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9:55 AM ET, February 4, 2016

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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 …
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 …
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: Althouse and Political Wire
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 …
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
Matt Bai / Yahoo Politics:   Rubio's rise and the end of the Bush dynasty
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: I'd pick Trump over Cruz
Associated Press:
Rubio Looks to NH to Peg Himself as a Republican for All
Discussion: ABC News and Yahoo Politics
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  —  DERRY, N.H. — Hillary Clinton gave no ground to Bernie Sanders over her progressive credentials at a televised forum Wednesday night, but the most notable moment came when Clinton was forced to answer a question about her Wall Street ties from moderator Anderson Cooper.
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'
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
MJ Lee / CNN:
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash at CNN town hall
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton and Sanders Open up About Spirituality
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
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 …
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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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
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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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
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.
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
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
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Bipartisan Report:
Ted Cruz's Campaign Chair Resigns After Revelations He Lied About Military Service
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Sarah Karlin / Politico:
Martin Shkreli to plead the Fifth on Hill
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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Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
Obama Is Pressed to Open Military Front Against ISIS in Libya
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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, 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