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8:30 AM ET, January 7, 2012


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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 …
Universal Uclick / uExpress:
SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES UNITE FOR SANTORUM  —  On Tuesday night in Iowa, he stood before the cheering throngs like a Republican Rocky, or better yet, a latter-day Rudy suddenly lifted above his Notre Dame teammates in a fantastic storybook finish.  —  On Tuesday night, for the first time, Rick Santorum was a contender.
Discussion: Balloon Juice and National Review
Adam Sorensen / Swampland:
TIME/CNN/ORC Poll: Romney Storms Ahead in South Carolina  —  In another sign of the front-runner's growing strength.  Mitt Romney has taken the lead in South Carolina, according to a TIME/CNN/ORC poll released Friday.  —  The poll, which surveyed likely primary voters on Wednesday and Thursday …
Charles Lane / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum's baby—and mine.  —  The latest intra-pundit flap of Campaign 2012: a couple of my liberal colleagues have called Rick and Karen Santorum “crazy,” or “very weird” for wrapping and caressing the body of their baby, who died only two hours after emerging from 20 weeks in utero …
Rick Perlstein / Crooks and Liars:
Santorum's ‘Freedom’ is Pretty Much Slavery  —  Rick Santorum got high marks for his near-victory speech in Iowa.  In the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne called it “by far the best speech Tuesday night.”  Santorum's address impressed me, too, but for a different reason: his astonishing endorsement …
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Paul blasts Santorum as ‘serial hypocrite’
Discussion: The Politico
Shushannah Walshe / ABCNEWS:
Pro-Santorum SuperPAC Buys Ad Time in South Carolina
Discussion: Mediaite and The Page
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
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 …
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
Carol Felsenthal / Chicago magazine:   Jodi Kantor Goes Inside the Obamas' Marriage in New Book
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Another Romney layoff victim, this one a conservative, speaks out  —  Reuters published a blockbuster story today on GS Technologies, a steel mill in Kansas City that was acquired by Bain Capital, leading to the layoffs of some 750 workers.  In this case, the workers lost promised severance pay …
Discussion: Wonkette, Riehl World View and GOP 12
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Bain, Barack and Jobs
Elizabeth McNeil /
Kristy McNichol Wants to ‘Be Open About Who I Am’  —  Kristy McNichol has been out of the public eye for 20 years.  Now she's chosen to come out - to try to help kids who are being bullied.  —  McNichol, 49, who has lived with her partner Martie Allen, also 49, for the past two decades …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Obama takes victory lap  —  Two days after defying Republicans and appointing Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, President Obama took a little time to gloat.  —  Making a victory lap of sorts at the independent agency, Obama cracked a joke …
New York Post:
This power grab's a sign of weakness
Discussion: Belmont Club and Betsy's Page
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
What Newt said about food stamps  —  Newt Gingrich's comments about African-Americans and food stamps, made at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire yesterday, have made the expected media rounds — from Slate to The Daily Beast to The Associated Press to MSNBC — but the interpretation has changed somewhat along the way.
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Two new cases granted  —  UPDATE: The Court has announced that it will issue opinions in argued cases on both Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  Further orders from today's Conference will be issued at 10 a.m. Monday.  —  The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to clarify when police may use …
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
The Sultriest Members of Congress  —  If you're the best-looking member in Congress, that won't guarantee you a high-ranking committee chair but it will bring you coveted media attention.  —  That's the finding from a new study by two Israeli professors in the journal of Political Communication.
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 …
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Tim Blair
Mike Pflanz / Telegraph:
20 killed as Nigerian gunmen attack Christian mourners  —  Gunmen in Nigeria on Friday opened fire on friends and relatives gathered to mourn the deaths of three Christians killed on Thursday, leaving up to 20 more people dead.  —  Nigeria has recently experienced a surge in ethnic and sectarian violence
Michael Falcone / ABCNEWS:
Rick Perry Unwinds Before New Hampshire Debate At Texas Shooting Range  —  ABC's Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz report:  —  Ready, aim fire.  That's apparently Texas Gov. Rick Perry's idea of relaxation before returning to the campaign trail this weekend.
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Edward Wyatt / New York Times:
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Lee Drutman / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
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Discussion: CBS News, ThinkProgress and Guardian
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Legislator apologizes for ‘YoMama’ email about first lady