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1:45 PM ET, December 6, 2011


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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.
Pema Levy /
TPM2012  —  The Libertarian Intelligentsia Is Freaking Out Over Newt  —  Libertarians in Washington are not happy about how the Republican primary is shaping up.  Barring a miracle, there are two candidates with a decent shot at the nomination.  Mitt Romney, the godfather of Obamacare, is not libertarians' first choice.
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
GOP kingmakers unhappy with choice between Romney, Gingrich for 2012  —  The Republican presidential primary is shaping up as a two-man race, but influential conservatives are clearly expressing their dissatisfaction with choices A and B.  —  In recent weeks, key GOP lawmakers …
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 …
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Ron Paul goes negative against Newt Gingrich on air in Iowa  —  Ron Paul is becoming the first to go negative against Newt Gingrich on the air in Iowa, with a 60-second version of a blistering, and roughly two-minute, web video he did painting the former House Speaker as the portrait of ‘serial hypocrisy.’
Discussion: Indecision Forever
The Politico:
Nervous Mitt fans: Hit Newt harder
Discussion: Swampland, GOP 12 and CNN
New York Post:   Newt's second act
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.
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Pentagon Encourages Newt Gingrich to Read Panetta Speech Before Criticizing
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Beck the latest GOPer to take on Gingrich
John Parkinson / ABCNEWS:
Pelosi Not Sitting on Trove of Gingrich Secrets
Craig Ruttle / ABCNEWS:
Poll: Iowans Rally to Gingrich  —  Newt Gingrich has leapt to a sizable lead in preferences for the Iowa Republican caucuses, drawing on a rally from conservatives, positive views of his political experience and a sense he best represents “core Republican values” to push Mitt Romney into a trailing tie with Ron Paul.
First Thoughts: Invoking Teddy Roosevelt
T.W. Farnam / Washington Post:
In race for campaign funds from billionaires, Romney outpaces Obama
Discussion: ThinkProgress, ABCNEWS and The Page
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Gingrich tops 3rd straight poll in Iowa
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
Eric Kleefeld /
TPM2012  —  Santorum: People Die In America Because They ‘Make Poor Decisions’  —  Rick Santorum got in a lengthy argument with a young voter in Iowa on some pretty heavy topics: Life, death, health care, and gay sex.  —  Jason Kornelis, a 23-year-old recent college graduate …
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)
Jordan Weissmann / The Atlantic Online:
Who Killed the Postal Service?  —  USPS is slashing first-class delivery, cutting billions of dollars, and looking to cut thousands of workers.  How did it get this bad?  —  Wikipedia  —  Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep your postman from delivering that Mad Men DVD you've been waiting for.
Meaghan Murphy / Fox News:
Recent Charges of Sexual Abuse of Children in Hollywood Just Tip of Iceberg, Experts Say  —  Allison Arngrim (left) starred on 'Little House on the Prairie.  " She said stories about Corey Feldman and Corey Haim (right) being abused as child stars were common in the 1980s and 90s.
Felix Salmon:
The euro zone's terrible mistake  —  The FT is reporting today that the new fiscal rules for the EU “include a commitment not to force private sector bondholders to take losses on any future eurozone bail-outs”.  If this principle really does get enshrined into some new treaty …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
An absurd choice for a health care award  —  Politico will host an awards dinner tonight, honoring “Policymakers of the Year” in a variety of categories and fields.  That wouldn't be especially interesting, were it not for the news organization's choice for “Health Care Policymaker of the Year.”
Discussion: The Politico and Paul Krugman
Con Coughlin / Telegraph:
Iran's Revolutionary Guards prepare for war  —  Iran's Revolutionary Guards have been put on a war footing amid increasing signs that the West is taking direct action to cripple Iran's nuclear programme.  —  An order from Gen Mohammed Ali Jaafari, the commander of the guards …
Ed Pilkington / Guardian:
NAACP warns black and Hispanic Americans could lose right to vote  —  Civil rights group petitions UN over ‘massive voter suppression’ after apparent effort to disenfranchise black and Hispanic people  —  The largest civil rights group in America, the National Association for the Advancement …
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 …
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records  —  (Reuters) - Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds to replace computers in his office at the end of his term as governor of Massachusetts in 2007 as part of an unprecedented effort to keep his records secret, Reuters has learned.
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Tim Craig / Washington Post:
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Discussion: The Spectacle Blog
Dan Quayle / Arizona Republic:
Romney's qualities make him best candidate for president
Discussion: The Page and Outside the Beltway
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