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10:00 PM ET, December 6, 2011


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The Gallup Organization / Gallup:
Gingrich 37%, Romney 22% Among GOP Voters Nationwide  —  Gallup's initial Daily tracking finds all other candidates in single digits  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Newt Gingrich leads Mitt Romney 37% to 22% in Gallup's inaugural Daily tracking of Republican registered voters' preferences …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Heartbreak Awaits Republicans Who Love Newt: Ramesh Ponnuru  —  Before Republicans put Newt Gingrich at the top of their party, they should consider what happened the last time he led it.  —  In the mid-1990s, Gingrich was the de facto head of the Republican Party.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
The Truth About Pundit Crap: Could Jon Meacham Be the Most Insufferable Human in Washington?  —  I have long proposed that every single major elite political pundit be frog-marched away from the buffet tables inside the Beltway and deep into the Blue Ridge Mountains, there to be confined …
Glenn Beck:
Transcript of Newt Gingrich interview  —  Glenn is back on TV!  Watch Glenn's new two-hour show available live and on-demand Monday through Friday on!  Start your two week free trial HERE!  —  Below is a rush transcript of Glenn's interview with Newt Gingrich this morning.
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
Why A Newt Gingrich Candidacy Would Doom the Tea Party  —  The movement can't support him without compromising itself.  And opposing him if he's the GOP nominee?  They likely don't have it in them.  —  Gallup finds that 82 percent of Tea Party affiliated voters deem Newt Gingrich …
Rachel Rose Hartman / Yahoo! News:
On private call, Republicans say attacking Obama personally is too dangerous: Yahoo News exclusive  —  Obama greets a crowd at Wilkes Barre/Scranton International Airport (Carolyn Kaster/AP)  —  Republicans on a private Republican National Committee conference call with allies warned Tuesday …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Gingrich: Most likely to kiss up to the liberal elite
Jroot / Rick Perry for President 2012:
Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Obama Administration's Use of Gay Rights to Make Foreign Aid Decisions  —  AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement:  —  “Just when you thought Barack Obama couldn't get any more out of touch with America's values, AP reports …
New York Times:
U.S. to Aid Gay Rights Abroad, Obama and Clinton Say  —  GENEVA — The Obama administration announced on Tuesday that the United States would use all the tools of American diplomacy, including the potent enticement of foreign aid, to promote gay rights around the world.
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Sec. Clinton To UN: ‘Gay Rights Are Human Rights, And Human Rights Are Gay Rights’
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney latest candidate to say no to Trump  —  (CNN) - Donald Trump's Republican presidential debate took another hit Wednesday when White House hopeful Mitt Romney said he wouldn't participate in the event.  —  Romney is now the third candidate to decline Trump's invitation to participate in the event.
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich surge prompts Mitt Romney reboot
Discussion: CNN
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Gaming website picks Hillary Clinton over Bachmann and Santorum for president
Discussion: Reuters
Benjamin Domenech / Heartlander Magazine:
Quarter-Billion Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Penis Pumps  —  Benjamin Domenech is managing editor of Health Care News and a research fellow at The Heartland...  (read full bio)  —  TWITTER  —  According to data collected by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Bob Woodward says sitting next to Al Gore is ‘taxing, unpleasant’  —  If you plan on throwing a dinner party full of VIPs, whatever you do, don't seat Bob Woodward next to Al Gore.  —  In a speech at the Organization for International Investment's annual dinner at D.C.'s Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Thursday …
Discussion: and Althouse
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Obama's Osawatomie Speech Attempts a Populist Rebranding  —  President Obama gives Teddy Rooseveltian speech.  Will he now walk the walk?  —  In his Osawatomie, Kansas speech, an echo of Theodore Roosevelt's 1910 address in the same city calling for a “New Nationalism,” …
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Rick Santorum Has Tense Exchange on Gay Rights and Health Care in Iowa  —  SIOUX CENTER, IOWA—Rick Santorum is usually quite amiable on the trail, but Monday evening at campaign event at small Christian college in Sioux City he had some tense back and forth exchanges with one student and another graduate of the college.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and The Raw Story
RealClearPolitics Video Log:
Obama Now Blames The Internet For Job Losses  —  “Layoffs too often became permanent, not part of the business cycle.  And these changes didn't just affect blue collar workers.  If you were a bank teller or a phone operator or a travel agent, you saw many in your profession replaced by ATMs and the internet …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Welcome to Texas!  —  Campaigning in Kansas today …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
Full text of President Obama's economic speech in Osawatomie, Kans.  —  Good afternoon.  I want to start by thanking a few of the folks who've joined us today.  We've got the mayor of Osawatomie, Phil Dudley; your superintendent, Gary French; the principal of Osawatomie High, Doug Chisam.
Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama attacks Republican economic theory: 'It's never worked'
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Taylor Marsh
James Hibberd / Inside TV:
Republicans vs. Democrats TV survey results: Lefties want comedy, right wingers like work  —  Republicans don't watch MTV's Jersey Shore.  But they dig ABC's Castle.  —  Democrats don't like Discovery's Deadliest Catch.  But they swoon for NBC's Parks and Recreation.
David K. Li / New York Post:
Alec Baldwin thrown off AA flight at LAX for refusing to turn off phone  —  What a smart Alec.  —  Hot-head Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight this afternoon in Los Angeles because he refused to turn off his cell phone, the actor said.
Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Call him crazy but Huntsman shifts on climate change  —  GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman shifted his position on global warming Tuesday, telling a conservative audience that there is “not enough information right now” on the issue to formulate policies.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Senate Republican filibuster blocks Obama D.C. Circuit nominee Caitlin Halligan  —  Senate Republicans on Tuesday filibustered the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, blocking a nominee tapped last year by President Obama to serve on one of the country's most powerful courts.
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Corzine gets second subpoena to testify  —  Former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine will be making multiple trips to Capitol Hill in the coming days.  —  A second congressional committee has voted to subpoena him to appear and discuss the bankruptcy of his former firm, MF Global.
Discussion: US Politics
Spike Dolomite Ward / Los Angeles Times:
‘Obamacare’ to the rescue  —  A woman who felt President Obama had let the middle class down has changed her mind.  —  In this August 20, 2009 photo, President Obama spoke during a town hall meeting on healthcare at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.  (Alex Wong/Bloomberg)
Huw Evans /
Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed  —  Following on from the announcement that GM is looking at redesigning the Chevrolet Volt's lithium-ion battery system in the wake of several highly publicized fires resulting from test crashes …
William Glaberson / New York Times:
N.Y.C. Police Maligned Paradegoers on Facebook  —  They called people “animals” and “savages.”  One comment said, “Drop a bomb and wipe them all out.”  —  Hearing New York police officers speak publicly but candidly about one another and the people they police is rare indeed, especially with their names attached.
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Tim Murphy / Political Mojo:
Aborted Fetus Campaign Ads Hit the Airwaves in Iowa
Discussion: Hullabaloo and The Raw Story
Ed O'Keefe / Washington Post:
Obama administration targeting food stamp fraud as program reaches record highs
Debbie Siegelbaum / The Hill:
Unemployed protesters stage sit-ins in dozens of lawmaker offices
Alan Reynolds / Wall Street Journal:
Tax Rates, Inequality and the 1%
Discussion: The New Republic
Thomas Kaplan / New York Times:
Cuomo and Legislative Leaders Agree on Tax Deal
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ALEC Deems Kids Eating Rat Poison An ‘Acceptable Risk’
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Chris Myers resigns as Medford mayor
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Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Correction from White House: President didn't say he's ‘mad living here’
Discussion: CNN
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Scott hits a new low
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP members offer payroll tax solution: Let taxpayers choose
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Ron Paul goes negative against Newt Gingrich on air in Iowa
Discussion: Indecision Forever
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Business Network Calls Muppets Communist; Debate Goes Viral
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who Killed the Postal Service?