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10:20 AM 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.
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 …
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.
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.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Clinton defends Wall Street speaking fees: 'That's what they offered'
Discussion: Scared Monkeys
Gabriel Debenedetti / Politico:
Sanders spotlights Clinton vulnerabilities
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
The Hill:
Female senators urge Warren: Back Hillary Clinton
Discussion: ABC News and Politico
Matea Gold / Washington Post:
Clinton blasts Wall Street, but still draws millions in contributions
MJ Lee / CNN:
Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders clash at CNN town hall
Liz Kreutz / ABC News:
Clinton and Sanders Open up About Spirituality
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 …
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.
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 …
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
Santorum: Marco Rubio brings people together
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Slantpoint
Caitlin Cruz / Talking Points Memo:
Santorum Struggles To Explain Why He Endorsed Rubio: 'Hard To Say There's Accomplishments' (VIDEO)
Discussion: The Week
Aaron Bycoffe / FiveThirtyEight:
Marco Rubio Is Now Winning The Race For Endorsements
Matt Bai / Yahoo Politics:   Rubio's rise and the end of the Bush dynasty
Associated Press:
Rubio Looks to NH to Peg Himself as a Republican for All
Discussion: ABC News and Yahoo Politics
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 …
John Eligon / New York Times:
Black Lives Matter Activist Jumps Into Baltimore Mayoral Fray
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 …
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?
New York Post:
The e-mail scandal stretches far beyond Hillary
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 regularly trashes on Twitter.
Benjamin Siegel / ABC News:
‘Pharmo Bro’ Martin Shkreli to Plead the Fifth on Capitol Hill
Discussion: Towleroad
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 …
Eliza Collins / Politico:
Jimmy Carter: I'd pick Trump over Cruz
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
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
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Study finds rom-coms teach female filmgoers to tolerate ‘stalker myth’
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David Segal / New York Times:
Playboy Puts On (Some) Clothes for Newly Redesigned Issue
Bipartisan Report:
Ted Cruz's Campaign Chair Resigns After Revelations He Lied About Military Service
Discussion: Joe.My.God. and Raw Story
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, WATE-TV and The Week
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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Week
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
New York Times:
Ted Cruz, a Public Firebrand on Social Issues, Is Cooler When Wooing Donors
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
Trump resists staff calls to change course
Discussion: Associated Press and RedState
Robert W. Wood / Forbes:
Winner Of $1.6 Billion Powerball Jackpot Sued By Prisoner
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