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5:40 PM ET, December 27, 2011

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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.
Matthew Putney / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Campaign Says Romney Is Looking at ‘European Socialist’ Ideas
Discussion: Hot Air, Pundit Press and Campaign 2012
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt's incredible shrinking bus tour
Discussion: Iowa Caucuses and CNN
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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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 …
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
Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Republicans With Shotguns
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
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Predictions gone wrong
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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
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Pro-Gingrich group up with first ad in Iowa
Discussion: The Politico and GOP 12
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 …
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.
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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
Mike McCormick / WYFF-TV:
Caught On Tape: Clerk Punches, Knocks Out Armed Robber  —  Clerk Then Makes Suspect Clean Up His Own Blood  —  HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — A clerk at a business in Western North Carolina punched a would-be robber and knocked him out cold just minutes after the man barged in with a gun and demanded money.
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
 
 
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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
New York Times:
Path Is Cleared for Yemeni Leader to Get Care in U.S.
Tim Mak / Reuters:
SOPA is the end of us, say bloggers
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
Katrina Szish / CBS News:
More and more women embracing gun ownership
Discussion: Jezebel
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Luke Broadwater / Los Angeles Times:
War vets invade an urban village
Discussion: cab drollery and Crooks and Liars
Joshua Spivak / The Recall Elections Blog:
The Year in Recalls — 150 Recalls in 2011
Wall Street Journal:
Taxing Kim Kardashian
Discussion: EconLog and TaxProf Blog
Matt Friedman / New Jersey Online:
Rep. Steve Rothman to challenge Rep. Bill Pascrell in June Democratic primary
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
Greeks Reeling From Health Care Cutbacks
Discussion: Via Meadia and Hullabaloo
Jewel Samada / Investor's Business Daily:
The Obamas celebrate Kwanzaa in spirit of umoja
Peter Whoriskey / Washington Post:
Growing wealth widens distance between lawmakers and constituents