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Last night's Iowa caucuses helped to clarify the campaigns of both political parties -- but not enough for confident predictions about what's next. We hear about the upcoming challenges for candidates claiming victory — and those perceived to have lost.

Later on the program, US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may or not be celebrating, but others are observing an anniversary of a kind. It' been ten years since he's asked a question during oral arguments. He's only broken silence once -- to tell a joke. We hear the punch line.

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives at the Republican caucus site at the 7 Flags Event Center in Clive, Iowa February 1, 2016. (Jim Bourg/Reuters)

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

President Obama Meets with GOP Congressional Leaders 6 MIN, 7 SEC

With all eyes on presidential campaigning, the current White House incumbent and Congress still have a year's worth of business to do.  Last week, Democratic leaders came to the Oval Office. Today, it was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan.  Jordan Fabian is White House correspondent for The Hill.

Guests:
Jordan Fabian, The Hill (@Jordanfabian)

With Iowa Over, It's On to New Hampshire 34 MIN, 39 SEC

Hillary Clinton officially won in Iowa, but it was so close that the real truth may never be known.  Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz are both claiming victories over the media and the Washington establishment — for very different reasons.  Donald Trump is still being called the favorite next week in New Hampshire, even though he's now a "loser" and Marco Rubio is hard on his heels. For three sitting Republican Governors — Bush, Kasich and Christie — it's nail-biting time.  

Guests:
David Yepsen, Southern Illinois University (@DavidYepsen)
Walter Shapiro, Roll Call / Yale University (@MrWalterShapiro)
Ron Brownstein, Atlantic Media / National Journal Group (@RonBrownstein)
Dante Scala, University of New Hampshire (@graniteprof)
Emily Arrowood, US News & World Report (@emilyarrowood)

More:
Shapio on the Iowa results
Brownstein on the battle between Sanders and Clinton reinforcing old divisions
Brownstein on the new Republican fault line
Arrowood on Trump's inability to handle any insult as key to bringing him down

Ten Years of "Silence" from Justice Clarence Thomas 8 MIN, 43 SEC

This year marks an unusual anniversary on the US Supreme Court.

US Supreme Court Justices are notorious for peppering opposing attorneys with challenging questions. Court watchers look for hints of how they might decide controversial cases. But Justice Clarence Thomas is different. For ten years, he has not asked a single question. Only once has he broken his silence. Adam Liptak covers the court for the New York Times.

Photo: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

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