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6:40 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 …
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.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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
Judy Kurtz / The Hill:
Gaming website picks Hillary Clinton over Bachmann and Santorum for president
Discussion: Reuters
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.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
TRENDING: Beck the latest GOPer to take on 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
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.
Discussion: CNN
NBC's Carrie Dann /
Huntsman tweaks climate change tone, says scientists need to clarify facts
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,” …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Obama says economic ‘inequality’ hurts everyone
Discussion: The Impolitic and Weasel Zippers
Grace Wyler / Business Insider:
Here's The BIG Class Warfare Speech Obama Is Giving In Kansas Right Now
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) …
Discussion: Marathon Pundit
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
An absurd choice for a health care award
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
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Sec. Clinton To UN: ‘Gay Rights Are Human Rights, And Human Rights Are Gay Rights’  —  Recognizing that America's own record on LGBT equality is “far from perfect,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on nations around the world to recognize that “gay rights are human rights …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Mediaite
New York Times:
U.S. to Use Foreign Aid to Promote Gay Rights Abroad
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama announces foreign aid to promote gay rights; plan panned by Perry
Discussion: CNN and ThinkProgress
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.
Scott Wong / The Politico:
GOP filibusters judicial nominee
Discussion: and Hot Air
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.
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 …
Dalia Sussman / The Caucus:
New Iowa Poll: Who Can Beat Obama?  —  Just weeks before the first votes are cast in the 2012 presidential campaign, likely Republican caucus-goers in Iowa are closely divided over which candidate has the best chance of defeating President Obama, the latest New York Times/CBS News poll finds.
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.
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)
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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
Marie Diamond / ThinkProgress:
ALEC Deems Kids Eating Rat Poison An ‘Acceptable Risk’
Jeremy Rosen /
Chris Myers resigns as Medford mayor
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
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
GOP members offer payroll tax solution: Let taxpayers choose
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
Huw Evans /
Chevrolet Volt Battery Issues Growing, Safety Findings May Have Been Suppressed
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:
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