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11:00 PM ET, December 28, 2011

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Kevinliptak / CNN:
CNN Poll: Romney on top, Gingrich fading & Santorum rising in Iowa  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Did Newt Gingrich peak too early?  —  A new survey of people likely to attend Iowa's Republican caucuses indicates that the former House speaker's support in the Hawkeye State is plunging.
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Erick Erickson / Erick's blog:
No Surprise, Iowa Social Conservatives Are About To Shoot Us All in the Foot Again  —  I'm hearing several campaigns and external pollsters have a surge for Rick Santorum.  With the National Review folks fawning over him again, it probably means a surge is real and any surge by Rick Santorum …
Adam Sorensen / Swampland:
CNN/TIME/ORC Poll: Gingrich Collapse Fuels Santorum Surge in Iowa, Solidifies Romney Lead in New Hampshire  —  Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich speaks before a group of supporters at the Global Security offices in Davenport, Iowa, Dec. 19, 2011.
CNN:
Santorum gets late help from super PAC
Discussion: Washington Post and GOP 12
Swampland:
Topline Results of Dec. 21-27, 2011, CNN/TIME/ORC Poll
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann chair defects to Ron Paul  —  In a shock announcement Wednesday night, Iowa state senator and onetime Michele Bachmann campaign leader Kent Sorenson declared that he is now supporting Ron Paul for president.  —  Sorenson made the announcement at a Paul rally with veterans …
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Mary Stegmeir / Iowa Caucuses:
Breaking: Michele Bachmann campaign chairman endorses Ron Paul  —  Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign chairman Kent Sorenson tonight endorsed Ron Paul, one of her rivals in the Iowa caucus race.  —  “I believe we're at a turning point in this campaign,” …
Mark Halperin / The Page:
Bachmann Iowa Chair Ditches Her for Paul  —  Hawkeye State Sen. Kent Sorenson jumps to the Texan's camp hours after he attended an event in Indianola to support the MN Congresswoman.  —  Sorenson: “When the Republican establishment is going to be coming after Ron Paul, I thought it is my duty to come to his aid.”
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Breaking: Michele Bachmann Iowa campaign co-chair endorses Ron Paul  —  News is breaking this evening that presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's Iowa campaign co-chairman Kent Sorenson has endorsed Ron Paul, one of her rivals in the Iowa caucus race.  —  Sorenson, a state senator from Indianola …
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mercury Rising
2012.talkingpointsmemo.com:
TPM2012  —  Death Penalty For Gays: Ron Paul Courts The Religious Fringe In Iowa  —  Ron Paul has faced a torrent of criticism in recent weeks over newsletters printed in his name during the 1980s and 1990s which contained racist, anti-semitic, and homophobic content.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bachmann's Iowa chairman jumps to Paul
Discussion: The Politico
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bachmann chair's surprise defection
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Hot Air
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Commercial Introduces Gay Marriage as an Issue in the Iowa Caucuses
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich: Campaign worker's signature fraud cost slot on Virginia ballot  —  Algona, Iowa (CNN) - Newt Gingrich cited fraud Wednesday as the reason he didn't get on the Virginia primary ballot.  —  Last week his campaign acknowledged they used paid volunteers to scramble …
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New York Times:
The Retooled, Loose Romney, Guessing Voters' Age and Ethnicity
Tony Radar / RADAR:
Anthony Weiner Wanted Threesome With Another Man, According To Mistress  —  Disgraced former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner was caught in online trysts with numerous women, but RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that according to one of his mistresses, he expressed wanting a threesome - with another man.
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New York Post:
Anthony Weiner wanted threesome with woman and man
Josh Poltilove / TBO.com:
Tarzan co-star Cheetah dies at Palm Harbor sanctuary  —  Cheetah the chimpanzee, who acted in classic Tarzan movies in the early 1930s, died of kidney failure Saturday at Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, a sanctuary spokeswoman said.  —  Cheetah was roughly 80 years old …
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Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
Repo Men  —  If you're making money on the Wall Street scale — which is nothing like your boring, middle-management in the Fortune 500, Hamptons-and-Mercedes, barely-a-1 percenter type money — then you can buy basically anything.  When real-estate investor Robert Rosania put part …
Ann Coulter:
ONLY ONE CANDIDATE IS RIGHT ON THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT ISSUES  —  In the upcoming presidential election, two issues are more important than any others: repealing Obamacare and halting illegal immigration.  If we fail at either one, the country will be changed permanently.  —  Taxes can be raised and lowered.
Discussion: Power Line and PoliPundit.com
John Avlon / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Ben Nelson's Retirement Signals Twilight of Blue Dog Democrats  —  Centrist Sen. Ben Nelson's retirement puts the Democrats' Senate majority in jeopardy and could even spell trouble for Obama's reelection.  But the absence of his and other independent voices in Congress is the real danger.
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Investor's Business Daily:
What Ben Nelson's surrender means for 2012
Discussion: The Other McCain
Daniel Cancel / Bloomberg:
Chavez: U.S. May Be Behind Leaders' Cancer  —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hinted that the U.S. may be behind a “very strange” bout of cancer affecting several leaders aligned with him in South America.  —  Chavez, speaking a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner …
Michael D. Shear / The Caucus:
What Moves Republican Crowds in Iowa  —  DES MOINES — The Republican candidates for president are doing a lot of talking in the last week before voting begins.  —  But spending a day observing how the crowds react to the candidates can be just as instructive.
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
The Times E-Mails Millions by Mistake to Say Subscriptions Were Canceled  —  Updated The New York Times said it accidentally sent e-mails on Wednesday to more than eight million people who had shared their information with the company, erroneously informing them they had canceled home delivery of the newspaper.
Erick Erickson / RedState:
TODAY, December 28, 2011, Mitt Romney Calls Obamacare “Conservative”  —  This isn't a flash back.  This is today.  Mitt Romney is again declaring the foundation of Obamacare, the individual mandate, “conservative.”  —  To be sure, it is conservative that one takes responsibility for their own healthcare.
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich urged yes vote on controversial Medicare bill, former congresswoman says  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Another Republican has come forward to say that Newt Gingrich personally pressed her and other members of Congress in 2003 to vote for a controversial Medicare prescription drug benefit.
Brad Friedman / The BRAD BLOG:
No Photo ID Required to Vote in GOP's Iowa Caucus  —  For all of their years of claims that massive voter fraud is going on at the polling place, such that Photo ID restrictions are required to ensure the integrity of the vote, you'd think that when Republicans have a chance to run their own elections …
Batocchio / Vagabond Scholar:
Jon Swift Memorial Roundup 2011  —  Welcome to a tradition started by the much missed Jon Swift/Al Weisel.  He left behind some excellent satire, but was also a nice guy and a strong supporter of small blogs.  As Lance Mannion puts it: … Here's his 2007 and 2008 editions.  Last year's revival is here.
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Perry Pledges To Openly Defy A Supreme Court Decision Striking Down An Anti-Choice ‘Personhood’ Law  —  At a radio forum sponsored by the anti-abortion and anti-birth control group Personhood USA, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that he would refuse to obey a Supreme Court decision striking down the group's signature anti-choice proposal:
 
 
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