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11:10 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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
How Can Romney Lose?  —  The conventional wisdom on the Republican nomination race has once again shifted.  In the span of just two weeks, Mitt Romney has gone from seeming quite vulnerable to the near-inevitable Republican nominee.  The odds attributed to Mr. Romney winning the nomination …
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.
Jonathan D. Salant / Bloomberg:
Gingrich Doesn't Make Republican Primary Ballot in Virginia  —  (Updates with Huckabee comments starting in 10th paragraph.  For more campaign news, go to ELECT.)  —  Dec. 25 (Bloomberg) — Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, atop a recent opinion poll among Virginia Republicans …
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 …
Jason Donner / Fox News:
Gingrich Compares Virginia Ballot Fiasco to Pearl Harbor
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
GOP readies for final sprint in Iowa
Discussion: The Politico, Iowa Caucuses and CNN
Braden Goyette / NY Daily News:
Former Ron Paul staffer contends GOP candidate is ‘uncomfortable’ with gay people  —  Eric Dondero also says his ex-boss is anti-Israel  —  Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul of Texas.  —  A former Ron Paul staffer says the Republican presidential candidate is “unsettled …
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Ron Paul's House record marked by bold strokes, and futility
Discussion: Prairie Weather
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Prairie Weather
Eric Lichtblau / New York Times:
Economic Downturn Took a Detour at Capitol Hill
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Predictions gone wrong  —  Dave Weigel had a good item yesterday on his “2011 Pundit Audit.”  It's a worthwhile idea, so I thought I'd join the fun. … Weigel points to four flubs: the assumption that Rick Perry would be a competent candidate; the belief that Perry's book and agenda …
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Democrat wants grants for women's restrooms in fire stations  —  Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) has proposed legislation that would let fire stations around the country apply for grants of up to $100,000 to build women's restrooms, showers and changing facilities.
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 …
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
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.
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Michael Barone / Wall Street Journal:
As Iowa Goes, So Goes Iowa  —  For all of the media hoopla …
Discussion: and The Politico
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
7 Days Out: Good Morning Iowa
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and The Caucus
Arab monitors tour Homs, Syrian tanks seen leaving
Discussion: ThinkProgress, Associated Press and BBC
Pete Kasperowicz / The Hill:
Van Hollen: 2012 spending bill undercuts government's clean air, water mission
Discussion: Right Wing News
Thomas Erdbrink / Washington Post:
Ahmadinejad steps into Iran's dress-code debate
Discussion: BBC, Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
1991: Hardliners stage coup against Gorbachev
Discussion: AlterNet and Guardian
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Sakineh Ashtiani could be hanged in Iran
Discussion: Jezebel, CNN and Daily Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin Drum / Political Mojo:
Japan's Secret Plan to Dominate the World
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Muslim Brotherhood: Hamas is our role model
Discussion:, Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
Radley Balko / The Agitator:
Siobhan Reynolds, RIP
Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
GW Bush + Six Years = Islamists?
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Daniel Craig: Pols are ‘sh**heads’