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4:50 PM ET, February 4, 2016


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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.
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Branstad says Cruz employed ‘unethical and unfair’ tactics Monday night (AUDIO)  —  Governor Terry Branstad is crediting Ted Cruz for running an “old-fashioned”, 99-county campaign that yielded victory in Monday night's Iowa Caucuses, but Branstad is joining the chorus criticizing Cruz for “questionable” campaign tactics.
Alex Swoyer / Breitbart:
EXCLUSIVE-Voicemails: ‘Ben Carson Suspending Campaigning’; Cruz: ‘Accurate Report’  —  New audio obtained exclusively by Breitbart News indicates that as the Iowa caucuses began on Monday night, the Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) campaign called precinct captains informing them that Dr. Ben Carson …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
The fury of Ben Carson  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Five days from the New Hampshire primary, Ben Carson has yet to set foot in this state since his fourth-place finish in Iowa.  His detour to Florida for a fresh set of clothes has become a running joke online.  The candidate is, by all indications …
Scott Whitlock / NewsBusters:
Ted Cruz Schools ABC on ‘Dirty Trick’ Claim
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: RedState, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
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.
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
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Christie: Obama ‘Hug’ Never Happened
Discussion: Hot Air
Roberto Suro / New York Times:
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Made History. Didn't You Hear?
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Santorum can't name any of Rubio's Senate accomplishments
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: Politico, CNN and Taylor Marsh
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.”
New York Times:
Young Democrats Flock to Bernie Sanders, Spurning Hillary Clinton's Polish and Poise
Discussion: Gothamist and American Power
The Hill:
Female senators urge Warren: Back Hillary Clinton
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton makes her Wall Street problem worse
Discussion: Vox and Common Dreams
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.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
The Iowa Democratic Party Chair Refusing To Review Caucus Results Is A HUGE Hillary Supporter
New England Journal of Medicine:
Effect of Removal of Planned Parenthood from the Texas Women's Health Program  —  BACKGROUND  —  Texas is one of several states that have barred Planned Parenthood affiliates from providing health care services with the use of public funds.  After the federal government refused to allow …
Los Angeles Times:
After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies
Discussion: Daily Kos and Common Dreams
Daniel Schulman / Mother Jones:
This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump  —  There is one man standing in the way of the Koch brothers' plans to elect a free-market conservative to the White House in November.  His name is Donald J. Trump.  —  The Kochs, whose donor network is raising nearly $900 million …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Mashable
Douglas E. Schoen / Wall Street Journal:
Why Mike Bloomberg Can Win
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg Business
Matt Adams / Fox 59:
Family finds spider crawling inside bag of salad  —  (Feb. 4, 2016) - You definitely don't want to see something crawling inside your bag of lettuce, but that's exactly what happened to an Australian family.  —  Zoe Perry posted a video of the creepy encounter to Woolworths' Facebook page with the following message:
Julia Medew / Sydney Morning Herald:   Salmonella outbreak linked to Coles and Woolworths lettuce
Hair tourniquet?  Dad shares photo of baby's swollen toe to warn parents of common hazard … WICHITA, Kansas — A Kansas father has a warning for all parents after finding something strange on his infant daughter's foot.  —  He shared a photo on Facebook to warn other parents.
Discussion: FOX 61 and
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
At Baltimore Mosque, Obama Crushes the Muslim Haters  —  The president's speech at that Baltimore mosque reassured a nervous population and struck just the right note—we're Muslim and American.  —  The two most powerful moments during President Obama's first visit to an American mosque on Wednesday didn't happen during his speech.
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
Trump and Rubio question President Obama's visit to a mosque
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
William Barber / The Atlantic:
The Strange Career of James Crow, Esquire  —  A protest for voting rights in North Carolina Chuck Burton / AP  —  One hundred and fifteen years ago, George H. White took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives—to say goodbye.  A black Republican elected in 1896 by North Carolina's Fusion Party …
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The political wars damage public perception of Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts says  —  BOSTON — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said late Wednesday that partisan extremism is damaging the public's perception of the role of the Supreme Court, recasting the justices as players in the political process rather than its referees.
Discussion: Political Wire
Ian Frazier / New Yorker:
Sonia from the Bronx  —  Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice …
Discussion: New York Times, Althouse and SCOTUSblog
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Smirking drug CEO antagonizes lawmakers after pleading the Fifth  —  Embattled drug executive Martin Shkreli antagonized lawmakers on Thursday by smirking and posing for pictures during his first appearance on Capitol Hill even as he refused to answer questions about drug prices.
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Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Lottery ‘destroyed’ his winning $63-million Lotto jackpot, man claims
Discussion: KTLA, The Atlantic and Q13 FOX News
Numbers / Pew Research Center's Social …:
Most Americans Say Government Doesn't Do Enough to Help Middle Class
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax
Discussion: The Resurgent
Bradford Richardson / The Hill:
Trump: It was legal immigrants that made America great
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
VICE News:
VICE News Reveals the Terrorism Blacklist Secretly Wielding Power Over the Lives of Millions
Discussion: Raw Story
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Border agent: ‘We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether’
The 2016 Presidential Campaign - a News Event That's Hard to Miss
Clinton's Security Clearance Is Under Scrutiny
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Hot Air
David Segal / New York Times:
Playboy Puts On (Some) Clothes for Newly Redesigned Issue