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9:55 PM ET, January 2, 2012


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Joe Klein / Swampland:
1 Day Till Iowa: I Approve This Message  —  I saw a very effective anti-Ron Paul ad on the air last night, but I don't know who was responsible for it.  It was about gay marriage, which Paul tolerates because he doesn't believe the state should involve itself in marriage.
Discussion: Truthdig and Saint Petersblog
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
For no reason, Santorum ‘singled out blacks’  —  Over the weekend, Rick Santorum told an Iowa audience, “Diversity creates conflict.  If we celebrate diversity, we create conflict.”  It seemed like an odd thing for a presidential candidate to say.  —  The line does, however …
Wallacegw / CNN:
TRENDING: Ron Paul: Santorum is ‘very liberal’  —  (CNN) - Ron Paul dinged rival Rick Santorum Monday for being a “very liberal” candidate, saying the former Pennsylvania senator and staunch social conservative voted for too much spending during his time in Congress.
Discussion: New York Times and Mediaite
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Rand Paul Calls Rick Santorum A War-Mongering Moderate
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
‘Iron Lady’ goes back up on Iowa TV
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
On eve of Iowa vote, Santorum focusing attacks on Romney
NBC's Alex Moe /
Gingrich: 'I don't think I'm going to win' in Iowa  —  INDEPENDENCE, Iowa — Newt Gingrich said Monday that he doesn't expect to win tomorrow's Iowa caucuses in a bow to his sinking poll numbers in the state.  —  The former House Speaker, who led in polls of likely Iowa caucus-goers as recently …
ABCNEWS:   Romney in Iowa: 'We're Gonna Win This Thing'
Tony Leys / Iowa Caucuses:
Mitt Romney: “We're going to win this thing”
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Iowa Race Tightens in Final 48 Hours
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.
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
“60 Minutes” Grills Eric Cantor on Why He's Republican in Sunday Night Hit Piece (Video) ...Update: Washington Monthly Continues to Misrepresent Reagan  —  “60 Minutes” grilled Majority Leader Eric Cantor on why he is Republican.  —  “You've taken a lot of criticism from American Jews …
CBS News:
The Majority Leader: Rep. Eric Cantor
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and The Caucus
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
No, You Can't Skip New Hampshire Either  —  Rick Perry is apparently telling reporters that he'll skip New Hampshire and make a last stand in South Carolina.  —  Two things.  First, presidential candidates always say that they're going to stay in the race no matter what.
Discussion: Associated Press
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Does the New Hampshire primary matter?
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Perry: Santorum can't beat Obama
Ron Paul's Secret Plan To Actually Win  —  He probably can't.  But with stealthy preparations in Bismarck, Boise, and Minnetonka, he can be a huge pain in Mitt Romney's neck.  —  Ron Paul — poised to finish strong in the Iowa caucuses - has begun to implement a quiet …
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Fox News' Alan Colmes Flips Out When Called Out For ‘Cheap Shot’ About Rick Santorum Baby (Updated)  —  In a wild exchange on Fox News' Happening Now, longtime contributor Alan Colmes lost it a little bit when National Review's Rich Lowry pressed him over an attack on Rick Santorum's handling of the 1996 death of his newborn son.
Angel Jennings / L.A. NOW:
Rose Parade 2012: Occupy activists form ‘peacekeeping’ team  —  Occupy the Rose Parade activists said they had assembled a “peacekeeping” team to thwart members who might try to cause trouble during the event.  —  A team of about 36 Occupy protesters will, in three groups …
President Obama's Words: RNC Weapon of Choice in 2012  —  On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, the Republican National Committee is touting an expansive new video database that party operatives say is their most potent weapon for attacking President Obama in 2012.
Dylan Welch / Sydney Morning Herald:
New to Twitter: the tweet Murdoch took down ... fast  —  “Either @rupertmurdoch is genuinely now on Twitter, or some disgruntled ex-NOTW journo just won the hacking Olympics.”  —  Less than two days after joining Twitter, media mogul Rupert Murdoch appears to have had his first brush …
John Hawkins / Right Wing News:
The 50 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2011 (8th Annual)  —  50) Take the vehicle, I have 10 more.  Police don't have anything else (expletive) to do except (expletive) with me.  Do you know who I am?  — Allen Iverson 49) Storms Kill Over 250 Americans In States Represented By Climate Pollution Deniers …
Discussion: YID With LID and Bookworm Room
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 …
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
TLC's The Duggar Family Endorses Rick Santorum  —  Reality TV star Jim Bob Duggar, from TLC's 19 Kids and Counting, endorsed Rick Santorum today at a rally in Polk City, Iowa.  “All the people in America that have conservative family values have to get behind Rick Santorum for President,” Duggar said.
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New York Post:
Ellen Barkin blasts NYPD, Bloomberg over OWS arrests
Discussion: Big Hollywood and Gothamist
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Obama to speak to Iowa caucus voters Tuesday
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Katy Steinmetz / Swampland:
Can Ron Paul Pull Off a Youth Revolt in Iowa?
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell, Boehner face tough job of smoothing tensions when they return
Discussion: Booman Tribune
NY Daily News:
Four firebombs, including one tossed at Queens mosque, eyed as hate crimes
Elise Foley / The Huffington Post:
Rick Santorum Saves Cash, Gains A Surrogate, By Turning To Daughter
Discussion: Daily Kos
The Independent:
Gordon Brown's Downing Street emails ‘hacked’
CBS News:
60 Minutes/Vanity Fair Poll: January Edition
Discussion: Saint Petersblog
 Earlier Items: 
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Politico:
Iowa officials brace for Occupy protests
Discussion: Pat Dollard and IntoxiNation
Ta-Nehisi Coates / The Atlantic Online:
The Roots Of Glenn Beck
Steve Clemons / The Atlantic Online:
Biden Gets China
Tim Lister / CNN:
Islamist militants in Nigeria warn Christians to leave north within 3 days
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and
Robert Pear / New York Times:
After Three Decades, Tax Credit for Ethanol Expires