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8:55 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.
Zachary Abrahamson / The Politico:
How the Iowa caucuses work  —  Four years ago, 120,000 Iowa Republicans turned out in freezing temperatures to vote on their pick for a presidential nominee.  The weather report and turnout predictions for next Tuesday's caucuses are still somewhat in the air, but the campaigns' organizing efforts …
New York Times:
The Retooled, Loose Romney, Guessing Voters' Age and Ethnicity  —  DAVENPORT, Iowa — When Mitt Romney introduces himself to voters, he has a peculiar habit of guessing their age or nationality, often incorrectly.  (A regular query: “Are you French Canadian?")
Swampland:
Topline Results of Dec. 21-27, 2011, CNN/TIME/ORC Poll
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Commercial Introduces Gay Marriage as an Issue in the Iowa Caucuses
CNN:
Santorum gets late help from super PAC
Discussion: Washington Post and GOP 12
Kevinliptak / CNN:
TRENDING: 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 …
Discussion: The Politico and Washington Post
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The Politico:
Mitt Romney in striking distance of Iowa win
Kevinliptak / CNN:
Gingrich urged yes vote on controversial Medicare bill, former congresswoman says
Discussion: Ballot Box and iOwnTheWorld.com
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and Telegraph
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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
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 …
Discussion: Moe Lane, Verum Serum and Cold Fury
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.
Billy Hallowell / TheBlaze.com:
GIRL SCOUTS BOOK REFERS READERS TO LIBERAL GROUP MEDIA MATTERS TO CLEAR UP ‘MEDIA MISINFORMATION’  —  In 2010, the Girl Scouts of the USA published a book called “MEdia.”  The publication, designed for girls in grades six through eight, is a guide that apparently offers insight into how young people …
CNN:
‘Liberated’ Gary Johnson seeks Libertarian nomination  —  (CNN) - Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson announced his intention to seek the Libertarian nomination for president Wednesday.  —  Calling his choice “both a difficult decision-and an easy one,” in a statement …
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Wary Hispanic voters favor Obama over GOP rivals  —  President Obama holds a wide lead among Hispanic voters when matched against potential Republican challengers, even as Hispanics grow wary of his administration's stepped-up deportation policies and less supportive of his overall job performance, according to a new poll.
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Pew Hispanic Center:
As Deportations Rise to Record Levels, Most Latinos Oppose Obama's Policy
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.
The Atlantic Online:
North Korea Mourns Kim Jong Il  —  North Koreans have shown extraordinary displays of grief in the days since the death of their leader Kim Jong Il on December 17th.  Today marked the start of a two-day funeral ceremony, as thousands of North Koreans lined the snowy streets of Pyongyang …
Discussion: AMERICAN DIGEST and Hot Air
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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.
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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.
Regina Zilbermints / Iowa Caucuses:
Occupy protesters want Romney to release tax returns; he says ‘no’ (includes photos, videos)  —  Des Moines police arrest a protester at a Wells Fargo bank branch Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011.  Protesters also were arrested at Mitt Romney's campaign office in Des Moines.  (Andrea Melendez/The Register)
Discussion: Political Mojo and Guardian
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Answer to Union Money  —  Achieving parity with the Democrats in campaign spending would be no small feat.  Yet it appears possible.  —  When Steven Law was deputy secretary of labor in the George W. Bush administration, he routinely scrutinized the disclosure forms of labor unions.
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Exclusive: Iowa GOP Chair Severs Ties With Strong America Now  —  Matt Strawn, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, has disassociated himself from Strong America Now after reports that the group has a Super PAC that is advocating for one specific candidate.
 
 
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