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11:00 AM ET, January 29, 2016


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Who won the ratings race: Fox News or Donald Trump?  —  Donald Trump counter-programmed Thursday's GOP primary debate with his own prime time event.  So whose show scored a bigger audience?  —  Answer: Fox's debate.  But it was the second lowest rated debate of the season.
Steven Shepard / Politico:
GOP insiders: It was a rough night for Ted Cruz  —  In the final debate before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, Ted Cruz had the worst night of the seven GOP presidential candidates on stage Thursday .  —  That's according to a plurality of the Republican members of The POLITICO Caucus …
Ted Cruz / Yahoo Politics:
Ted Cruz threatened to leave the debate after a ‘mean question’  —  DES MOINES, Iowa — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) told the moderators of the Republican presidential debate at Iowa Events Center on Thursday that he might just take his ball and go home.  —  His threat to leave the stage came …
Mike Allen / Politico:
An Iowa win might make the Trump train unstoppable  —  DES MOINES — Ted Cruz and Donald Trump do agree on one thing—if Trump wins Iowa, he might be unstoppable on his way to winning the Republican presidential nomination.  —  And they are not alone.  —  A wide range of senior Republicans …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Top 10 moments of the GOP debate  —  There was a Donald Trump-sized void in the Republican debate lineup tonight.  The New York billionaire and Republican front-runner followed through on his boycott of the event, sponsored by Fox News, and held his own rally nearby.
Trump's Fox News debate fight widens Republican rift  —  Donald Trump will widen a rupture between his supporters and the Republican Party establishment on Thursday when he boycotts a presidential debate in a snub to Fox News only days before the 2016 election season starts in earnest.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:   Marco Rubio's Camp Sees Opening if Donald Trump Wins in Iowa
Michael A. Cohen /
What happens in Iowa . . . doesn't matter
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico implodes  —  In what can be described only as a cataclysm in Beltway media, CEO Jim VandeHei is leaving Politico, the eight-year-old politics website that shook up Washington journalism, according to sources and reports by Huffington Post and CNNMoney.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Massive Shakeup At Politico With Co-Founder Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen Set To Leave  —  Who will win the morning now?  —  Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post  —  Politico CEO Jim VandeHei is expected to leave the company he co-founded later this year in what staffers believe will be a major shake-up.
Hadas Gold / Politico:
A memo from POLITICO's founder and publisher Robert Allbritton
Hadas Gold / Politico:
A memo from POLITICO CEO Jim VandeHei
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen departing
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Politico Will Lose Its Co-Founder and 4 Others
Discussion: Politico and FishbowlDC
USA Today:
FBI releases video of shooting death of Oregon protester  —  The FBI arrested three more people in connection with the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon.  The arrests come a day after eight armed protesters were taken into custody.
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:
­Elizabeth Warren: One Way to Rebuild Our Institutions  —  WASHINGTON — WHILE presidential candidates from both parties feverishly pitch their legislative agendas, voters should also consider what presidents can do without Congress.  Agency rules, executive actions and decisions …
Discussion: Politico, The Intercept and Hullabaloo
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis:
Jeannine Aversa: (202) 606-2649 (News Media)  —  National Income and Product Accounts  —  Gross Domestic Product: Fourth Quarter and Annual 2015 (Advance Estimate)  —  Real gross domestic product — the value of the goods and services produced by the nation's economy less the value …
William Grimes / New York Times:
Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane Dies at 74  —  Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, one of the definitive San Francisco psychedelic groups of the 1960s, and the guiding spirit of its successor, Jefferson Starship, died.  He was 74.  —  Mr. Kantner's death was confirmed …
Aidin Vaziri / San Francisco Chronicle:
Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner dies at 74
Discussion: The Week, SFist, CBS Philly and WCTX-TV
Tucker Carlson / Politico:
Donald Trump Is Shocking, Vulgar and Right  —  About 15 years ago, I said something nasty on CNN about Donald Trump's hair.  I can't now remember the context, assuming there was one.  In any case, Trump saw it and left a message the next day.  —  “It's true you have better hair than I do,” Trump said matter-of-factly.
Discussion: Red Alert Politics
Julian Hattem / The Hill:
State to release some Clinton emails on Friday; thousands still delayed  —  The State Department on Friday will release roughly 2,000 pages of Hillary Clinton's emails, but will delay the final batch of messages until after voters go to the polls in early primary states.
Discussion: Hot Air and The Week
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Biden urges Dems to get aggressive  —  BALTIMORE, MD. — Vice President Biden is urging House Democrats to own President Obama's policy achievements as a route back to the lower-chamber majority.  —  Speaking to a large group of Democrats gathered in Baltimore for their annual issues conference …
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Obama promises party faithful: ‘Democrats will win’
Discussion: Political Wire, Mediaite and CNN
Clare Foran / The Atlantic:
Why Is Jim Gilmore Even Running for President?  —  After being sidelined from nearly every single Republican primary debate so far, Jim Gilmore will finally get the chance to take the stage on Thursday night.  —  The former Virginia governor and long-shot presidential hopeful will participate …
Discussion: Yahoo Politics
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders unloads on The Washington Post
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Tops His Rivals in Use of Outside Money
Discussion: Mother Jones and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
We will be updating the live transcript of tonight's debate below.  Washington Post reporters and readers using Genius will be annotating it, and will continue to do so following the debate.  —  To see an annotation, click or tap the highlighted part of the transcript; if you would like to leave …
Jenna Johnson / Washington Post:
With no Trump onstage, GOP debate focuses on Cruz, policy, other issues
Jeffrey Gottfried / Pew Research Center:
Contentious Republican debates lure many Democrats to tune in  —  While a majority of Americans have watched at least one of the debates for the 2016 presidential election, there are striking differences between parties when it comes to which side's debates people are watching.
Discussion: Politico and RedState
Mark Kenny / Sydney Morning Herald:
Majority of MPs would back marriage equality  —  Marriage, monarchy and the Manly bus: what's on Tony Abbott's agenda?  —  Parliamentary support for same-sex marriage reform appears to have reached critical mass and for the first time could pass in both houses, placing renewed pressure …
Discussion: Towleroad and Joe.My.God.
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Tampa Bay Times:
Jeb Bush is best choice for Republican nomination
Discussion: The Hill
David French / National Review:
Apocalypse Delayed
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Lauren Fox / Talking Points Memo:
Fiorina: ‘If My Husband Did What Bill Clinton Did, I Would Have Left Him’ (VIDEO)
Tim Culpan / Bloomberg Business:
Apple Said Developing Wireless-Charged Phone for as Soon as 2017
Discussion: Mashable, 9to5Mac, Engadget and The Verge
 Earlier Items: 
Isaac Chotiner / Slate:
Is This the End of the GOP as We Know It?  —  Historian Rick …
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The Federalist:
Trump's New Pro-Veterans Website Directs All Donations To Trump's Personal Foundation