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10:20 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 …
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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 GBTV.com!  Start your two week free trial HERE!  —  Below is a rush transcript of Glenn's interview with Newt Gingrich this morning.
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.
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 …
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 …
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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
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
US to use foreign aid to promote gay rights
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 …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Gingrich: Most likely to kiss up to the liberal elite
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.
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Anne E. Kornblut / Washington Post:
Obama attacks Republican economic theory: 'It's never worked'
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Taylor Marsh
The White House:
Remarks by the President on the Economy in Osawatomie, Kansas
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich surge prompts Mitt Romney reboot  —  PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Mitt Romney, facing anxiety from some of his own supporters after sliding back to second in a slew of polls, took a series of steps Tuesday to signal he'll get more aggressive in the final weeks before voting begins.
Discussion: CNN
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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Romney latest candidate to say no to Trump
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Gaming website picks Hillary Clinton over Bachmann and Santorum for president
Discussion: Reuters
Vicki Needham / The Hill:
White House doesn't have votes for nominee for consumer bureau chief  —  A White House push to secure support for President Obama's nominee to lead the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau looks to be well short of the 60 Senate votes needed to move forward.
Discussion: The Politico
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Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
At White House press briefing, reporter asks if Obama approves of bestiality
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Correction from White House: President didn't say he's ‘mad living here’
Discussion: CNN
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,” …
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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) …
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 …
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 …
Evan McMorris-Santoro / 2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Jon Huntsman Flip-Flops On Climate Change  —  Jon Huntsman used to believe climate change is real.  Now he's not so sure.  —  In a move that's sure to endear him to the conservatives who are starting to warm up to the former Utah governor, Huntsman said Tuesday under questioning …
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Daniel Strauss / Ballot Box:
Call him crazy but Huntsman shifts on climate change
Discussion: ThinkProgress, CNN and Liberal Values
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Welcome to Texas!  —  Campaigning in Kansas today, President Obama momentarily forgot which of the 57 states he was in:  —  But that was just a slip of the tongue.  The really dumb thing he said is that the internet is causing unemployment: … This is one more reminder-as if we needed …
Discussion: Ed Driscoll
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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.
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: The Politico and US Politics
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.
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.
 
 
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Michael C. Moynihan / Tablet Magazine:
Busted  —  Kalle Lasn, the founder and editor of Adbusters …
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
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
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Deems Kids Eating Rat Poison An ‘Acceptable Risk’
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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
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who Killed the Postal Service?