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9:00 PM ET, January 7, 2012


 Top Items: 
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 …
Washington Examiner:
Why Gingrich tanked  —  NASHUA, NH — Just as in Iowa, Newt Gingrich's popularity has plunged here in New Hampshire.  The former House speaker, who hit 24 percent in a Rasmussen survey in late November, is languishing at eight percent in the latest Rasmussen Granite State poll.
Discussion: Campaign 2012
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)
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.
A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich in friendly attack-mode ahead of debate  —  Wolfeboro, New Hampshire (CNN) - With a World War II-era military tank behind him and two critical debates ahead of him, Newt Gingrich gave his most muscular performance in weeks at a town hall Saturday.  —  Speaking at a WWII museum in Wolfeboro …
Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
Santorum Accuses Obama Of ‘Elitist Snobbery’ For Wanting Every Child To Go To College  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Amherst, New Hampshire  —  President Obama has laid out an ambitious agenda for America's high school students, stating that by 2020, he wants the United States …
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum to get Gary Bauer endorsement Sunday  —  Gary Bauer, a leader in the social conservative movement, will endorse Rick Santorum's campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Sunday in South Carolina, according to a person close to Bauer.  —  Bauer, who chairs the Campaign …
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Hot Air
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gary Bauer to endorse Rick Santorum
Discussion: CNN
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney pushing for four-state streak to steamroll GOP opponents
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Evangelicals Hurry to Find Alternative to Romney
Universal Uclick / uExpress:
Santorum again stresses social issues at event in N.H., criticizing gay marriage
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Paul pushback on Huntsman video  —  Ron Paul supporters have pushed back furiously in the last 24 hours on the charge that one Paul backer posted an offensive video questioning Jon Huntsman's national loyalty, and showing clips of Huntsman speaking Mandarin with his adopted Chinese daughter.
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Huntsman's New Hampshire strategy: ‘Speak from the heart’
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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 …
Ventura County / Ventura County Star Stories:
Rep. Elton Gallegly to retire  —  U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Simi Valley, the longest serving congressional representative in Ventura County history, announced this morning that he will not seek re-election and will retire at the end of the current Congress.
Discussion: CNN, Hullabaloo and Daily Kos
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:   Rep. Gallegly to retire
Alex Isenstadt / The Politico:
Gallegly to retire  —  Rep. Elton Gallegly will not seek reelection …
Discussion: Capitol Alert
Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Left's So-Called Empathy  —  Lest you doubt that we're headed for the most vicious election year in memory, consider the determined effort, within ten minutes of his triumph in Iowa, to weirdify Rick Santorum.  Discussing the surging senator on Fox News, Alan Colmes mused on some of the “crazy things” he's said and done.
Charles M. Blow / New York Times:
The G.O.P.'s ‘Black People’ Platform  —  That didn't take long.  —  As we've gotten around to casting votes to select a Republican presidential nominee, the antiblack rhetoric has taken center stage.  —  You just have to love (and despise) this kind of predictability.
Benjy Sarlin /
TPM2012  —  Debbie Wasserman Schultz: Romney's A ‘Job Cremator’  —  Democrats are in full force at Saturday night's Republican debate in New Hampshire, ostensibly to rebut the GOP field, but in practice mostly to go after frontrunner Mitt Romney.  —  Well, not necessarily, the frontrunner.
Didn't matter, Matthew said, since the medicine obviously wasn't for him. … The situation got worse from there.  Melbourne put his wife on the phone and even Googled the medication to show the pharmacist there was no law against selling it to a man.  But “she didn't want to see it,” he said.
Discussion: Crooks and Liars and Jezebel
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
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Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
American Prospect:
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Gothamist
Rebecca Lopez / WFAA-TV:
Family rejoices as Jakadrien Turner arrives from Colombia
Scott Sterling / Pacific Swell:
Al Gore is looking for a few good sustainable games
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Michelle Malkin
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Gambrell / Associated Press:
Nigeria sect kills 15; Christians vow defense
Discussion: Weasel Zippers and Jihad Watch
Barry Rubin / RubinReports:
Why Is an Anti-American Islamist Obama's Favorite Middle East Leader?
Discussion: Israpundit
Eric Scheiner / CNSNews:
Romney Surrogate on N.H. Primary: 'It's Not Even About Picking Someone With Your Own Beliefs and Principles'
Discussion: RedState and Hot Air
George F. Will / Washington Post:
Government: The redistributionist behemoth
The Right Scoop:
Hilarious! McCain mistakenly refers to Romney as Obama
Discussion: Althouse and Michelle Malkin