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5:05 PM ET, February 1, 2016


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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 …
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: Raw Story
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Congressional GOP in panic over Trump, Cruz  —  As all political eyes turn to the Iowa caucuses tonight, Donald Trump leads the race for the GOP nomination.  He tops polls in Iowa and nationally.  —  So how can it be that the billionaire real estate mogul does not have a single endorsement …
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 …
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.
Sara Jerde / Talking Points Memo:
Palin: Steve King Must've Been ‘Huffing Ethanol’ To Say Trump Bought My Support
Discussion: Political Wire
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:   Sarah Palin: 'Wasn't Hard' To Choose Between Donald Trump And Ted Cruz
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 …
Kyle Balluck / The Hill:
Quinnipiac poll: First-time caucusgoers boost Trump, Sanders in Iowa
Discussion: Politico and Outside the Beltway
Jose A. DelReal / Washington Post:
As Iowa caucus vote nears, Trump, Sanders bet on high turnout for an edge
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
Prediction Markets: Donald Trump's Nomination Chances Better Than 50 Percent
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” …
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 …
Shannen W. Coffin / National Review:
E-mail ‘Did Not Originate with Me’ — Hillary Blames Her Underlings, Again
Hugh Hewitt / Washington Examiner:   Hillary's emails disqualify her from the presidency
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.
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Huckabee Defends Trump's Abortion Flip-Flop While Attacking Cruz As Insincere
Discussion: Hot Air and
Andrew Follett / The Daily Caller:
Obama's Paris Global Warming Treaty Will Cost At Least $12.1 Trillion  —  The United Nations Paris agreement to stop dangerous global warming could cost $12.1 trillion over the next 25 years, according to calculations performed by environmental activists.  —  “The required expenditure averages …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Wind, Sun and Fire
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Koch Brothers' Network Considering Anti-Trump Campaign  —  INDIAN WELLS, California — Most of the 500 wealthy conservatives gathered at a Southern California retreat this week know they want to see a Republican back in the White House, but many don't know what to do with the billionaire who wants to “make America great again.”
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
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: Hullabaloo
Ari Levy / CNBC:
Alphabet passes Apple as most valuable firm after hours  —  Google parent Alphabet was set to pass Apple as the most valuable company in the world on Tuesday.  At Monday's after-hours levels (which technically reflect an indication, but not the real-world value), Alphabet's market cap …
Discussion: The Verge
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.
Discussion: National Review
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Discussion: The Week
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Discussion: PINAC and Raw Story
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 Earlier Items: 
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One election for all the marbles?
Discussion: Eclectablog and ThinkProgress
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The Trump Doctrine Revealed
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Austin Wright / Politico:
U.S. general blasts Cruz's carpet bombing as ‘inconsistent with our values’
Discussion: ABC News and Business Insider
Mary Beth Rogers / Salon:
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Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
John B. Judis / Vox:
This election could be the birth of a Trump-Sanders constituency
Discussion: MyDD and Hot Air