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6:40 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
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 …
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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 …
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.”
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton makes her Wall Street problem worse
Discussion: Vox and Common Dreams
Amanda Hess / Slate:
Everyone Is Wrong About the Bernie Bros
Discussion: Carl Beijer and The Slot
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 …
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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.
Brett LoGiurato / Business Insider:
Donald Trump's poll numbers took a nosedive in the first national survey after Iowa
Andy Hiller / WHDH-TV:
Hiller Instinct: 7News/UMass Lowell New Hampshire tracking poll day 4
Roberto Suro / New York Times:
Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio Made History. Didn't You Hear?
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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
The Iowa Democratic Party Chair Refusing To Review Caucus Results Is A HUGE Hillary Supporter
Bill Scher / Politico:
Why Socialists Can't Wait for Bernie to Lose
Discussion: ballot-access.org
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:   FBI contacts Colin Powell as part of email probe
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Ryan offers new warning for Chaffetz on email probe
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
BloombergView.com:
Clinton's Security Clearance Is Under Scrutiny
Discussion: Hot Air and The Daily Caller
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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Devin Henry / The Hill:
Obama to push $10-per-barrel oil tax for green transportation plan
Discussion: Engadget
Reuters:
Obama to seek new tax on oil in budget proposal
Discussion: Truth Revolt
The White House:
FACT SHEET: President Obama's 21st Century Clean Transportation System
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Daily Caller
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: FOX 61 and fox4kc.com
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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Los Angeles Times:
After Texas stopped funding Planned Parenthood, low-income women had more babies
Discussion: Daily Kos and Common Dreams
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
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
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Sheldon Adelson tightens grip on Review-Journal  —  After a brief spell of normalcy seemed to return to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, all bets are now off.  —  A new publisher has appeared overnight at the paper, a new editor will be installed as soon as Friday, and, sources tell me …
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.
 
 
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TIME:
Hillary Clinton Talks Campaign Battle Ahead
Discussion: Mediaite
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
Andrew Das / New York Times:
U.S. Soccer Sues Union Representing the Women's National Team
Veronica Rocha / Los Angeles Times:
Lottery ‘destroyed’ his winning $63-million Lotto jackpot, man claims
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VICE News:
VICE News Reveals the Terrorism Blacklist Secretly Wielding Power Over the Lives of Millions
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Daniel Schulman / Mother Jones:
This Is How Much the Koch Brothers Hate Donald Trump
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Mashable
Dean Obeidallah / The Daily Beast:
At Baltimore Mosque, Obama Crushes the Muslim Haters
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
The political wars damage public perception of Supreme Court, Chief Justice Roberts says
Discussion: Political Wire
Zeke J Miller / TIME:
Christie: Obama ‘Hug’ Never Happened
Discussion: Hot Air
Sarah Ferris / The Hill:
Smirking drug CEO antagonizes lawmakers after pleading the Fifth