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10 things you need to know today: January 31, 2016

Julie Kliegman
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1.

Trump, Clinton hold slight leads in Iowa

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump overtook Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) atop the Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll in Iowa released Saturday. Among likely caucus-goers, Trump notched 28 percent of the vote to Cruz's 23 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) 15 percent. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is neck-and-neck with Bernie Sanders. They sit at 45 percent and 42 percent, respectively. The poll, which has a margin of error of 4 percentage points, is the last that will be released ahead of Monday's caucuses.

2.

California police capture escaped inmates

The two remaining inmates who had escaped from a California jail last week were taken into custody by San Francisco police Saturday, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said. Jonathan Tieu, 20, and Hossein Nayeri, 37, have been on the run since they escaped by rappelling off of the jail roof Jan. 22. A third inmate who escaped with them, Bac Tien Duong, 43, surrendered Friday in Santa Ana. A jail teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly aiding the inmates.

3.

Obama to make first visit to U.S. mosque

President Obama will visit a U.S. mosque for the first time during his presidency, the White House announced Saturday. He'll head to the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday to "to celebrate the contributions Muslim Americans make to our nation and reaffirm the importance of religious freedom to our way of life," the White House said. The visit comes as Islamophobia factors heavily into the 2016 presidential race. Republican hopeful Donald Trump has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S.

4.

Pentagon won't further discipline David Petraeus

Defense Secretary Ash Carter will not further discipline former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus. Petraeus resigned in 2012 amid a sex scandal with his biographer. In 2015, he pleaded guilty in federal court to mishandling classified information and was sentenced to two years of probation and a $100,000 fine. Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Petraeus could have faced Army charges for his actions even though he had left for the CIA in 2011.

5.

NYT backs Hillary Clinton, John Kasich

The New York Times editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination Saturday, praising her vision for the middle class, women's rights, and undocumented immigrants. On the Republican side, the editorial board published a weaker show of support for Ohio Gov. John Kasich, whom they described as the only antidote to the field's extremism and inexperience.

6.

Clinton, Sanders agree to 4 more debates

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders' presidential campaigns have agreed to four more debates, a Clinton aide said Saturday. The candidates are still waiting for approval from the Democratic National Committee, which hasn't yet commented on the request. The first would be Feb. 4 in New Hampshire, with the rest in March, April, and May.

7.

Liz Cheney to reportedly announce run for U.S. House

Liz Cheney, the elder daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is running for Wyoming's U.S. House seat, The Associated Press reported Saturday based on federal election documents. Cheney, who is expected to announce her campaign Monday, would vie against eight other Republicans to replace Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R), who is set to retire once her term is up. In 2013, Cheney unsuccessfully ran for Senate.

8.

Authorities arrest 24 in Mexican drug cartel sting

U.S. and Mexican authorities worked together to arrest 24 alleged high-level members of one of Mexico's biggest drug cartels Friday, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman said Sunday. The sting took place along Arizona's border with Mexico. The 24 people, who have not been named, are being held by Mexican authorities. They're allegedly part of the Sinaloa Cartel, which recently saw the recapture of kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán.

9.

Screen Actors Guild Awards highlight diversity in Hollywood

While the Oscars come under fire for all-white acting nominations, the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Saturday night showcased Hollywood's diversity. "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV," said actor Idris Elba, who presented an award and won two himself. Other performers of color who took home awards included Queen Latifah, Viola Davis, and Uzo Aduba. The hashtag #SAGsSoBlack trended Saturday in response to #OscarsSoWhite.

10.

Novak Djokovic wins 6th Australian Open

No. 1 Novak Djokovic swept No. 2 Andy Murray 6-1, 7-5, 7-6 (3) to win the Australian Open on Sunday. The Open title is Djokovic's sixth, which ties Roy Emerson for the most men's singles titles in the tournament's history. Djokovic now has 11 Grand Slam wins to his name, the same number as legends Rod Laver and Björn Borg.

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