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11:35 PM ET, January 1, 2012


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Annie Karni / New York Post:
Columbia offers ‘Occupy 101’  —  Does getting pepper-sprayed count as extra credit?  —  Columbia University is offering a new course on Occupy Wall Street next semester — sending upperclassmen and grad students into the field for full course credit.  —  The class is taught by Dr. Hannah Appel …
Laura Bassett / The Huffington Post:
Ron Paul Flips Out Over Accusation That He Believed 9/11 Conspiracy Theories … GOP Candidates , Elections 2012 , Video , Ron Paul 2012 , Ron Paul Iowa , Ron Paul 9/11 , Ron Paul Newsletters , Ron Paul Racist , Ron-Paul-Conspiracy-Theory , Politics News  —  Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul …
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
New Poll Shows Mitt Romney on the Cusp of Iowa Victory  —  The latest Des Moines Register poll shows Mitt leading the Iowa pack.  Patricia Murphy on a candidate finally coming into his own.  —  As the clock ticked toward midnight in Sioux City, Iowa, Mitt Romney burst into a smallish meeting room …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
First Thoughts: Breaking down the final Iowa poll  —  Surging in the polls, former Sen. Rick Santorum talks Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, President Obama and foreign policy.  —  NBC's Domenico Montanaro reports on the ad race in Iowa, why Santorum's making his move, and how undecided voters might break on Election Night.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Santorum downplays need to win, wants to beat Bachmann, Perry
USA Today:
Iowa Poll: Romney leads Paul; Santorum surges
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
No endorsement yet by Rep. Steve King
John H. Cochrane / The Grumpy Economist:
Krugman on stimulus  —  I usually don't respond to Paul Krugman's blog posts.  But last week he wrote about Stimulus and Ricardian Equivalence.  The post gives a revealing view of his ideas, so it's worth making an exception.  —  Paul explains: … So, according to Paul, “Ricardian Equivalence …
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
We won't eat halal meat, say MPs and peers: Reject Islamic Supremacist Demands to serve it at Westminster  —  The Palace of Westminster has rejected demands to serve halal meat: “We won't eat halal meat, say MPs and peers who reject demands to serve it at Westminster.”
Discussion: Daily Mail and Jihad Watch
Michael Ono / ABCNEWS:
Santorum Says He Would Bomb Iran's Nuclear Plants  —  Rick Santorum said today that would be in favor of launching airstrikes against Iranian nuclear facilities.  —  “We will degrade those facilities through airstrikes, and make it very public that we are doing that,” Santorum said on “Meet the Press.”
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
EEOC: High school diploma requirement might violate Americans with Disabilities Act  —  Employers are facing more uncertainty in the wake of a letter from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission warning them that requiring a high school diploma from a job applicant might violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
New York Times:
I Just Got Here, but I Know Trouble When I See It  —  BELIEVE it or not, times are getting better.  —  At least that's what the dry statistics keep telling us.  Industrial production, G.D.P. — the kind of figures that Washington and Wall Street sweat over — suggest that the economy is on the mend.
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman offers up own money for bid  —  (CNN) - Jon Huntsman is reaching into his own pockets to prop up his presidential campaign.  —  The former Utah governor and U.S. ambassador to China will match donations to his campaign dollar-for-dollar until midnight Sunday, according to a statement from Team Huntsman.
Discussion: The Politico
Hamas cracks down on fortune-tellers, mannequins  —  GAZA CITY (Ma'an) — The Hamas-run government has launched a series of campaigns targeting fortune-tellers, mannequins and cigarette vendors in the Gaza Strip.  —  Police sources told Ma'an that 142 fortune tellers were forced to sign …
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Democrats send ghost from Romney's past
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