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9:15 AM ET, January 2, 2012


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Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Headed for a Photo Finish in Iowa  —  The Republican caucus in Iowa is headed for a photo finish, with the three leading contenders all within two points of each other.  Ron Paul is at 20%, Mitt Romney at 19%, and Rick Santorum at 18%.  Rounding out the field are Newt Gingrich at 14% …
Patricia Murphy / The Daily Beast:
New Poll Shows Mitt Romney on the Cusp of Iowa Victory
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Associated Press:
68 Occupy protesters arrested in NYC on New Year's  —  NEW YORK (AP) - Dozens of Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested on New Year's Eve as they tore down barricades surrounding New York City's Zuccotti Park, the former home of their encampment that was dismantled several weeks ago.
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Nobody Understands Debt  —  In 2011, as in 2010, America was in a technical recovery but continued to suffer from disastrously high unemployment.  And through most of 2011, as in 2010, almost all the conversation in Washington was about something else: the allegedly urgent issue of reducing the budget deficit.
Sharon Otterman / New York Times:
Obscuring a Muslim Name, and an American's Sacrifice  —  He was buried after the Sept. 11 attacks with full honors from the New York Police Department, and proclaimed a hero by the city's police commissioner.  He is cited by name in the Patriot Act as an example of Muslim-American valor.
Lydia Saad / Gallup:
GOP 2012 Battle to Date Most Akin to Dems in 2003  —  Four Republican front-runners in 2011 compares with five Democrats in 2003  —  PRINCETON, NJ — The lead in the Republican nomination race has thus far changed seven times since May in Gallup polling.  Mitt Romney, Rick Perry, Herman Cain …
Discussion: The Politico and Ballot Box
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: ‘Good boost’ coming from Iowa  —  Mitt Romney said no matter where he finishes Tuesday, he's going to get a “good boost” out of Iowa.  —  Romney told CBS's “The Early Show” on Monday he is “pretty encouraged” by the polls showing he's a front-runner in Iowa.
Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Austerity Reigns Over Euro Zone as Crisis Deepens  —  Europe's leaders braced their nations for a turbulent year, with their beleaguered economies facing a threat on two fronts: widening deficits that force more borrowing but increasing austerity measures that put growth further out of reach.
John Mauldin / Business Insider:
You Can't Solve A Debt Problem With More Debt
Robert Pear / New York Times:
After Three Decades, Tax Credit for Ethanol Expires  —  WASHINGTON — A federal tax credit for ethanol expired on Saturday, ending an era in which the federal government provided more than $20 billion in subsidies for use of the product.  —  The tax break, created more than 30 years ago, had long seemed untouchable.
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs  —  A wave of arson attacks spread across eastern Queens on Sunday night, and the police said the firebombings were being investigated as bias crimes — with Muslims as the targets.  —  No one was hurt in the four attacks, in which homemade firebombs were apparently used.
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.
Discussion: Daily Pundit
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
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Obama's position on the Guantanamo detainees will forever be to have no position.
Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The “News” That Isn't News  —  The Iowa caucuses are coming …
Discussion: TBogg
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman offers up own money for bid
 Earlier Items: 
Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs:
We won't eat halal meat, say MPs and peers: Reject Islamic Supremacist Demands to serve it at Westminster
Discussion: Daily Mail and Jihad Watch
Will Storey / The Caucus:
For ‘Occupy the Caucus’ Protesters, a Successful Day of Arrests
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
New York Times:
I Just Got Here, but I Know Trouble When I See It