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9:45 AM ET, February 4, 2016

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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 …
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Des Moines Register:
Last Slide  —  Once again the world is laughing at Iowa.  Late-night comedians and social media mavens are having a field day with jokes about missing caucusgoers and coin flips.  —  That's fine.  We can take ribbing over our quirky process.  But what we can't stomach is even the whiff of impropriety or error.
Andy Hiller / WHDH-TV:
Hiller Instinct: 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire tracking poll day 4  —  It's not an earthquake, yet...But the political ground in New Hampshire is moving.  —  We're seeing more of Iowa's impact, and the war of words underway here.  —  Hillary Clinton is coming back; and Marco Rubio is coming up.
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Clinton stumbles on Wall Street question at CNN town hall
Discussion: Hot Air and Political Wire
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders spotlights Clinton vulnerabilities
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
The Hill:
Female senators urge Warren: Back Hillary Clinton
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Clinton defends Wall Street speaking fees: 'That's what they offered'
MJ Lee / CNN:
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash at CNN town hall
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton and Sanders Open up About Spirituality
J.D. Durkin / Mediaite:
Despite Endorsement, Rick Santorum Completely Fails to Identify a 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.
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Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Plausibility of Ted Cruz  —  It's rare for a politician to be overshadowed in victory, and even rarer when that victory is actually an upset.  But Ted Cruz managed that trick in Iowa: Despite pulling out a victory when almost everyone expected Donald J. Trump to win …
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
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump and Rubio question President Obama's visit to a mosque  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) are questioning President Obama's visit to a mosque in a Baltimore suburb on Wednesday, where he preached religious tolerance …
Matt Bai / Yahoo Politics:   Rubio's rise and the end of the Bush dynasty
Aaron Bycoffe / FiveThirtyEight:
Marco Rubio Is Now Winning The Race For Endorsements
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum Struggles To Explain Why He Endorsed Rubio: 'Hard To Say There's Accomplishments' (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: I'd pick Trump over Cruz
Jack Blanchard / Mirror.co.uk:
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
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 …
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, FiveThirtyEight and Engadget
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John Eligon / New York Times:
Black Lives Matter Activist Jumps Into Baltimore Mayoral Fray
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Mediaite
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 Costa / Washington Post:
Ben Carson slashes staff as funds dry up  —  CONCORD, N.H. — Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon whose bid for the Republican presidential nomination has struggled to keep pace with rivals, will cut more than 50 staff positions on Thursday as part of an overhaul and downsizing of his entire campaign.
Discussion: The Right Scoop and The Resurgent
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Sarah Palin / Facebook:
Dirty Politics: Witnessing Firsthand It's Always Heartbreaking, Never Surprising
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
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
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Dallas Franklin / KFOR-TV:
Inmate suing Tennessee couple who won Powerball jackpot
Discussion: fox8.com
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.
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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
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Associated Press:
The Latest: Bush to NH Audience: ‘Please Clap’
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
New York Post:
The e-mail scandal stretches far beyond Hillary  —  Oops: Hillary Clinton wasn't the only Obama official who failed to understand that you don't send sensitive information via unprotected e-mail.  —  The State Department has confirmed that Clinton's successor as secretary of state, John Kerry …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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.
Sarah Karlin / Politico:
Martin Shkreli to plead the Fifth on Hill  —  The drug industry's most notorious CEO, who exulted in making a fortune by jacking up the price of a life-saving medicine, will plead the Fifth Amendment on Thursday morning when he appears for the first time before lawmakers he trashes on Twitter.
 
 
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Ben Stein / American Spectator:
Anger Makes Total Sense
Julia Jacobo / ABC News:
Donald Trump's Private Plane Makes Emergency Landing in Nashville
Discussion: WKRN-TV, Telegraph, WBAY-TV and WATE-TV
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Sanders Campaign Ad Misleadingly Suggests Endorsements
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Peter Hannam / Sydney Morning Herald:
Climate science to be gutted as CSIRO swings jobs axe
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ryan backs voting rights bill — but tells black caucus it's out of his hands
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Caitlin MacNeal / Talking Points Memo:
NH GOP Rep: Giving Public Assistance To Muslims Is ‘Treason’!
Discussion: Raw Story