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9:30 AM ET, December 27, 2011

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Charlie Riedel / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich '06 Memo: “Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney” on Health Care  —  To conservatives, the biggest strike against Mitt Romney is the health care plan he put in place in Massachusetts, but Newt Gingrich lavished praise on Romney's plan after it was passed in 2006.
Discussion: NewsBusters.org blogs
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Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
A first: Newt camp goes on attack (and with oppo)  —  In a sign that he's formally backing off his pledge to avoid negative politics, Newt Gingrich is taking direct aim at Mitt Romney.  —  Gingrich's campaign, urgently in need of recapturing their momentum from earlier this month …
Wall Street Journal:
Gingrich Applauded Romney's Health Plan  —  Newt Gingrich voiced enthusiasm for Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health-care law when it was passed five years ago, the same plan he has been denouncing over the past few months as he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination.
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Growing wealth widens distance between lawmakers and constituents  —  BUTLER, Pa. — One day after his shift at the steel mill, Gary Myers drove home in his 10-year-old Pontiac and told his wife he was going to run for Congress.  —  The odds were long.  At 34, Myers was the shift foreman at the “hot mill” of the Armco plant here.
Washington Examiner:
‘Mischief’ voters push Paul to front of GOP race  —  Ron Paul is surging in the Republican presidential race.  Just not among Republicans.  —  The Texas congressman is leading some polls in Iowa and is in a tie for second in New Hampshire.  A candidacy once dismissed as sideshow …
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Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
GOP readies for final sprint in Iowa
Chris Cassidy / Boston Herald:
GOP hopefuls poised to go ‘back to war’
Discussion: Don Surber
Alan Duke / CNN:
Newly recovered court files cast doubt on Gingrich version of first divorce  —  Editor's note: Alan Duke grew up in Carrollton, Georgia, and began his career covering politics there.  He began covering Newt Gingrich during Gingrich's first campaigns for public office.
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Van Hollen: 2012 spending bill undercuts government's clean air, water mission  —  House Budget Committee Ranking Member Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) last week criticized Republicans for pushing for further cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the 2012 spending bill …
Discussion: Right Wing News
Philip Aldrick / Telegraph:
Treasury plans for euro failure  —  The Government is considering plans to restrict the flow of money in and out of Britain to protect the economy in the event of a full-blown euro break-up.  —  A break up of the euro would have a devastating impact on the UK.
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Ron Paul's House record marked by bold strokes, and futility  —  The passage of H.R. 2121, in fall 2009, unfolded without drama.  It allowed for the sale of a customhouse in Galveston, Tex. The House debate took two minutes, and the vote took eight seconds.  The ayes had it.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Japan's Secret Plan to Dominate the World  —  And now for something completely different.  The Counterparties blog today highlights an old post from Eamonn Fingleton arguing that Japan's “Lost Decade” is a myth.  This is not the story I've heard before, suggesting merely that Japan …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Jason Donner / Fox News:
Gingrich Compares Virginia Ballot Fiasco to Pearl Harbor  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich stepped into controversy Christmas weekend as he compared his exclusion from the Virginia primary ballot to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
Jewel Samada / Investor's Business Daily:
The Obamas celebrate Kwanzaa in spirit of umoja  —  The Obamas mark Kwanzaa in the spirit of umoja  —  Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season.  —  Today marks the beginning of the week-long celebration honoring African American heritage …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and PERRspectives
 
 
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Reuters:
Arab monitors tour Homs, Syrian tanks seen leaving
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Associated Press and BBC
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Ahmadinejad steps into Iran's dress-code debate
Discussion: BBC, Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
BBC:
1991: Hardliners stage coup against Gorbachev
Discussion: AlterNet and Guardian
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Sakineh Ashtiani could be hanged in Iran
Discussion: CNN, Jezebel and Daily Pundit
Ynetnews:
Muslim Brotherhood: Hamas is our role model
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Siobhan Reynolds, RIP
 Earlier Items: 
Eric Schmitt / New York Times:
U.S. Preparing for Pakistan to Restrict Support for Afghan War
Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
GW Bush + Six Years = Islamists?
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Daniel Craig: Pols are ‘sh**heads’
Mj Lee / The Politico:
New laws in 2012: More voter ID
Josh Margolin / New York Post:
Bam's still pocketing MF money