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10:15 AM ET, December 19, 2011

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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.
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Washington Examiner:
GOP will take off the gloves if Ron Paul wins Iowa  —  The Republican presidential primary has become a bit feisty, but it will get downright ugly if Ron Paul wins the Iowa caucuses.  —  The principled, antiwar, Constitution-obeying, Fed-hating, libertarian Republican congressman …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Paul Moves Into Lead in Iowa Forecast
Discussion: The Mahablog
Julie Hirschfeld Davis / Bloomberg:
Paul's Raw Milk Freedom Pitch Reflects Offbeat Campaign on Rise
Discussion: msnbc.com
Associated Press:
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il, 69, Has Died  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died.  He was 69.  —  Kim's death was announced Monday by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.
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BBC:
N Korean leader Kim Jong-il dies  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died at the age of 69, state-run television has announced.  —  His death was announced in an emotional statement read out on national television.  —  The announcer, wearing black, said he had died on Saturday of physical and mental over-work.
New York Times:
N. Korea Says Dictator, Kim Jong-il, Dies  —  SEOUL, South Korea — Kim Jong-il, the North Korean leader who realized his family's dream of turning his starving country into a minor nuclear-weapons power even as the isolated nation sank further into despotism, died on Saturday of a heart attack …
globaltimes.cn:
Comments from Internet Users
Discussion: New York Times and msnbc.com
Bill Austin / Bloomberg:
Kim Jong Il, North Korea's ‘Dear Leader’ Dictator, Dead at 70
Discussion: CNN, Don Surber, Doug Ross and neo-neocon
Evan Ramstad / Wall Street Journal:
North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Is Dead
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.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Will China Break?  —  Consider the following picture: Recent growth has relied on a huge construction boom fueled by surging real estate prices, and exhibiting all the classic signs of a bubble.  There was rapid growth in credit — with much of that growth taking place not through traditional banking …
Michael Stone / Examiner:
California politician advocates assassination of Obama and family  —  Like this?  Subscribe to get instant updates.  —  Facebook faux pas: California libertarian and Tea Party darling Jules Manson is caught calling for the assassination of President Barack Obama and his children.
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.
Robert Cruickshank:
Occupy the Progressive Movement  —  It was during the fifth or sixth major argument within the netroots in 2011 about the Obama Administration that the first protestors attempted to Occupy Wall Street in mid-September.  Within days the talk of primary challenges, donor strikes …
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John Christoffersen / Associated Press:
‘We are the 99 percent’ chosen as year's top quote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Don Surber
Reuters:
Exclusive: Secret U.S., Taliban talks reach turning point  —  (Reuters) - After 10 months of secret dialogue with Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, senior U.S. officials say the talks have reached a critical juncture and they will soon know whether a breakthrough is possible …
Chris Casteel / Daily Oklahoman:
Senators block Oklahoma City federal prosecutor from judge post  —  WASHINGTON — Faced with unrelenting — and mostly unexplained — opposition from Oklahoma's senators, the U.S. Senate on Saturday sent back to the White House the nomination of Arvo Mikkanen to be a federal judge in Tulsa.
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
One president, please, with a side of Rice  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  Republican diners haven't yet picked their entree, but they've narrowed it down to the steak or the fish.  Still, just as interesting as their main course will be their side selection: Will they go for a drab salad, or something more exciting?
Discussion: GOP 12 and LewRockwell.com Blog
Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
Payroll Tax Cut Rejected by House Republicans  —  WASHINGTON — The House Republican leader on Sunday flatly rejected a short-term, bipartisan Senate measure to extend a payroll tax break and unemployment insurance, setting the stage for a bitter year-end Congressional collision and the potential loss …
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David M. Drucker / Roll Call:
John Boehner: House GOP Will Reject Extenders Bill
 
 
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
Des Moines Register editor: Romney can ‘bridge’ partisan divide
Discussion: CNN
John Bresnahanand Jake Sherman / The Politico:
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CNN:
TRENDING: Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk ‘myth’ of Kinsey Report
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Joseph Williams / The Politico:
President Obama's sales pitch to gay voters
Discussion: Discriminations
Rick Pearson / Chicago Tribune:
Kirk to endorse Romney
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ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry Confronted by Teenager Over Gays Serving Openly in Military
Discussion: ThinkProgress
Financial Times:
Draghi warns on eurozone break-up
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Brian Stelter / New York Times:
For Election Year, MTV Drops ‘Choose or Lose’ Slogan
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Hotline On Call
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Ramsey Cox / The Hill:
The Hill Poll: Obama more likely to lose than win again, say voters
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Reuters:
Callista Gingrich: A force behind the scenes for Newt
Chris Edwards / Townhall.com:
Unemployment Insurance is an Expensive Free Lunch
Discussion: American Spectator
Ynetnews:
Report: Hezbollah in dire financial straits
E.J. Dionne / The Moderate Voice:
Newt and the Revenge of the Base