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7:10 PM ET, December 20, 2011

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PolitiFact:
Lie of the Year 2011: ‘Republicans voted to end Medicare’  —  Republicans muscled a budget through the House of Representatives in April that they said would take an important step toward reducing the federal deficit.  Introduced by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the plan kept Medicare intact …
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Paul Krugman:
Politifact, R.I.P.  —  This is really awful.  Politifact, which is supposed to police false claims in politics, has announced its Lie of the Year — and it's a statement that happens to be true, the claim that Republicans have voted to end Medicare.  —  Steve Benen in the link above explains it, but let me just repeat the basics.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
PolitiFact ought to be ashamed of itself  —  The fact-checking website PolitiFact has announced its “Lie of the Year” for 2011.  It made a poor, credibility-killing choice. … This is simply indefensible.  Claims that are factually true shouldn't be eligible for a Lie of the Year designation.
Matthew Yglesias / Slate:
Politifact's Bizarre “Lie of the Year” … - Lithwick: Newt Gingrich's Insanely Stupid Attack on the Judicial Branch  — What I Learned From Coaching a Women's Basketball Team in Qatar  — True Fact: Greeks and Italians Work Way Harder Than Germans Do  — Can We Please Start Calling Kesha a Rapper?
Sam Baker / The Hill:   Attacks on Paul Ryan's Medicare reform proposal named ‘lie of the year’
Jonathan Martinand Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Will Ron Paul kill the caucuses?  —  SIOUX CITY, IOWA -The alarms are sounding in Iowa.  —  Conservatives and Republican elites in the state are divided over who to support for the GOP nomination, but they almost uniformly express concern over the prospect that Ron Paul and his army …
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Reid J. Epstein / The Politico:
Source: Bob Vander Plaats asked Michele Bachmann to quit  —  DES MOINES - Iowa evangelical leader Bob Vander Plaats called Michele Bachmann and urged her to drop out of the race and endorse Rick Santorum, a source with knowledge of the conversation told POLITICO Tuesday.
The Caucus:
Vander Plaats Endorses Santorum  —  Bob Vander Plaats, speaking in Iowa in March, endorsed Rick Santorum on Tuesday.  —  12:51 p.m. |  Updated CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Two weeks before the Republican nominating contest opens at the Iowa caucuses, former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania …
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
Ron Paul's Shaggy Defense  —  The Times notes that Ron Paul's racism newsletters are, again, becoming an issue.  The standard defense has generally been Paul didn't write the newsletters.  I think an honest reckoning with that defense would have someone question the faculties of an adult …
Rich Lowry / National Review:
Paul, the Fringe Frontrunner  —  Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul is in a bid to make history in Iowa.  Can he become the first marginal, conspiracy-minded congressman with an embarrassing catalog of racist material published under his name to win the caucuses?
Newt Gingrich / Washington Post:
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Obama is handling [ITEM]?  Do you approve/disapprove strongly or somewhat?  —  NET Strongly Somewhat NET Somewhat Strongly opinion a.  The economy 41 17 24 56 13 43 2 b.
New York Times:
Bias in Ron Paul's Newsletters Draws New Attention
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney leads Obama
Discussion: The Politico and Ballot Box
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Poll: Paul as third party candidate could doom GOP in 2012
A.Killough / CNN:
Perry presses ‘outsider’ message as closing Iowa argument
Discussion: ThinkProgress, The Politico and ABCNEWS
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Romney: ‘Get rid of these super PACs’
David Dayen / Firedoglake:
House Republicans Find Smarmiest Way Possible to Reject Payroll Tax Deal  —  Speaker Boehner weeps over payroll tax cut (Image: DonkeyHotey)  —  The procedural wizards in the House Republican caucus stayed up late last night to concoct this scheme, a way to dispose of the Senate's payroll tax deal by voting affirmatively.
Discussion: Open Congress, Hullabaloo and The Hill
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Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
House rebuffs Senate payroll tax cut extension, calls for conference
Discussion: Hot Air and Outside the Beltway
The Politico:
House rejects Senate payroll tax deal
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
GOP Sen. Brown slams House for ‘playing politics’ with tax vote
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Schumer predicts GOP will fold in payroll fight
Discussion: The Politico, Weasel Zippers and CNN
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Mr. Speaker, your weakness is showing
Max Abelson / Bloomberg:
Bankers Seek to Debunk ‘Imbecile’ Attack on Top 1%  —  Jamie Dimon, the highest-paid chief executive officer among the heads of the six biggest U.S. banks, turned a question at an investors' conference in New York this month into an occasion to defend wealth.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
CNN Poll: President's approval nearing 50%  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's approval rating, a crucial indicator of his reelection chances, is on the rise, according to a new national survey.  —  A CNN/ORC International Poll out Tuesday also indicates that the partisan battle …
Mj Lee / The Politico:
Blogs bash Obama's historic claim  —  NewsBusters calls Obama's statements made during his ‘60 Minutes’ interview ‘laughable.’  —  Newt Gingrich isn't the only one on the campaign trail who sees himself as a towering historical figure.  President Barack Obama has just joined the club.
Patrick Goodenough / CNSNews:
U.N. Adopts ‘Religious Intolerance’ Resolution Championed by Obama Administration  —  (CNSNews.com) - The U.N. General Assembly on Monday adopted a resolution condemning the stereotyping, negative profiling and stigmatization of people based on their religion, and urging countries to take effective steps …
New York Post:
Ugly inside & out  —  His face horribly charred from his alleged gasoline attack on a beloved Brooklyn mom, Jerome Isaac was jailed without bail yesterday, as the woman's devastated family pressed the DA to lock him up for life.  —  “I know this is the defendant's first offense …
Discussion: Gothamist and CBS New York
Scott Pelley / CBS News:
Panetta: Iran will not be allowed nukes  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  The U.S. Secretary of Defense said Monday night that Iran will not be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.  In an interview, Leon Panetta, said despite the efforts to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program …
 
 
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