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10:10 AM ET, December 30, 2011

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NBC's Mark Murray / msnbc.com:
NBC poll: Mitt Romney, Ron Paul neck-and-neck in Iowa; Newt Gingrich in 5th  —  In the past two weeks, support has fallen sharply in Iowa for Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.  NBC's Chuck Todd reports.  —  By NBC's Mark Murray  —  Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Santorum Surge In Iowa and Beyond  —  The extent to which Rick Santorum has gained in Iowa polling is not entirely clear.  Although two polls have him with 16 percent of the vote, two others that were in the field at the same time have him at 10 and 11 percent, respectively.
Jon Ward / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney: President Obama Out Of Touch Like Marie Antoinette … 2012 Election , Barack Obama , Mitt Romney , Republican Presidential Primary , Elections 2012 , Ron Paul , Unemployment , Video , Iowa Caucuses , Marie Antoinette , Ron Paul 2012 , Caucus , Iowa , Iowa Caucus …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's hard fall  —  Four months ago, Michele Bachmann seemed poised for a banner December.  —  She'd just won the Ames Straw Poll — vanquishing her Minnesota rival, Tim Pawlenty, in the process — and was getting accustomed to life in the top tier of 2012 candidates.
Alex Roarty / 2012 Decoded:
Why Is No One Attacking Romney?  —  Mitt Romney's confidence is brimming.  The former governor, now widely seen as the favorite to win Iowa, announced Wednesday he'll stay in the Hawkeye State the night of the caucus, a clear indication he anticipates a good result.
msnbc.com:
Bachmann campaign loses second key staffer in Ron Paul flap  —  Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann's campaign lost another high-ranking staff member on Thursday after that staffer defended another former Bachmann official's defection to a rival campaign.  —  Wes Enos, Bachmann's political director …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann's hard fall  —  The split had been presaged, however, for weeks, thanks to a divide between the staffers and advisers on her campaign bus, and the national and Washington-based team.  Her then-state chairman, Kent Sorenson — who is now a Paul backer …
CNN:
Front runners take short break from Iowa this weekend  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - With four days to go until the caucuses, the two candidates at the top of the field are taking a short break from campaigning in the Hawkeye State.  —  After a stumping all day Friday in Iowa …
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Americans See Views of GOP Candidates Closer to Their Own
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
IOWA NOTEBOOK: Occupy Caucuses?
Discussion: Daily Pundit
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Top Santorum supporter says he can win Iowa caucus
Discussion: The Politico and National Review
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Occupy vs. Ron Paul
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
WordPress Takes Down “Bare Naked Islam” Blog After Threats From CAIR  —  WordPress took down Bare Naked Islam Blog today after threats from CAIR.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Keynes Was Right  —  “The boom, not the slump, is the right time for austerity at the Treasury.”  So declared John Maynard Keynes in 1937, even as F.D.R. was about to prove him right by trying to balance the budget too soon, sending the United States economy — which had been steadily recovering …
Discussion: Vox Popoli and Daily Kos
Hunter Walker / PolitickerNY:
Stormfront Founder Don Black Says White Supremacists Thought Ron Paul Was ‘One of Us’  —  Ron Paul was a hot topic this week on the talk radio show hosted by prominent white supremacist Don Black and his son Derek.  Mr. Black said he received Mr. Paul's controversial newsletters …
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Benjy Sarlin / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Ron Paul Downplays Newsletters : Only ‘Eight To Ten Sentences’ Were Offensive
Discussion: CBS News and Daily Kos
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
An Election Year Dawns Without Keith Olbermann  —  Keith Olbermann, who came to Current TV this year to remake the channel and compete against his old home, MSNBC, is sitting out the biggest political nights of the season.  —  Despite being the biggest star on the fledging channel …
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Malia Zimmerman / Hawaii Reporter:
Occupy Hawaii Island Movement Plans Protest Near Pelosi's Posh Hawaiian Hotel  —  BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN - U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, one of the most powerful supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement, may be in the right place at the right time to protest with the Big Island branch of the movement, Occupy Hawaii Island.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
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Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Beutler brushes off Senate speculation; Nelson staff mulls campaign funds  —  Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler on Thursday brushed aside reports putting him on a wish list of leading 2012 Democratic Senate prospects in the wake of Sen. Ben Nelson's decision not to seek re-election.
J.J. Gould / The Atlantic Online:
9-Foot-Tall Supersoldier Mourns Kim Jong Il  —  At the Wire today, Dashiell Bennett highlights the North Korean state news agency's apparently random manipulation of an image from yesterday's funeral procession for Kim Jong Il — a crude photoshop job done, Bennett notes …
CNN:
Source: Al Qaeda leader sends veteran jihadists to establish presence in Libya  —  (CNN) — Al Qaeda's leadership has sent experienced jihadists to Libya in an effort to build a fighting force there, according to a Libyan source briefed by Western counter-terrorism officials.
 
 
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