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8:05 PM ET, January 12, 2012

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Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Should The Times Be a Truth Vigilante?  —  I'm looking for reader input on whether and when New York Times news reporters should challenge “facts” that are asserted by newsmakers they write about.  —  One example mentioned recently by a reader: As cited in an Adam Liptak article on the Supreme Court …
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Jim Romenesko:
NYT public editor on reaction to Truth Vigilante post  —  What I was trying to ask was whether reporters should always rebut dubious facts in the body of the stories they are writing.  I was hoping for diverse and even nuanced responses to what I think is a difficult question.
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
So whaddaya think: should we put truthtelling back up there at number one?  —  Somewhere along the way, telling truth from falsehood was surpassed by other priorities to which the press felt a stronger duty.  Arthur Brisbane, public editor of the New York Times, was unaware of this history …
Arthur S. Brisbane / The Public Editor's Journal:
Update to my Previous Post on Truth Vigilantes
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
Yes, The New York Times Should Definitely Be a Truth Vigilante
Discussion: Balloon Juice and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Poll: Romney slipping in South Carolina, holds just 2 point lead over Gingrich  —  Despite a historic sweep of the first two nominating contests in the GOP field, Mitt Romney holds just a two percentage point lead in South Carolina, his smallest lead of 2012.
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Dan Primack / Fortune:
Gingrich's ‘Bain bomb’ fizzles  —  The “Bain bomb” is full of wet fuses.  —  We've been keeping regular track of claims made about Mitt Romney's business history over at our Mitt Meter, but today's video “documentary” from the Gingrich-affiliated Winning Our Future PAC requires its own post.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
‘When Mitt Romney Came to Town’  —  We knew the short film from Newt Gingrich's Super PAC, targeting Mitt Romney's private-sector work, was on the way.  We didn't know just how devastating it would be.  —  Probably the easiest-to-see version of “When Mitt Romney Came to Town” …
ABCNEWS:
Mitt Romney and Bain: How to Unite the Conservative Base with One Easy Attack  —  We all know that conservatives are skeptical of Mitt Romney, he of the shifting positions on social issues and infamous proclamations of not wanting to return to Reagan-Bush.  —  But if you need evidence …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Giuliani to Newt: ‘What the hell are you doing?’  —  Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has recently called Mitt Romney “a man without a core,” defended the GOP frontrunner's record as an executive at Bain Capital, calling the attacks against him “ignorant and dumb.”
Discussion: Riehl World View
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Mitt Romney readies Bain Capital counterattack
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida GOP Primary: Romney 41%, Gingrich 19%, Santorum 15%
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's extreme defense of capitalism
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Yes, Romney Could Lose
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’
Fox News:
Panetta orders probe of video allegedly showing Marines urinating on dead Taliban  —  The top commanders of the Marine Corps U.S. forces in Afghanistan are investigating a video that purports to show U.S. Marines urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta ordered …
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Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
U.S. Soldiers Give Ammo to Taliban
Kenneth P. Vogel / The Politico:
3 billionaires who'll drag out the race  —  Meet the three billionaires who could drag out the GOP presidential primary, bloody up front-runner Mitt Romney and weaken the odds of defeating President Barack Obama: Sheldon Adelson, Foster Friess and Jon Huntsman, Sr.
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Dave Levinthaland Anna Palmer / The Politico:
POLITICO Influence: ‘Clean up house’
Discussion: Reuters
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Santorum Cites a Local Legend
Discussion: Wonkette and The Stranger …
Jeremy Wallace / HT Politics:
Laura Bush wanted Jeb to run for president in 2012  —  SARASOTA  —  Former first lady Laura Bush wishes there were one more candidate in the Republican presidential primary: Jeb Bush.  —  Speaking to a sold-out Sarasota audience on Wednesday, Bush said she had hoped that her brother-in-law …
Al Kamen / Washington Post:
President Obama's got sons?  —  President Obama, speaking last night in Chicago at a fundraiser at a private home, unloaded this bombshell:  —  Obama, according to the White House transcript, talked about “The first bill I signed — a bill that said that we're going to have equal pay …
Dan Savage / The Stranger, Seattle's Only Newspaper:
Canada's Conservative Government Turns My Husband Back Into My Boyfriend  —  After issuing thousands of marriage licenses to same-sex couples from United States and other nations where same-sex marriage is not yet legal—marriage licenses that did not come with a disclaimer or an asterisk …
Discussion: Globe and Mail
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Kirk Makin / Globe and Mail:
Despite legal about-face, Harper has ‘no intention’ of reopening gay marriage
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Poliglot and Firedoglake
Josh Gerstein / Reuters:
Justice Department approved recess appointments  —  President Barack Obama's decision last week to snub Congress and make a series of recess appointments while the Senate claimed it was technically in session had the legal blessing of the Justice Department, according to a formal legal opinion released Thursday.
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Lydia Saad / Gallup:
Conservatives Remain the Largest Ideological Group in U.S.  —  Overall, the nation has grown more polarized over the past decade  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Political ideology in the U.S. held steady in 2011, with 40% of Americans continuing to describe their views as conservative, 35% as moderate, and 21% as liberal.
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Ron Paul's Delegate-Focused Campaign Strategy Came From Obama '08 … GOP Convention , Mitt Romney , Republican Primary , Ron Paul , Ron Paul 2012 , South Carolina Primary , Mitt Romney 2012 , Paul Puerto Rico , Ron Paul Delegates , Ron Paul Money Ball , Politics News
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
The Onion:
Scandalous Photos Reveal Grover Norquist Carried On Secret Affair With Taxes For Years  —  WASHINGTON—In a scandal that strikes at the very heart of the American anti-tax movement, a series of incriminating photos surfaced online Thursday, revealing that, for decades, leading Republican power …
Discussion: The Atlantic Online and The Hill
Dave Wedge / Boston Herald:
Elizabeth Warren out-raises Scott Brown, defends $$  —  Elizabeth Warren — who hauled in an eye-popping $5.7 million the last three months of 2011 — refused to swear off Wall Street money yesterday, instead claiming that any money she gets from deep-pocketed financiers is coming from those who “want reform.”
 
 
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ABCNEWS:
Obama's High-End Campaign Fashions Unveiled
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Kelly Kennedy / USA Today:
5% of patients account for half of health care spending
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Janie Lorber / Roll Call:
Ethics Study: More Employees Report Seeing Illegal Donations
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Sen. Jim DeMint: 'We Don't Cure Poverty, We Subsidize It' With The Social Safety Net
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Andrew J. Rotherham / TIME Ideas:
'Let's Not Weaken It': An Exclusive Interview with George W. Bush on NCLB
Discussion: Daily Kos, The Hill and Eduwonk
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
President Obama requests $1.2T debt hike over GOP objections
Discussion: Big Government and Weasel Zippers
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Lawyer: Court martial Manning
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Union chief: Congress controlled by ‘climate change deniers’
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Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP Rep. Jerry Lewis to retire from House
Discussion: The Website … and CNN
Associated Press:
Maker of Twinkies, Wonder Bread files for bankruptcy
Discussion: Hit & Run and Big Journalism
CNN:
Ohio landlord wants commission to reconsider ruling on ‘white only’ sign
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The World According to Nancy Pelosi
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