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7:10 PM ET, December 15, 2011


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Rasmussen Reports:
Iowa: Romney 23%, Gingrich 20%, Paul 18%  —  For the fifth straight survey, the GOP field has a new frontrunner in Iowa.  —  On this first release video, Scott Rasmussen reveals Mitt Romney as the new frontrunner in the Iowa Caucus.  —  Although this video is available to everyone, most of the content on Rasmussen Reports is not.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Gingrich Momentum Slows, Polls Suggest  —  A lot of bad habits when analyzing general election polls can be good ones when it comes to primaries and caucuses.  In particular, making inferences about a trend based on just a couple of polls will often lead you astray in the general election.
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Poll: Dramatic drop in Gingrich support in Iowa  —  DES MOINES — A new survey from pollster Scott Rasmussen shows support for Newt Gingrich in Iowa has fallen sharply in recent days.  The poll shows the former House speaker with the support of 20 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers …
The Politico:
David Mark  —  Moderator :  —  Now that Rep. Ron Paul …
The Politico:
Newt Gingrich shows signs of slide in Iowa
Discussion: CNN, Business Insider and Guardian
National Review:
Winnowing the Field  —  A hard-fought presidential primary campaign …
David Grant / Christian Science Monitor:
Jon Huntsman leapfrogs Ron Paul in New Hampshire, says poll
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Recuse Yourself, Chris Wallace
O. Kay Henderson / Radio Iowa:
Gingrich says it's his “real history” versus the attack ads
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
A Bipartisan Way Forward on Medicare  —  Allowing private plans to compete with traditional Medicare will help lower costs and spur innovation.  —  Few issues draw more heated partisan rhetoric than the future of Medicare.  Seniors are a reliable and powerful voting bloc …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
Wyden-Ryan Medicare Proposal Has White House ‘Concerned’ … WASHINGTON — The Obama administration expressed concern Thursday over the bipartisan Medicare reform proposal that has been hammered out between Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), saying it believes the plan could weaken the program.
Charles P. Pierce / Esquire:
In Congress, a Merry (and Stupid) Christmas Compromise
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Newt Gingrich: Gay People Choose To Be Gay Like Priests Choose Celibacy  —  Newt Gingrich told the Des Moines Register's editorial board this morning that gay people have a “significant range of choice within a genetic pattern” and can choose to be straight just like someone can “choose to be celibate.”
Justin Sink / Ballot Box:
Gingrich signs anti-gay marriage pledge, says homosexuality a choice
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Pentagon Declares End to an Iraq War of Mixed Results  —  BAGHDAD — Almost nine years after the first American tanks began massing on the Iraqi border, the Pentagon declared an official end to its mission here, closing a troubled conflict that helped reshape American politics and left …
Pew Research Center for the People and the Press:
Frustration with Congress Could Hurt Republican Incumbents  —  GOP Base Critical of Party's Washington Leadership  —  OVERVIEW  —  Public discontent with Congress has reached record levels, and the implications for incumbents in next year's elections could be stark.
Paul Bedard / US News:
Harvard Poll: Young Voters Say Obama Will Lose  —  More bad news for President Obama  —  More bad news for President Obama, this time from his alma mater, Harvard University.  In a new poll, more younger voters, many of whom voted for him in 2008, think he will lose next year.
Harvard University Institute of Politics:
Discussion: Hot Air, Ballot Box and GayPatriot
The Politico:
Newt's loot: Billionaire commits $20M  —  Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is planning to direct $20 million to an outside group backing Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign, multiple sources told POLITICO - the first answer to urgent pleas from allies to the former speaker's long-time billionaire supporters.
Christina Ng / Nation:
Exclusive: ‘White Only’ Pool Sign Owner Explains  —  A female landlord, Jamie Hein, had a sign that read, “Public Swimming Pool, White Only” hanging on a gate at her house and her private pool.  (Photo credit: Ohio Civil Rights Commission)  —  An Ohio landlord accused of discriminating …
Pete Souza /
Obama Family Portrait Revealed  —  From left: Michelle, Malia, Barack and Sasha Obama  —  President Obama may be gearing up his campaign for reelection soon, but at home with his wife and daughters, he couldn't be happier.  —  The White House is releasing this new family portrait of the Obamas …
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  National Review Devoting Entire Issue To Bashing Newt  —  It wasn't enough for the National Review's editors to just write a scathing anti-endorsement warning Republican voters that Newt Gingrich is a general election Hindenburg.  No, they're devoting an entire issue to tearing down the frontrunner.
Discussion: Booman Tribune, Daily Kos and GOP 12
Conor Friedersdorf / The Atlantic Online:
On Iraq, the GOP Is Out of Touch with Its Own Voters
Discussion: Booman Tribune and The Hill
Is This Hell?  No, It's Iowa  —  [ed note: Found!  In a dumpster behind Hamburg Inn, the first draft of University of Iowa professor Stephen G. Bloom's anthropology dissertation for Atlantic magazine explaining the bizarre cultural mores of the primative Aborigines who pay his salary.]
Discussion: The Atlantic Online
Marc Lacey / New York Times:
Arizona Sheriff's Office Targeted Latinos, Justice Department Says  —  PHOENIX — In a strongly worded critique of the country's best-known sheriff, the Justice Department on Thursday accused Sheriff Joe Arpaio of engaging in “unconstitutional policing” by unfairly targeting Latinos for detention …
Alex Pappademas / GQ:
We ♥ Huntsman  —  ...Or at least his daughters.  Mary Anne, Liddy, and Abby may not be able to save Jon Huntsman's presidential campaign, but their Funny or Die-style videos, planking photos, and @Jon2012girls Twitter (what's a Mormon girl have to do to land a date with Tagg Romney …
Associated Press:
‘Dismal’ prospects: 1 in 2 Americans are now poor or low income  —  Juan Morena sits on a Los Angeles, Calif., sidewalk as he waits for the St. Francis Center soup kitchen to open on Sept. 13.  —  By Associated Press  —  WASHINGTON - Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans …
Chris McGreal / Guardian:
Americans face Guantánamo detention after Obama climbdown  —  Defence funding bill allows American citizens to be arrested as terrorists on home soil and held indefinitely without trial  —  Barack Obama has abandoned a commitment to veto a new security law that allows the military …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Herman Cain's Cabinet dream: DOD  —  Herman Cain says that if he could be a Cabinet secretary, he wants to be head of the Department of Defense.  —  In an interview with Barbara Walters, who chose Cain as one of the “10 Most Fascinating People” of the year, the former presidential hopeful was asked what Cabinet position he would like.
Tehran Times:
Foreign spy drones in Iran's possession to be put on display  —  TEHRAN - Iran plans to put foreign spy drones it has in its possession on display in the near future, according to an informed source close to the Tehran Times.  —  National reporters and foreign ambassadors based in Tehran will be allowed to visit the exhibition.
Discussion: The Lede, Guardian and Israel Matzav
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Henry Samuel / Telegraph:
US election 2012: Mitt Romney's life as a poor Mormon missionary in France questioned
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Illinois court upholds Democratic redistricting plan
Discussion: The Politico
Josiah Ryan / The Hill:
Congress sends defense authorization bill to the White House
Discussion: The Politico
Skip Navigation / ACLU:
Report: “Protecting Privacy From Aerial Surveillance: Recommendations for Government Use of Drone Aircraft”
Discussion:, Blog of Rights, Bits and TalkLeft
How to Indefinitely Detain Jamie Dimon
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Obama's Justice Department joins Britain's ‘Climategate’ leaker manhunt
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Jake Silverstein / Texas Monthly:
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Josh Lederman / The Hill:
Cantor: Palestinian culture ‘infused with resentment and hatred’
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Israel Matzav
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