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2:42 AM ET, December 13, 2011


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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.
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Calls For Romney To Return All The Money He Made ‘Bankrupting Companies And Laying Off Employees’
Discussion: National Review
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
Ryan Grim / The Huffington Post:
NRC ‘Coup’ Leader, Bill Magwood, Consulted For Fukushima Parent Company … Energy , Video , NRC Coup , Nuclear Energy , Nuclear Regulatory Commission , Gregory Jaczko , Gregory Jaczko Nrc , Gregory Jaczko Nuclear Regulatory Commission , Nrc , Nuclear-Power , Green News
Andrew Restuccia / The Hill:
White House: Nuke commission infighting won't jeopardize nuclear safety
Discussion: The Politico
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.
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 …
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Santorum counting on Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum addressed workers at the largest employer in downtown Des Moines Monday afternoon, telling them that when other candidates claim to need their help at the caucuses on January 3 they're lying - because he's the one who really needs it.
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.
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 …
Josh Gerstein / The Politico:
Supreme Court in 2012 election is an ‘enormous issue’  —  The Supreme Court, which has faded as a major campaign issue in recent years, could make a resurgence in 2012: The justices just keep adding to the hot-button political issues they plan to tackle before the election.
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 …
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
A radical embrace of nullification  —  On “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Chris Wallace asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) about Republicans refusing to allow lawmakers to vote on Richard Cordray's nomination to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Ben Smithand Juana Summers / The Politico:
Newt, Huntsman agree, seriously  —  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 out differences between Newt Gingrich …
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
Recession Crimped Incomes of Richest Americans  —  WASHINGTON—Hold the condolence cards, but the recession cost the rich.  —  The share of income received by the top 1 percent—that potent symbol of inequality — dropped to 17 percent in 2009 from 23 percent in 2007, according to federal tax data.
Discussion: Althouse
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
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
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.
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Jamelle Bouie / American Prospect:
Were the Debates a Mistake?
Discussion: Ross Douthat and Associated Press
Simon Walters / Daily Mail:
Yes, Cameron got it right: Most voters agree with PM vetoing treaty changes - and half think we should now quit the EU
Discussion: Guardian, Don Surber and PJ Media
Nbc'S Jo /
Huntsman: 'I'm not running as an independent'
Datechguy / Datechguy's Blog:
Is conservative new media worth as much as the occupods?
Molly K. Hooper / The Hill:
Boehner: House to vote Tuesday on payroll tax
Discussion: Reuters, The Politico and Daily Kos
New York Times:
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney wants to ‘keep America American’
The Daily Beast:
Barack Obama's Next Job
Discussion: Gawker and Don Surber
Jeremy Herb / The Hill:
Veto threat looms over high-stakes talks on terrorism detainees
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
Anti-SOPA Movement Picks Up Steam, With Assist from Laurence Tribe
John Merline / Investor's Business Daily:
The Richest 1% Get $10 Billion A Year From Uncle Sam
Discussion: Hit & Run
Hoover Institution:
Populist-in-Chief  —  by Richard A. Epstein (Peter …