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9:25 AM ET, January 3, 2012


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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.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum's curious closing argument  —  POLK CITY, Iowa — Nothing fires up a crowd like cloture.  —  Rick Santorum, the man who has improbably become a contender in Tuesday's Iowa caucuses, was making his closing argument to a sea of TV cameras here on Monday when he swerved into a thicket of Senate trivia.
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Alan Colmes: The way Santorum dealt with the death of his child sure was crazy  —  You'd think liberals would want to pull their punches against Santorum until he's built up enough momentum nationally to complicate life for Romney, yet here's Colmesy throwing an uppercut straight to the groin.
Brian Stelter / The Caucus:
Taking to Twitter, Murdoch Signals Support for Santorum  —  The media mogul Rupert Murdoch signaled his support for Rick Santorum on Monday evening, calling him the “only candidate with genuine big vision” for the United States.  —  His comments were significant not only because Mr. Murdoch …
Lucy Madison / CBS News:
Santorum targets blacks in entitlement reform  —  At a campaign stop in Sioux City, Iowa on Sunday, Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum singled out blacks as being recipients of assistance through federal benefit programs, telling a mostly-white audience he doesn't want to …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sleeveless and V-Necked, Santorum's Sweaters Are Turning Heads
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Finally it comes to an end
Discussion: Eschaton
Evan McMorris-Santoro /
TPM2012  —  Rand Paul Calls Rick Santorum A War-Mongering Moderate
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
For no reason, Santorum ‘singled out blacks’
Wallacegw / CNN:
TRENDING: Ron Paul: Santorum is ‘very liberal’
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
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
John G. Geer / The Politico:
Newt's slide is not about attack ads
Wallacegw / CNN:
Gingrich: Paul plays by different set of rules
Ginger Gibson / The Politico:
Newt sends mixed signals on Iowa expectations
Discussion: National Review
ABCNEWS:   Romney in Iowa: 'We're Gonna Win This Thing'
Emily Goodin / The Hill:
Obama to speak to Iowa caucus voters Tuesday  —  President Obama will hold a televideo conference with Iowa caucus voters on Tuesday evening.  —  He will hold the event at 8:15 p.m., the White House announced Monday.  —  Obama hasn't campaigned in the early caucus state during the primary process …
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
President Obama to visit Cleveland to deliver address on economy
Discussion: Don Surber
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 …
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The GOP's game plan to end Obama's presidency  —  National Republicans who are putting together the battle plan to defeat Obama face a dilemma.  How do they attack Obama's presidency as a failure, given that voters understand just how catastrophic a situation he inherited …
President Obama's Words: RNC Weapon of Choice in 2012
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rasmussen: Dem party affiliation at all-time low  —  Perhaps the report of a general retreat on party affiliation was a bit exaggerated — at least for one of the two parties.  Rasmussen's latest monthly survey of 15,000 respondents for party affiliation shows Republicans gaining …
New York Times:
The Next War: Pentagon to Present Vision of Reduced Military  —  WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is set this week to reveal his strategy that will guide the Pentagon in cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from its budget, and with it the Obama administration's vision …
Discussion: Battleland
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.
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