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5:40 AM ET, February 4, 2016


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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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
Rubio Looks to NH to Peg Himself as a Republican for All  —  Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is using every bit of momentum his campaign received from the Iowa caucuses to show New Hampshire voters that he — not his competition — is the Republican for all Americans.
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and ABC News
New York Times:
Jeb Bush, an Also-Ran in Iowa, May Be Pivotal in New Hampshire
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Team Carson furious with Cruz
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
Joy Y. Wang / MSNBC:
Bush pleads for town hall attendees to ‘please clap’
Discussion: Yahoo Politics and BuzzFeed
Jonathan Swan / The Hill:
Carson condemns Cruz's campaign tactics
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 …
Neetzan Zimmerman / The Hill:
Cruz breaks silence on Trump's voter fraud allegations: ‘Another Trumper tantrum’  —  Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Wednesday afternoon took to Twitter to respond to voter fraud allegations made against him by rival Donald Trump, dismissing the comments as a “Trumper tantrum.”
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: I'd pick Trump over Cruz  —  Jimmy Carter would pick Donald Trump over Ted Cruz, but he doesn't think Trump will make it that far.  —  “I think I would choose Trump, which may surprise some of you,” the former Democratic president said during an appearance at Britain's House of Lords on Wednesday afternoon.
Katie Glueck / Politico:   Cruz revels in Trump bashing
Jack Blanchard /
Famous left-winger Jimmy Carter backs Donald Trump in the Republican race for President
Discussion: The Right Scoop and Power Line
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
It's on: We're getting four more Democratic debates  —  The campaigns of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have agreed on a rough schedule for four new debates over the next few months, according to various sources, a move that shows the Democratic primary is now set to shift into a higher gear …
MJ Lee / CNN:
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash at CNN town hall
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Clinton defends Wall Street speaking fees: 'That's what they offered'
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton and Sanders Open up About Spirituality
Brian Fallon / Yahoo Politics:
Clinton, Sanders fight to own ‘progressive’
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and Washington Post
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.
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 … In a surprise move, civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson jumped into the already crowded contest for Baltimore mayor Wednesday night, shaking up the Democratic field minutes before the deadline to file.
Discussion: The Week and Engadget
Wesley Lowery / Washington Post:
DeRay Mckesson, Black Lives Matter activist, launches last-minute bid to become mayor of Baltimore  —  DeRay Mckesson, a prominent activist linked to the Black Lives Matter protest movement, filed paperwork Wednesday evening to enter the Democratic primary in the 2016 Baltimore mayoral race.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Carly Fiorina:
Letter to the RNC regarding debate process
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
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.
Fox News:
Sources: Santorum to suspend 2016 presidential campaign
Discussion: The Week and Trail Blazers Blog
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: Q13 FOX News
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.
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Emily Steel / New York Times:
Sumner Redstone Steps Down as CBS Chairman, Replaced by Leslie Moonves
Discussion: The Week and RT
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
Richard W. Painter / New York Times:
The Conservative Case for Campaign-Finance Reform
Discussion: Politicus USA
Richard Orange / Telegraph:
Anonymous US politician nominated Donald Trump as Nobel Peace Prize
Discussion: Vox, Refinery29 and Joe.My.God.
 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