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9:45 PM ET, December 12, 2011


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Michael Savage /
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Mitt Romney on Newt Gingrich: He's the front-runner  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — Mitt Romney, who just a month ago had hoped to seal the GOP presidential nomination with Florida's primary on Jan. 31, tells POLITICO that he now foresees an epic fight with Newt Gingrich that could last through the California primary on June 5.
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Radio host offers Gingrich $1 million to drop out of GOP race
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:   Mitt: There's ‘no whining in politics’
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt takes no-adultery pledge  —  When the Iowa social conservative group The Family Leader unveiled a sweeping pledge on marriage and abortion over the summer, Newt Gingrich was one of the candidates who passed on signing it.  —  Now, Gingrich has answered the pledge with a lengthy written response …
Zachary Pleat / Media Matters for America:
Today In Dishonest Fox News Charts  —  It looks like Fox is trying to mislead its viewers on the unemployment rate.  Again.  —  On Monday, Fox News displayed a chart illustrating changes to the unemployment rate during 2011:  —  Note how the 8.6 percent unemployment rate in November looks higher …
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Math Fail: Fox News Says 8.6 Percent Unemployment Is Greater Than 8.8 And Equal To 9
San Francisco Chronicle:
Oakland port workers stay home as protesters rally  —  (12-12) 18:22 PST OAKLAND — Triumphant protesters marched and rallied and celebrated outside the Port of Oakland tonight after apparently derailing the evening shift at the nation's fifth-busiest port.  —  Although officials had not declared …
Mike Pearson / CNN:
Protesters try to shut down ports  —  (CNN) — Police in several U.S. cities Monday confronted Occupy protests aimed and shutting down port facilities.  —  Arrests were made, while ports reported only minor hindrances.  —  Police in Houston arrested 20 protesters after dozens of police …
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Sarah Palin Pitching New Reality Show About Husband Todd's Snowmobile Adventures (Exclusive) … Sarah Palin announced in October that she would not run for president, leaving her free to focus on her media career.  But the GOP kingmaker and Fox News contributor is having some trouble selling …
Leonardo Mejia / Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports:
AN OPEN LETTER FROM AMERICA'S PORT TRUCK DRIVERS ON OCCUPY THE PORTS  —  We are the front-line workers who haul container rigs full of imported and exported goods to and from the docks and warehouses every day.  —  We have been elected by committees of our co-workers at the Ports of Los Angeles …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Newt Strikes Back  —  In Monday Londderry press availability, former Speaker repsonds to Romney's demand he return Freddic Mac cash by invoking Romney's Bain windfall.  —  Gingrich: If gov romney would like to give back all the money he's earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees …
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Calls For Romney To Return All The Money He Made ‘Bankrupting Companies And Laying Off Employees’
Discussion: Odd Man Out
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
DNC chair: Unemployment didn't go up under Obama!  —  Denial — it ain't just a river in Egypt.  Appearing on Fox News this morning, DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz insisted that unemployment didn't go up in Barack Obama's term of office, a hilarious argument on several levels.
Ben Smithand Juana Summers / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman agree on seriousness at debate in New Hampshire  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — The meeting of two presidential candidates here today was billed as a successor to the Lincoln Douglas debates, but turned out to be a festival of self-congratulation intended less to tease …
Discussion: Eunomia
Elizabeth Mendes / Gallup:
In U.S., Fear of Big Government at Near-Record Level  —  Democrats lead increase in concerns about big government  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans' concerns about the threat of big government continue to dwarf those about big business and big labor, and by an even larger margin now than in March 2009.
Michael J. Crosbie / The Atlantic Online:
Why the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Failed—and How to Fix It  —  The design vision was strong, and the artist accomplished, but a couple of key changes were made between conception and execution  —  Nearly 15 years after President Clinton signed legislation for the construction …
Discussion: National Review and The PJ Tatler
William J. Broad / New York Times:
Gingrich's Electromagnetic Pulse Warning Has Skeptics  —  Newt Gingrich, the Republican presidential hopeful, wants you to know that as commander in chief he is ready to confront one of the most nightmarish of doomsday scenarios: a nuclear blast high above the United States that would instantly throw the nation into a dark age.
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Obama Administration Coordinating With Left-Wing Groups on Voter Fraud?  —  I wrote yesterday about the lightly-attended march in New York, ostensibly on behalf of voting rights, which was sponsored by a broad coalition of left-wing groups and was addressed by several Democratic politicians.
Reid Cherlin / GQ:
Obama 2012 Headquarters Upbeat but Phasers Set to Kill  —  Don't be fooled by the shiny, happy staffers and peppy slogans.  The president's re-elect is trained on the enemy, whoever that will be  —  Campaign offices are typically cluttered and uncomfortable, harshly lit windowless spaces …
Discussion: National Review
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Agree to Hear Challenge to Arizona Immigration Laws  —  WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Arizona may impose tough anti-immigration measures.  Among them, in a law enacted last year, is a requirement that the police there question people they stop about their immigration status.
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court to hear challenge to Arizona's immigration law
Matt Viser / Boston Globe:
Gay veteran quizzes Mitt Romney on single-sex marriage  —  MANCHESTER, NH - It started out as a seemingly safe situation.  Mitt Romney, working a friendly room at a the Chez Vachon diner here, approached an older man wearing a Vietnam Veteran cap and sidled up next to him.
Hoover Institution:
Populist-in-Chief  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow and member of the Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force)  —  Can Obama's progressive policies save the middle class from economic hardship?  —  One clear sign of America's social unease …
Sofia Resnick / The Washington Independent:
National Organization for Marriage's 2010 financial records raise questions  —  National for Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown speaks to a crowd during NOM's 2010 Summer for Marriage Tour, July 27, 2010 (Photo: Flickr/Lost Albatross).  —  In 2010, the National Organization for Marriage …
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: House to vote Tuesday on payroll tax  —  The House will vote on the GOP proposal to extend the payroll tax cut on Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced.  —  At a Monday press conference, Boehner said the bill should be approved with bipartisan support.
Discussion: The Politico and Daily Kos
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney wants to ‘keep America American’  —  Maybe it's just me, but I find phrases like “keep America American” kind of creepy.  Take Mitt Romney's stump-speech rhetoric, for example. … I understand the context, but as Seth Masket noted, “keep America American” sounds an awful lot like a line we might expect from Bill the Butcher.
David Fisher / New Zealand Herald:
Sperm-donor kept wife in the dark  —  A conservative Christian politician has a secret life as a sperm donor for lesbian couples - even though he has campaigned against gay marriage.  —  American politician Bill Johnson has spent most of this year in Christchurch helping run the earthquake recovery …
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
As Kindle Fire Faces Critics, Remedies Are Promised  —  The Kindle Fire, Amazon's heavily promoted tablet, is less than a blazing success with many of its early users.  The most disgruntled are packing the device up and firing it back to the retailer.  —  A few of their many complaints: there is no external volume control.
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