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10:15 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: blogs and Hot Air
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 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 …
Jennifer Jacobs / Iowa Caucuses:
GOP candidates, super PACs have spent $10 million on TV, radio pitches in December  —  Iowans might be more likely to have seen Ron Paul, Rick Perry or Mitt Romney on their television screens this December than to have seen Santa.  —  GOP presidential candidates and the political action committees …
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 …
Jason Donner / Fox News:
Gingrich Compares Virginia Ballot Fiasco to Pearl Harbor
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
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
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 …
Jonathan Easley / Ballot Box:
GOP readies for final sprint in Iowa
Discussion: The Politico, Iowa Caucuses and CNN
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
7 Days Out: Good Morning Iowa  —  Good morning from Des Moines.  We are 7 days out from the Iowa caucuses...exactly one week away.  We here at Good Morning Iowa are always open to news tips, suggestions, and praise...critiques too.  Thanks to the other morning notes that this takes much of its inspiration from.
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 …
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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