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7:15 PM ET, December 12, 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.
The Right Scoop:
Glenn Beck: I'd consider Ron Paul as third party over Newt Gingrich  —  Glenn Beck said this morning on his radio show that if Newt Gingrich is the nominee and Ron Paul runs third party, he'd consider voting for Ron Paul over Newt Gingrich, and he hates Ron Paul's policies on the Middle East:
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Radio host offers Gingrich $1 million to drop out of GOP race
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Pat Garofalo / ThinkProgress:
Gingrich Calls For Romney To Return All The Money He Made ‘Bankrupting Companies And Laying Off Employees’
Discussion: Odd Man Out
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 …
The Family Leader:
Former Speaker Newt Gingrich Provides Written Response to The FAMiLY LEADER's Marriage Pledge
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Gawker
Tanya Somanader / ThinkProgress:
Math Fail: Fox News Says 8.6 Percent Unemployment Is Greater Than 8.8 And Equal To 9
San Francisco Chronicle:
Some berths shut down in Port of Oakland protest  —  (12-12) 14:48 PST OAKLAND — Almost half the berths at the Port of Oakland temporarily halted operations today after hundreds of protesters with the Occupied movement blocked intersections in the port.  —  Roughly 150 longshoremen …
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 …
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.
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
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.
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
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 …
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.
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 …
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Depression and Democracy  —  It's time to start calling the current situation what it is: a depression.  True, it's not a full replay of the Great Depression, but that's cold comfort.  Unemployment in both America and Europe remains disastrously high.  Leaders and institutions are increasingly discredited.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Barack Obama's Next Job  —  His reelection is down to a coin toss, his mood glum.  Eight ideas for Obama's post-POTUS career.  —  Illlustration by Dress Code (source photo): Getty Images  —  At the risk of getting ahead of ourselves: Barack Obama would make a pretty damn good ex-president.
Discussion: Gawker
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Barack Obama's ‘60 Minutes’ Interview Has Me Screaming at My TV Again  —  Today on Morning Joe, they were playing clips of Steve Kroft's 60 Minutes interview with President Obama, and I literally started screaming.  There is only so much of this bulls-t I can endure without talking back to my TV:
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.
Jewel Samad / Investor's Business Daily:
As Americans struggle, the Obamas make do with 37 Christmas trees  —  The economy may be weak, unemployment strong and the first family soon to vacate the White House for another half-month of vacation in Hawaii.  —  But the Obamas have gone all out in decorating their house this year …
A Romance With Risk That Brought On a Panic  —  Soon after taking the reins of MF Global in 2010, Jon S. Corzine visited the Wall Street firm's Chicago offices for the first time, greeting the brokers, analysts and sales staff there.  —  One broker, Cy Monley, caught Mr. Corzine's eye.
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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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
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I Was Wrong, and So Are You  —  A libertarian economist retracts …