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Mj Lee / The Politico:
Priebus: ‘Malpractice’ for me to back Trump debate  —  Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus spoke out Thursday against an upcoming GOP presidential debate to be moderated by Donald Trump, saying it would be “malpractice” for him as the leader of the party not to think the debate was problematic.
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Rhodes Cook / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
2012 Republican Race: The Field May Not Be Closed  —  Conventional wisdom is that the Republican presidential field is set, and that it is much too late for a new candidate to enter the race.  —  In years past, that would be absolutely correct.  Over the last few decades …
Richard A. Oppel Jr / The Caucus:
Perry Also Passes on Trump Debate  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Gov. Rick Perry of Texas has joined other candidates, including Mitt Romney, in passing on Donald Trump's Dec. 27 debate in Iowa.  His campaign issued this statement on Thursday: … Mr. Trump's involvement has been criticized …
Discussion: GOP 12
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Perry Goes After Gingrich, Romney; Declines Trump
Discussion: Ballot Box
New York Times:
Democrats See 2-Horse Race, Adding Whip  —  WASHINGTON — The White House and its allies are starting to turn their sights to Newt Gingrich, invoking his tumultuous history as House speaker to brand him as the “king of gridlock,” a testament to his new viability and the sudden realization …
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Hayley Peterson / Campaign 2012:
Christie heckles ‘Occupy’ protesters in Iowa
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
GOPers prep for ‘alpha dog’ debate
msnbc.com:
First Thoughts: The attack on Newt begins
Discussion: ABCNEWS
ABCNEWS:
Here Comes the Romney SuperPAC
Discussion: CNN, HotAirPundit and The Caucus
Sarah B. Boxer / CBS News:
N.J. Gov. Christie gets “Occupied” in Iowa
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Gothamist and CNN
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman lashes out at GOP frontrunners
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Rick Perry's Anti-Gay Iowa Ad Divides His Top Staff … 2012 Election , Log Cabin Republicans , Elections 2012 , Rick Perry , Video , Iowa Caucuses , Fabrizio Perry , Iowa Caucus 2012 , Perry Ad , Perry Dadt , Rick Perry 2012 , Rick Perry Ad Campaign , Rick Perry Don't Ask Don't Tell …
Frank Newport / Gallup:
Republicans Less Enthusiastic About Voting in 2012  —  Republicans' enthusiasm gap over Democrats narrows  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Republicans' enthusiasm about voting in the election for president next year has decreased, with 49% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican now saying …
Daniel deVise / Washington Post:
Virginia Tech Police officer, one other, killed on campus  —  A Virginia Tech police officer was fatally shot Thursday during a routine traffic stop on the Blacksburg campus and a second person was found slain in a nearby parking lot after the gunman fled, the university reports.
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Lerone Graham / WDBJ-TV:
Police officer shot on Virginia Tech campus  —  A police officer is reportedly the one who has been shot.  —  A police officer has been shot on the campus of Virginia Tech.  —  There is a report of a shooting on the campus of Virginia Tech.  —  BLACKSBURG, Va.—
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Obama delaying Keystone pipeline to appease envelope stuffers, suggests McConnell  —  Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday said President Obama decided to delay a decision on whether or not to permit construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in order to maintain the support …
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Daily Kos
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Ben Geman / The Hill:
Obama threatens veto if pipeline decision is added to payroll tax cut
NW Daily Marker:
Tweets from Congressional Staffers Describe On-Job Drinking in Office of Congressman Larsen  —  For young men and women with ambitions toward a career in politics, working in a Congressional office can be a heady, almost dreamlike experience.  Left unsupervised, the combination of youth indiscretion …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and The PJ Tatler
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The Politico:
Hill staffers gone wild get fired  —  They called it a “December to Remember”: a mission to spend the final month of the legislative session partying under the patronage of Rep. Rick Larsen.  —  Eight days into it, and a series of ill-advised tweets later, three staffers for the Washington Democrat …
Joe Battenfeld / Boston Herald:
Poll: Elizabeth Warren soars 7 up over Scott Brown  —  UMass-Lowell, Herald poll shows attack ads harm both  —  Democrat Elizabeth Warren has opened up a lead against Republican incumbent Scott Brown for the first time in their U.S. Senate showdown, but a barrage of attack ads appears …
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Wall Street Journal:
Corzine: ‘I Simply Do Not Know Where The Money Is’  —  A contrite Jon S. Corzine will express both sorrow and a firm defense of his actions Thursday in his first public appearance since the collapse of MF Global Holdings Ltd. in late October.  —  “Recognizing the enormous impact …
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David Frum / FrumForum:
The Coming GOP Gingrich Freakout  —  Today's question is: will the Gingrich balloon deflate like all the previous Not Mitt balloons?  —  The answer is: yes of course-but given that these balloons take typically 6-8 weeks to shrivel, the impending Gingrich bust may not arrive soon enough to save Romney.
Jonathan Allen / The Politico:
Eric Cantor smacks down ‘insider’ Spencer Bachus  —  A day after Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus said he would move forward on an insider-trading bill, Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped him dead in his tracks.  —  In a Wednesday meeting described by one source as …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Booman Tribune
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Mike Lillis / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: House leaders ‘petty’ to block insider trading bill
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Pelosi avoids criticism of Obama, Sebelius on morning-after pill  —  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) avoided criticizing President Obama or Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for the decision to overrule federal regulators and limit access to the morning-after pill.
Discussion: The Politico
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Michelle Goldberg / The Daily Beast:
Obama's Restrictions on Morning-After Pill Are Politically Driven
Discussion: The American Prospect and Hot Air
Josh Glasstetter / Right Wing Watch:
VIDEO: Bill O'Reilly Hits Community Organizer with Umbrella, Tries to Get Him Arrested  —  Anyone who has watched the footage of Bill O'Reilly's infamous meltdown on the set of Inside Edition knows that the Fox News personality has a hot temper.  But you would expect the Fox News personality …
Ann Coulter / Townhall.com:
Ann Coulter Newt Presents a Fresh New Virtual Face  —  Before you newly active Republicans commit to Newt Gingrich as your presidential nominee on the basis of the recent debates, here's a bit of Newt history you ought to know.  I promise you, it's going to come up if he's the candidate.
John H. Cushman Jr / New York Times:
Senate Blocks Obama Choice for Consumer Panel  —  WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday blocked President Obama's nominee to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, as filibustering Republicans who oppose the very powers of the new agency successfully challenged one of the administration's main responses to the financial crisis.
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Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
45 GOP Senators Filibustering Consumer Protection Nominee Have Received Millions From Wall Street This Year
Jordy Yager / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker: AG Holder could be impeached over gun-tracking program  —  A senior GOP lawmaker said Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder could be impeached over the botched gun tracking operation Fast and Furious.  —  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) suggested at a House Judiciary Committee hearing …
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Journalism.org:
TWITTER AND THE CAMPAIGN  —  HOW THE DISCUSSION ON TWITTER VARIES FROM BLOGS AND NEWS COVERAGE AND RON PAUL'S TWITTER TRIUMPH  —  A detailed examination of more than 20 million Tweets about the race for president finds that the political discussion on Twitter is measurably different …
 
 
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