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3:35 AM ET, December 29, 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 …
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: PoliPundit.com, Power Line and Hot Air
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 …
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.”
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,” …
Discussion: American Power
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: Mercury Rising and Firedoglake
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Who won the day?  Rick Santorum  —  At the start of the month, Rick Santorum needed the following things to happen in order for him to be competitive in Iowa: Newt Gingrich needed to fade.  Evangelicals needed to move toward his campaign.  Then voters needed to see some tangible sign of momentum …
Discussion: CNN, The Caucus and ABCNEWS
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:   Bachmann chair's surprise defection
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:   US formally ends Iraq war with little fanfare
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Commercial Introduces Gay Marriage as an Issue in the Iowa Caucuses
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Drama: Bachmann's Iowa chairman endorses Ron Paul …
Kevinliptak / CNN:   TRENDING: High-profile Bachmann backer deals blow to her Iowa campaign, endorses Paul
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:   Bachmann's Iowa chairman jumps to Paul
Adam Sorensen / Swampland:
CNN/TIME/ORC Poll: Gingrich Collapse Fuels Santorum Surge in Iowa, Solidifies Romney Lead in New Hampshire
Neil King Jr / Washington Wire:
Bachmann's Iowa State Chairman Defects to Ron Paul
Discussion: Warren Throckmorton
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 …
Linda Greenhouse / Opinionator:
What We Think About When We Think About the Court  —  Wherever I go these days, someone is bound to ask me how I think the Supreme Court will rule in the challenge to the Affordable Care Act, set for argument over three days during the last week in March.  My response, that I expect the court …
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
Perry Pledges To Openly Defy A Supreme Court Decision Striking Down An Anti-Choice ‘Personhood’ Law
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 …
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 …
John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Is the Obama Boomlet Over?  —  Over the last week or so, there has been a lot of news coverage of Barack Obama's comeback in the polls.  I noted his modest bounce here, and Scott Rasmussen wrote us to say that he thought Obama's rise was due to increasing optimism about the economy.
BBC:
Priests brawl in Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity  —  Greek Orthodox and Armenian priests and monks came to blows during preparations for Orthodox Christmas celebrations  —  Scuffles have broken out between rival groups of Greek Orthodox and Armenian clerics in a turf war at Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity.
Discussion: Informed Comment and Biased BBC
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOP explains moving vote tabulation away from HQ  —  Iowa GOP chair Matt Strawn was largely mum when I asked yesterday about a tip I got that the state party was moving the vote-tabulation away from their headquarters to an “undisclosed location.”  —  But after the Iowa GOP HQ …
Discussion: Political Mojo and Daily Kos
Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Ranks of Young Paul Volunteers Willingly Clean Up for the Cause  —  DES MOINES — Ron Paul's college-aged volunteer army — a core of the powerful ground organization that is the envy of rivals — is descending on Iowa from around the nation to coax people to the state's Republican caucuses …
 
 
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