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First Read's Morning Clips: Previewing the Dem Debate

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders confer during the NBC News -YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate on Jan. 17 in Charleston, S.C. TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP - Getty Images

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OFF TO THE RACES: Everything you need to know about tonight’s Dem debate

Here's all you need to know about watching tonight's Democratic debate on MSNBC.

The latest big argument between the two candidates is over how to define being "progressive."

Evangelicals in the Granite State? They do exist, and Team Cruz hopes to mobilize them, per the Wall Street Journal.

The big idea on the GOP side, from Bloomberg's Josh Green: "Although the media is portraying the outcome in Iowa as a repudiation of Trump, it’s better understood as a repudiation of the party establishment—just the latest in a series of uprisings dating to the 2010 election. At the congressional level, the GOP has already realigned itself to reflect this anger. Almost 60 percent of House Republicans were elected in 2010 or after. They’ve radicalized their party in Congress and driven out its establishment-minded speaker, John Boehner."

CLINTON: NBC's Ken Dilanian reports: "A handful of emails forwarded to Hillary Clinton's personal server while she was secretary of state contained references to undercover CIA officers — including one who was killed by a suicide attack in Afghanistan, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed them. But contrary to some published reports, three officials said there was no email on Clinton's server that directly revealed the identity of an undercover intelligence operative. Rather, they said, State Department and other officials attempted to make veiled references to intelligence officers in the emails — references that were deemed classified when the messages were being reviewed years later for public release."

She struggled last night to explain taking $600,000 in speaking fees from Goldman Sachs, saying "that's what they offered."

The Washington Post: "Through the end of December, donors at hedge funds, banks, insurance companies and other financial-services firms had given at least $21.4 million to support Clinton’s 2016 presidential run — more than one of every 10 dollars of the $157.8 million contributed to back her bid, according to an analysis of Federal Election Commission filings by The Washington Post."

The Clinton campaign is pointing out that a Sanders ad implies endorsements he doesn't actually have.

CRUZ: He slammed Trump for throwing a "tantrum" about Iowa.

RUBIO: His foes - Christie and Bush - are ganging up on him in New Hampshire. Alex Jaffe writes about his cascade of endorsements.

Here's the AP on Rubio's "course of consolidation."

SANDERS: From POLITICO: "Top Democrats aren’t worried about Bernie Sanders beating Hillary Clinton in the primaries. They’re worried about what the popular response to Sanders shows them about Clinton’s vulnerabilities in November. It’s the quiet chatter among operatives in New York, Washington and beyond—if Clinton’s got so much trouble connecting with people that she’s stuck in a long primary slog against an upstart socialist senator from Vermont with a beyond-parody Brooklyn Jewish accent, that’s because at least some of those voters are more driven by being anti-Hillary than pro-Bernie."

SANTORUM: He made it official last night by dropping out an endorsing Marco Rubio. But rivals of Rubio are pouncing on Santorum's inability to name the Florida senator's accomplishments.

TRUMP: Why was he in Little Rock last night? The Washington Post: "The event was part of Trump’s long-range plan to look beyond the early-voting states — such as Iowa, where he came in second to Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) on Monday — and toward a series of contests, largely in the South, that will allow GOP candidates to rack up delegates March 1 and beyond. It also allows Trump to restore the luster of a campaign that has come under scrutiny in the wake of his finish in Iowa, where he had been shown leading in the polls. In Arkansas on Wednesday, Trump was once again center stage as this election’s most magnetic showman."

From POLITICO: "In the lead-up to Donald Trump’s loss in Iowa, staffers sought additional funding for campaign infrastructure and were denied. Now, six days from the New Hampshire primary and looking for his first win, Trump is still refusing to shake up his ground game. He has added just one paid organizer in the state, a move that came a month ago. Instead, he is pushing ahead with plans to campaign outside of the state in the final week of voting and will count on the glamour of famous surrogates, including his sons, who plan to tour New Hampshire beginning this weekend."

Jane Timm asks: Can Donald Trump be a winner again?

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