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8:35 AM ET, February 4, 2016


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J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Despite Endorsement, Rick Santorum Completely Fails to Identify a Marco Rubio Accomplishment  —  Fresh off of his withdrawal from the Republican race for the Presidency, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum offered his passionate endorsement for Marco Rubio yesterday.
New York Times:
Chris Christie and Jeb Bush Team Up on a Mutual Target: Marco Rubio  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Frustrated and flailing as his candidacy threatens to slip away, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey is embarking on a scalding effort over the next week to discredit Senator Marco Rubio of Florida …
Discussion: Political Wire and Althouse
Aaron Bycoffe / FiveThirtyEight:
Marco Rubio Is Now Winning The Race For Endorsements  —  But most Republican officials are still waiting on the sidelines.  —  FiveThirtyEight's endorsement tracker has a new Republican leader for the first time in nearly six months: Marco Rubio, who, since his surprisingly strong third-place finish …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Plausibility of Ted Cruz
Matt Bai / Yahoo Politics:   Rubio's rise and the end of the Bush dynasty
John King / CNN:
First on CNN: Rick Santorum dropping presidential bid
Associated Press:
Rubio Looks to NH to Peg Himself as a Republican for All
Discussion: ABC News and Yahoo Politics
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Jimmy Carter: I'd choose Trump  —  Did Jimmy Carter just say he'd like Donald Trump to become president?  —  Not exactly.  And only if, you get the feeling, he was down to his very last choice.  —  Carter, 91, appeared in Britain's House of Lords Wednesday afternoon to deliver a lecture …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: I'd pick Trump over Cruz
Jack Blanchard /
Famous left-winger Jimmy Carter backs Donald Trump in the Republican race for President
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Power Line
Katie Glueck / Politico:   Cruz revels in Trump bashing
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Hillary needs to hear  —  I hope this column provokes a strong reaction from my brothers and sisters in the Democratic establishment, against whom I dissent in large measure today despite my history of working for Democratic leaders in Congress.  —  I am breaking rank and going rogue …
MJ Lee / CNN:
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash at CNN town hall
Brian Fallon / Yahoo Politics:
Clinton, Sanders fight to own ‘progressive’
John Eligon / New York Times:
Black Lives Matter Activist Jumps Into Baltimore Mayoral Fray  —  DeRay Mckesson, whose activism over the last year and a half has vaulted him from obscure Twitter sage to a political force in the national Black Lives Matter movement, announced Wednesday that he was running for mayor of Baltimore.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
DeRay Mckesson files to run in Baltimore mayoral race
Discussion: The Week and Engadget
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
DeRay Mckesson, Black Lives Matter activist, launches last-minute bid to become mayor of Baltimore
Discussion: The Atlantic and Raw Story
Robert W. Wood / Forbes:
Winner Of $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot Sued By Prisoner  —  As the Powerball jackpot topped $1 billion, the frenzy grew.  It was fun to dream, even if you knew you stood little chance.  But often, a winner faces suits by friends, co-workers, even family.
Discussion: WCMH-TV
Dallas Franklin / KFOR-TV:
Inmate suing Tennessee couple who won Powerball jackpot  —  MUNFORD, Tenn. - Less than a month after winning the Powerball jackpot, a Tennessee couple is being sued by an inmate.  —  Last month, a Tennessee couple came forward, claiming they are one of the three winners from the massive $1.6 billion Powerball drawing.
Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Dirty Politics: Witnessing Firsthand It's Always Heartbreaking, Never Surprising  —  Thank heavens Donald Trump opened so many eyes to the lies, corruption and total lack of accountability that come so naturally to the permanent political class.  And Sen. Ted Cruz was spot on when he once noted that …
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump resists staff calls to change course  —  In the lead-up to Donald Trump's loss in Iowa, staffers sought additional funding for campaign infrastructure and were denied.  —  Now, six days from the New Hampshire primary and looking for his first win, Trump is still refusing to shake up his ground game.
Discussion: RedState
Associated Press:
The Latest: Bush to NH Audience: ‘Please Clap’
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
The White House:
Remarks by the President at Islamic Society of Baltimore  —  THE PRESIDENT: Well, good afternoon.  And, Sabah, thank you for the wonderful introduction and for your example — your devotion to your faith and your education, and your service to others.  You're an inspiration.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump and Rubio question President Obama's visit to a mosque
Melissa Pamer / KTLA:
Car Lands on Top of Roof of Palos Verdes Estates Home's Garage: Fire Department  —  A driver lost control of his car and ended up landing on the roof of a Palos Verdes Estates home's garage, prompting an emergency response on Wednesday afternoon.  —  A vehicle landed on top of the roof of a Palos Verdes Estates home on Feb. 3, 2016.
Discussion: Fox17
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
The Great GOP Realignment  —  Ted Cruz and Donald Trump may herald an historic working-class Republican revolt against the party establishment.  —  JoshuaGreen  —  A few days before the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses, Brad Martsching was barreling down a Pennsylvania highway, hoping to unload …
Discussion: ABC News
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Clinton defends Wall Street speaking fees: 'That's what they offered'  —  Hillary Clinton on Wednesday night defended accepting huge speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, arguing that it won't influence the way she treats the banking industry.  —  Speaking at CNN's Democratic presidential forum …
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton and Sanders Open up About Spirituality
New York Times:
Ted Cruz, a Public Firebrand on Social Issues, Is Cooler When Wooing Donors  —  Ted Cruz sounded despondent at the possibility that same-sex marriage could become legal when he called into the radio show of Tony Perkins, a vehement opponent of gay rights, in February 2014.
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Obama Is Pressed to Open Military Front Against ISIS in Libya  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama is being pressed by some of his top national security aides to approve the use of American military power in Libya to open up another front against the Islamic State.
Discussion: The Week
Bridgette Bjorlo / WATE-TV:
Surveillance video shows Kingston store clerk striking gunman with hammer  —  KINGSTON (WATE) - The Kingston Police Department released surveillance video of a store clerk fighting off a gunman with a hammer.  —  The footage shows a tall white male in a hoodie demanding money from the register.
Discussion: WKRN-TV
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Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Donald Trump's Private Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Nashville
Discussion: WKRN-TV, Telegraph, WBAY-TV and WATE-TV
New York Post:
The e-mail scandal stretches far beyond Hillary
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Sanders Campaign Ad Misleadingly Suggests Endorsements
Emily Steel / New York Times:
Sumner Redstone Steps Down as CBS Chairman, Replaced by Leslie Moonves
Discussion: The Week and RT, more at Mediagazer »
Peter Hannam / Sydney Morning Herald:
Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe
Discussion: Mashable and Watts Up With That?
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ryan backs voting rights bill — but tells black caucus it's out of his hands
Discussion: Booman Tribune
 Earlier Items: 
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
NH GOP Rep: Giving Public Assistance To Muslims Is ‘Treason’!
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
The Latest: Meijer Donates $500,000 to 3 Flint Nonprofits
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Daily Caller
Blast blows hole in commercial plane over Somalia; 1 falls and dies
Discussion: New York Post, Mashable and Mediaite
Andy Hiller / WHDH-TV:
Hiller Instinct: 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire tracking poll day 3