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8:20 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.
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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 …
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.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
The fury of Ben Carson
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo:
Cruz Camp Left Iowa Voters Voice Mails Repeating Carson ‘Suspending’ Rumors
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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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 …
CNN:
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.
Andy Hiller / WHDH-TV:
Hiller Instinct: 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire tracking poll day 4
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Donald Trump's poll numbers took a nosedive in the first national survey after Iowa
New York Times:
Young Democrats Flock to Bernie Sanders, Spurning Hillary Clinton's Polish and Poise
Discussion: Gothamist and American Power
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
The Iowa Democratic Party Chair Refusing To Review Caucus Results Is A HUGE Hillary Supporter
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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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.”
Brent Budowsky / The Hill:
What Hillary needs to hear
Hillary Clinton / Yahoo Politics:
Hillary's Financial Armada
Discussion: Politico
Daniel Schulman / Mother Jones:
This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump
Discussion: Vanity Fair
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton makes her Wall Street problem worse
Discussion: Vox and Common Dreams
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
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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Los Angeles Times:
After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies  —  Antiabortion activists rally outside the Texas Capitol in Austin.  A new study links the defunding of Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics in the state with a rise in births among low-income women.
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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.
fox8.com:
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: fox4kc.com
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:
Discussion: Sydney Morning Herald and fox8.com
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
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
GOP strategist threatens Trump with lawsuit  —  The script has been flipped on Donald Trump.  —  Trump and his team are well known for threatening lawsuits, but on Thursday, the celebrity mogul and his campaign manager were the ones on the receiving end of a legal threat.
Discussion: The Right Scoop
 
 
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Alex Jaffe / NBC News:
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Charlie Spiering / Breitbart:
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TMZ.com:
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ABC News:
New Hampshire Tattoo Artist Offers Free ‘Trump Stamps’
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Lydia Depillis / Washington Post:
West Virginia House passes right-to-work bill, after harsh debate
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Everyone Is Wrong About the Bernie Bros
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VICE News:
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Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The political wars damage public perception of Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts says
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Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Christie: Obama ‘Hug’ Never Happened
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Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Smirking drug CEO antagonizes lawmakers after pleading the Fifth
Joshua Green / Bloomberg Business:
The Great GOP Realignment
Discussion: Washington Monthly