy Finicum into a right-wing martyr, but two eyewitnesses deny that he was shot and killed in cold blood by law enforcement officers.
John Sepulvado / OPB:
Occupation To Standoff: FBI Surrounds Militants Still Inside Malheur Refuge  —  FBI officials have established checkpoints around the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge as a handful of armed militants remain inside.  —  OPB spoke with the new leaders inside the compound, which include militant Jason Patrick.
Bundy brothers among 8 arrested, 1 dead near Malheur
Conor Dinan / Talking Points Memo:
Jeb Bush Rises To Second Place In New Hampshire Poll  —  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) surged into second place in a New Hampshire poll released Wednesday by the Emerson College Polling Society, although real-estate billionaire Donald Trump retained a double-digit lead in Granite State.
Discussion: The Week
Candace Smith / ABC News:
Jeb Bush Suggests Donald Trump Is Not a Christian
Discussion: Mediaite, and Daily Kos
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Republicans point fingers: Who let Trump get this far?
Ryan Korsgard /
DeLoreans to go back to the future and into production  —  HUMBLE, Texas - The DeLorean is going back to the future and into production.  —  We first saw the time machine three decades ago in the movie, “Back to the Future.”  But the last time a DeLorean was built was about 35 years ago.
Camille Paglia / Salon:
Hillary's “blame-men-first” feminism may prove costly in 2016  —  Hillary lags among men, again.  Is it misogyny, or her brand of feminism?  The story too hot for the New York Times  —  During her two presidential campaigns, Hillary Clinton has consistently drawn greater support from women than men.
Discussion: Althouse and The Daily Caller
Former Rep. John LeBoutillier / The Hill:
We are witnessing the end of the House of Clinton
Tom Wheeler / Re/code:
It's Time to Unlock the Set-Top Box Market  —  Thanks to advances in technology, American consumers enjoy unprecedented choice in how they view entertainment, news and sports programming.  You can pretty much watch what you want, where you want, when you want.
Ben Kamisar / The Hill:
DNC throws cold water on unsanctioned New Hampshire debate  —  The Democratic National Committee says it is unlikely to sanction additional debates before the New Hampshire primary, a decision that could strike a blow to MSNBC and the New Hampshire Union Leader as they seek to host an event next week.
New York Times:
Vindication for Planned Parenthood  —  One after the other, investigations of Planned Parenthood prompted by hidden-camera videos released last summer have found no evidence of wrongdoing.  On Monday, a grand jury in Harris County, Tex., went a step further.
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Indictment Deals Blow to G.O.P. Over Planned Parenthood Battle
Discussion: Washington Post
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
Anti-Sanders attack ad isn't quite what it seems to be  —  Republicans have made no secret of the fact that they'd prefer to run against Bernie Sanders in the general election.  Whether or not their assumptions are correct is a separate question, but GOP officials, convinced that the senator …
Justin Sink / Bloomberg Business:
Obama to Host Bernie Sanders at White House Ahead of Iowa Caucus
Discussion: ABC News
Why I'm voting for Trump  —  (CNN)They are showing up in droves to see Donald Trump: Men and women, overwhelmingly white, frustrated with the country's first black president, fearful that they are being displaced by minorities and immigrants, and nostalgic for the way America used to be.
Darcie Loreno /
George Clooney adopts dog no one wanted from Ohio animal rescue … COLERAIN TONWSHIP, Ohio — A shelter dog from Ohio that no one seemed to want has been rescued by a family of A-listers.  —  Nate the terrier was originally rescued from his former owner, who was described as a hoarder.
Discussion: WTKR-TV
Chip Reid / CBS News:
Wounded Warrior Project accused of wasting donation money  —  A CBS News investigation into a charity for wounded veterans, the Wounded Warrior Project, looks into how the charity spends its donation money.  —  What caught our attention is how the Wounded Warrior Project spends donations compared to other long-respected charities.
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ABC News:
ABC News Announces Criteria For New Hampshire Republican Debate
Discussion: TVNewser
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
Should The Times Have Been a Tougher Watchdog in Flint?
Discussion: Politico and Mediaite
Keith Rogers / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Rancher Cliven Bundy responds to sons' arrests in Oregon standoff — VIDEO
Spencer Kornhaber / The Atlantic:
A Person Can't Be ‘Diverse’ … Ava DuVernay, the director of Selma …
Discussion: New York Times and Guardian
Mother Jones:
Map: Which States Allow Gay Marriage?
Discussion: ThinkProgress
 Earlier Items: 
Deborah Danan / Breitbart:
Israeli Jew in German Refugee Camp Encounters Swastikas and Anti-Semitic Slurs
Discussion: Jihad Watch and Pamela Geller
Tommy Wright / Monterey County Herald:
2 feared dead after BASE jumping off Bixby Bridge in Big Sur
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Fox News
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
Is Bernie Sanders Really Naive About Iran?
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
ABC News:
Clinton's Lead Over Sanders Shrinks to Its Smallest Margin
Discussion: Hot Air and
Bill Pennington / New York Times:
C.T.E. Is Found in an Ex-Giant Who Died at 27
Daily Mail:
Muslims are ‘not like us’ and we should just accept they will never integrate, says former …
Discussion: Telegraph and Vox Popoli
John Feehery / The Hill:
The rise of the misinformed voter and Donald Trump