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5:50 PM ET, January 8, 2012


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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 …
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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: Weekly Standard and Power Line
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.
Steve Benen / Washington Monthly:
Romney: elected office is for the rich  —  About 10 hours after last night's debate, the six Republican presidential candidates met again this morning for another debate, this time sponsored by NBC and Facebook.  —  This one was far livelier than its predecessor — maybe the GOP 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.
Benjy Sarlin /   TPM2012  —  Mitt Romney: Don't Run For Office If You Need The Salary
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Sunday debate offers GOP hopeful second chance at fireworks
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.
Discussion: Althouse and Crooks and Liars
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
Discussion: CNN, Reuters and Prairie Weather
Gautham Nagesh / Ballot Box:
GOP debate: Gingrich, Romney trade barbs over super-PAC ads
Discussion: ThinkProgress and CBS News
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 …
Alexander Burns / The Politico:
New Hampshire primary: Mitt Romney rises above squabbling pack
David Eldridge / Washington Times:
Ex-Times Editorial Page Editor Tony Blankley dead at 63  —  Tony Blankley, a noted conservative author and commentator and former editorial page editor of The Washington Times, died Sunday morning, according to family sources.  He was 63 and had been battling stomach cancer.
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 …
Igor Volsky / ThinkProgress:
Marriage Equality Opponent Mitt Romney To Gay People: 'I Don't Discriminate'  —  Mitt Romney had a hard time explaining how he has lived up to his 1994 campaign promise to “foster anti-discrimination efforts” on behalf of gays and lesbians within the Republican party during the NBC/Facebook debate in New Hampshire Sunday morning.
Discussion: Towleroad News #gay
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 …
New York Post:
White House threw secret ‘Alice in Wonderland’ bash during recession  —  It was the tea party the Obamas just couldn't resist.  —  A White House “Alice in Wonderland” costume ball — put on by Johnny Depp and Hollywood director Tim Burton — proved to be a Mad-as-a-Hatter idea that was never …
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.
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 …
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McCain downplays tension with Romney
Discussion: The Politico
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Frank Bruni / New York Times:
A Campaign Pruned of Bushes
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Daily Kos
Joseph W. McQuaid /
Crisis for America  —  This newspaper has endorsed Newt Gingrich …
Discussion: The Page
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging The New Hampshire Debate
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