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9:45 PM ET, February 4, 2016

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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 …
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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.
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Camp Left Iowa Voters Voice Mails Repeating Carson ‘Suspending’ Rumors
Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
Condoleezza Rice Aides, Colin Powell Also Got Classified Info on Personal Emails  —  The State Department's Inspector General has found classified information sent to the personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the senior staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBC News has learned.
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan offers new warning for Chaffetz on email probe
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Justin Fishel / ABC News:   Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice Staffers Also Handled Emails Later Deemed Classified …
Rachael Bade / Politico:   FBI contacts Colin Powell as part of email probe
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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Hillary Clinton / Yahoo Politics:
Hillary's Financial Armada
Discussion: Politico
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Sanders Leads Clinton by 20 Points in New Hampshire
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Hillary needs to hear
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CNN:
Sanders tops Clinton by 2-to-1 margin in New Hampshire  —  (CNN)Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to hold a wide lead over Hillary Clinton among likely New Hampshire primary voters, according to a new CNN/WMUR tracking poll conducted entirely after the Iowa caucuses.
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 …
ABC News:
ABC News Hosts “New Hampshire: The Republicans Debate” in Partnership with WMUR, Independent Journal Review, RNC and Saint Anselm College  —  ABC News is partnering with ABC affiliate WMUR, Independent Journal Review, the Republican National Committee and Saint Anselm College to host …
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ABC News:
ABC News Announces New Hampshire Republican Debate Candidate Lineup
Discussion: WATE-TV and Associated Press
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.
Douglas E. Schoen / Wall Street Journal:
Why Mike Bloomberg Can Win  —  Record numbers of voters are independents—who won't be satisfied with Clinton, Trump or Cruz.  —  As the results from the Iowa caucuses rolled in Monday, it became more clear than ever: If former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ran for president as an independent …
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Daniel Schulman / Mother Jones:
This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Los Angeles Times:
Maurice White, founder of Earth, Wind & Fire, dies at 74  —  Maurice White, center, leads Earth Wind & Fire at the Forum in Inglewood on Dec. 12, 1981.  —  Maurice White, co-founder and leader of the groundbreaking ensemble Earth, Wind & Fire, died at his Los Angeles home Thursday.  He was 74 years old.
Discussion: KTLA and The Week
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TMZ.com:
Earth, Wind & Fire's Maurice White — Dead at 74
Discussion: WQAD-TV
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
Obama to propose $10-a-barrel oil tax  —  President Barack Obama is about to unveil an ambitious plan for a “21st century clean transportation system.”  And he hopes to fund it with a tax on oil.  —  Obama aides told POLITICO that when he releases his final budget request next week …
Discussion: The Resurgent
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MSNBC:
Watch LIVE: MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate  —  Five days before Granite State voters head to the polls, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will debate one-on-one for the first time in the MSNBC Democratic Candidates Debate.
Research at Facebook:
In honor of Friends Day, we've recalculated the classic ‘Six degrees of separation’ statistic for everyone who uses Facebook and determined that the number is actually 3.57.  Each person in the world (at least among the 1.55 billion people active on Facebook) is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half steps.
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 …
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Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Lottery ‘destroyed’ his winning $63-million Lotto jackpot, man claims  —  A lottery ticket worth $63 million was sold at a 7-Eleven in Chatsworth.  The ticketholder has until 5 p.m. Thursday to claim the prize.  —  With just hours remaining before California Lottery officials declare …
Discussion: KTLA, Q13 FOX News and The Atlantic
Alex Jaffe / NBC News:
Questions Surround Marco Rubio's Role at Florida College  —  Marco Rubio has received plenty of attention - and criticism - for skipping Senate hearings and votes as he campaigns for his White House bid.  —  But this isn't the first job where Rubio has taken heat for failing to go all in.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Exclusive: George W. Bush cuts television ad backing his brother  —  Former President George W. Bush has cut a TV ad for the super PAC supporting his brother, marking the former president's most public political activity in the campaign to date.  —  “The first job of the president is to protect America.
Discussion: Hot Air and Mediaite
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Ashley Parker / New York Times:
Jeb Bush Plans Family Reunion (and Campaigning) in South Carolina
Discussion: Business Insider and Daily Kos
 
 
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Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
Nancy Pelosi Quotes Mohammad at National Prayer Breakfast
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
GOP strategist threatens Trump with lawsuit
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ABC News:
New Hampshire Tattoo Artist Offers Free ‘Trump Stamps’
Discussion: WBKR
Lydia Depillis / Washington Post:
West Virginia House passes right-to-work bill, after harsh debate
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson tightens grip on Review-Journal
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Everyone Is Wrong About the Bernie Bros
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VICE News:
VICE News Reveals the Terrorism Blacklist Secretly Wielding Power Over the Lives of Millions
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Adams / Fox 59:
Family finds spider crawling inside bag of salad
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald and fox8.com
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Smirking drug CEO antagonizes lawmakers after pleading the Fifth
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Hair tourniquet? Dad shares photo of baby's swollen toe to warn parents of common hazard
Discussion: fox4kc.com
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
The Great GOP Realignment
Discussion: Washington Monthly