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12:00 PM ET, February 4, 2016

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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.
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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 …
Discussion: CNN and Taylor Marsh
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
This one moment perfectly captures the Clinton-Sanders war over progressivism  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Tonight the Democratic presidential candidates are set to debate in New Hampshire, and all indications are that they will use the occasion to battle over whether Hillary Clinton is a genuine progressive …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Slantpoint
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Donald Trump's poll numbers took a nosedive in the first national survey after Iowa  —  Real-estate mogul Donald Trump's standing in the Republican presidential race deflated in the first national survey released after his loss to Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in the Monday-night Iowa caucuses.
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: The Atlantic and Hot Air
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: MSNBC and Althouse
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Republican Race Tightens Nationally; Clinton Still Solid  —  PPP's newest national poll finds the race on the Republican side tightening considerably in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise loss in Iowa on Monday night.  Trump's lead has fallen to just 4 points- he's at 25% to 21% each …
Discussion: Hot Air
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders spotlights Clinton vulnerabilities
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
The Hill:
Female senators urge Warren: Back Hillary Clinton
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN, ABC News and Politico
Vicki Needham / The Hill:   Sanders vows to stop Obama trade deal
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 …
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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 …
MJ Lee / CNN:
Donald Trump to take N.H. by storm
Discussion: WCMH-TV and Townhall.com
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: I'd pick Trump over Cruz
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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Matt Bai / Yahoo Politics:   Rubio's rise and the end of the Bush dynasty
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum Struggles To Explain Why He Endorsed Rubio: 'Hard To Say There's Accomplishments' (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
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.
DeRay Mckesson:
I Am Running for Mayor of Baltimore  —  I love Baltimore.  This city has made me the man that I am.  —  Like an old friend, I've seen it at its best and its most challenged.  From Ms. Rainey's second grade class at Rosemont Elementary School to the mixes of K Swift & Miss Tony on 92Q …
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Eliza Collins / Politico:
Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein: Sanders candidacy a ‘dangerous moment’  —  The head of Goldman Sachs said on Wednesday that Bernie Sanders' insurgent candidacy “has the potential to be a dangerous moment.”  —  Lloyd Blankfein, who is chairman and CEO of the bank, was speaking to CNBC's “Squawk Box.”
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Clinton defends Wall Street speaking fees: 'That's what they offered'
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and ABC News
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 …
BloombergView.com:
Clinton's Security Clearance Is Under Scrutiny  —  Now that several e-mails on Hillary Clinton's private server have been classified, there is a more immediate question than the outcome of the investigation: Should the former secretary of state retain her security clearance during the inquiry?
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New York Post:
The e-mail scandal stretches far beyond Hillary
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Bipartisan Report:
Ted Cruz's Campaign Chair Resigns After Revelations He Lied About Military Service  —  A Republican lawmaker who's serving as chairman of Sen. Ted Cruz's campaign in Washington state has resigned over accusations that he exaggerated his military record and lied about serving in the Marines and being wounded in combat.
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
BBC:
Julian Assange is being arbitrarily held, UN panel to say  —  A UN panel has ruled in favour of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange after he complained he was “arbitrarily detained”, the BBC understands.  —  Mr Assange claimed asylum in London's Ecuadorean embassy in 2012 to avoid extradition …
Journalism.org:
The 2016 Presidential Campaign - a News Event That's Hard to Miss  —  About nine-in-ten Americans learn about the election in a given week, but they are divided over the most helpful type of source  —  News and information about the contentious 2016 presidential election is permeating the American public …
David Segal / New York Times:
Playboy Puts On (Some) Clothes for Newly Redesigned Issue  —  What is Playboy without naked women?  It sounds a little bit like Car and Driver magazine without cars or drivers, and for readers who want only to gawk at the most intimate of female parts, it is just that.
 
 
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Discussion: WKRN-TV, Telegraph, WBAY-TV, WATE-TV and The Week
Sam Frizell / TIME:
Sanders Campaign Ad Misleadingly Suggests Endorsements
Discussion: Politico
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Ryan backs voting rights bill — but tells black caucus it's out of his hands
New York Times:
Ted Cruz, a Public Firebrand on Social Issues, Is Cooler When Wooing Donors
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Discussion: Fox17
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump resists staff calls to change course
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState