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11:35 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% …
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Roger Simon / The Politico:
Mitt don't need no surges  —  DES MOINES — If Mitt Romney wins the Iowa caucuses, the race for the Republican nomination is over.  —  If Mitt Romney comes in second in Iowa, the race for the Republican nomination is over.  —  And if Mitt Romney comes in third in Iowa, the race for the Republican nomination is over.
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 …
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
‘Iron Lady’ goes back up on Iowa TV
msnbc.com:
First thoughts: Romney vs. Santorum
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Cantor can't handle the truth about Reagan  —  CBS's “60 Minutes” ran a good profile on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) last night, but there was one portion of the interview that was especially important.  —  In this video, it starts at about the 10:19 mark.
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 …
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Associated Press:
68 Occupy protesters arrested in NYC on New Year's
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Americans buy record numbers of guns for Christmas  —  Americans bought record numbers of guns last month amid an apparent surge in popularity for weapons as Christmas presents.  —  According to the FBI, over 1.5 million background checks on customers were requested by gun dealers …
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.
Sam Quinones / L.A. NOW:
‘Person of interest’ detained in L.A. arson fires  —  Los Angeles police this morning detained and are questioning a “person of interest” in the spate of arson fires occurring around the city since Friday.  —  The individual, believed to be the man seen in a video police released Sunday …
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.
BBC:
Colombia Urabenos ‘drug gang leader’ shot by police  —  Juan de Dios Usuga was killed in Choco, the north-western province which was his power base  —  Officials in Colombia say the alleged leader of a powerful criminal gang has been killed in a police operation.
Discussion: PoliBlog
CNN:
About 200 birds found dead in Arkansas city for second straight New Year's Eve  —  (CNN) — Someone went into a large roost of blackbirds in Beebe, Arkansas, as the clock struck midnight Saturday and set off fireworks, contributing to the deaths of scores of blackbirds, a state wildlife spokeswoman said.
Discussion: The Raw Story and Joe. My. God.
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.
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John Mauldin / Business Insider:
You Can't Solve A Debt Problem With More Debt
 
 
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Peter Wallsten / Washington Post:
GOP's election battle plan: Use Obama's own words against him
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Joel B. Pollak / Big Government:
Democrats' ‘Brain Trust’ Hit by Antisemitism Accusations
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James Hohmann / The Politico:
Ron Paul's Iowa victory
Discussion: Taegan Goddard's …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Mitt Romney: ‘Good boost’ coming from Iowa
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Joint Calls of Central Committee and Central Military Commission of WPK Published
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Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
Four Attacks in Queens With Homemade Firebombs
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Walter Russell Mead / Via Meadia:
The “News” That Isn't News  —  The Iowa caucuses are coming …
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Michael Ono / ABCNEWS:
Santorum Says He Would Bomb Iran's Nuclear Plants
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Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
Huntsman offers up own money for bid
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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