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11:30 PM ET, January 2, 2012


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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:
Santorum's fundraising soars along with his poll numbers  —  Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Rick Santorum's poll numbers aren't the only thing on the rise.  The former senator from Pennsylvania's fundraising figures are also skyrocketing.  —  A senior Santorum adviser tells CNN the campaign raised …
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Rand Paul Calls Rick Santorum A War-Mongering Moderate  —  DES MOINES, IOWA — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is in town today to be a walking Daisy ad on behalf of his father, Ron.  —  His main target: the surging Rick Santorum.  —  On Iowa talk radio this morning …
Roger Simon / The Politico:
Mitt don't need no surges
James Crugnale / Mediaite:
TLC's The Duggar Family Endorses Rick Santorum
Wallacegw / CNN:
TRENDING: Ron Paul: Santorum is ‘very liberal’
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Times
Niall Stanage / Ballot Box:
On eve of Iowa vote, Santorum focusing attacks on Romney
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Iowa Race Tightens in Final 48 Hours
ABCNEWS:   Romney in Iowa: 'We're Gonna Win This Thing'
Tony Leys / Iowa Caucuses:
Mitt Romney: “We're going to win this thing”
Discussion:, The Politico and Hot Air
Gschwarzcnn / CNN:
‘Iron Lady’ goes back up on Iowa TV
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.
Eric Cantor's Press Secretary Interrupts 60 Min Interview to Claim Reagan Never Raised Taxes … In what was overall a pretty softball interview with Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, there was one pretty telling moment to illustrate the type of toxic political environment we're living in …
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 …
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 …
Rebecca Kaplan / CBS News:
Perry: Santorum can't beat Obama
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Does the New Hampshire primary matter?
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
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.
Donald Douglas / American Power:
‘Occupy’ Crashes Rose Parade: Attacks ‘Corporate Greed’ With 70-Foot Nazi-Era Octopus Depicting Global Jewish Conspiracy  —  Are people so afraid to stand up against the hatred, public hatred broadcast for the entire world to see?  The image of the octopus has been used in attacks on the Jews for over a century.
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 …
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Staffer Eric Dondero Responds To Ron Paul's “I Don't Believe in 9/11 Conspiracies” Claim  —  Note: Yesterday I had an email exchange with former Ron Paul senior campaign aide Eric Dondero (who blogs at the site Libertarian Republican) about a totally different issue regarding the Ron Paul campaign.
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
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
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.
Rabbi Kaufman / We Are For Israel:
Caucus Craziness and Israel  —  There are many of you around the country wondering, “Why Iowa?”  One of the main reasons is that in Iowa people can actually meet the candidates and interact with them on issues.  Candidates come to speak to relatively small gatherings and share their views …
Discussion: Israel Matzav
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Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rasmussen: Dem party affiliation at all-time low
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
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
Dylan Welch / Sydney Morning Herald:
New to Twitter: the tweet Murdoch took down ... fast
 Earlier Items: 
The Independent:
Gordon Brown's Downing Street emails ‘hacked’
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
Robert Pear / New York Times:
After Three Decades, Tax Credit for Ethanol Expires