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11:40 PM ET, December 17, 2011

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Iowa Caucuses:
The Des Moines Register's GOP caucus endorsement: Mitt Romney is best to lead  —  Sobriety, wisdom and judgment.  —  Those are qualities Mitt Romney said he looks for in a leader.  Those are qualities Romney himself has demonstrated in his career in business, public service and government.
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A.Killough / CNN:
Des Moines Register endorses Romney  —  (CNN) - The Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa, backed Mitt Romney late Saturday in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.  —  The much-anticipated endorsement gives the former Massachusetts governor special bragging rights …
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
Associated Press:
Gingrich says rivals' criticism taking a toll
Discussion: National Review
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt Gingrich just wants to have fun
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Democrats: Concession to GOP on Keystone will force Obama to kill pipeline  —  Senate Democrats say the Obama administration will kill the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, a controversial issue in the debate to extend the payroll tax holiday.  —  Senate leaders on Friday agreed …
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Jonathan Allenand Jake Sherman / The Politico:
House GOP revolts on payroll deal  —  House Republicans are in full revolt in the wake of Senate passage of a two-month payroll tax holiday package, casting serious doubt on the fate of a bill that already has President Barack Obama's approval.  —  In a private conference call on Saturday afternoon …
Brian Beutler / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  GOP Wins On Keystone As Senate Agrees To Two Month Payroll Tax Cut Extension
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate leaders strike short-term deal to extend payroll tax holiday
Melina Mara / ABCNEWS:
Ron Paul Takes Swipes at GOP Rivals, Says Michele Bachmann ‘Hates Muslims’  —  Ron Paul has gone Hollywood.  —  Appearing on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” the presidential hopeful took a swipe at his GOP rivals telling the crowd that Michele Bachmann “hates Muslims.”
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Paul on Bachmann: ‘She hates Muslims’  —  Ron Paul took his disagreement with Michele Bachmann over foreign policy as relates to Iran to Jay Leno's couch last night, and putting a finer point on his thoughts, via POLITICO's Ginger Gibson.  —  Ron Paul on Jay Leno's show took a dig …
A.Killough / CNN:
TRENDING: Paul claims Bachmann ‘hates’ Muslims
Discussion: The Politico
Jason Clayworth / Iowa Caucuses:
Rick Perry: Herman Cain is the type of person I'd consider for cabinet appointment  —  Spencer, Ia.  — Herman Cain is the type of person Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he'd consider for his cabinet if elected president, he told a crowd here today.  —  “He has all the characteristics of the type …
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Spencer Platt / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry Picks Up the Attacks on Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul for Earmarks
Discussion: Campaign 2012
ABCNEWS:
Romney Declares Himself ‘Ideal’ Tea Party Candidate  —  CHARLESTON, S.C. — Mitt Romney said today he's “the ideal candidate” for the Tea Party movement because his stance on issues lines up “pretty darn well” with the movement he says will soon realize that GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich isn't their best option for president.
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Sara Murray / Washington Wire:
Can Tea Partiers Grow to Love Mitt Romney?
Susie Madrak / Crooks and Liars:
Scott Walker Shuts Down Cancer Screenings Through Planned Parenthood  —  Gov. Scott Walker is a ruthless extremist, and more women in Wisconsin will die of cancer, thanks to his right-wing vendetta against Planned Parenthood.  At least we have the satisfaction of knowing that every time he pulls …
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Kate Sheppard / MoJo Articles:
Scott Walker's Next Target: Cancer Screenings for Women
Discussion: Daily Kos and TBogg
David Taintor / tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPMDC  —  MN GOPer Resigns Leadership Post Over Alleged ‘Inappropriate Relationship’  —  Minnesota's Republican Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch abruptly resigned from her leadership post this week, and there are now allegations that she had an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate staffer.
Martin Newman / Mirror.co.uk:
Bollywood actress Veena Malik reported missing after nude FHM photo scandal  —  Veena Malik  —  There were fears today for the wellbeing of Bollywood actress Veena Malik after she was reported missing by her manager.  —  The controversial Pakistani model and actress …
Discussion: Scared Monkeys and The Jawa Report
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
SOPA Markup Runs Out Of Time; Likely Delayed Until 2012 [Update: Or Not...]  —  So this was a bit of a surprise.  Lots of people expected Lamar Smith to keep the SOPA markup process going until he could get a vote out, even if it was late tonight.  But it looks like he ran out of time.
Milt Shook / The PCTC Blog:
There's No Such Thing as an “Indefinite Detention Bill” and Other Pro Left Lies  —  One of the most galling things about the professional left is the number of times they lie to make a point.  You can't be a progressive and also lie to the people who read your stuff.
CBS Miami:
Don King's Turkey Giveaway Canceled After Truck ‘Hijacked’  —  Boxing promoter Don King (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)  —  MIAMI (CBSMiami) - Hundreds of needy South Floridians were disappointed to learn Friday that a truck loaded with Christmas turkeys to be donated by boxing promoter Don King had been hijacked.
Discussion: THEROOT.COM
 
 
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False assumptions underpinned British strategy
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P.J. Gladnick / NewsBusters.org:
60 Minutes Broadcast Edits Out Laughable Obama Claim as 4th Best President
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Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
Competition hasn't worked in health care
Discussion: Angry Bear and Firedoglake
Robert Pear / New York Times:
Health Care Law Will Let States Tailor Benefits
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Gingrich ramps up objections to judicial branch's power
ABCNEWS:
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