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6:30 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)
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 …
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.
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
Republican Candidates Ready to Rumble in Key New Hampshire Debate
Erik Eckholm / New York Times:
Evangelicals Hurry to Find Alternative to Romney
Universal Uclick / uExpress:
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Romney pushing for four-state streak to steamroll GOP opponents
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’  —  MANCHESTER — Jon Huntsman stopped by his Manchester headquarters Saturday afternoon to drop off chicken tenders for his supporters and rally his troops.  —  The former Utah governor, who is counting on a strong performance …
Discussion: 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 …
Raf Sanchez / Telegraph:
Michelle Obama ‘raged against Rahm Emmanuel and White House advisors’
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: 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
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.
American Prospect:
Occupying Grand Central Station  —  Five hundred people returned to Zuccotti Park on New Year's Eve, with drums, chants of “Whose Year?  Our Year!”, and a tent, which they say they gave to police in exchange for entrance to the park.  An hour before midnight, police and occupiers attempting …
Lynne LaMaster / Home-Prescott eNews:
Gosar Formally Announces Yavapai Candidacy  —  Breaking news: Gosar announces as a Yavapai County candidate for Congress.  —  Saying that Yavapai County is his base, Paul Gosar has formally announced his candidacy for Congressional District 4 today at the Republican Precinct Committee meeting.
Discussion: The Hill and Hotline On Call
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
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
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
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Mark Steyn / National Review:
The Left's So-Called Empathy
Discussion: Pundit & Pundette
New York Times:
Minor Offenses on N.Y. Subway Can Bring a Ticket, or Handcuffs
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: 
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
Lyle Denniston / SCOTUSblog:
Two new cases granted  —  UPDATE: The Court has announced …
Discussion: Washington Post