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8:20 PM ET, December 19, 2011


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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: Gingrich lead gone, dead even with Romney  —  Washington (CNN) - Newt Gingrich's lead in the race for the GOP presidential nomination has evaporated, according to a new national survey.  —  A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday indicates that 28% of Republicans and independents …
Jeb Bush / Wall Street Journal:
Capitalism and the Right to Rise  —  In freedom lies the risk of failure.  But in statism lies the certainty of stagnation.  —  Congressman Paul Ryan recently coined a smart phrase to describe the core concept of economic freedom: “The right to rise.”  —  Think about it.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Paul leads in Iowa  —  Newt Gingrich's campaign is rapidly imploding, and Ron Paul has now taken the lead in Iowa.  He's at 23% to 20% for Mitt Romney, 14% for Gingrich, 10% each for Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, and Rick Perry, 4% for Jon Huntsman, and 2% for Gary Johnson.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney dominating New Hampshire
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Mitt Romney Super PAC Ad Attacking Gingrich Sticks In The Minds Of Iowa Voters
Discussion: and Washington Post
Tom Hamburger / Los Angeles Times:
Evangelical leader makes case for Newt Gingrich
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Pastor Concerned About ‘Destroying Definition Of Marriage’ Asks Evangelicals To Back Gingrich
Discussion: Reuters
Jake Tapper / ABCNEWS:
Two-Month Payroll Tax Holiday Passed By Senate, Pushed By President, Cannot Be Implemented Properly, Experts Say  —  Officials from the policy-neutral National Payroll Reporting Consortium, Inc. have expressed concern to members of Congress that the two-month payroll tax holiday passed …
Scott Wong / The Politico:
Brown blasts GOP on payroll tax cut  —  Fighting for reelection in deep-blue Massachusetts, GOP Sen. Scott Brown ripped into House Republicans on Tuesday after Speaker John Boehner vowed that his caucus would reject the short-term payroll tax cut extension that nearly 90 percent of senators voted for over the weekend.
Discussion: CNN, RedState, Daily Kos and The Hill
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Tea Party lawmaker: Payroll-tax-cut fight our ‘Braveheart moment’  —  A member of the House Tea Party caucus said Republicans are rallying behind Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) in the payroll tax cut standoff, calling him “William Wallace” in their “'Braveheart' moment.”
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
DCCC unleashing Carville on House GOP
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Brad Plumer / Washington Post:
Kim Jong Il's economic legacy, in one chart  —  One easy way to evaluate the legacies of North Korean dictators Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il is to compare their country's economic performance with South Korea's over the past four decades.  The difference is stunning.
Discussion: Hit & Run and Business Insider
Ginger Gibson / The Politico:
Kim Jong Il death: 2012ers cautiously triumphant
Discussion: CNN
Leslie H. Gelb / The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden On Iraq, Iran, China and the Taliban  —  The United States won't spend a dime to bail out Europe.  The Taliban is not our enemy.  And nobody's easing up on Iran's nukes.  The vice president lets fly.  —  On Thursday, Dec. 15, Vice President Joe Biden sat down in his sunlit White …
New York Times:
Retirement Deal Keeps Bain Money Flowing to Romney  —  Almost 13 years ago, Mitt Romney left Bain Capital, the successful private equity firm he had helped start, and moved to Utah to rescue the Salt Lake City Olympic Games and begin a second career in public life.
Rebecca Kaplan /
Perry's Day Ends in Confrontation Over Fracking, Gays in the Military  —  At Decorah town hall, Perry faces some criticis of his policies.  —  DECORAH, Iowa—What had been a calm day for Rick Perry filled with church services and friendly audiences ended on a sour note as the governor found himself …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
14-Year-Old Challenges Perry's Anti-Gay Views
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Towleroad News #gay
Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Justice Dept silent as Holder charges critics with racism  —  Attorney General Eric Holder accused his growing chorus of critics of racist motivations in a Sunday interview published in the New York Times.  When reached by The Daily Caller Monday morning, the Department of Justice provided …
Steven Hayward / Power Line:
Hayek Vindicated Again  —  Way back on the Federal Page of today's Washington Post is an article that ought to be on the front page above the fold, and its deep placement on the boutique page of the bureaucracy shows how the Post, like most everyone else, doesn't understand what a big story it is.
New York Post:
Professor claims NYU fired him after he gave James Franco a ‘D’  —  James Franco's tired James Dean act got an NYU professor booted from the school last year — after the teacher dared to give the overhyped Hollywood hunk a “D” for blowing off class, a lawsuit charges.
Andrew Mytelka / The Ticker:
Appeals Court Rejects Christian Student's Bid for Reversal of Her Expulsion  —  A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling against a graduate student who had sought a court order preventing Augusta State University from expelling her from its school-counseling program.
Katha Pollitt /
Regarding Christopher  —  Christopher Hitchens, my colleague for twenty years, was clever, hilarious, generous to his friends, combative, prodigiously energetic and fantastically productive.  He could write with equal ease about Philip Larkin, capital punishment, Henry Kissinger and having his balls waxed.
George Russell / Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: EPA Ponders Expanded Regulatory Power In Name of ‘Sustainable Development’  —  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to change how it analyzes problems and makes decisions, in a way that will give it vastly expanded power to regulate businesses, communities and ecosystems in the name of …
Barry Ritholtz / The Big Picture:
Gingrich Implodes in Iowa  —  I don't know about Conservatives, but Republicans should be relieved.  —  So much for the Gingrich juggernaut . . .  Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge.
Discussion: Boing Boing
Jay Rubenstein / The Huffington Post:
Crusade vs. Jihad: Which Is Worse?  —  The First Crusade (1096-1099) spawned horrors the likes of which none of the crusaders had ever experienced.  And they were horrors of their own making.  Of the massacre in Jerusalem, a contemporary observed, “The knights could hardly bare it …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Election Year, MTV Drops ‘Choose or Lose’ Slogan  —  After nearly 20 years of “Choose or Lose,” MTV is changing the name of its election season campaign.  —  The youth cable channel's coverage will be labeled “Power of 12,” a nod to both the election year and the notion that 18 …
John C. Goodman / Wall Street Journal:
Why Mandated Health Insurance Is Unfair  —  There's an easier way to solve the ‘free-rider’ problem.  —  Should all Americans be required to have health insurance?  ObamaCare said yes, and the issue is now central to the Republican presidential primary.  Mitt Romney championed an individual mandate as governor of Massachusetts.
Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
BFFs?  Fox News Plays Wrong Clip, Making Mitt Romney's ‘Best Friend’ Barack Obama  —  On Monday morning's America's Newsroom, host Bill Hemmer was speaking on Mitt Romney's viability as a candidate.  Hemmer mentioned that Romney was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Sunday, and …
Discussion: THEROOT.COM and NewsHounds blog
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Nando Di Fino / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin Tells Fox Business Network That 'It's Not Too Late' To Jump Into The GOP Race
Brendan Sasso / The Hill:
AT&T abandons T-Mobile merger
Discussion: The Politico
Sam Baker / The Hill:
Supreme Court sets aside three days for arguments on healthcare reform law
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
In 2010, Romney Said He Wouldn't Repeal The Individual Health Mandate In Obamacare
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Daily Kos
Kim Zetter / Threat Level:
Forensic Examiner Found No Match of Cables on Manning's Laptop to WikiLeaks'
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Pro-Adultery Website Endorses Gingrich
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Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Will China Break?  —  Consider the following picture …