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2:05 PM ET, February 1, 2016


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Mark Savage / BBC:
Adele: Donald Trump ‘had no permission’ to use music  —  Pop star Adele has issued a statement to distance herself from Donald Trump, after he used her music at his rallies.  —  The Republican presidential candidate, whose slogan is “Make America great again”, has recently …
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Sarah Palin: 'Wasn't Hard' To Choose Between Donald Trump And Ted Cruz  —  Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin joined the Today show to talk about her endorsement of Donald Trump as Iowans go to caucus tonight for the Republican presidential primary.  —  “This was probably a tough call for you …
Scott Stump /
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Palin talks Iowa, GOP and controversial PTSD comments  —  Sarah Palin joined TODAY on Monday to talk about the Republican hopefuls in the Iowa caucuses, and she also addressed controversial comments she made on the campaign trail involving PTSD and President Obama.
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Palin: ‘I Never Blamed President Obama’ For My Son's PTSD (VIDEO)
Discussion: Daily Kos
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
How Clinton is plotting to go after Trump  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — It's tunnel-vision time for Hillary Clinton as she battles Bernie Sanders here — but she's casting some serious side-eye in Donald Trump's direction.  —  After months of laughing off Trump — and assuming his ascent would propel …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
How Trump Did It  —  What they heard as they ate deli sandwiches around Donald Trump's hulking, wooden conference table sounded like the businessman's typical bravado.  These 25 New York political operatives had come to ask him to run for governor.  But Trump had another plan—a very specific plan—to run for president.
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Now a Solid Bet: Donald Trump's Nomination Chances Are Better Than 50 Percent  —  Donald Trump is now more likely than not to win the Republican nomination.  —  On the day of the Iowa caucuses, the political prediction markets, where traders bet on the outcome of the election …
Bloomberg Business:
The Power of the Super-PAC Wanes as Trump Prepares for Iowa Test  —  With billionaire Donald Trump sitting firmly atop the Republican field, the willingness of big establishment donors to underwrite his competitors' war chests has fizzled.  —  About 17 donors gave $1 million …
Discussion: Washington Post and Politico
New York Times:
Rival Factions of Top Donors Get Behind Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
CNN:   Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Marco Rubio are money race winners
Fox News:
Official: Withheld Clinton emails contain ‘operational’ intel, put lives at risk  —  EXCLUSIVE: Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain “operational intelligence” …
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:
Hillary's emails disqualify her from the presidency
Discussion: Viking Pundit and Hot Air
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Iowa poll reveals a line of attack that could sink Trump  —  DES MOINES — The final poll ahead of Monday's caucuses showed Donald Trump rallying to a five-point lead over Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with two days to go before voting, but it also revealed a line of attack that could sink Trump.
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Donald Trump Admits Being a ‘Little Bit Nervous’ About Today's Iowa Caucuses
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Bloomberg's Joshua Green: There Is No Rubio ‘Surge’ In Iowa
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
U.S. Senator Disenfranchised By Iowa Caucus Rules  —  On Monday night, a minority of Iowa voters will gather for the nation's first contest to choose major party candidates for the presidency.  Even if the caucuses see record turnout, less than 40 percent of eligible voters are likely to show up.
Discussion: Associated Press and Vox
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Trump Condemns Cruz's ‘Most Disgraceful’ Voter Violation Mailers  —  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump condemned mailers sent by Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-TX) presidential campaign over the weekend, which implied Iowa voters had violated election law.  —  The mailer, which uses social pressure …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Hillary Clinton May Win Iowa After All  —  It would be entirely reasonable to presume that Bernie Sanders has momentum in Iowa.  He's gained on Hillary Clinton in national polls.  He keeps pulling further ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire.  And he's made substantial gains in Iowa relative to his position late last year.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
O'Malley secured loan to stay afloat, has some staff working without pay
Discussion: The Week and Mashable
John Wagner / Washington Post:   A more agitated Sanders tries to fend off attacks of nervous establishment
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
GOP braces for a post-Iowa collision  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — The bruised and battered Republican Party establishment is bracing for a collision — with the candidates running under its banner.  —  With the GOP political class growing increasingly worried that insurgents Donald Trump …
Isaac Arnsdorf / Politico:
GOP candidates start limping in the money race
Discussion: The Week
Associated Press:
Among GOP Rivals to Trump and Cruz, Rubio Has Most Cash
Discussion: ABC News and Washington Monthly
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wind, Sun and Fire  —  So what's really at stake in this year's election?  Well, among other things, the fate of the planet.  —  Last year was the hottest on record, by a wide margin, which should — but won't — put an end to climate deniers' claims that global warming has stopped.
Joe Romm / ThinkProgress:
Why The Renewables Revolution Is Now Unstoppable
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Benoît Violier, Top French-Swiss Chef, Dies at 44  —  LONDON — The French-Swiss chef Benoît Violier, who scaled the heights of gastronomy to preside over a small Swiss restaurant that was named the best in the world in December, has died in what seems to have been suicide, according to the police.
Discussion: Eater and The Week
Joe Weisenthal / Bloomberg Business:
BofA: The Oil Crash Is Kicking Off One of the Largest Wealth Transfers In Human History  —  A $3 trillion shift.  —  Economists are still hotly debating whether the oil crash has been a net positive for advanced economies.  —  Optimists argue that cheap oil is a good thing for consumers …
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Julia Hahn / Breitbart:
One of Marco Rubio's Biggest Financial Backers to Tally Iowa Caucuses  —  Microsoft Corp. will be providing the technology to count the votes of Iowa caucus-goers, according to a new report.  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)'s campaign is raising concerns about the corporation's potential conflict of interest in tallying the votes.
Mario Trujillo / The Hill:
Microsoft on the hot seat in Iowa
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Post
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Huckabee Defends Trump's Abortion Flip-Flop While Attacking Cruz As Insincere
Discussion: Hot Air and
CBS News:
Face the Nation transcripts January 31, 2016: Trump, Rubio
Discussion: Washington Post, Vox and USA Today
Haroon Siddique / Guardian:
British researchers get green light to genetically modify human embryos
Discussion: NPR, Washington Post and The Week
Jason Clayworth / Des Moines Register:
Blizzard will miss caucuses, still blanket Iowa Tuesday
John Markoff / New York Times:
Microsoft Plumbs Ocean's Depths to Test Underwater Data Center
Discussion: Engadget, The Verge and VentureBeat
 Earlier Items: 
Mary Beth Rogers / Salon:
Turning Texas blue?: …
Joel Kotkin / Orange County Register:
Serfs up with California's new feudalism
John B. Judis / Vox:
This election could be the birth of a Trump-Sanders constituency
Ben Knight / Guardian:
Teenage girl ‘made up’ migrant rape claim that outraged Germany
Discussion: Daily Mail, Mashable and Dean's World
Quentin Fottrell / MarketWatch:
This is the atheist capital of America