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1:25 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: Power Line and PoliPundit.com
Zachary Abrahamson / The Politico:
How the Iowa caucuses work
Thomas Beaumont / Associated Press:   US formally ends Iraq war with little fanfare
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Who won the day? Rick Santorum
Discussion: CNN and The Caucus
Jeremy W. Peters / The Caucus:
Commercial Introduces Gay Marriage as an Issue in the Iowa Caucuses
Elizabeth Williamson / Washington Wire:   Romney Ahead, Gingrich Sinks in CNN 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 …
Discussion: CNN, The Daily Caller and RADAMISTO
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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,” …
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Bachmann chair's surprise defection
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's … and Hot Air
Jason Noble / Des Moines Register:
Breaking: Michele Bachmann Iowa campaign co-chair endorses Ron Paul
Discussion: Firedoglake and Mercury Rising
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Bachmann's Iowa chairman jumps to Paul
Discussion: The Politico
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
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
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 …
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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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.
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 …
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
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
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.
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.
 
 
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Richard A. Oppel Jr / New York Times:
Ranks of Young Paul Volunteers Willingly Clean Up for the Cause
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Iowa GOP explains moving vote tabulation away from HQ
Discussion: Political Mojo and Daily Kos
Craig Robinson / The Iowa Republican:
Exclusive: Iowa GOP Chair Severs Ties With Strong America Now
Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
Wary Hispanic voters favor Obama over GOP rivals
Regina Zilbermints / Iowa Caucuses:
Occupy protesters want Romney to release tax returns; he says ‘no’ (includes photos, videos)
Discussion: Political Mojo and Guardian
Fred Barnes / Wall Street Journal:
The GOP's Answer to Union Money
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Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Redistricting report roils California politics
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
It's Kaptur vs. Kucinich
Discussion: CNN
ABCNEWS:
Breastfeeding at Target: Moms Stage National Demonstration
Erick Erickson / RedState:
TODAY, December 28, 2011, Mitt Romney Calls Obamacare “Conservative”
Ed Kilgore / Washington Monthly:
The Unwritten Religion “Stories” of 2011