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10:50 AM ET, December 29, 2011

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Kevinliptak / CNN:
CNN Poll: Romney on top, Gingrich fading & Santorum rising in Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Did Newt Gingrich peak too early?  —  A new survey of people likely to attend Iowa's Republican caucuses indicates that the former House speaker's support in the Hawkeye State is plunging.
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bachmann chair's surprise defection  —  “10 minutes ago,” Sorenson, a GOP state senator, told POLITICO about when the Paul campaign found out he was moving to their camp.  —  In one of the most surprising moments of the 2012 campaign, Sorenson strolled on stage just moments before Paul …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann chair defects to Ron Paul  —  In a shock announcement Wednesday night, Iowa state senator and onetime Michele Bachmann campaign leader Kent Sorenson declared that he is now supporting Ron Paul for president.  —  Sorenson made the announcement at a Paul rally with veterans …
Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
No Surprise, Iowa Social Conservatives Are About To Shoot Us All in the Foot Again  —  I'm hearing several campaigns and external pollsters have a surge for Rick Santorum.  With the National Review folks fawning over him again, it probably means a surge is real and any surge by Rick Santorum …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Who won the day?  Rick Santorum  —  At the start of the month, Rick Santorum needed the following things to happen in order for him to be competitive in Iowa: Newt Gingrich needed to fade.  Evangelicals needed to move toward his campaign.  Then voters needed to see some tangible sign of momentum …
James Pethokoukis / The Enterprise Blog:
The Santorum Surge: Using tax policy as pro-family, pro-natalism social policy  —  Now that Rick Santorum is surging in the Iowa GOP caucus polls, I thought it would be a good time to look at his economic plan.  He markets it as “Made in America: Empowering American Families, Building Economic Freedom.”
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
New Iowa Poll May Understate Paul's Support
Juana Summersand Charles Mahtesian / The Politico:
Ron Paul soft spot emerges: foreign policy
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Radio Iowa
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:   US formally ends Iraq war with little fanfare
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Breaking: Michele Bachmann Iowa campaign co-chair endorses Ron Paul
Discussion: Mercury Rising and Firedoglake
Kevinliptak / CNN:   TRENDING: High-profile Bachmann backer deals blow to her Iowa campaign, endorses Paul
Helene Cooper / New York Times:
White House Memo: Obama Gains Reputation as Distant in Washington  —  WASHINGTON — Air Force One had just landed in Manchester, N.H., on a brisk Tuesday morning last month when President Obama made an admission to Valerie B. Jarrett, his close friend and senior adviser.  —  “I just called Reggie,” Mr. Obama said.
Robert Reich:
My Political Prediction for 2012: It's Obama-Clinton  —  My political prediction for 2012 (based on absolutely no inside information): Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden swap places.  Biden becomes Secretary of State — a position he's apparently coveted for years.  And Hillary Clinton, Vice President.
Daniel Cancel / Bloomberg:
Chavez: U.S. May Be Behind Leaders' Cancer  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.  —  Chavez, speaking a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner …
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Daniel Wallis / Reuters:
Venezuela's Chavez: Did U.S. give Latin American leaders cancer?
Discussion: Reuters
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Ranks of Young Paul Volunteers Willingly Clean Up for the Cause  —  DES MOINES — Ron Paul's college-aged volunteer army — a core of the powerful ground organization that is the envy of rivals — is descending on Iowa from around the nation to coax people to the state's Republican caucuses …
Ann Coulter:
ONLY ONE CANDIDATE IS RIGHT ON THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES  —  In the upcoming presidential election, two issues are more important than any others: repealing Obamacare and halting illegal immigration.  If we fail at either one, the country will be changed permanently.  —  Taxes can be raised and lowered.
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
What We Think About When We Think About the Court  —  Wherever I go these days, someone is bound to ask me how I think the Supreme Court will rule in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, set for argument over three days during the last week in March.  My response, that I expect the court …
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Repo Men  —  If you're making money on the Wall Street scale — which is nothing like your boring, middle-management in the Fortune 500, Hamptons-and-Mercedes, barely-a-1 percenter type money — then you can buy basically anything.  When real-estate investor Robert Rosania put part …
Fox News:
The New York Times Has a Weiner Moment  —  Did The New York Times just cancel home delivery of its newspaper to everyone, across the nation?  An email apparently sent out to the entire user database appeared to suggest that.  In fact, the Times even sent the email to people that don't subscribe …
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Economist:
Marginal revolutionaries  —  The crisis and the blogosphere have opened mainstream economics up to new attack  —  POINT UDALL on St Croix, one of the US Virgin Islands, is a far-flung, wind-whipped spot.  You cannot travel farther east without leaving the United States.
Discussion: EconLog and Marginal Revolution
Lens:
From North Korea, an Altered Procession  —  The funeral of Kim Jong-il on Wednesday called to mind the best stage-managed Communist state productions: the falling snow, the wailing mourners, the perfectly spaced limousines and rows of chest-beating men.  —  So perhaps it was because the scene …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is the Obama Boomlet Over?  —  Over the last week or so, there has been a lot of news coverage of Barack Obama's comeback in the polls.  I noted his modest bounce here, and Scott Rasmussen wrote us to say that he thought Obama's rise was due to increasing optimism about the economy.
Batocchio / Vagabond Scholar:
Jon Swift Memorial Roundup 2011  —  Welcome to a tradition started by the much missed Jon Swift/Al Weisel.  He left behind some excellent satire, but was also a nice guy and a strong supporter of small blogs.  As Lance Mannion puts it: … Here's his 2007 and 2008 editions.  Last year's revival is here.
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Eric Holder: More cops slain by illegal guns  —  The number of officers killed in the line of duty jumped 13 percent in 2011 compared with the year before — and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the increase as “a devastating and unacceptable trend” that he blamed on illegal firearms.
Craig Whitlock / Washington Post:
Pentagon trimming ranks of generals, admirals  —  With the Iraq war over and troops in Afghanistan on their way home, the U.S. military is getting down to brass tacks: culling generals and admirals from its top-heavy ranks.  —  Pentagon officials said they have eliminated 27 jobs for generals …
Discussion: Prairie Weather
 
 
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Karl Rove / Wall Street Journal:
Political Predictions for 2012  —  Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid …
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The America Willard and Our Mr. Brooks Care Not to See
New York Times:
U.S. Military Sales to Iraq Raise Concerns
Donna St. George / Washington Post:
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The Christian / Christian Science Monitor:
Obama's new tax on the poor: Internet gambling by states
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