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10:40 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.
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sleeveless and V-Necked, Santorum's Sweaters Are Turning Heads  —  PERRY, Iowa — Rick Santorum is definitely pro-traditional sweater.  —  It's just that in Iowa, he happens to like a smart, sleeveless V-neck number.  —  Crewnecks, with their neck-hugging collars, aren't suitable …
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.
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Rick Santorum: Iowa ‘moving’ my way  —  Rick Santorum told “Fox & Friends” Tuesday that Iowa voters are “moving in our direction” and he's encouraged by the large crowds he's been drawing.  —  “When it came down to crunch time, the last two weeks when they started to study all the candidates …
Discussion: Mediaite
Mark Blumenthal / The Huffington Post:
Iowa Caucus Final Poll Snapshot: Close, But Romney's Ahead
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight
Pete Kasperowicz / Ballot Box:   Dick Morris: Santorum could win Iowa
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Did Rick Santorum Really Talk About Making 'Black People's Lives Better' With 'Somebody Else's Money?'
Discussion: Hot Air and Weasel Zippers
CBS News:
Gingrich: Mitt Romney is a liar  —  PLAY CBS NEWS VIDEO  —  Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, whose support in Iowa has withered after riding on top of the polls, today called former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney a liar who would lie to the American people if elected to the White House …
John G. Geer / The Politico:
Newt's slide is not about attack ads  —  It looks like one major story line coming out of Iowa will be the role negative ads played in bringing down former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.  —  In early December, Gingrich led in Iowa, with about 30 percent in the polls.
Discussion: CNN and The Huffington Post
Meghashyam Mali / The Hill:
Gingrich blasts Romney for attacks, says it's ‘sad he had to stoop to that level’  —  Newt Gingrich continued his strong attacks on Mitt Romney Tuesday blaming him for a barrage of negative ads, calling them “an embarrassment” and admitting they had hurt his efforts to win the Iowa caucuses.
Discussion: CNN
Joe Klein / Swampland:
1 Day Till Iowa: I Approve This Message
Discussion: Truthdig and Saint Petersblog
Philip Klein / Campaign 2012:
Be wary of reports of “packed rooms” in Iowa
Wallacegw / CNN:
Gingrich: Paul plays by different set of rules
Ginger Gibson / The Politico:
Newt sends mixed signals on Iowa expectations
Discussion: National Review
First Thoughts: Caucus Day  —  It's Caucus Day in Iowa... Romney yesterday: “We're going to win this thing”... Gingrich yesterday: “I don't think I'm going to win”... Gingrich also calls Romney a liar... Watch to watch tonight... What happens (process begins at 8:00 pm ET …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Hot Air
Serafin Gomez / Fox News:
Santorum: “ Ron Paul is Disgusting.”  —  “Ron Paul is disgusting,” presidential candidate Rick Santorum said to a handful of FOX reporters shortly after his FOX and Friends interview Tuesday morning.  —  Santorum blamed his rival for Iowa robo calls that claimed that the former U.S. senator …
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: Online NewsHour and Battleland
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 …
Mackenzie Weinger / The Politico:
Michele Bachmann: Caucus ‘surprise’ coming  —  Michele Bachmann predicted Tuesday her campaign will “surprise a lot of people tonight.”  —  Bachmann told “Fox & Friends” she feels confident that she'll have a good showing in Iowa, despite low expectations and poor poll numbers.
Discussion: CNN
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Romney Iowa event interrupted by Occupy Wall Street protesters  —  CLIVE, Iowa - Occupy Wall Street protesters interrupted Mitt Romney's speech at the Competitive Edge factory Monday night, breaking in with their rallying cry of “mic check” and yelling up at the candidate.
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 …
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
Attaturk / Firedoglake:
Finally it comes to an end  —  Media outnumber voters by no small amount at rally with Ron Paul and son Rand  —  Today is the day all these months of suffering will come to an end for us Iowans.  It's bad enough we cannot escape their television commercials but Mitt Romney has even invaded Hulu.
Discussion: New York Times and Eschaton
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New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Polly Toynbee / Guardian:
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Discussion: Biased BBC
Rabbi Kaufman / We Are For Israel:
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Discussion: Israel Matzav
Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:
Rasmussen: Dem party affiliation at all-time low
Jeff Dunetz / YID With LID:
EXCLUSIVE: Former Staffer Eric Dondero Responds To Ron Paul's “I Don't Believe in 9/11 Conspiracies” Claim
Discussion: The PJ Tatler and Crooks and Liars
Jonathan Bernstein / A plain blog about politics:
No, You Can't Skip New Hampshire Either
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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The 50 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2011 (8th Annual)
Discussion: The TrogloPundit and YID With LID