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2:00 PM ET, January 8, 2012


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Matthew Boyle / The Daily Caller:
Stephanopoulos struggles with fairness during NH debate  —  ABC News commentator George Stephanopoulos directed pointed, hard-edged questions to Republican presidential candidates during Saturday night's New Hampshire debate, often attacking without providing evidence to justify his broadsides.
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.
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Romney Trips On Contraception Question: 'It's Working Just Fine, Just Leave It Alone'  —  At tonight's ABC News/WMUR Republican presidential debate at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney stumbled badly on a Constitutional question …
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
2012 ABC/Yahoo!/WMUR New Hampshire GOP primary debate (Transcript)  —  SAWYER: And good evening to all of you.  Welcome to Saint Anselm College and the first debate of the year, 2012.  The voting is underway.  And, George, those eight votes in Iowa reminded us on Tuesday every vote counts.
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Byron York / Campaign 2012:
Team Romney: Steph ‘obsessed’ with contraception
Romney: Politics For The Rich  —  His father told him he shouldn't go into politics if he had a mortgage to pay.  Most people have mortgages to pay.  —  (Reuters / JIM BOURG)  —  Mitt Romney suggested in today's debate that only rich people should run for office, and then quickly celebrated …
Buzzfeed Politics / Politics:
Romney's Inexplicable Debate Fibs  —  Why not just tell the truth?  The odd, small shadings of truth were the talk of the spin room in Concord after Sunday's debate.  —  (AP / Elise Amendola)  —  CONCORD, New Hampshire — Mitt Romney's generally strong debate performance was marred …
Discussion: Power Line and Weekly Standard
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney: elected office is for the rich
Benjy Sarlin /   TPM2012  —  Mitt Romney: Don't Run For Office If You Need The Salary
Anti-Romney Movie Attacks to Bain Career  —  Supporters of Newt Gingrich have bought the rights to a new short movie that is very critical of Mitt Romney's tenure as head of Bain Capital.  —  Romney's business career made him a very wealthy man, but has come under some criticism because Bain bought …
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 …
Michael O'Brien /
Sunday debate offers GOP hopeful second chance at fireworks
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Alexander Burns / The Politico:
New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney rises above squabbling pack
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
Romney's private sector record cross-examined in NH Republican debate
Discussion: The Politico and CNN
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.
Cameron Joseph / Ballot Box:
Social conservatives start to coalesce around Santorum
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Free exchange:
The zero lower bound in our minds  —  PRIOR to the crisis, there was a general (if tenuous) accord among macroeconomists of many different stripes, that the Federal Reserve could and would act to stabilise the economy when necessary.  Then, in December of 2008, the Fed hit the zero lower bound …
And Jeff Zeleny / New York Times:
Romney Is the Main Target in a Caustic G.O.P. Debate  —  CONCORD, N.H. — The five major Republican presidential candidates who are not named Mitt Romney ferociously attacked him during a debate here Sunday morning, questioning his conservative credentials, his authenticity and even his honesty …
Associated Press:
MSNBC chief: No decision on Pat Buchanan's return  —  (AP) PASADENA, Calif. — MSNBC's top executive said Saturday that he hasn't decided whether conservative commentator and author Pat Buchanan will be allowed back on the network.  —  Buchanan, a former GOP presidential candidate …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Grating Santorum  —  MANCHESTER, N.H.  —  RICK SANTORUM was locking down the youth vote.  —  The man who fondly recalls nuns rapping his knuckles with rulers did some verbal knuckle-rapping of his own on Thursday with students at a forum in Concord hosted by New England College.
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
GOP Candidates Condemn Same-Sex Marriage In New Hampshire Debate  —  The GOP presidential candidates discussed marriage rights for gay and lesbian people for close to ten minutes during Saturday night's ABC News/Yahoo debate in New Hampshire.  The Republicans expressed support …
Josh Lederman / Ballot Box:
GOP debate: No love for gay marriage
Discussion: The Politico
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Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
McCain downplays tension with Romney
Discussion: The Politico
Peter Schroeder / The Hill:
Pelosi: Obama right to run against Congress
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A Campaign Pruned of Bushes
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Joseph W. McQuaid /
Crisis for America  —  This newspaper has endorsed Newt Gingrich …
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The New Hampshire Debate
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Jason Embry / Austin American-Statesman:
Perry replacing ad-buying firm, two sources say
Discussion: RedState
John T. Bennett / The Hill:
Obama follows in Rumsfeld's footprints
Alex Seitz-Wald / ThinkProgress:
Black Woman Confronts Santorum Over Comments: ‘Why Do You Have A Problem Against Black People?’
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Didn't matter, Matthew said, since the medicine obviously wasn't for him.
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