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6:50 PM ET, December 27, 2011

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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:
TRENDING: 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, R-Texas, speaks during a news conference at his newly opened Iowa campaign office, Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in Ankeny, Iowa.  (Charlie Neibergall - AP)  —  Christians in American politics have argued for years that God endorses …
Discussion: USCatholic.org
Judd Legum / ThinkProgress:
FACT CHECK: Ron Paul Personally Defended Racist Newsletters  —  Recently, Ron Paul has been subject to intense criticism over controversial newsletters written under his name in the 80s and 90s that frequently included racism, bigotry, and conspiracy theories.
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Iowa Caucus Polls: Ron Paul And Mitt Romney Lead, But Surprises Likely … 2012 Election , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich 2012 , Elections 2012 , Newt Gingrich , Ron Paul , Video , Iowa Caucuses , Iowa Polls , Ron Paul 2012 , Iowa Caucus 2012 , Iowa Caucuses 2012 , Mitt Romney 2012 , Pollster Analysis , Politics News
Discussion: 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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ben Nelson to retire
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Sen. Ben Nelson won't seek reelection
Discussion: Crooks and Liars
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.
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BuzzFeed:
In 2008 Video, Gingrich Is Passionate About The Mandate  —  Newt Gingrich has had a hard time attacking Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care plan — which, like “Obamacare” — required all citizens to have health care.  What's more — as The Wall Street Journal reports today — Gingrich actively praised Romney's plan.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt's incredible shrinking bus tour
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Gingrich group up with first ad in Iowa
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney's ‘carried interest’ problem
Discussion: Daily Kos
Matthew Putney / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Campaign Says Romney Is Looking at ‘European Socialist’ Ideas
Discussion: Hot Air, Pundit Press and Campaign 2012
Maggie Haberman / The Politico:
Romney on Newt: ‘Lucille Ball’  —  POLITICO's Jake Sherman reports this gem from the trail in Portsmouth, NH:
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Nbc'S Jo / msnbc.com:
Romney, citing 1950s TV series ‘I Love Lucy’, compares Gingrich to Lucy in chocolate factory
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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David Wessel / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Name Two Fed Board Nominees
Daniel Kruger / Bloomberg:
Obama Wins Most Demand for Debt of U.S. Presidents Since Before First Bush
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 …
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What Obama didn't say on ‘60 Minutes’  —  President Obama appeared on “60 Minutes” a couple of weeks ago, and as is always the case with longer interviews, some of the exchanges between him and Steve Kroft ended up on the editing-room floor.  CBS went ahead and posted everything online …
Discussion: Liberal Values and Booman Tribune
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
David Perlmutt / The Charlotte Observer:
Rev. Mark Harris: Pastor hopes for ‘civil’ marriage debate  —  On the day he was elected to lead the state's Baptist convention, the Rev. Mark Harris fielded a threatening voice mail that gave him a quick glimpse of the approaching battle over same-sex marriage in North Carolina.
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 …
 
 
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Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Staffers Express ‘Profound Dismay’ With Management
Keith Koffler / White House Dossier:
Obama Golfs for the 90th Time as President
Discussion: Hot Air and Jammie Wearing Fools
Ben Smith / The Politico:
A very unique ad for Newt
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
Dan Verello / CNN:
Bodies found in Detroit linked to online ads
Discussion: The Raw Story and THEROOT.COM
David Brooks / New York Times:
Midlife Crisis Economics
Discussion: Firedoglake and Ed Driscoll
Tim Mak / The Politico:
Reince Priebus: Expects nominee ‘pretty quickly’
Discussion: GOP 12 and Indecision Forever
 Earlier Items: 
Katrina Szish / CBS News:
More and more women embracing gun ownership
Discussion: Jezebel
Luke Broadwater / Los Angeles Times:
War vets invade an urban village
Discussion: cab drollery and Crooks and Liars
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Republicans With Shotguns
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: Via Meadia and Hullabaloo
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Predictions gone wrong