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9:50 AM ET, January 8, 2012


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New York Times:
Romney Eludes Rivals' Attacks at Republican Debate in N.H.  —  GOFFSTOWN, N.H. — A relaxed and self-assured Mitt Romney sailed above the fray at a crucial debate on Saturday night as his Republican rivals engaged in a spirited fight to determine which of them would emerge as his most formidable opponent …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney rises above squabbling pack  —  GOFFSTOWN, N.H. - The Republican presidential debate Saturday broke out into a volley of charges and counter-charges between the candidates, but left front-runner Mitt Romney almost entirely unscathed in the second-to-last forum before Tuesday's New Hampshire primary.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney's private sector record cross-examined in NH Republican debate  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Republican presidential candidates took turns interrogating Mitt Romney's record creating private-sector jobs at the start of Saturday's ABC News debate, accentuating the top-dog status Romney …
Discussion: CNN and The Politico
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.
Washington Post:
Mitt Romney under attack from other GOP candidates ahead of N.H. debate
Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Romney: Steph ‘obsessed’ with contraception
Discussion: Instapundit
A.Killough / CNN:
Gingrich in friendly attack-mode ahead of debate
James V. Grimaldi / Washington Post:
Billionaire Adelson gives millions to Gingrich Super PAC  —  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has given $5 million to an independent committee supporting GOP presidential aspirant Newt Gingrich, the first of what is expected to be many millions the Las Vegas billionaire plans to spend this election year.
Tom Jensen / Public Policy Polling:
Romney up in South Carolina  —  Mitt Romney's taken a modest lead in South Carolina.  He's at 30% there to 23% for Newt Gingrich and 19% for Rick Santorum.  None of the other candidates hit double digits- Ron Paul at 9%, Rick Perry at 5%, Jon Huntsman at 4%, and Buddy Roemer at 1% round out the field.
Why Mitt Romney Didn't Get Attacked In Saturday Night's Debate  —  The assumption was that Saturday's ABC/WMUR debate was going to produce some serious fireworks.  —  After all, you have a front-runner who is quickly assuming the mantle of the “inevitable” nominee.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Social conservatives start to coalesce around Santorum
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Gary Bauer to endorse Rick Santorum
Discussion: Reuters, The Politico and CNN
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
Rick Santorum to get Gary Bauer endorsement Sunday
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Trailing in New Hampshire, Jon Huntsman takes the long view  —  MANCHESTER, N.H. — More than 160 New Hampshire events and counting to his name, Jon Huntsman is hoping to pull off a political miracle Tuesday with the same shoe-leather campaign Rick Santorum ran with success in Iowa.
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
Paul pushback on Huntsman video
Emily Goodin / Ballot Box:
Huntsman's New Hampshire strategy: ‘Speak from the heart’
Discussion: CNN
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Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Black Woman Confronts Santorum Over Comments: ‘Why Do You Have A Problem Against Black People?’  —  ThinkProgress filed this report from Hollis, New Hampshire  —  At a campaign event outside a pharmacy in Hollis, New Hampshire Saturday afternoon, an African-American woman confronted Rick Santorum …
Discussion: field negro
Joseph W. McQuaid /
Crisis for America  —  This newspaper has endorsed Newt Gingrich in Tuesday's Primary for one simple and important reason.  America is at a very dangerous point, and the current economic hole we are in is just part of the problem.  —  Former Speaker Gingrich is the one candidate who has the experience …
Discussion: The Politico and The Page
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.
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
GOP debate: No love for gay marriage  —  Republican presidential candidates staked out their positions on gay marriage during a Saturday debate in New Hampshire, where gay couples have been legally permitted to marry since 2010.  —  Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney want gay couples to enjoy certain benefits …
Discussion: The Politico
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 …
Danny Yadron / Washington Wire:
Santorum: All Students Shouldn't Be Pushed to Go to College
Discussion: Mediaite and The Hill
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Associated Press:
MSNBC chief: No decision on Pat Buchanan's return
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Grating Santorum  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.  —  RICK SANTORUM …
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Discussion: Gothamist