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5:30 PM ET, January 12, 2012

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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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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” …
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.”
Rasmussen Reports:
Florida GOP Primary: Romney 41%, Gingrich 19%, Santorum 15%  —  Mitt Romney is now running away with the race in the latest Rasmussen Reports' survey of the end-of-the-month Florida Republican Primary.  —  Coming off his decisive win in Tuesday's New Hampshire Primary …
A.Killough / CNN:
Perry donor defects to Romney, citing Bain attacks  —  Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - One of Rick Perry's leading financial supporters in South Carolina is defecting to Mitt Romney - and he told CNN Thursday that Perry's sharp criticisms of Romney as a “vulture capitalist” were the main factor in his decision.
Reid J. Epstein / Reuters:
Mitt Romney readies Bain Capital counterattack  —  COLUMBIA, S.C. - Mitt Romney's done defending his Bain Capital record.  He's going on offense.  —  The former Massachusetts governor arrived here Wednesday fresh off his New Hampshire primary win armed with a new plan for a multi-pronged response …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Mitt Romney's extreme defense of capitalism
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Newt Gingrich: South Carolina will be ‘Armageddon’
Kristina Peterson / Washington Wire:
Rick Perry Slams Wall Street, Congress
Discussion: The Other McCain
Publius / Big Government:
BREAKING: Palin Urges Romney to Release Tax Returns, Provide Proof of 100,000 Jobs Created at Bain Capital
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Sarah Palin on Mitt Romney: Needs Bain show & tell
Discussion: Daily Kos
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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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 …
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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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Justice Department memo argues Obama recess appointments were legal  —  The Department of Justice offered a defense Thursday for President Obama's controversial decision to make several recess appointments while Congress was holding pro forma sessions.  —  In a memo, Justice argued …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
White House says DOJ recess appointment memo ‘will pass muster’
Discussion: The Politico
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: Hot Air, GOP 12 and Reuters
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 …
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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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 …
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.
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and The Big Picture
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
GOP Rep. Jerry Lewis to retire from House  —  Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, will retire at the end of this term, he announced on Thursday.  —  Lewis, a 17-term lawmaker from southern California, was pushed into a Democratic-leaning district …
Discussion: CNN and The Website …
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Ben Goad / Press-Enterprise:
2012 ELECTIONS: Veteran Rep. Lewis to retire
Discussion: Daily Kos and FlashReport
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
Obama's billion-dollar albatross  —  The Obama campaign raised roughly a quarter-billion in 2011, but Democrats worry that over-hyped expectations of a billion-dollar haul are dissuading donors from giving enough to fight Mitt Romney and an army of GOP super PACS.
Discussion: Big Journalism, Nice Deb and CNN
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Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
Obama Campaign Raises $42 Million in Fourth Quarter
Andrew Harmon / Advocate:
The World According to Nancy Pelosi  —  In her first speech on the House floor, Nancy Pelosi spoke out on AIDS.  Many of her colleagues thought she was crazy for doing so.  Twenty-five years later, she's not finished pushing the LGBT envelope in Washington.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Good As You
 
 
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