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10:55 PM ET, December 27, 2011

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John Hawkins / Townhall.com:
7 Reasons Why Mitt Romney's Electability Is A Myth  —  Mitt Romney was a moderate governor in Massachusetts with an unimpressive record of governance, who left office with an approval rating in the thirties, and whose signature achievement was a Hurricane Katrina style disaster for the state.
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Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Romney on Newt: ‘Lucille Ball’  —  POLITICO's Jake Sherman reports this gem from the trail in Portsmouth, NH:
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney's ‘carried interest’ problem
Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rick Perry files challenge to Virgina ballot access rules
Discussion: CNN
msnbc.com:
Rick Perry sues Virginia to get on primary ballot
Discussion: Hot Air, The Daily Caller and Mediaite
Nbc'S Jo / msnbc.com:
Romney, citing 1950s TV series ‘I Love Lucy’, compares Gingrich to Lucy in chocolate factory
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and The Hill
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Gingrich group up with first ad in Iowa
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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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Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich wouldn't vote for Ron Paul  —  (CNN) - Newt Gingrich said Tuesday he wouldn't vote for Ron Paul if the Texas congressman won the 2012 GOP nomination.  —  Speaking to CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Gingrich slammed Paul as out of line with mainstream Republican viewpoints, including his stance on Israel, Iran, and September 11.
Discussion: The Politico
Norman Horn / Washington Post:
Can a Christian be a libertarian?  —  U.S. Rep. Ron Paul …
Discussion: USCatholic.org
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Iowa Caucus Polls: Ron Paul And Mitt Romney Lead, But Surprises Likely
Discussion: The Other McCain
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Perry changes stance to oppose all abortions  —  (CNN) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry revealed a hardening in his stance on abortion Tuesday, telling a crowd in Iowa that he opposed abortions in all cases, including when a woman had been raped or the victim of incest.
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NBC's Carrie Dann / msnbc.com:
‘Transformation’: Perry now opposes all abortion, even in rape or incest cases
Discussion: Hot Air
Fox News:
In What May Be Final Turn in GOP Roller Coaster, Will Santorum Get Chance at Ascent?
Discussion: Flopping Aces and The Other McCain
John Bresnahan / The Politico:
Ben Nelson retiring from Senate  —  Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska will announce today that he is retiring after two terms, a serious blow to Democratic efforts to hold onto their majority in the chamber next November.  —  Nelson is scheduled to hold a press conference back home …
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Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Nebraska Senator Won't Run Again
Tim Mak / Reuters:
SOPA is the end of us, say bloggers  —  The conservative and liberal blogospheres are unifying behind opposition to Congress's Stop Online Piracy Act, with right-leaning bloggers aruging their very existence could be wiped out if the anti-piracy bill passes.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton Again Top Most Admired List  —  Clinton Most Admired Woman a record 16th time  —  PRINCETON, NJ — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama continue to be named by Americans as the Most Admired Woman and Most Admired Man living today in any part of the world.
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Cathy Lynn Grossman / USA Today:
Obama, Clinton top most-admired lists for 2011
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Staffers Express ‘Profound Dismay’ With Management … New York Times , Newspapers , Video , Arthur Sulzberger , Bill O'Meara , Janet Robinson , Jill Abramson , Jill Abramson New York Times , New York Newspaper Guild , New York Times Buyouts , New York Times Contract …
Paul Krugman:
The Defeatism of Depression  —  A number of people have asked me to weigh in on David Brooks's piece today.  Sorry, not gonna do a tit-for-tat.  Let me instead just make a more general point.  —  All around, right now, there are people declaring that our best days are behind us …
Discussion: The New Republic
Jeffrey Lord / American Spectator:
The Case for a Conservative  —  Did you hear the news about National Review?  —  Somebody dug deep into the archives and came up with a couple of the old classics from the days when William F. Buckley Jr. was sailing at the front of the conservative movement.
Margaret Chadbourn / Reuters:
Obama to ask for debt limit hike: Treasury official  —  (Reuters) - The White House plans to ask Congress by the end of the week for an increase in the government's debt ceiling to allow the United States to pay its bills on time, according to a senior Treasury Department official on Tuesday.
Palestinian Media Watch:
Hamas leader Haniyeh: Goal is destruction of Israel  —  Hamas leader Haniyeh:  —  Goal is destruction of Israel in stages  —  Abbas:  —  Hamas agrees to '67 borders  —  by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik  —  At a ceremony marking the 24th anniversary of the founding of Hamas …
Discussion: Atlas Shrugs and Israel Matzav
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A very unique ad for Newt  —  Step aside Herman Cain.  This one went up on Newt Gingrich's YouTube channel before Christmas.  —  Apparently an all-volunteer production, though I think I can detect some duress in a face or two.  —  “Conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, fa-la-la-la-la-la-la.”
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Moving melee causes chaos at packed Mall of America  —  Some stores shut down Monday night as panicked shoppers fled.  At least 10 youths were arrested.  —  A noisy, racing crowd of more than 200 young people created a chaotic scene at the packed Mall of America Monday evening …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOP moving vote-count to ‘undisclosed location’  —  Threats to disrupt the Iowa Republican caucuses next week have prompted state GOP officials to move the vote tabulation to an “undisclosed location,” POLITICO has learned.  —  The state party has not yet told the campaigns exactly …
Discussion: Ballot Box
University of Wisconsin Law School:
University of Wisconsin Law School Mourns the Loss of Professor Jane Larson  —  The University of Wisconsin Law School is deeply saddened by the loss of Professor Jane Larson, Voss-Bascom Professor of Law, who passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at her home in Madison last week.
 
 
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David Perlmutt / The Charlotte Observer:
Rev. Mark Harris: Pastor hopes for ‘civil’ marriage debate
nbcnewyork.com:
As Iraq War Ends, No Parade for Troops Is Planned
Danielle Pletka / USA Today:
Opposing view: We got out of Iraq too soon
Matthew Putney / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Campaign Says Romney Is Looking at ‘European Socialist’ Ideas
David Brooks / New York Times:
Midlife Crisis Economics
Discussion: Ed Driscoll and Firedoglake
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Reince Priebus: Expects nominee ‘pretty quickly’
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Katrina Szish / CBS News:
More and more women embracing gun ownership
Discussion: Jezebel
David Wessel / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Name Two Fed Board Nominees
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What Obama didn't say on ‘60 Minutes’
Discussion: Liberal Values and Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
Taxing Kim Kardashian
Discussion: Don Surber, EconLog and TaxProf Blog
Mike McCormick / WYFF-TV:
Caught On Tape: Clerk Punches, Knocks Out Armed Robber
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
Greeks Reeling From Health Care Cutbacks
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Via Meadia