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2:15 PM ET, January 7, 2012


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Los Angeles Times:
Rick Santorum focuses on gay marriage  —  He suggests to a New Hampshire audience that an imprisoned father is preferable to a same-sex parent.  —  Mitt Romney leaves a campaign event outside an old peanut warehouse in Conway, S.C. (David Goldman, AP / January 6, 2012)
NBC/Marist Poll: Romney has 20-point lead in N.H.; Santorum gets Iowa bounce  —  A new NBC News-Marist poll of NH Republicans shows Romney with a 20-point lead.  NBC's Chuck Todd reports.  —  Just four days until Tuesday's New Hampshire primary, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney …
Republican Candidates Ready to Rumble in Key New Hampshire Debate  —  CHICAGO - With the race for the Republican presidential nomination at its most critical moment to date, only days before the crucial New Hampshire primary, the six candidates will square off Saturday night in Manchester …
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney pushing for four-state streak to steamroll GOP opponents  —  TILTON, N.H. — After preparing for a drawn-out nominating battle that would stretch well into the spring, Mitt Romney's campaign is now quietly shifting gears in an effort to steamroll his underfunded opponents …
Santorum again stresses social issues at event in N.H., criticizing gay marriage
Jodi Kantor / New York Times:
Michelle Obama and the Evolution of a First Lady  —  Michelle Obama was privately fuming, not only at the president's team, but also at her husband.  —  In the days after the Democrats lost Edward Kennedy's Senate seat in January 2010, Barack Obama was even-keeled as usual in meetings …
Sam Stein / The Huffington Post:
‘The Obamas’: Book Reveals Friction Between Rahm Emanuel, Michelle Obama (UPDATE) … Barack Obama , Michelle Obama , Rahm Emanuel , White House , Obama , Video , Jodi Kantor , Obama White House , The Obamas , Obama Marriage , Obamas Marriage , The Obamas Jodi Kantor , Politics News
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Michelle Obama ‘raged against Rahm Emmanuel and White House advisors’
William Kristol / Weekly Standard:
All We Are Saying . . .  The establishment usually wins.  That, after all, is what it means to be an establishment.  But not always.  Three of the last six presidents—Jimmy Carter in 1976, Ronald Reagan in 1980, and Barack Obama in 2008—ran against their own party's powerbrokers …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Government: The redistributionist behemoth  —  Liberals have a rendezvous with regret.  Their largest achievement is today's redistributionist government.  But such government is inherently regressive: It tends to distribute power and money to the strong, including itself.
Discussion: Campaign 2012 and Maggie's Farm
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Santorum: All Students Shouldn't Be Pushed to Go to College  —  GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — Former Sen. Rick Santorum expanded his populist message into education Saturday, accusing President Barack Obama and others of “snobbery” for pushing all kids to go to college.
Discussion: The Hill
Sydney Morning Herald:
Climate change castaways consider move to Australia  —  Ben Doherty in Male, Maldives  —  Threat ... much of the Maldives could be lost to climate change.  —  THE President of what could be the first country in the world lost to climate change has urged Australia to prepare for a mass wave …
The Right Scoop:
Hilarious!  McCain mistakenly refers to Romney as Obama  —  Oh man, this is classic.  McCain totally referred to Romney as “President Obama” and went on for a few seconds before Gov. Haley corrected him.  Hilarious!  You know what they say about drunk people being more truthful, right?
Discussion: Althouse and Michelle Malkin
U.S. Navy rescues Iranian sailors  —  From Larry Shaughnessy, CNN Pentagon Producer  —  (CNN) — U.S. sailors from a carrier strike group whose recent presence in the Persian Gulf drew the ire of Iranian military officials have rescued 13 of the Middle Eastern country's sailors from a hijacked fishing boat …
Fars News Agency:
IRGC to Conduct Naval Wargames Soon
Barry Rubin / RubinReports:
Why Is an Anti-American Islamist Obama's Favorite Middle East Leader?  —  This article was published in a very different form in the Jerusalem Post.  I own the rights and ask you to read and link to this version.  —  For the first time in forty years,Israel is not the American president's favorite Middle Eastern ally.
Discussion: Power Line and Israpundit
Scott Sterling / Pacific Swell:
Al Gore is looking for a few good sustainable games  —  Former Presidential candidate Al Gore is known for everything from inventing the Internet to alerting the world to the harsh realities of global warming.  Now he's collaborating with the creatives of PSFK on “Gaming For Good” …
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and Weasel Zippers
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Nigeria sect kills 15; Christians vow defense  —  MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — A radical Muslim sect attacked a church during a worship service in Nigeria's northeast during assaults that killed at least 15 people, authorities said Saturday, as Christians vowed to defend themselves …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Emily Schultheis / The Politico:
New Paul S.C. ad hits Santorum on ‘betrayal’  —  Ron Paul's campaign is out with this new ad in South Carolina, which hits Rick Santorum on his “record of betrayal.”  —  “One serial hypocrite exposed,” the ad says, showing clips of Newt Gingrich.  “Now another has emerged: Rick Santorum …
Jill Schlesinger / CBS News:
December employment report: 200K new jobs, 8.5% unemployment  —  2011 ended on a high note for jobs.  The December jobs report showed that 200,000 new jobs were created in the month, and the unemployment rate dropped to 8.5, the lowest rate since February 2009.
Jared Bernstein / On the Economy:
Jobs Report, Second Impressions: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
Discussion: Firedoglake
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Romney Surrogate on N.H. Primary: 'It's Not Even About Picking Someone With Your Own Beliefs and Principles'
Discussion: Hot Air and RedState
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Rick Santorum's baby—and mine.
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