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1:40 PM ET, February 3, 2016

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Jennifer Jacobs / Des Moines Register:
Iowa's nightmare revisited: Was correct winner called?  —  It's Iowa's nightmare scenario revisited: An extraordinarily close count in the Iowa caucuses — and reports of chaos in precincts and computer glitches — are raising questions about accuracy of the count and winner.
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Sandra Sobieraj Westfall / People.com:
Hillary Clinton Blasts Donald Trump: ‘We Were Not Friends’  —  Hillary Clinton may have been all-smiles-for-the-camera at Donald Trump's 2005 wedding.  But ask her today if, after Trump has made her husband's past infidelity a 2016 campaign issue, she could ever be friendly with the billionaire businessman again, Clinton is blunt.
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Sanders says he'll debate Clinton on Thursday  —  Bernie Sanders said Wednesday morning that he would participate in a Democratic debate this week in New Hampshire after some negotiating between his campaign and presidential rival Hillary Clinton.  —  “The answer is yes,” …
Courtney Enlow / Pajiba:
An All-Caps Explosion of Feelings Regarding the Liberal Backlash Against Hillary Clinton  —  As Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have become head-to-head rivals, their denizens have begun attacking each other, the Democratic Party eating itself like a snake that loves science and Planned Parenthood.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Cut Clinton some slack
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Sanders won't debate Thursday unless Clinton agrees to future debates
Chicago Tribune:
Hillary Clinton and the FBI primary
Discussion: The Resurgent
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
In Iowa, Hillary Shows She's Learned Something About Running While Female
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Sanders not ready to concede Iowa or confirm appearance in Thursday night debate
Discussion: RH Reality Check
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed:
Clinton Sends Brooklyn HQ Staff To New Hampshire
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Sanders raised $3M in 24 hours, his biggest single day yet
Discussion: RedState and Washington Post
Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Rand Paul drops out of White House race  —  Rand Paul dropped out of the 2016 president race on Wednesday, short on cash and support, two days after finishing with under 5 percent in the Iowa caucuses — less than one quarter of the support his father had drawn four years earlier.
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Nick Gass / Politico:
Trump accuses Cruz of ‘fraud,’ calls for new Iowa election  —  Donald Trump on Wednesday accused Ted Cruz of committing fraud, and called for a new election in Iowa.  —  Ratcheting up his rhetoric after his loss in the Iowa caucuses on Monday, Trump first tweeted an accusation that the Texas senator had …
Cristian Farias / The Huffington Post:
Ted Cruz Is A ‘Natural Born Citizen,’ Board Of Election Finds  —  “Further discussion on this issue is unnecessary.”  —  Legal Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  On the same day he won the Republican Iowa caucus, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas got a favorable decision from the Illinois Board of Elections …
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
What would it take to find out for sure if Ted Cruz (or others like him) is eligible for the presidency?
Discussion: ballot-access.org
New York Times:
Jeb Bush, an Also-Ran in Iowa, May Be Pivotal in New Hampshire  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — In the crowded New Hampshire primary, no candidate may shape the direction of the Republican presidential campaign more than the man who finished sixth in Iowa: Jeb Bush.  —  With Senator Ted Cruz of Texas …
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Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
In New Hampshire, GOP governors take aim at a resurgent Marco Rubio
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Full-page Bush ad takes aim at Rubio
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Marco Rubio Campaign Dispatches Its Army and New Lines of Attack
Discussion: Politico and Florida Politics
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
Rand Paul Drops Out  —  Rand Paul dropped his bid for the White House Wednesday morning after a fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses.  —  “It's been an incredible honor to run a principled campaign for the White House,” Paul said in a statement.  “Today, I will end where I began …
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Allegra Kirkland / Talking Points Memo:
Rand Paul Drops Out Of 2016 Race
Discussion: Salon
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Rand Paul Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign
Discussion: WCTX-TV and TVNewser
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz On Carson's ‘Dirty Trick’ Claim: I'm Not Gonna Scapegoat My Staff  —  Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday said he would not discipline any campaign staffers for notifying Iowa caucusgoers that Ben Carson had plans to drop out of the race even though the retired neurosurgeon only had plans for a quick trip home to Florida.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
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Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Says He'll Probably Sue Over Iowa Results, Accuses Cruz Of “Voter Fraud”
Discussion: Business Insider, CNN and The Stream
John Branch / New York Times:
N.F.L. Great Ken Stabler Had Brain Disease C.T.E. … Shortly before he died last July, the former N.F.L. quarterback Ken Stabler was rushed away by doctors, desperate to save him, in a Mississippi hospital.  His longtime partner followed the scrum to the elevator, holding his hand.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Trump On Iowa: I Only Recently Learned What ‘Ground Game’ Means!  (VIDEO)  —  Donald Trump on Wednesday morning acknowledged that his campaign may have needed a more robust operation in Iowa, noting that he only recently learned what the term “ground game” means.
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Bloomberg Business:
Kasich Says His Campaign Won't Drag on Like ‘Band of Minstrels’  —  Ohio governor won't stay if he struggles in New Hampshire  —  Kasich defends record, says party can't underestimate Clinton  —  Ohio Governor John Kasich said he's ready to drop out of the Republican presidential race if he …
Joe Weisenthal / Bloomberg Business:
Goldman Sachs Says It May Be Forced to Fundamentally Question How Capitalism Is Working  —  The profit margins debate could lead to an unsettling conclusion.  —  One of the most heated debates among investors is the question of whether corporate profit margins can maintain their elevated level …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Verge
Erin Kelly / USA Today:
House fails to override president's veto of Obamacare repeal  —  WASHINGTON — The House on Tuesday failed to override President Obama's veto of a bill that would have repealed key provisions of Obamacare and stripped federal funding from Planned Parenthood.
Discussion: The Week
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Kellan Howell / Washington Times:
Donald Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize  —  Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is reportedly in the running to receive the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.  —  Mr. Trump, who has attracted international backlash over his controversial rhetoric and call to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. …
Melissa Harris-Perry / Anna Julia Cooper Center:
Of Teachers and Students  —  I don't know if he was there to kill me.  —  Monday night I was sitting in a hotel lobby in downtown Des Moines with my back to a wall of windows, my eyes fixed on the TV, my attention wholly focused on early caucus results.  I didn't notice until …
 
 
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Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Robert Durst Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges, Setting Up Possible Murder Trial
Discussion: The Atlantic and KTLA
Jennifer Bendery / The Huffington Post:
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Discussion: Mediaite, BuzzFeed and Washington Post
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Trump's Supporters 11 Times More Likely Than Clinton's to Expect Sex on the First Date
Jake Pearson / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: NYC vets public-info requests for ‘sensitivity’
Jennifer Haberkorn / Politico:
Burwell will brief Hill leaders on Zika next week
Discussion: ABC News
Bryon Allen / Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research:
Three Thoughts on the Iowa Polls
Discussion: The Federalist and Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
FiveThirtyEight:
How Iowa Voted … Clinton 50.1 percent, Sanders 49.3 percent with 85 percent in.
Robby Soave / The Daily Beast:
The College Where Martin Luther King Is Problematic
Discussion: AOL
Associated Press:
CHIPOTLE SAYS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION WIDENS
Oliver Jj Lane / Breitbart:
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Discussion: National Review
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
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