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2:50 PM ET, February 2, 2016

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Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Sometimes, Iowa Democrats award caucus delegates with a coin flip  —  In a couple Democratic caucus precincts Monday, a delegate was awarded with a coin toss.  —  It happened in precinct 2-4 in Ames, where supporters of candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton disputed the results …
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Dan Roberts / Guardian:
Bernie Sanders wants raw vote count released after tight finish in Iowa caucuses  —  Dramatic clash with Hillary Clinton for Democratic presidential nomination is sign public want change, says leftwing senator  —  Bernie Sanders has called on the Democratic party to release a raw vote count …
Annie Karni / Politico:
How Iowa went wrong for Hillary Clinton  —  DES MOINES - Monday night was Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign in miniature - it began with high hopes of a doubt-eradicating victory and ended with that same old anxiety, an inch beyond the jaws of an underdog.
Leigh Ann Caldwell / NBC News:
Cruz Beats Trump in Iowa; Clinton Edges Out Sanders in Historically-Close Caucus  —  Sen. Ted Cruz bested billionaire Donald Trump to win Iowa's Republican caucuses Monday night as Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton eked out a victory in a historically-close race.
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Why a ‘Virtual Tie’ in Iowa Is Better for Clinton Than Sanders  —  Bernie Sanders is right: The Iowa Democratic caucuses were a “virtual tie,” especially after you consider that the results aren't even actual vote tallies, but state delegate equivalents subject to all kinds of messy rounding rules and potential geographic biases.
Karen Friar / MarketWatch:
Coin toss broke 6 Clinton-Sanders deadlocks in Iowa — and Hillary won each time  —  While it was hard to call a winner between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders last night, it's easy to say who was luckier.  —  The race between the Democrat presidential hopefuls was so tight …
Paul Colford / The Definitive Source:
AP calls Iowa Democratic caucuses for Clinton  —  Update: AP called the Iowa Democratic caucuses for Hillary Clinton just after 1 p.m. ET after the state party said it had finalized all results and planned no recount and after Bernie Sanders' campaign said it did not intend to ask for a recount.
Peter Weber / The Week:
Sorry, Bernie: A tie in Iowa is still a win for Hillary  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders is right.  The Vermont independent may have lost the Iowa Democratic caucuses to Hillary Clinton by the narrowest of margins, but it really was a “virtual tie.”  —  With 99.9 percent of precincts counted in Iowa …
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton Declared Winner of Iowa Caucuses
Discussion: The Atlantic and Taylor Marsh
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Sanders campaign reviewing Iowa caucus totals, says actual result may never be known
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders rally chant: 'She's a liar!'
Associated Press:
Clinton takes Iowa, beating back Sanders' strong challenge
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Sanders: We may look into a recount
Nick Gass / Politico:
Clinton ekes out win in Iowa against Sanders
John McCormack / Weekly Standard:
Why Trump Lost Iowa  —  Evangelicals come through for Cruz.  —  West Des Moines, Iowa  —  All of the televisions in the Sheraton ballroom at Donald Trump's caucus watch party were turned to CNN when the news arrived a little after 9:00 p.m. local time.  With 97 percent of precincts reporting …
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Hunter Walker / Yahoo:
Sarah Palin talks about Trump's Iowa loss and whether they've discussed running together  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ® flew out of Iowa on Tuesday after traveling there to campaign with presidential hopeful Donald Trump.  —  Yahoo News spoke to Palin …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Donald Trump Comes Out Of Iowa Looking Like Pat Buchanan  —  On Monday, Iowa voters did something that Republican “party elites” had failed to do for more than seven months: They rejected Donald Trump.  —  Trump received 24 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses, placing him closer …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
How pollsters got Iowa wrong  —  Donald Trump led almost all of the polls leading up to Monday night's Iowa caucuses - just ask him.  —  He was in first place in the nine most recently conducted live-interviewer surveys of Republicans, going back three weeks.
Glenn Thrush / Politico:
5 takeaways from the Iowa caucuses  —  Here's one little 2016 tradition that should bite the dust after Monday night: Donald Trump's giddy recitation of the public polling showcasing his supremacy over the lesser, more vulnerable candidates in his party.  —  The Iowa polls …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Iowa caucuses: Ted Cruz wins
David Brooks / New York Times:
Donald Trump Isn't Real
Politico:
Rubio off to New Hampshire with wind at his back
Sasha Issenberg / Bloomberg Business:
How Ted Cruz Engineered His Iowa Triumph
Discussion: The Week
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Scott Brown to endorse Trump  —  MILFORD, N.H. — Former Massachusetts senator Scott P. Brown, a moderate Republican who two years ago ran for Senate in New Hampshire, will endorse Donald Trump at a rally here Tuesday night, one week before the state's presidential primary.
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Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Here's what to expect in the New Hampshire Republican primary
Discussion: American Power
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Can Marco Rubio Save Republicans From Themselves?
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   13 Quick Takeaways From The 2016 Iowa Caucuses
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Christie belittles Rubio as ‘the boy in the bubble’
Discussion: Daily Kos, New York Times and The Week
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Tori Floyd / Yahoo! News:
Woman Who Gets Waferless KitKat Demands Lifetime Supply  —  A woman is demanding a lifetime supply of KitKats after she bought a packet of the chocolatey treats without any wafer.  —  Saima Ahmad, 20, a law student from Enfield, north London, purchased a multipack of eight KitKat bars from a supermarket for £2 last month.
Discussion: Fox17 and WCTX-TV
New York Post:
How long can Hillary Clinton hide in a parallel universe?  —  Hillary Clinton's defense of her seemingly criminal mishandling of the nation's secrets now looks to be pretty much, I live in a parallel universe.  —  The latest: She insists the e-mail story is still in the news only because some …
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Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
FBI joins Flint drinking water investigation  —  The FBI is now investigating the contamination of Flint's drinking water, a man-made public health catastrophe, which has left an unknown number of Flint children and other residents poisoned by lead and resulted in state and federal emergency declarations.
 
 
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