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2:55 PM ET, February 3, 2016

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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's moment of humility didn't last long.  The billionaire businessman, still licking his wounds after a decisive loss in Iowa on Monday, is now crying foul, accusing Ted Cruz of stealing the election and calling for a do-over.
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 …
Andrew Kaczynski / BuzzFeed:
Trump Says He'll Probably Sue Over Iowa Results, Accuses Cruz Of “Voter Fraud”  —  “This guy is really fraudulent,” Trump says of Cruz.  —  Joe Raedle / Getty Images  —  w.soundcloud.com  —  Donald Trump says he will probably sue over the results of the Iowa caucuses, accusing Ted Cruz of committing voter fraud to win.
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz On Carson's ‘Dirty Trick’ Claim: I'm Not Gonna Scapegoat My Staff
Discussion: The Right Scoop
Meridith McGraw / ABC News:
Rand Paul Suspends 2016 Presidential Campaign
Discussion: WCTX-TV and TVNewser
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.
Chicago Tribune:
Hillary Clinton and the FBI primary
Discussion: The Resurgent
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill:
Sanders says he'll debate Clinton on Thursday
Courtney Enlow / Pajiba:   An All-Caps Explosion of Feelings Regarding the Liberal Backlash Against Hillary Clinton
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Sanders won't debate Thursday unless Clinton agrees to future debates
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Cut Clinton some slack
Rebecca Traister / New York Magazine:
In Iowa, Hillary Shows She's Learned Something About Running While Female
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's Dutiful Slog
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 …
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Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Ruling: Ted Cruz is a ‘natural born citizen’
Discussion: neo-neocon and Hot Air
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
John King / CNN:
First on CNN: Rick Santorum dropping presidential bid  —  (CNN)Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is ending his presidential bid, two Republican sources told CNN.  —  He is expected to make the announcement Wednesday night.
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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 …
CNN:
Obama to rebut GOP Muslim rhetoric in first U.S. mosque visit  —  (CNN)Seeking to rebut what he views as perilous election-year bombast about Muslims, President Barack Obama heads Wednesday to a mosque in Baltimore, his first visit to such a site in the United States.
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Michelle Boorstein / Washington Post:
President Obama's mosque visit spotlights a new generation of Muslim Americans
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.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Alcohol and Pregnancy  —  Why take the risk?  —  Overview  —  Alcohol use during pregnancy can cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), which are physical, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities that last a lifetime.  More than 3 million US women are at risk of exposing …
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Liz Szabo / USA Today:
CDC: Young women should avoid alcohol unless using birth control
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 …
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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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 …
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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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 …
New York Times:
Mr. Cuomo's Housing Wrecking Ball  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who should be using his power to make New York City more hospitable to working-class and middle-class families, has instead slipped a little poison into his executive budget that could cripple the city's ambitious efforts to build affordable housing.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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Jake Pearson / Associated Press:
APNewsBreak: NYC vets public-info requests for ‘sensitivity’
 
 
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New York Times:
Zika Infection Transmitted by Sex Reported in Texas
Discussion: USA Today, Washington Post and NPR
Speaker.gov:
Speaker Ryan at Heritage Action: ‘We Have to Unite Conservatives’
Charles V. Bagli / New York Times:
Robert Durst Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges, Setting Up Possible Murder Trial
Discussion: The Atlantic and KTLA
Christina Cauterucci / Slate:
Trump's Supporters 11 Times More Likely Than Clinton's to Expect Sex on the First Date
 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
Oliver Jj Lane / Breitbart:
Top German Journalist Admits Live On Air National News Agenda Set By Government
Discussion: Truth Revolt and National Review