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12:00 AM ET, February 2, 2016


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W. James Antle III / Washington Examiner:
Cruz rally interrupted by yelling, vomiting man  —  DES MOINES — Ted Cruz didn't get far into his speech at his Iowa caucus eve rally before he got an unwelcome interruption.  —  “God bless Iowa,” Cruz began.  “God bless you!” someone in the audience shouted back.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Trump To Crowd: ‘Knock The Crap Out Of’ Tomato Throwers, I'll Cover Legal Fees  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told the crowd gathered at his campaign rally on Monday to “knock the crap” out of anybody who threw a tomato at him.  —  Trump said the event's security staff told …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Hullabaloo
Mark Hensch / The Hill:
Steve King: Trump wooed Palin with ‘assets and resources’  —  Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Monday that Donald Trump won Sarah Palin's presidential endorsement with his vast “assets and resources.”  —  “There aren't very many people who have been able to say no to Donald Trump,” he told MSNBC's Chris Jansing.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
A Donald Trump victory could threaten Fox's hold on GOP primaries
Discussion: Hot Air and RealClearPolitics
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Palin: Steve King Must've Been ‘Huffing Ethanol’ To Say Trump Bought My Support
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Sabrina Siddiqui / Guardian:   Marco Rubio hits back at Ted Cruz on immigration
Hillary Clinton / New York Times:
Iowa Caucus Results  —  Candidates Vote Pct.  Delegates  —  Bernie Sanders Martin O'Malley  —  Other  —  Uncommitted  —  34% reporting  —  Winners called by The Associated Press.  —  *The vote totals for the Iowa Democratic Party are State Delegate Equivalents …
Nick Gass / Politico:
Poll: 25 percent of federal employees would quit under Trump presidency  —  About 1-in-4 federal employees would consider leaving their jobs if Donald Trump is elected president, according the results of a recent survey conducted by the Government Business Council.
Associated Press:
Clinton, Sanders in Tight Battle for Iowa; O'Malley Out  —  Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were locked in a tight battle in Iowa's leadoff presidential caucuses Monday as the two rivals offered Americans a stark choice between political pragmatism and revolution.
Hunter Walker / Yahoo Politics:
Martin O'Malley is suspending his presidential campaign
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
MaryAlice Parks / ABC News:
Martin O'Malley Suspends Presidential Campaign
Discussion: WJBF-TV and The Week
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Sanders dominating pre-caucus Facebook conversation in Iowa
Sarah Pulliam Bailey / Washington Post:
Donald Trump accidentally put money in the Communion plate at a church in Iowa  —  Republican presidential contender Donald Trump has been looking for ways to reach out to evangelical voters before the GOP primaries.  On Sunday, the businessman and his wife attended church services …
Juan Williams / The Hill:   Congressional GOP in panic over Trump, Cruz
John R. Schindler / The New York Observer:
BREAKING: Hillary Clinton Put Spies' Lives at Risk  —  It's not the ‘nothing-burger’ Clinton allies have tried to portray — lives are literally at stake  —  For months you've read about EmailGate in this column.  I've elaborated how Hillary Clinton, the apparent Democratic frontrunner …
Fox News:
Official: Withheld Clinton emails contain ‘operational’ intel, put lives at risk
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
Clinton didn't know how to access email by computer, says State official
Discussion: The Week
Shannen W. Coffin / National Review:
E-mail ‘Did Not Originate with Me’ — Hillary Blames Her Underlings, Again
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Koch brothers network ready to oppose Trump  —  INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Donald Trump is so fiercely opposed by the Koch brothers network that some donors believe the powerful group will intervene to stop the billionaire if it looks like he could win the Republican presidential nomination.
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Koch Brothers' Network Considering Anti-Trump Campaign
Discussion: New York Times
Sarah Larimer / Washington Post:
Woman stops Florida cop for speeding: ‘The reason I pulled you over today ...’  —  When a South Florida woman noticed another driver who she thought was speeding, she followed the car and eventually confronted the man behind the wheel.  —  What makes this traffic stop notable, though, was that she had followed a police officer.
Discussion: CBS Miami and theGrio
Jason Noble / USA Today:
Bush's final rally interrupted by ‘seat fillers’ demanding to be paid  —  1.2k Shares  —  A little flier showed up early Monday morning on social media.  —  A handful of Twitter users supporting various Republican presidential candidates tweeted a photo of slip of paper with a headline reading “$$$ Earn fast cash today!
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Marco Rubio to score big endorsement from Tim Scott  —  DES MOINES — Marco Rubio is expected to secure the widely coveted endorsement of South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott on Tuesday, according to three sources.  —  Scott, the only black Republican is the U.S. Senate, will be Rubio's second …
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley suspends presidential bid after a dismal showing in Iowa  —  DES MOINES — Former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley announced the suspension of his presidential campaign Monday night, following a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses that effectively ended his long-simmering White House ambitions.
Jazz Shaw / Hot Air:
Oops.  Fox News catches Hillary telling story she just heard “yesterday” three weeks earlier  —  What were those poll numbers about Hillary Clinton's honesty and trustworthiness again?  The presumed Democrat frontrunner did a local interview in Iowa yesterday where she was asked yet again …
Discussion: Fox News Insider and Mediaite
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Mike Huckabee suspends his 2016 campaign  —  Mike Huckabee suspended his bid for the Republican nomination, ending a second run that overshadowed by other candidates in the former Arkansas governor's social-conservative lane.  —  Huckabee's announcement concludes a campaign that was not nearly …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Jessica Derschowitz /
John Cleese condemns political correctness on college campuses  —  British actor John Cleese, of Monty Python fame, says the enforcement of political correctness has come at the expense of comedy.  —  In a video for Big Think, Cleese speaks specifically about college campuses …
Discussion: Mediaite and Instapundit
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
The Wages of Derp are Derp.  Lots of it.  —  One of the greatest failings in journalism is the way that ideas, theories, nonsensical paranoid fears get ‘out there’ and then talked about, critiqued and so forth and yet there's no point of stepping back where a considered, knowledgable …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Peter Tatchell / Guardian:
I've changed my mind on the gay cake row.  Here's why  —  I profoundly disagree with Ashers Bakery's opposition to same-sex love - but believe the discrimination verdict infringes vital freedoms  —  ike most gay and equality campaigners, I initially condemned the Christian-run Ashers Bakery …
Sam Reisman / Mediaite:
Trump Tells Crowd to ‘Knock the Crap Out’ of Protesters, Offers to Pay Legal Fees  —  At a rally Monday afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Donald Trump told a crowd of supporters that if they happened to see protesters getting ready to lob a tomato, they should “knock the crap out of them.”
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Frank Main / Chicago Sun Times:
Street cops say ‘ACLU effect’ drives spike in gun violence
Discussion: RT, Shadowproof and Raw Story
Mzielinska / CBS New York:
Some Uber Drivers Strike To Protest Company's Fare Cuts
Discussion: AOL, CBS San Francisco and RT
Lauren French / Politico:
Rep. Cummings won't run for open Maryland Senate seat
Discussion: Maryland Scramble
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed:
How Donald Trump Owns The Old Media And The New Media
Discussion: CNN
Brian Hiatt / Rolling Stone:
Kid Rock: 'I'm Digging Donald Trump'
Greg Miller / Washington Post:
‘Eyewash’: How the CIA deceives its own workforce about operations
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Ari Levy / CNBC:
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Discussion: The Verge
Chicago Tribune:
Emanuel job approval hits record low as Chicagoans reject McDonald video explanation
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Mark Sappenfield / Yahoo! News:
Why America might elect a president it doesn't like