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9:40 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:
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
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.
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
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Iowa Caucus Polls: Ron Paul And Mitt Romney Lead, But Surprises Likely
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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Carl Hulse / The Caucus:
Nebraska Senator Won't Run Again
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Ben Nelson to retire
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
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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Daniel Strauss / The Hill:
Rick Perry files challenge to Virgina ballot access rules
Discussion: CNN
Nbc'S Jo / msnbc.com:
Romney, citing 1950s TV series ‘I Love Lucy’, compares Gingrich to Lucy in chocolate factory
Discussion: The Hill
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
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
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 …
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.
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Charlie Riedel / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich '06 Memo: “Agree Entirely With Gov. Romney” on Health Care
Matthew Putney / ABCNEWS:
Gingrich Campaign Says Romney Is Looking at ‘European Socialist’ Ideas
Fox News:
In What May Be Final Turn in GOP Roller Coaster, Will Santorum Get Chance at Ascent?  —  With 45 percent of Iowa Republican voters undecided and a roller-coaster ride about to come to a screeching stop next Tuesday with the GOP caucuses, it may be Rick Santorum's turn to take the final ascent …
Discussion: Flopping Aces
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Robert Stacy McCain / The Other McCain:
Republicans With Shotguns
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.
Discussion: Riehl World View
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
Discussion: The Politico
 
 
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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
David Brooks / New York Times:
Midlife Crisis Economics
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Tim Mak / The Politico:
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More and more women embracing gun ownership
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Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
What Obama didn't say on ‘60 Minutes’
Discussion: Liberal Values and Booman Tribune
Wall Street Journal:
Taxing Kim Kardashian
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Caught On Tape: Clerk Punches, Knocks Out Armed Robber
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Newt's incredible shrinking bus tour
Suzanne Daley / New York Times:
Greeks Reeling From Health Care Cutbacks
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Via Meadia