Clinton and Sanders Leave Iowa in a Virtual Tie  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Democratic battle in Iowa was so close that both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — the 74-year-old socialist with no major endorsements — and Hillary Clinton left the state without a clear-cut victory.

The race was too close to call when the candidates headed to the airport to escape an impending blizzard, bound for New Hampshire and its primary just over a week away. - Referenced Article

George Pataki Drops In And Then Out Of 2016 Presidential Race  

Huffington Post By : Amber Ferguson

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, bringing the once 17-member GOP field to 12 candidates.

Pataki announced his decision Tuesday evening in a TV spot airing on NBC affiliates in the three early caucus and primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. - Referenced Article

Obama most admired man; Trump tied for 2nd  

USA Today By : David Jackson

Once again, President Obama tops the annual Gallup Poll for most admired man, although this year an intriguing pair is tied for second.

Donald Trump and Pope Francis both finished with 5% of respondents who named them their most admired man, well behind Obama's 17%. - Referenced Article

GOP Outsiders Flex Muscles as 2015 Comes to an End  


In a 2015 filled with fascinating political stories -- Donald Trump's rise and durability, Bernie-mania, Joe Biden's Hamlet-on-the-Potomac act, John Boehner stepping down from Congress -- maybe the most amazing one has been the strength and size of the Republican Party's outsider/anti-establishment wing.

Today's new national Quinnipiac poll provides an exclamation point to that story: Donald Trump 28%, Ted Cruz 24%, Marco Rubio 12%, Ben Carson 10%, Chris Christie 6%, Jeb Bush 4%; no one else gets more than 2%. Add up the Trump/Cruz/Carson percentages, and you get 62%. - Referenced Article

Sanders on campaign misuse of voter data, Trump a pathological liar  

CBS This Morning By : Staff Reporting

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has suspended two campaign staffers for the misuse of Democratic party voter information. The campaign's data director was fired last week. A glitch in the party's voter database allowed them to read Hillary Clinton's private campaign data. Sanders apologized to Clinton at Saturday's democratic debate. Sanders joins "CBS This Morning" from Burlington, Vermont, to discuss the scandal and why he thinks GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is a "pathological liar."

Ted Cruz Surges To First Place In Iowa  

Huffington Post By : Janie Velencia

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz has surged past Ben Carson and Donald Trump and ascended into first place in the key primary state of Iowa, according to a Bloomberg Politics/DesMoines Register poll released Saturday.

The Texas senator takes 31 percent among those likely to attend the Iowa Republican caucuses, set for Feb. 1. - Referenced Article

Protesters criticize Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison  

The Sentinel By : Staff Reporting

In the tense days after a black man's death at the hands of police, Minnesota's first African-American congressman stood with protesters as they besieged a police station, even tweeting what he called an "agonizing" photograph showing his son with hands raised in a confrontation with officers in riot gear. - Referenced Article

Mitt Romney still a no on 2016 though calls coming in  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Sorry Mitt Romney fans: He's just not that in to running for president. Fresh off a new Washington Post report that GOP establishment leaders are calling on Romney, who has run and lost twice before, to reconsider his decision to stay out of the 2016 race, associates of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee tell CNN there are a lot of "in bound" calls but that there are "no signs" he's changed his mind. - Referenced Article

VIDEO: Why the House speaker's race just got nasty  

CNN By : Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju

The race for Speaker could turn the House floor into complete chaos later this month, prompting an ugly public fight and further roiling a Republican Party struggling to present a governing vision for the country.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced a long-shot campaign for the post on Sunday, asserting that more than 50 house Republicans won't back the current frontrunner... - Referenced Article

Poll: 20% believe Barack Obama was born outside U.S.  

USA Today By : David Jackson

Despite a Hawaii birth certificate and repeated professions of his Christian faith, fairly large numbers of Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim born outside of the United States.

True, 80% of Americans do believe Obama was born in the U.S., according to a new CNN/ORC poll, but 20% do not. - Referenced Article

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