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6:40 AM ET, February 5, 2016


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Hadas Gold / Politico:
Clinton and Sanders just had the election's most explosive exchange to date  —  The niceties are finished.  —  After a string of debates where Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders discussed (and occasionally disagreed about) the fine points of progressive policy, the two finally had a full-fledged throwdown Thursday night.
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.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Hillary Clinton's Problem Isn't That She's Not Progressive, It's That She's Cautious  —  Many of her struggles stem from the political calculations she's made in her career.  —  Senior Political Reporter, The Huffington Post  —  DERRY, N.H. — Back in May 2015, when Hillary Clinton's status …
Discussion: CNN, Vox, Slantpoint and Washington Post
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: Sanders Leads Clinton by 20 Points in New Hampshire  —  PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — Bernie Sanders maintains a significant double-digit lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, according to an NBC News/Wall Street/Marist poll conducted after Clinton's narrow apparent win in Monday's Iowa caucuses.
New York Times:
In Democratic Debate, Candidates Clash on Money's Role  —  DURHAM, N.H. — In a caustic debate on Thursday night, Hillary Clinton accused Senator Bernie Sanders of leveling “attacks by insinuation and innuendo” against her integrity and her credentials as a progressive by portraying her as beholden to wealthy interests and corporations.
Discussion: Gothamist and American Power
Alan Rappeport / New York Times:
Questions on Speeches to Goldman Sachs Vex Hillary Clinton  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — The millions of dollars that Hillary Clinton earned by giving paid speeches across corporate America may have turned out to be more trouble than they were worth.  —  The former secretary of state …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Anna Brand / NBC News:
Revolution or Evolution: Sanders, Clinton Tout Differences
Discussion: Advocate and AOL
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 …
ABC News:
New Hampshire poll: Trump on top, battle for second emerges  —  (CNN)Donald Trump continues to hold a wide lead among likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire, according to a new CNN/WMUR tracking poll, with the pack vying for second place is beginning to break up.
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Ben Carson slashes staff as funds dry up
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Branstad says Cruz employed ‘unethical and unfair’ tactics Monday night (AUDIO)
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.
Justin Fishel / ABC News:
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice Staffers Also Handled Emails Later Deemed Classified …
Discussion: Politico
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan offers new warning for Chaffetz on email probe
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Rachael Bade / Politico:   FBI contacts Colin Powell as part of email probe
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 …
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Ted Cruz Attacks Sean Penn—and Here's Penn's Response  —  At an addiction policy forum in Hooksett, New Hampshire, on Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz, the winner of the Republican Iowa caucuses, turned his talk about the awful consequences of addiction into a rant against...illegal immigration.
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 …
Obama to seek new tax on oil in budget proposal
Discussion: Truth Revolt
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 …
Daniel Schulman / Mother Jones:
This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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.
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.
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
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Los Angeles Times:
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Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
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Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
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VICE News:
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Discussion: Raw Story